Warner Bros. and Warner Home Video have excelled at bringing us quality DC Comics inspired animated films over the last few decades and keeping their trend of returning to the style that suits them best. As Batman goes missing, it is up to his Bat Family to get find him and return him to Gotham City it all goes to hell in a hand basket. With an animated films that barely hits the hour and a half mark, this won’t be as nearly as in depth as the past reviews, but rest assured, I’ll let you know what I thought about it.
The voice talents of Jason O’Mara as Batman, Morena Baccarin as Miranda Tate, Yvonne Strahovski as Batwoman, and Sean Maher as Nighwing, are valiant and quality voice performances for a film that doesn’t have the depth the past animated efforts have had. I wouldn’t expect much from a plot of a straight to DVD film, but what makes DC and Warner Bros. so great at the animated sector of film making is that they give nerds like myself a nostalgic feast every time they release a film. With such successful television shows in the past like Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and the great seasons of Justice League, this falls flat to those standards of film and animation.
What caught my eye every scene was the flawless action choreography that was showcased throughout the movie. Action in animation requires a certain touch of magic and skill due to the realm not boasting a realistic tone and the fight scenes delivered a balance of realism without falling away from the fact this is a film for kids and young adults with brains, and a way they make you use your brain is by giving that classic style of suspense that comics do to us every month and that is to make sure you don’t know who is behind what until the last few scenes of the story. I found myself deeply invested into the story of the Bat Family if not for one character that makes the plot seem extra ridiculous. Again, this is to cater to young adults and teens (technically) or those with shorter attention spans and that’s what makes me think the film falls short. Over-packing a Batman film of any kind takes away from what makes Batman stories so enjoyable and there was a lack of intimacy once this character comes into the mold to help our Bat Family.
As a whole, it was classic fun from a DC property in animated form and serve most of its fans as a nice amount of fun and nostalgia, but it almost falters once a certain character makes his unimpressive and sort of overpowered appearance. I’m not convinced any of you will guess who that character is, but I will stress to you that you need to think “bats” and not much else. There are no JLA members or characters beyond Gotham in this movie.