Batman Beyond – S1 Ep3 – Blackout REview

In this episode we see Terry stupidly attempting to live any kind of normal life. His night off doesn’t go to plan and it’s not long before Bruce calls upon him to fight off a new villain.

Meet Inque. An oily, slimy, sultry shapeshifter who is recruited by Derek Powers to destroy a rival company. Inque was great and her introduction brought in some great fight scenes. We also got to see Terry show of his smarts as he quickly realised that she doesn’t like water and begins to use this against her.

I still find myself excited by Terry’s bat suit and in Blackout we may have possibly witnessed a new disguise for Bruce too which is more fitting for a detective. Bruce really holds up his part of this new team by putting his detective skills into practice. There was a nice scene at the end of the of the episode where we meet Barbara Gordon for the first time. An older version than what we are used to seeing but the brief interaction she has with Bruce shows off how much history they have. More of this please!!!

Batman: Death In The Family Review

Batman: Death in the Family is the first interactive animated movie from Warner Bros/DC and its really well done!! Batman Under The Red Hood is one of my favourite DC animated movies so I wasn’t really sure how this movie would work as technically we have already seen this story play out but that’s where the interactive part comes in and it’s really very clever!

So the movie starts of as Under The Red Hood does up until the point that Joker has Jason Todd captive, it is here where everything changes, if you want it to! You are given one of three choices as to whether to save Jason and indeed how to save him. This takes its inspiration directly from the original comic where the readers were asked whether or not they wanted Jason Todd to live or Die, in reality the reader chose die and comics where changed forever and we were ultimately gifted with Red Hood.

This is where this story differs, depending on what first choice you pick takes you down different branching paths where you have more choices to make, these lead in some very different directions some good, some bad, some very very bad most are quite brutal in one way or another! Once you’ve finished one branch it does give you the option to jump back to your orignal branch to make different choices, its done so well and all the animation and voice acting fits perfectly to the original.

I really enjoyed this cool way to tell a story we already knew, its interesting given you the choice of where the story goes and what that means for all the characters involved and it would be great to see them do it with other stories in this series. Picking and choosing what Justice League member takes on Doomsday in Death of Superman or how Barry changes the timeline in Flashpoint would be amazing!! Overall great concept and fantastic execution, I’m a fan!

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Batman Beyond – S1 Ep2 – Rebirth: Part 2 Review

“You’re pretty strong for someone who thinks they’re Batman”

An action packed second episode completely has you hooked by the end (if you wasn’t already). This was a brilliant episode and it really sets the tone for what’s to come.

Bruce figures out what Derek Powers is up to and isn’t happy that he’s experimenting with nerve gas under his company’s name. He sets Terry off on a mission to pass on the evidence to Commissioner Barbara Gordon, but Derek Powers appears to be one step ahead.

There are excellent combat scenes mixed in with some very witty one liners as Terry steals that sexy Batsuit on a mission to put a stop to Powers’ antics. This suit is so awesome and takes Batman’s strength and skills to a whole new level. It actually makes this an even more exciting viewing experience as you watch him do things like seemingly make batarangs appear out of thin air.

Bruce does his best to put up resistance to Terry’s bat desires but by the end of the episode gives in and takes on the Alfred role of being Terry’s guide. He loosens up the grumpy even more and we start the journey of their relationship as Bruce officially welcomes Terry to his world.

Powers’ bragging about his nerve gas backfires on him. His own evidence shows that the gas doesn’t mix well with humans, but luckily for him, he comes out glowing! Oh and a special mention to Mr Fixx, Powers’ right hand man. Love this character. He’s scary as hell and made it to the top of Terry’s list. I’m so excited for more!!!

Batman Beyond – S1 Ep1 – Rebirth: Part 1 Review

Here is the introduction to a new chapter in the Batman story. A world where Bruce Wayne has grown old and is physically unable to maintain his vigilante lifestyle.

Episode 1 really sets up the story well. We initially get to see Bruce in action but also witness just how much it takes out of him. After rescuing a damsel in distress he hangs up the bat suit and vows to never wear it again. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful that suit is!!! It’s so sleek and it instantly indicates that this something fresh and new.

Skip 20 years ahead and we meet Terry McGinnis. He’s balsy, full of angst and seems to easily attract trouble. You immediately realise he’s destined for greater things when he takes on a copycat group of villains called The Jokers. This leads him to his first meeting with Bruce Wayne who, with the aid of a walking stick, helps fight them off. Terry innocently quickly discovers the batcave which is probably going to come in very handy to him as the story progresses.

The animation is pretty typical of it’s time and I liked that it’s futuristic but doesn’t give us ridiculous and unbelievable visions of what the future would look like. The antagonist is clearly going to be Bruce Wayne’s business partner, Derek Powers and he’s already made an enemy in Terry. This was a brilliant first episode and really does leave you eager for more.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow Review

Superman: Man of Tomorrow opens a new chapter for the DC animated universe, telling the character’s all familiar origin story but with a fresh spin throwing in some badass villains.

This movie doesn’t focus too much on Clark’s early years and instead practically throws us straight into the action. Darren Criss voices the man of steel and his talents give us a fresh faced, younger hero than we may have seen before. We see him experience pivotal moments such as starting work at The Daily Planet, meeting Lois Lane and being presented with his super suit, which was one of the highlights of the movie. We definitely need more Darren as Superman!

As much as we all love Superman, the villains really compliment each other well, all bringing something different for Superman to battle. The arrival of bounty hunter, Lobo (Ryan Hurst) gives Superman a chance to explore his powers. Lobo is a fantastic character and as big as the threat he poses when he arrives on Earth, the humour he brings almost has you willing him to succeed. Ryan Hurst does a truly fantastic job. The evolution of Parasite (Brett Dalton) plays out so well and really does convey the aspect that villains aren’t always ALL bad. What I especially liked about having Parasite in this movie is that it introduced an element of horror to it. Of course it wouldn’t be a Superman movie without Lex Luthor. Zachary Quinto does a great job in portraying a sneaky, scheming, slithering Lex.

As action packed as Man of Tomorrow is, there are some emotionally fuelled moments thrown in. Superman’s relationship with Martian Manhunter (Ike Amadi) is another real highlight of the movie and there’s a big moment which will have you gasping and maybe even shedding a tear. The initial sparks between Superman/ Clark and Lois Lane (Alexandra Daddario) are captured brilliantly too.

Overall, Man of Tomorrow is really enjoyable. It has heart, humour, hijinks and even a little nudity which will keep you entertained and the vocal talent really is superb. More importantly it leaves you feeling like Superman really is the man of tomorrow.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, available on digital download Now and Blu-ray™, DVD & Limited-Edition Blu-ray™ with Mini-Figure September 7th.