Adapted from Ransom Riggs‘ novel of the same name, Tim Burton‘s latest tells the story of high school outcast named Jake Portman (Asa Butterfield) who is drawn into a mystical and macabre world following his grandfather’s (Terence Stamp) death as he discovers all the childhood bedtimes stories told to him are actually based on real people and real events just waiting for Jake to find them.
As a film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children features all the trademarks of Burton’s style, although without Johnny Depp or Helena Bonham Carter the movie feels more serious and less madcap than several of the director’s more recent projects. As a story, the movie feels very much like a book (somewhat akwardly) adapted to film. The odd story moves in fits and starts introducing Jake’s life prior to his grandfather’s death, his psychoanalysis, and his journey to England with his father (Chris O’Dowd), before getting down to introducing Miss Peregrine (Eva Green in the role Helena Bonham Carter would usually play) and her unusual students all trapped in a time-loop in a single day during WWII where they are safe from the monsters hunting them.
While the rest of the team is busy hunting the group responsible for a series of bombings around New York, Jane (Jaimie Alexander) is given a test by Sheppard (Michelle Hurd). Although Jane will fail her assignment to kill as ordered to by Sandstorm, Roman (Luke Mitchell) will step in to cover for his sister. Shaken from the experience, but now accepted by the organization, Jane is offered some ominous words of wisdom from her brother stating he will do whatever it takes to bring back the sister he lost before Sandstorm wiped Jane’s memories. Roman also suggests Sandstorm’s plans will now proceed quickly (which would be news to both the show’s writers and its audience).
“Rise of the Batmen” concludes with our team of heroes taking down the Colony thanks to the quick thinking, and risk taking, of Red Robin who makes himself the target of all the Colony’s drones. His sacrifice saves the lives of hundreds in the city, but to do so Tim Drake will have to make the ultimate sacrifice… or so it would appear.
Detective Comics #940 allows Tim to go out in a blaze of glory while showcasing his loss to both Batman and Spoiler. Even if the epilogue clues readers in on the fact that our hero was transported out before his death, and is now the prisoner of an unknown enemy, as far as his teammates know Red Robin made his last stand. As big heroic sacrifices go, this one works pretty damn well.