Batman

Batman Ninja

by Alan Rapp on May 9, 2018

in Anime Reviews , DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Batman Ninja
  • IMDb: link

Batman Ninja Blu-ray reviewOnce one of the company’s greatest strengths, DC Comics’ straight-to-video animated movies have stumbled a bit in recent years. Batman Ninja is far from one of the company’s best, but you do have to give DC credit for thinking far, far outside of the box with this one and trying something completely different. The result is a mixed success that throws the Bat-Family and various villains into an anime world that fits some characters better than others.

Directed by Junpei Mizusaki, the story displaces Batman (Roger Craig Smith) and several of his closest allies and worst villains in feudal Japan thanks to a time bomb released by Gorilla Grodd (Fred Tatasciore). Without his high-tech gadgets, Batman and friends will be forced to get back to basics, and rely on a cult of Bat-worshiping ninjas, to take on the Joker (Tony Hale, in one of my least favorite versions of the character), Harley Quinn (Tara Strong), the Penguin (Tom Kenny), Two-Face (Eric Bauza), Poison Ivy (Strong), and more.

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Batman #43

by Alan Rapp on March 28, 2018

in Comics

Batman #43 comic review“Everyone Loves Ivy” concludes as Catwoman spends time with the woman who has taken the world, providing just enough distraction for Batman to put his plan into action and release the one person from Ivy‘s control who may be able to talk the super-villain out of remaking the world in her image.

Heading into the Batman/Catwoman wedding, Batman #43 offers us all three of the Gotham Sirens at something of a crossroads. Harley Quinn has taken more of an anti/quasi-hero role in recent years and this issues suggests something may be possible for Ivy as well.

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Detective Comics #975

by Alan Rapp on March 6, 2018

in Comics

Detective Comics #975 comic reviewAlthough she isn’t present for the proceedings, Detective Comics #975 convenes the rest of the Bat Family to discuss Batwoman and her choice to kill Clayface. While Batman sits largely silent, each member of the team presents their case for or against the woman they all saw as an ally.

While Nightwing, Red Hood, and Red Robin all come down basically as you would expect from each of the characters, it’s Batgirl whose thoughts prove the most enlightening (not on how the team should necessarily deal with Batwoman but how Batman’s actions helped lead to this tragedy that left one member of the team dead and another shattered). She makes a strong argument against Batman’s decision process to bring Batwoman into the fold.

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Batman #41

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2018

in Comics

Batman #41 comic reviewBatman #41 kicks off a new arc with Part One of “Everyone Loves Ivy.” Everyone has fallen under Poison Ivy‘s control, including Batman and Catwoman, only quick thinking by the Dark Knight Detective saves himself and his bride to be. Now the two lovebirds find themselves in a world where Ivy’s reach is near infinite. All their loved ones, all the heroes, all the villains, all the people are under her sway.

It’s a strong opening issue (even seeing Batman cold cock Alfred at one point). While their’s a hopelessness in the final panel of Bruce and Selina standing utterly alone against a tidal wave that isn’t at all concerned with them, I’m guessing Batman still has a trick or two up his sleeve.

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Coming Soon – Batman Ninja

by Alan Rapp on February 22, 2018

in Home Video/DVD News 

  • Title: Batman Ninja
  • IMDb: link

The next of DC’s straight-to-video animated movies transplants Batman (Roger Craig Smith), his enemies and his allies, to feudal Japan for a battle with the Joker (Tony Hale). Tara Strong, Grey DeLisle, and Will Friedle also star. Batman Ninja will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 8th.

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