ByMike Mack, writer at
Big fan of superheroes, movies, superhero movies... and writing about all of the above
Mike Mack

Before I begin, let me first preface this by saying that this is my first review and the first animated Batman feature that I’ve watched. So take this all with a grain of salt.

I have heard a lot of great things about some of the animated Batman films out there, and for a long time I have wanted to check them out. This was not one of them, and now I know why. The biggest reason I would be excited to watch one of these films would be to either see a story from the comics (I’m not much of a DC reader) or to get a better understanding of one of the lesser known, but still awesome, characters (Red Hood for example).

This seemed more like an elongated episode of an animated series made for children today. I was hoping it would deliver a more serious Batman story. Call me crazy, but it just came off as too, for lack of a better term, “cartoony” for me. I know that sounds weird when talking about an animated film, but there’s definitely a difference between an animated film and a cartoon. This seemed more like something I would see my young cousin watching on a Saturday morning than something I would see in theaters.

It’s mostly my fault. I guess you can’t really expect a serious story when the cover of the Blu Ray has Batman riding a mechanical T-rex. I was blindly hoping that would be awesome but sadly, it was not.

It wasn’t all negative though. It did feature some of my favorite characters like the Green Arrow, Nightwing and Solomon Grundy. There were also some pretty cool fight scenes for all of the characters. For someone like me, who is still learning more and more about DC every week while watching Arrow and The Flash, it did inspire me to do a little more research and I definitely learned a little more about the DC Universe. So some good came out of it.

Overall, I didn’t entirely enjoy the movie but it wasn’t completely unwatchable. For what it is, I’m sure it’s not bad. I’m just personally not a big fan of what it is.


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