Author: Ryan Mount

Nerds On Film: Batman Vs. Robin

Review: Batman VS. Robin Runtime: 120 Minutes This is the animated adaptation of Scott Snyder’s “The Court of Owls” storyline that ran through most of the first year of the New 52 Batman. For those following along, this story picks up after the events of 2014’s Son of Batman. There were a lot of great elements that shined through for this latest installment of DC’s animated features.  The Bat-Family dynamic was on full display in this feature.  The moment that Bruce puts down being Batman for the night and shifts his priority to showing Damien a classic movie, served as a reminder for cornerstone of Snyder’s storyline.  It really gave the whole film some sentiment.  We even got a couple brief glances of the relationship between Dick Grayson and Damien Wayne.  The film also got to shine some light on Alfred.  His dialogue was quick witted and when he came barreling into the cave wielding a shotgun, the fan in me jumped with delight. DC has also been known for the excellent voice direction in their films, but it’s become a bit more inconsistent lately.  This film seemed to get a lot more right than wrong.  You have series staples, and can do no wrong with Troy Baker, who comes into this corner of the universe as an Owl Lieutenant.  Jeremy Sisto does an incredible, take-notice job as the voice...

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Replacing the “Big Three”

Who would be your “Big Three”? While listening to Joe and Matt on the Two Headed Nerd Answer of the Week podcast, they mentioned Thundarr the Barbarian. They chalked the reason that the series worked so well up to the idea that each character represented one aspect the hero’s journey: intelligence, brute (force), and animal (instinct). I connected the dots between those three characteristics and DC’s “Big Three” (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman). To me, Batman represents the intelligence. He’s the master detective and strategist. Superman represents the animal. Deep down, instincts are what make an animal an animal. And deep down, we all love that Superman, deep down, is the best of human kind – its instinctive capacity for good and compassion. We see that time and time again in all the best Superman stories. Wonder Woman is the brute or, as I prefer to call her, the force. Superman and Batman always comment on Diana’s strength in one way or another, be it her courage or actual physical prowess. I was inspired to dive deeper into this theory. If you extend the idea to DC’s villains, you see that each hero’s opposite makes for the best villain. Like Superman, Joker is the animal, but represents the darkness of which humans are capable. Lex Luthor represents intelligence, making him the perfect villain for Superman’s instinctive do-gooder. The clash...

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