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Batman vs. Robin

Directed byJay Oliva

Produced byJames Tucker

Written byJ. M. DeMatteis

Running time76 minutes

Release dateApril 3, 2015 (WonderCon)
April 14, 2015 (United States)

Previous filmJustice League: Throne of Atlantis

Next filmBatman: Bad Blood

Batman vs. Robin is a direct-to-video animated film. It premiered at WonderCon on April 3, 2015, and was later released on April 14, 2015. It is the sequel to Son of Batman.

SynopsisEdit

The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman. While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham's secret society, known as the Court of Owls. It’s a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary, each other! Based on the #1 best-selling graphic novel, Batman: The Court of Owls, this action-packed caper is one that fans won’t want to miss![1]

PlotEdit

During an investigation of missing children, Damian Wayne, AKA Robin, Batman's son with Talia al Ghul, has taken the Batmobile out to an abandoned toy factory without Batman's consent. He finds the perpetrator, Anton Schott, who has mutated some of the victims into dolls. Batman arrives, and in the resulting battle, Robin chases Schott while Batman knocks out the dolls with gas and frees the remaining children. Upon defeating Schott, Robin chooses to spare him, but an owl-masked assassin named Talon suddenly kills Schott and frames Robin for the murder. Batman is eventually convinced of Robin's innocence after finding an owl feather at the crime scene.

The next night, Bruce has dinner at Wayne Manor with fellow wealthy socialite Samantha Vanaver, who meets Damian. Later, he tries to connect with Damian, but he voices his frustration towards Bruce for never trusting him. Bruce goes out, leaving Damian with Nightwing to look after him (and calling off his date with Starfire in the process) and starts to investigate the owl feather, which leads him to the Gotham Museum of Natural History's Hall of Owls. He is reminded of a childhood story about the Court of Owls, a secret society of wealthy men who ruled Gotham from the shadows and killed any who opposed them by sending agents called talons. On the night his parents were murdered, Bruce had seen an owl clutching a bat flying away from the crime scene. He became convinced that the Court of Owls was to blame, but after finding no evidence of their existence, Bruce dismissed the legend.

While continuing to investigate, Batman is attacked by three undead, owl-masked assailants. After killing one, Batman witnesses the other two suddenly liquefying into black ooze. Meanwhile, Damian, having escaped Nightwing and fled the mansion, is approached by Talon, who encourages Robin's choice of punishing criminals and offers Robin a chance to join him. Unsure of the decision, Robin returns home, where Bruce discovers him and warns him that he will be sent away to a school in Switzerland unless he learns to discipline himself.

While driving to a date with Samantha, Bruce is kidnapped by white owl-masked people and he is brought before the Court of Owls, who offer Bruce a chance to join them. After Bruce leaves, given time to consider the offer, Talon reveals himself to be working for the Court of Owls, who are secretly raising an army of inhuman, undead talons to destroy Gotham City and allow the Court to rebuild it in their own image. However, their current talons are imperfect and dissolve after a period of time. It's also revealed that Talon's in a romantic relationship with Samantha, who's secretly the Grandmaster of the Court of Owls. While the Court is planning for Talon to become one of their undead soldiers, with Robin serving as Talon's replacement, Samantha's secretly planning to save Talon from this procedure and have him become a member of the Court, so he can rule Gotham by her side.

Damian, having contacted Talon, starts accompanying him to take out criminals, though he hesitates to kill them, which frustrates Talon. Sensing how Robin looks up to Batman as a father, Talon explains that after he gave his abusive thief father up to the police, who shot him, Talon was recruited by the Court of Owls. Batman shows up, having tracked Robin's activity, but is blocked by Robin from capturing Talon. Batman tries to convince Robin that Talon and the Court of Owls are using him, but Robin is unconvinced, believing Batman is trying to hold him back from his potential. A confrontation breaks out between them, with Robin nearly getting the chance to kill Batman before leaving.

Batman sneaks into the Court of Owls's headquarters through the sewers, but is exposed to psychotropic gas by the Court, causing Batman to hallucinate. He is rescued by Nightwing and Alfred Pennyworth. Meanwhile, Talon introduces Robin to the Court and the Grandmaster. When Damian reveals himself to her, Samantha deduces that Batman is Bruce. When ordered to kill Damian, Talon instead turns against and overthrows the Court and kills every single member, including Samantha. Now in control of the Court's army of talons, Talon leaves Damian behind, offering him another chance to join him once he has killed Batman.

