Son of Batman (2014) starring the voice talents of Jason O’Mara, Stuart Allan, Thomas Gibson,Morena Baccarin, Giancarlo Esposito, Sean Maher
Synopsis of Son of Batman
Unknown to Batman (Jason O’Mara), he has had a child with Talia (Morena Baccarin), the daughter of his arch-enemy Ra’s al Ghul (Giancarlo Esposito) — the head of the League of Assassins. Ra’s is murdered by Deathstroke (Thomas Gibson), who wants to take over the League and rule the world with an army of mutant ninja man-bats! But Ra’s al Ghul’s grandson (Stuart Allan) is determined to stop him, at all costs — and not caring about who gets hurt along the way. Batman (and Nightwing, the former Robin) try to turn his quest for vengeance to something more productive and help mentor him to become a better person in the process.
Review of Son of Batman
So, what’s so wrong with Son of Batman? Several things:
- The sheer ludicrousness of several things.
For example, early in the film, Damien Wayne (Batman’s illegitimate son) is fighting with Ubu, Ra’s al Ghul’s personal bodyguard (who betrayed Ra’s, but that’s another story), and pushed Ubu backwards several feet. Ubu is a hulking giant, who likely weighs over three hundred pounds. And gets pushed backwards by a twelve-year-old, in a contest of physical strength.
- In the climactic fight between Damien/Robin and Deathstroke, Robin has both of his arms pinned against the wall by daggers. And to free himself, Damien pulls his arms forward, pulling the hilt of the daggers through his arms. And continues to fight without the slightest handicap, as though there’s no injury at all.
- Talia conceived Damien by drugging Batman and having sexual intercourse with him. Clearly not a children’s film.
- Damien, the protagonist, is absolutely unlikable. Obnoxious, arrogant, vicious, and a know-it-all — who clearly feels that Nightwing/Dick Grayson is a rival for his father’s affection
Deathstroke, unlike his portrayal in the comics, the Teen Titans cartoon series, and every other appearance — is a whiny loser, who repeatedly is defeated by a twelve-year-old boy — even having his eye put out by Damien’s sword, shortly after having murdered Ra’s al Ghul. Why would the other members of the League of Assassins side with him over Ra’s Al Ghul is a total mystery. A great hero needs a great villain — and this version of Deathstroke simply isn’t. Talia is treated poorly — a sex object, with her cleavage showing at every opportunity. She exists in this movie as a slave to her father’s desire, a helpless captive, and someone who needs to be rescued. So that that Batman is gone during the climactic final fight between Deathstroke and Damien.
- Army of ninja man-bats. Seriously.
- The original comic book story arc, is much better, in pretty much any way. The movie seriously suffers by comparison.
I rate Son of Batman as 1 star out of 5. The art work is fine, the voice actors do the best they can — but the story is poorly executed. A poor movie, that’s frankly not worth watching, sad as that is to say.