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Movie Review: Batman: Bad Blood

1000516208BRDLEFO_d53df2cWhen Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat “family” – including new additions Batwoman and Batwing – to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight’s disappearance.

Batman: Bad Blood is the latest animated film in Warner Bros.’ series of movies and this one brings together the full Bat Family and then some. Batwoman, Nightwing, Robin, Batwing, they’re all here dealing with the missing Bruce Wayne/Batman.

The story as far as I know is original, though there’s some elements from some comic stories that stick out. What really stands out, beside the solid animation and action, is that each member of the Bat Family has their own personality and style that really makes them unique. Their delivery of lines, the way they fight, their general attitude, it’s all really unique, and each character is given more than enough time on their own to shine.

While Batwing comes in later and is a little underused, there’s a lot of history given to the character. Nightwing has the smart ass remarks, though he matures a bit as the movie progresses. Who really shines is Kate Kane/Batwoman who is really at the center of the film. She’s given a lot of personal time, fleshing out her personal life, and that includes dating.

What really comes out of Batman: Bad Blood is my want of a Batwoman animated feature.

The movie is really good and entertaining with some twists and turns that are fun, not predictable, just really solid animation. Out of all of the DC Comics animated films so far, this one stands out as my favorite so far.

Overall Rating: 8.8

Batman: Bad Blood Gets Premiere Dates and a New Clip and Images

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Bi-Coastal Premieres of Batman: Bad Blood, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Original Movies, in New York (January 19, 2016) and  Los Angeles (February 1, 2016).

Here’s the first official film clip featuring Nightwing (voice of Sean Maher) and Alfred (James Garrett) discussing the ramifications of Batman’s prolonged, unexpected absence from Gotham City.

And check out three new images from the film that spotlight Nightwing, Batwoman and Batwing, as well as the box art.

Batman: Bad Blood Trailer

1000580302BRDBEAUTYUV_5a27557When Batman goes missing, it will take the entire Bat “family” – including new additions Batwoman and Batwing – to keep the peace in Gotham City and unravel the mystery behind the Dark Knight’s disappearance in Batman: Bad Blood. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new DC Universe Original Movie will be available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on February 2, 2016 on Blu-Ray™ Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD.

Batman: Bad Blood will be available on Blu-rayTM Deluxe Edition for $29.96 SRP, Blu-rayTM Combo Pack for $24.98 SRP and on DVD for $19.98 SRP. The Blu-rayTM Combo Pack includes a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. The Blu-ray™ Deluxe Edition will include the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack, along with an exclusive Nightwing figurine in a numbered limited edition gift set. Fans can also own Batman: Bad Blood in Digital HD on January 19 via purchase from digital retailers.

The mysterious disappearance of Batman, coupled with the emergence of powerful and malevolent new villains in Gotham City, force Nightwing (voice of Sean Maher) and Robin (Stuart Allan) to take crime-fighting into their own hands – while simultaneously searching for their missing leader. They’re not alone for long. New super heroes Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) and Batwing (Gaius Charles) – each armed with her/his own sensibilities, physical abilities and crime-fighting tools – arrive in Gotham to assist in the cause. As this new “family” strives to find its own dynamic, chilling clues lead the group to suspect the Dark Knight may have gone over to the dark side. It’s up to the entire Bat team to uncover the truth before Gotham City falls prey to its greatest threat yet.

As the voice of Batman, Jason O’Mara (Complications, Terra Nova) leads a celebrity-laden cast that includes Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck, 24, The Astronauts Wives Club) as Batwoman/Katherine Kane, Morena Baccarin (Homeland, Gotham) as Talia al Ghul, Sean Maher (Firefly, Serenity, Much Ado About Nothing) as Nightwing, Gaius Charles (Grey’s Anatomy, Friday Night Lights, Aquarius) as Batwing, Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) as Lucius Fox, and Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin) as Robin/Damian Wayne. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Bad Blood is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Batman vs. Robin) from a script by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman vs. Robin). James Tucker (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman vs. Robin) is Supervising Producer. Benjamin Melniker & Michael Uslan are Executive Producers. Sam Register is Executive Producer.

 

Batman: Bad Blood – Enhanced Content

DVD

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

Blu-ray Combo Pack

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
  • Featurette – “Putting the Fight in the Gotham” – Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but he is also a formidable fighter.  This documentary reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in the latest animated film offering, Batman: Bad Blood.
  • Featurette – “Expanding the Family of Batman” – From the Golden Age to today’s current super heroes, the Batman family has both increased in numbers and, occasionally and dramatically, lost some of its members.  Each family member brings about a new shade to the Batman mythos while providing an exciting new perspective to the storytelling.  This documentary is about the introduction of Batwoman and Batwing into the Batman family in this all-new animated film.
  • From the DC Comics Vault– Two 22-minute Episodes
    • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “The Knights of Tomorrow”
    • Batman: The Animated Series – “Avatar”

Blu-ray Deluxe Edition

  • Exclusive Limited Edition Nightwing Figurine
  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie, Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
  • Featurette – “Putting the Fight in the Gotham” – Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but he is also a formidable fighter.  This documentary reveals the magic and strategy behind some of the best-choreographed fights in the latest animated film offering, Batman: Bad Blood.
  • Featurette – “Expanding the Family of Batman” – From the Golden Age to today’s current super heroes, the Batman family has both increased in numbers and, occasionally and dramatically, lost some of its members.  Each family member brings about a new shade to the Batman mythos while providing an exciting new perspective to the storytelling.  This documentary is about the introduction of Batwoman and Batwing into the Batman family in this all-new animated film.
  • From the DC Comics Vault– Two 22-minute Episodes
    • Batman: The Brave and the Bold – “The Knights of Tomorrow”
    • Batman: The Animated Series – “Avatar”

 

 

Batman: Bad Blood will be available for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, Flixster, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting January 19, Batman: Bad Blood will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.