I’ve been a huge fan of the DC animated universe for as long as it’s been around, and it’s good to see it still going strong. Following up on last year’s hit Batman Vs Robin, the story continues in Batman: Bad Blood, which has Batman’s extended family of sorts coming together to take down some of Gotham’s most vile baddies in one of the best Batman adventures I’ve seen yet.
With this being the third entry in the new Batman movie series (Son of Batman and Batman Vs. Robin being the first two), Bad Blood follows the dark knight and his son Damian Wayne (Stuart Allan) as Robin in their latest adventure that sees Batman (voiced by Jason O’Mara) missing in action after trying to take down some bad guys. The only witness to this is the new and mysterious Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) that tried to help Batman, but was pushed out of the way by him before a huge explosion occurs. To help out with the missing Batman dilemma, Nightwing aka Dick Grayson, the first Robin (Sean Maher) fills in by donning his costume and teaming up with Damian to fight crime in Gotham. It isn’t long before the two meet Batwoman and include her in on the action, as the three of them meet Lucius Fox’s son named Luke (Gaius Charles) who has his own reasons for wanting to join the bat-family, which he does with an Iron Man-like batsuit and goes by the name Batwing.
Needless to say, it’s going to take all of them to fill in for Batman as they take down some of the wildest criminals to hit the city. Villains such as Firefly, Mad Hatter, Tusk, Electrocutioner, Killer Moth and more make their presence known, as they all work for a supervillain I won’t spoil, but if you’ve been following this film series you already have a clue as to who it is. Director Jay Oliva continues to make these some of the best entries in the DC animated universe, as the perfect blend of drama and action comes together as in the previous titles. Having this on Blu-ray is another bonus, as the animation, artwork, and sounds are spot on and come in beautifully in high definition.
Speaking of bonuses, there’s plenty of special features to experience after Gotham is saved, such as “Putting the fight in Gotham” that goes behind the scenes of making the film. “Expanding the Batman Family” gives viewers a look into the new characters Batwoman and Batwing, there’s a preview for the next DC animated feature “Justice League vs Teen Titans” due in April, and lastly there’s two bonus episodes from Batman: The Brave and the Bold Episodes titled “The Knights of Tomorrow” and “The Criss Cross Conspiracy”.
Batman: Bad Blood is another hit for Warner Bros. Animation and the DC animated universe. Featuring spot on presentation, voice acting, and a nice mix of drama and action, anyone who enjoys superhero films, comics, or just well done movies will want to don their cape and jump into their super vehicle of choice to pick up a copy of this.