This gritty well constructed thriller sends us deep into the heart of the team of Batman when he goes missing after a brutal fight. It is now up to Batwoman and Batman’s allies to try and find him.
The plot offers us a slice of something different in a Batman movie that had been presented in the live-action Batman Returns that is the exposition, plot-development and characterisation is revolved around the people who know (or think they know) Batman the most be it Alfred the Butler his “father”, Robin and Nightwing his “sons” and Batgirl his “daugher” offering a use of inner tension between the characters with Nightwing wanting to be his own person, Robin wanting to grow up and be treated as an adult and Batgirl wanting a partner the duality of their different “masks” is very evident. All these points come together with an interesting additional backstory to Batman lore that leads to the final climatic battle.
The style of animation is very much of the style of the recent movies with a heavy mixture of grunge, comic book flair with a nod to Frank Miller’s style of animation is dark, mature and gritty which compliments the plot.
I viewed this movie in HD (1080p 24fps) on Warner Bros. Blu-Ray The picture was pristine, sharp and clear the animation is vibrant, fluid quit frankly amazing to view.
This gritty, darkly atmospheric and sharp movie offers again another slice of Batman with a very refreshing turn in characterisation of this team, humanising them and giving them a reality, witty dialogue and lots of action. Highly Recommended