Batman vs. Robin (2015)

Movie Title: Batman vs. Robin

Year Released: 2015

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 1h 20min

Genre: Superhero, Action, Animation

Director: Jay Oliva

Writer: J. M. DeMatteis

Starring: Stuart Allan, Jason O'Mara, Sean Maher, Jeremy Sisto, David McCallum, Grey DeLisle, Kevin Conroy, Robin Atkin Downes, Troy Baker, "Weird Al" Yankovic

Review: Damian Wayne (Stuart Allen) has a hard time accepting his father's no-killing rule, and soon starts to believe his destiny lies within a secret society.

Batman vs. Robin is the second film in a DC Animated Movie Universe trilogy revolving around Batman (Jason O'Mara) becoming a father and the ensuing trials and tribulations of raising a son. I think this film is the best of the three where it's predecessor, Son of Batman, was more of a set up movie, and this film is where the story really picks up steam. This film introduces the Court of Owls, which is a very interesting secret society. They are a violent cabal of some of Gotham City's oldest and wealthiest families who use murder and money to wield political influence throughout history, and carry out their interests by employing a breed of highly trained assassins known as Talons. Despite Batman's attempts to teach his son the ideals of "justice not vengeance", Damian's impending inclusion in the Court of Owls leads him into a partnership where his own beliefs are finally supported. The wedge driven between Batman and Damian, who is now proceeding as Robin, grows and Batman must do everything in his power to take down the Court of Owls and prove to his son that there are more ethical ways of serving justice. What ultimately ensues, is a wildly entertaining action flick that holds up to Batman's live-action counterparts. The last act of this film is non-stop action and excitement with a more mature subject matter than your typical cartoon superhero extravaganza. This movie is action-packed, fun, and a highly recommended film for any Batman fan!

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Fun Fact: The pass-code used by Bruce to lock Damian's Sai is 1939. 1939 is the year that Batman made his debut in Detective Comics #27.


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