Talon and his soldiers attack Wayne Manor, breaking into the Batcave as Batman, Nightwing, and Alfred fight them off. Batman and Talon battle each other. Talon gains the upper hand until Robin, who escaped from the Court's headquarters, intervenes and fights in Batman's place. He eventually defeats Talon and holds a sai to his throat. However, Talon commits suicide by forcing Robin's sai through his own neck, leaving Robin stunned and confused.

Batman tries to welcome Robin back home, but Robin refuses, claiming he needs to sort out who he is. He leaves for a monastery in the Himalayas that Batman suggested to him.

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NotesEdit

  • The film is based on the graphic novel, "Batman: The Court of Owls", released from 2011-2012 by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion
  • Dick getting a call from Kory (A.K.A.)
  • The Talon's comment to Dick that "You would have made a good Talon". In the original story, Dick was indeed groomed to be a Talon.
  • The suit that Damian wears during Batman's hallucination is the same suit he wears as Batman in Batman # 666 and subsequent stories by Grant Morrison about a nightmarish post-apocalyptic future. Indeed, Bruce's hallucination evokes the imagery of that comic-book story.
  • Alfred telling young Bruce his parents' deaths just happened, there's "no ulterior motives". In the Golden and Silver Age, Joe Chill was a hitman hired by crime boss Lew Moxon who wanted revenge on Thomas Wayne. In some versions, Joe Chill was just a random mugger, and in post-Zero Hour, the killer's identity is never revealed nor does Batman never confronted him; though it is implied the Post-Zero Hour version of Lew Moxon was involved in it.
  • The way Bruce unmasks himself in front of Talon before the final battle (ripping the mask off its neck) is similar to how he unveiled himself to a deranged Selina Kyle in Batman Returns.
  • The shot of Damian! Batman standing over bloody corpses is similar to a similar event with Two-Face in the comics.
  • Like in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Bruce's love interest is secretly a masked person, who was assumed to be her father.
  • It's a very, very loose adaptation of the comic Night of the Owls, but only a few basic parts are kept, many parts are removed, and many others changed. The added drama of the strained relationship between Robin and Batman is borrowed from the Born to Kill story-arc, with the Talon essentially playing the part Nobody did in the comic. It also borrows an element from Morisson's Batman #666.
  • The undead Talons can now only survive a very short time out of stasis, while in the comics they were completely immortal. They have also become mindless zombies, while in the comics they had distinct personalities and the ability to speak.
  • The undead Talons can now only survive a very short time out of stasis, while in the comics they were completely immortal. They have also become mindless zombies, while in the comics they had distinct personalities and the ability to speak.
  • An image of the Joker appears for a brief moment on the Bat-computer next to Dollmaker.
  • Batman never really takes on the Court of Owls. He only meets them twice in the film Once as Bruce Wayne and another as Batman to which he winds up drugged and being rescued by Alfred and Nightwing. By the time he recovers, Talon pretty much killed them for him.
  • A picture of Starfire appears briefly on Dick's cell phone.
  • The corpses of Batwoman and Talia al Ghul appear in Batman's hallucination.
  • It's in the title! Despite this, Batman and Robin fight only at the midway point of the movie. The real crux of the film is shaky relationship between Bruce and Damian.
  • A lot of the film's problems could've been avoided at the start if Damian had bothered to tell Bruce someone else killed the Dollmaker instead of lashing out at him. Bruce, being as observant as he is, could've also figured out that Damian wasn't the one after seeing there wasn't any blood on Damian's knife and the way Dollmaker was killed.
    • Even without this inciting incident, there are several instances where a simple conversation would defuse the entire conflict of the movie. Through the entire movie Bruce refuses to tell Damian a single thing about the Court of Owls- giving Damian the growing impression that Bruce doesn't trust him- and even once Batman finds out Robin is consorting with Talon he still doesn't tell Damian that Talon is working for a secret order that wants them both dead


QuotesEdit

  • Batman: I'm only gonna say this once, you sons of bitches: get the hell out of my cave.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Batman vs. Robin (2015) - DC Comics

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