A dark, gritty and dark installment to the Batman animated movies franchise with the death of Robin. It is Batman who is now riddled with guilt, with the Joker being the killer now in imprisoned Arkham and a new anti-hero rises calling himself the “Red Hood” Joker’s old moniker, it is down to Batman to tame beast and find out the mystery of the death of Robin.
The plot is dramatic, clever and even moving in this realistic rendition of the all the character’s involved this is a serious Batman movie lacking in the undercurrent humour that is seen in previous installments (most of the humour is supplied by the Joker).
The turf war with the supervillain Black Mask subplot with the new anti-hero now pulling Gotham’s strings adds an aura of tension with Batman. Having to sort out his guilt and focus on his craft you see the man behind the mask his vulnerabilities, his emotions and his codes being put to the the ultimate test.
The style of animation is slick, darkly saturated much like the tone of the later animated movies different styles are implemented. Looking at the style of this movies it has a more “realistic” feel to it in terms look matching the drama appropriately.
I viewed this movie in HD (1080p 24fps) on Warner Bros. Blu-ray. The picture was beautifully saturated boasting the depth and clarity of the animation a really clear and detailed viewing experience.
With a slightly different direction in animation and a highly polished plot this is a true Batman movie. Highly Recommended