Batman

Batman & the Outsiders #2

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2019

in Comics

Batman & the Outsiders #2 comic reviewWith Sofia Ramos under the temporary care of Kaliber, Batman sends the Outsiders to reach the girl before the minions of Ra’s al Ghul can find her. Even with the timely arrival of the Outsiders as back-up, Kaliber can’t keep Ra’s acolyte Ishmael from Sofia who, given the chance to run, decides to stand her ground.

Batman & the Outsiders #2 certainly sells Ishmael as a legitimate threat who makes short work of the Outsiders and Kaliber. Once again DC can’t quite decide just how skilled to make Orphan, who (despite being pronounced the best fighter in the DCU during the current Rebirth continuity), is thrown away easily by Ra’s minion.

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Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

by Alan Rapp on June 14, 2019

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Blu-ray reviewAdapted from the comic book mini-series, Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brings the Teenage Mutant Turtles to Gotham City on the trail of the Shredder (Andrew Kishino) and the Foot Clan who are on a crime spree which Batman (Troy Baker) has just become aware. The movie offers the obligatory misunderstanding pitting Batman versus the Turtles for a time before realizing they are both on the same side and need to team-up to stop Shredder and his new business partner Ra’s al Ghul (Cas Anvar) who plans to use the Ooze to destroy Gotham.

While the animation isn’t quite up to snuff with some of DC’s better animated movies, I do appreciate the story sticking with Batman’s classic design and the look of both the Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul work pretty well (even if I can’t say the same for some of Batman’s other villains who are brought into the plot when Ra’s mutates Arkham Asylum as a distraction for Batman and Turtles). Some of the mutations work better than others (such as the joke made at Poison Ivy‘s expense).

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  • Title: Batman – Death In Slow Motion / The Riddler’s False Notion
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Batman - Death In Slow Motion / The Riddler's False Notion TV review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to the 1966 Batman TV-series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The Riddler‘s (Frank Gorshin) motives for his latest crimes are even more obscure than usual as the villain focuses on a silent-film motif throughout the two episodes, capturing his various small victories over Batman on film. Along with variations on his costume, the character will also don a variety of roles for his time in front of the camera including both a cowboy an Charlie Chaplin. Sherry Jackson guest-stars as aspiring actress added to the Riddler’s crew who proves to be the weak link (thanks to another of Batman’s gadgets that is able to chemically determine the truth of the woman’s statements).

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  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!
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Joker: The Vile and the Villainous! TV review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to Gotham City where a masked detective and an assortment of partners would help save the world on a weekly basis. “Joker: The Vile and the Villainous!” is one of the show’s odder episodes as it is shown completely from the perspective of the Joker (Jeff Bennett) who “heroically” attempts to prevent Batman‘s (Diedrich Bader) construction of a machine which will be able to predict crimes and help a down-and-out villain known as the Weeper (Tim Conway), who apparently was the Joker’s idol, get back into the game.

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  • Title: Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Based on the comic cross-over, the new animated movie Batman Vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features the Bat-Family teaming up with the Turtles to battle Shredder and the League of Assassins. Now available for digital download (but for some reason not on DC’s own digital platform), the straight-to-video movie will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K on June 4th.

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