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Batman And Superman: Battle Of The Super Sons Review: A Pre-Teen powered  Adventure!

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“Batman and Superman: Battle of The Super Sons” is the perfect gateway into the DC Universe and is one of the best entries in the long-running line-up of direct-to-DVD projects so far. The film also boasts a breathtaking new visual design as being the first ever all-CGI movie truly lends to the stylistic vision director Matt Peters and writer Jeremy Adams were going for. The pre-teen powered plot brings together the first on-screen pairing of the sons of DC’s biggest superheroes as the adventures of Jonathan Kent (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Damian Wayne (Jack Griffo) is off to a promising start that features action-packed sequences, exuberance, and plenty of fun nods and cameos from DC Comics and Superman: The Movie.

“Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons” honours and uses Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s comic run as its source and overall foundation so that this animated movie can portray the authentic versions of the characters. It gives us a cynical Damien Wayne, aligned with an innocent, naive, Jonathan Kent, both are awkward youths finding friendship but their different personalities are complimentary, especially in battle.

11-year-old Jonathan Kent discovers he has superpowers, thus the half-Kryptonian gets thrusted into the complicated world of Super Heroes and Super-Villains — who are now under attack by a malevolent alien force known as Starro. It’s a race against time as Jonathan must join forces with assassin-turned-Boy-Wonder Damian Wayne to rescue their fathers and save the planet by becoming the Super Sons they were destined to be.

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Throughout the 83 years of comics, Batman and Superman have barely aged a day, however, both characters have had major storylines that have had the duo become devoted fathers to aspiring superheroes. The film also establishes the relationships the Super Sons have with their fathers but we also get to see Bruce and Clark raise their children which showcases a father’s strength and empathy, ultimately this movie is about the celebration of fathers and the bonds we share with them.

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The animation is truly next level as it utilises CGI technology with 2D elements to create a stylistic and aesthetic feel, one that utilises each camera movement and each fight sequence as when the Super Sons take on Starro and their fathers, every punch and blow can be felt.

For a movie with a runtime of 79 minutes, Warner Bros. Animation continues to raise the bar in terms of animation, voice acting, and most importantly storytelling. “Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons” acts both as an origin story for Jonathan Kent and showcases the first teaming between Superboy and Robin. We focus on Jonathan discovering his powers and coming to terms with the truth about his father and we get a glimpse into Damien Wayne’s troubled past and dysfunctional relationship with his father.

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As always with any WB Animated project, they assemble a stellar voice cast. Grazer and Griffo bring so much life to their characters. Grazer’s vocal performance portrays warmth and humour and Griffo excels at portraying Damien as overconfident, darker, and showcases a sense of superiority. The rest of the incredible cast gives strong emotion and performances. Troy Baker Delivers a grand Batman performance and Travis Willingham’s vocal performance as Superman conveys warmth, Laura Bailey’s Lois Lane is another standout.

Final Thoughts

Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons” has all of the staples of a strong animated feature and its Super too. Jeremy Adams’ screenplay provides the viewers with plenty of action, storytelling. and showcases the compelling dynamics these two young boys have and with their fathers. The film is truly an introduction into an incredible universe full of realatble characters and it also has tons of heart, The soundtrack is incredible with many memorable themes, especially when the score changes as we venture from Smallville to Gotham City. “Battle of The Super Sons is easily one of the best DC Animated movies to date, and I hope we get to see more of Damian, Jonathan, and of course Bat-Cow!!

“Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons”, Is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD via Warner Bros.

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‘Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths Part Two’ Review | Unleashes The Power of the DC Multiverse

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“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths—Part Two” continues the epic journey of the DC Multiverse, facing its most severe threat in this gripping trilogy. As the Anti-Monitor unleashes chaos by destroying various Earths, the Monitor assembles many heroes, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, to combat the endless swarm of shadow demons threatening existence. The film delves into dark secrets and intricate character dynamics, heightening the stakes and delivering a thrilling narrative.

The Anti-Monitor (the Monitor’s evil counterpart) is released into the DC Multiverse and begins to destroy the different Earths that compose it. The Monitor attempts to recruit heroes from across the Multiverse/Tomorrowverse to fight back. The only thing opposing them is the mightiest team of metahumans ever assembled. But not even the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and all their fellow superheroes can slow down the onslaught of this invincible horde. What mysterious force is driving them? And how do the long-buried secrets of the Monitor and Supergirl threaten to crush their last defence?

