Welcome to this short review on Batman: Bad Bladd. I'm doing this to promote both To Hollywood and Beyond Wikia and comic book discussions in Anime Vice message board. We have a wiki page on this film. All images are screen capped at To Hollywood Wikia and Beyond Wikia if you like to browse our image gallery.
Before you check out this film, this film is in a series of films. You have to watch Son of Batman and then Batman v. Robin before you tackle Batman: Bad Blood. All these films started out on Damian, the 4th Robin who never appeared in DC animated universe until we had these films. This year, we have a 4th film starring the Teen Titans with Damian in it.
I'm not a comic book reader, so I won't be able to give you details about the original source material. I'll be reviewing only the film based on past DC animated films and TV shows.
When a new criminal force arises in Gotham and Batman is missing, it's up to Nightwing and a new family to save the day as they uncover the mastermind's true purpose and their connection to Batman.
These characters here are the ones I felt are the main focus in the film. I would discuss the good and bad with them since I feel the film is more character driven than story.
Nightwing - Dick Grayson
Batwoman - Kate Kane
Batwing - Luke Fox
What we have here is a lot milestones set by this film. We never had a Batwing or Batwoman outside of comic books until this film if I'm not mistaken. Speaking of Batwoman, we only had one Batgirl appeared outside of comic books. That was Barbara Gordon. As a new comic book person who only seen the animated series and films, this was quite interesting.
What's consider its best strength can be its greatest weakness for the film. As you can see, we have 4 major characters whose stories are fleshed out in this film. It can feel like it's rushed and condensed since you are balancing these guys out. For those who are familiar with NightWing, Batwoman, Batwing, or Heretic, you might have good expectations or mixed. Out of the four, Heretic drew the shortest stick as he was the only the secondary antagonist, only to demonstrate how cruel Talia is. Talia never had a big role outside of comic books except for Batman the animated series and Batman Arkman city, but she was never the central villain.
Aside from the excellent fight choreography and voice acting, the film is generally good and worth checking out. Any new comic book fans who hasn't read comic books wouldn't get lost by starting in these series of films. Oh, it's for young adults and up. Not a children friendly film.
Thank you everyone for reading. Let me know if the review was helpful or not. Still trying to write helpful reviews in the community and trying to promote discussions as well as our wiki pages.
For legal digital stream, you can rent on Amazon Instant Video or buy a physical copy. My snapshots came from Amazon on SD quality, so the video quality can be a bit poor on the computer when taking snapshots due to the Silverlight software issues.
Thanks @sonata It was hard trying to find the negatives since I'm not familiar with Batwoman, Heretic, or Batwing and the comic book material. I pretty much enjoy the film.
If you watch the films, can you let me know if the characterization is different? I'm a bit curious.
From a non-comic book perspective, this is pretty new for me. All I can say is that film can't really do more than just introduce the new characters and put in their backstories for this film since there are more than 2 characters.
Nightwing never had his own film, same goes for the other three. They had to share one film. It's pretty unique given how the past 2 films mainly focused on Damian and then it shifted in the same continuity to these guys. For any fans who have a strong affinity towards Batwoman, Nightwing, or Batwing, they may have mixed feelings for it.
Only thing I didn't like is how every movie NW gets his arm broken or pierced through. NW in the comic is a beast but in the movies he's the one of the weakest BatFam members too much Damian butt kissing. Everything else was great though.
Taka: I remember watching Devils' Line. I can't remember any issues I had. I have to look at my comments.
Oct 13, 2021 2:07:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: One of those familiar vampire stories in a modern setting where the male lead hates himself because of his vampiric nature and is in love with a human woman. The execution of the whole story is pretty clumsy and from what I gather, the anime is...
Oct 13, 2021 9:20:17 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...rushing through 40 chapters of manga material to fit into 12 anime episodes. Definitely shows with how quickly it's creaming through events, with the main couple being bland between angsty male vampire and the human female devoted to him.
Oct 13, 2021 9:21:50 GMT
Old Man Dream: Besides that plot, said male lead's involved with a secret government agency tasked with controlling vampires that give into their bloodlust.
Oct 13, 2021 9:22:42 GMT
Old Man Dream: And adding more insult to injury, the new Injustice animated movie is a big mess.
Oct 14, 2021 1:39:37 GMT
Taka: I read through my comments. Bloodlust and rapes along with innuendos. The romance I never mentioned of - with the details you mentioned - I remembered now it was pretty bad.
Oct 14, 2021 4:39:16 GMT
Old Man Dream: I'm thankfully pretty far in the series. Just have 3 more episodes, which I should get taken care of by tomorrow evening. Kind of regret thinking this would be a good title to dabble into for Halloween.
Oct 14, 2021 9:17:57 GMT
Taka: Didn't catch the Injustice movie. Waiting for it to be digitally available. That's a shame.
Oct 15, 2021 1:57:55 GMT
Old Man Dream: The movie got leaked online a week early before its release date. The negative reception to it, especially with how regarded the comic book and video game versions of Injustice are, got me curious to see how bad it was. I won't spoil things unlike most...
Oct 15, 2021 9:18:08 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...folks are unfortunately doing. But I'll just say that it both tries cramming too much into an 80-minute film and alters things rather heavily compared to the game and comics.
Oct 15, 2021 9:19:07 GMT
Taka: That is a shame considering they split Long Halloween into two parts. I guess with Injustice, you are appealing to 3 groups: the video game folks, the comic book folks, and then the new fans.
Oct 16, 2021 5:59:49 GMT
Old Man Dream: It sounds like you're assuming the games and comics run separate stories. The video game series serves as the main story of the franchise, while the comics serve as prequel or interquel to expand on and fill in the details on events that weren't...
Oct 16, 2021 12:33:54 GMT
Old Man Dream: ...elaborated on within the video games.
Oct 16, 2021 12:36:18 GMT
Taka: Thanks for the correction. For some reason I thought the video game was loosely based on the comic books and treated the two as separate stories. With fighting games, I assumed they had more flexibility due to different endings.
Oct 17, 2021 2:49:30 GMT