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Batman: Bad Blood (2016) – Film Review

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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.

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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


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

One thought on “Batman: Bad Blood (2016) – Film Review

  1. This followup to Son is really good. I like where DC seems to be going with this series, but does Batman really need a team? I’d love to se some other DC characters get a similar treatment, specially Wonder Woman.

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