Cue the obvious Batman singing Taylor Swift jokes…
You done? Good, now let’s talk about Batman: Bad Blood:
Batman: Bad Blood is a 2016 direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It serves as a sequel to the 2015 film Batman vs. Robin. The film was released on January 20, 2016 for iTunes and the Google Play Store, and on DVD and Blu-ray on February 2, 2016.
Jason O’Mara, Sean Maher, and Stuart Allan reprise their roles from the previous films with Morena Baccarin returning from Son of Batman as Talia al Ghul.
Bruce Wayne is missing. Alfred covers for him while Nightwing and Robin patrol Gotham City in his stead. And a new player, Batwoman, investigates Batman’s disappearance.
In terms of the story, this is something that has been already been done before in the past with Batman. An episode of Superman: The Animated Series, Knight Time, has pretty much the same plot to it. Superman learns that the Dark Knight has been missing from Gotham for some time now. Superman finds Robin, who has been battling all the crime in Batman’s absence, such as Batman rogues Bane, The Mad Hatter, and The Riddler. Disguised as Batman, Superman helps Robin investigate why his partner has disappeared, leading up to a confrontation with Brainiac who it turns out brainwashes Batman for his evil plans. A lot of those elements are in the plot for this movie. So the story is not entirely original this time around and that’s probably the biggest flaw of the whole movie.
Other than that, once again, the animation is nicely done, director Jay Olivia does a great job bringing this unique animation style to Batman again that was used in both Son Of Batman and Batman Vs. Robin. The action sequences are also nicely animated as well.
The voice work is once again, you have the return of Jason O’Mara, Sean Maher, Stuart Allan, and Morean Baccarin back in their roles from Son Of Batman but you also have Yvonne Strahovski as Batwoman, Steven Blum as Firefly, Gaius Charles as Batwing, Robin Atkin Downes as The Mad Hatter and Electorcutioner, and Ernie Hudson as Lucius Fox among many others and it’s another really strong solid cast that comes together nicely.
Aside from a story that has been done in the past, Bad Blood actually does have a lot of those same elements that made Batman Vs. Robin and Son of Batman work, the animation is really good, the action is nicely done, the voice work is solid, the score is really good, the editing is nicely done, it’s another winner for the DC animated universe and one that’s worth the watch.