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With ample room to explore the intricate storyline, the film navigates the interconnected web of characters and universes with skilful pacing and engaging storytelling. Building on the foundation laid by the previous instalment, “Part Two” dives straight into the action, immersing viewers in a high-stakes battle for survival. Director Jeff Wamester and the talented cast bring depth and emotion to their respective roles, enhancing the overall impact of the narrative.

While the first part of the trilogy suffered from a fractured narrative and an abundance of characters, “Part Two” manages to streamline the story and focus on the core conflict at hand. Effectively bypassing much of the foundational work established in its predecessor, swiftly immersing viewers in high-octane action. Beginning shortly after the climax of Part One, we witness the aftermath of The Flash’s demise as the surviving heroes, hailing from diverse universes, collaborate to deploy tuning fork towers in a collective effort to phase the Earth and evade the impending cataclysmic energy wave. Nevertheless, introducing previously unseen characters adds a new layer of intrigue to the unfolding narrative. Introducing key players like Psycho Pirate sets the stage for an explosive finale in the upcoming third instalment. 

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One of the strengths of this film is its ability to establish a personal connection with the characters, Part Two particularly focuses more on Psycho Pirate and Supergirl, The exploration of their motivations and backstories adds depth to the overall narrative, making the impending confrontation with the Anti-Monitor even more compelling. The depiction of Psycho Pirate in the film provides valuable insights into his character and abilities. The origin story offers a compelling introduction for viewers unfamiliar with him, albeit with a darker tone. While the film may embellish his background from the comic series, this interpretation adds complexity to the character. Additionally, Meg Donnelly’s depiction of Supergirl embodies a resilient survivor granted a fresh start by the Monitor after escaping her decimated home world of Krypton. One notable aspect of the film adaptation is the attention to detail in establishing and engendering empathy for each character.

The exceptional voice acting displayed throughout the film exemplified unparalleled skill and artistry, with each actor expertly embodying their characters with a genuine and distinctive interpretation. Particularly noteworthy were the performances of Meg Donnelly as Supergirl and Geoffrey Arend as Psycho Pirate, whose ability to infuse emotion into their characters deeply resonated with me, eliciting genuine empathy and connection. We also see Jensen Ackles’ portrayal of Batman showcases a solitary figure navigating various realms where he reluctantly allows others to join his noble mission alongside the Bat family from a different world. Meanwhile, Darren Criss’ interpretation of Superman grapples with establishing his role as the world’s ultimate guardian.

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Several supporting characters exhibit acts of leadership as they assist the Justice League in safeguarding the numerous alternate Earths. Solovar intervenes to rescue a fellow hero and strives to earn his trust despite initial scepticism. Wonder Woman and Robin also demonstrate instances of aiding their teammates throughout the mission. During times of crisis, familiar individuals joining the effort undoubtedly contribute significantly to the overall strategic objectives.

Throughout Part Two, we witness intense conflict, as heroes and villains engage in epic battles amidst the darkness. The tomorrowverse/DCAU animation style seamlessly complements the dynamic action sequences, creating a visually captivating experience. As does Kevin Riepl’s masterful score enhances the emotional depth of these scenes, illustrating the intensity and complexity of the characters’ struggles.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Overall, “Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part Two” sets the stage for an epic conclusion to the trilogy, building anticipation for the showdown between our heroes and their formidable adversary. With its blend of action, emotion, and intricate storytelling, this instalment keeps viewers engaged and eager to see how the epic saga will unfold in the thrilling finale.

“Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths-Part Two” Is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD via Warner Bros.

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Joker: Folie à Deux | Official Teaser – In Theaters October 4, 2024

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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Crime, Drama, Musical

Release Date:

October 4, 2024

Director:

Todd Phillips

Cast:

Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga

Plot Summary:

Sequel to the film “Joker” from 2019.

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The Penguin | Official Teaser — HBO Max

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Release Date:

2024

Director:

Craig Zobel

Cast:

Colin Farrell, Cristin Milioti, Rhenzy Feliz

Plot Summary:

Following the events of ‘The Batman,’ Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, makes a play to grab the reigns of the crime world in Gotham.

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