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"Son of Batman" Animated Feature Pre-Release Discussion (Spoilers)

Discussion in 'The DC Comics Animation Forum' started by James Harvey, Jul 20, 2013.

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  1. James Harvey

    James Harvey The World's Finest
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    With the upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movie title officially announced by Warner Home Video at the San Diego Comic-Con 2013, welcome to the official pre-release discussion thread for the upcoming direct-to-video Son of Batman animated feature! Look no further to discuss any upcoming home video and feature news concerning this upcoming release!

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    Son of Batman
    May 6th, 2014
    Coming To Home Video and Digital Download!

    For the latest news, check out The World's Finest and the newest posts in this thread!

    For other related news, check out the "DC Universe" Animated Feature News & Discussion Thread.

    Note: Title announced on Friday, July 19th, 2013 at San Diego Comic-Con.
     
  2. Lord Sidious

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    Like Emerarld Knights, I will skip this one.

    Of all the Batman stories, they pick this one?
     
  3. Nightwing26

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    Damian Wayne!!! Too bad this doesn't involve Dick becoming Batman and Damian officially becoming Robin, unless they alter the story...
     
  4. suss2it

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    Why not? It's critically acclaimed, written by a fan-favourite writer (Grant Morrison) featuring a fan-favourite character (Damian). They could do a lot worse when it comes to Batman stories.
     
  5. Hero Supreme

    Hero Supreme Mr Jinx No More

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    But do you think it will just adapt Batman and Son? or will in incorporate elements from Batman and Robin. There are great character dynamics between Bruce and Damian, but I think the looser the adaptation the better for this one.
     
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    No I don't, and I honestly hope it doesn't just so that we can actually see Damian as Robin. The original story itself is pretty good, but its mostly set up for the rest of Morrison's Batman epic so as a straight up adaptation with no follow up I don't think it'd work out too well.
     
  7. trance2009

    trance2009 Fun to play with not to eat

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    Eh, was never crazy about Damian Wayne.
     
  8. Bat-Fan Beyond

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    As a father, and a fan of the Morrison run, I'm actually very glad they're doing this story! Hopefully it will incorporate a little of Damian becoming Robin. I also hope this is the one that Kevin Conroy comes back to voice Batman in. I'm more excited for this one than Assault on Arkham. I just hope the animation designs are to my liking.
     
  9. RoryWilliams

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    Since the movies are usually more self-contained and DC recently dropped a bridge on Damian in the comics, I wonder if the movie might use Morrison's original idea to kill him at the end of the story.
     
  10. I_Spyral

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    I was just about to post this the same concern, exactly.
     
  11. Pfeiffer-Pfan

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    It's worth noting that the Batman & Son story arc only consisted of 4 issues... with a very rushed ending.

    I think they'll be taking alot of liberties with this, perhaps borrowing from other elements of Morrison's run.
     
  12. James Harvey

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    This animated feature, along with Batman: Assault on Arkham, will be part of the overall 75th anniversary celebration for Batman next year. More information to come, including more details on these animated features, soon.
     
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    Pfeiffer-Pfan Makin' Whoopee!

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    Soon as in the near future or soon soon? :)
     
  14. I_Spyral

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    Heh, so that's the excuse for consequtive Batman films? :p
     
  15. Lord Sidious

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    I know these Batman films would be great, I just don't like how now Batman has more movies than Superman seven to five.
     
  16. Bat-Fan Beyond

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    There's a simple answer to that... Batman has a lot more stories that arguably better and more acclaimed than Superman does.

    Plus, in my opinion, almost all the Superman stories that have been adapted into features haven't been all that great compared to the Batman ones (All-Star Superman is the exception for me, as it is the only solo Superman feature that I've really liked).


    I know everyone wants diversity, but really, Batman is the most popular character DC has -- unfortunately, even Superman isn't even as popular, though he should be -- so stop complaining about too much Batman, when he is obviously the main seller which enables us to continue getting these animated features.
     
  17. RoryWilliams

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    Less to do with story quality and more to do with changing market tastes. Superman fell out of favor for a while and tended to get ragged on as a corny goofball and a joke, while brooding, angsty bad boys are always popular, no matter what the year. Why do you think Man of Steel tried way too hard to make Clark seem brooding and badass? They're trying to sell him in the post-Tony Stark, post-Wolverine world, where most of the heroes are snarky jackasses or broody angst machines.
     
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    Part of it is dramatic, but I got the impression mos wasn't a huge toy seller. Batman being a part of mos 2 and the whole total heroes line gives me pause
     
  19. Bat-Fan Beyond

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    Yes, to a degree, but let's just take a look at the history of Superman in comics since, let's say, Post-Crisis on the Infinite Earths in the 80's... Not too many great or acclaimed for Supes: We mostly have retellings of his origin with Byrne's Man of Steel run, Superman For All Season, Birthright, and then Geoff John's Secret Origin, as well as the Earth One alternate universe graphic novels. Then there's All-Star Superman and the Elseworlds Red Son and Kingdom Come (which is actually more of a Justice League story, despite being one of the best Superman stories), and that's about it. I've never heard too much acclaim for any other Superman story. The Death of Superman, just like Batman's Knightfall, wasn't really as great or acclaimed as a story as it was as a popular continuity-important event.

    While if you look at Batman, he's had several more great and acclaimed stories: Batman: Year One, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke,Arkham Asylum, Gotham by Gaslight, A Death in the Family, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Hush, Under the Red Hood, Morrison's Batman and Son/R.I.P./Batman & Robin, and the more recent The Court of Owls.

    I love Superman, but I don't think it's just about the level of popularity or how edgy Batman is compared to Superman, but about how much more versatile the Batman character is and how he has a lot more stories, beyond just another retelling of his origin, that resonate more with audiences than Superman stories do. Even if you're not a comic book reader, it is stories that Batman has that are like that which help keep the character alive and are drawn from for translation into other mediums. Superman is an icon, but despite how long and varying a history he has, he does not have a source-pool of stories that hold up as well as Batman does.
     
  20. Bobbywoodhogan

    Bobbywoodhogan I Will Find Him!

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    I disagree with that to some extent, there are plenty of great Superman stories aswell, you could adapt pretty much any of his origin stories but if course that limits you because you can't keep making animated films on his origin. But I guess alot of the best Superman stories are team ups and/or feature various other heroes like Matt Wagners Trinity, Kingdom Come, various from the Superman Batman series, Panic in the Sky, Superman and the Legion of Superheroes, etc. However, there's also amazing solo stories like Exile (which could easily be done and the reasons why could he exiles himself could be covered in flashbacks), Red Son (I o gel this would be problematic to make with the do you have Russian accents or not), Eradication (infact the entire Krypton Man series), Last Son, etc.

    I do agree Batman has more but there's a ton of Superman stories aswell as other JLA stories etc that they could have done. But I think the two
    Batman films will be awesome so I'm happy.
     
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