|Batman vs. Robin|
|Directed by||Jay Oliva|
|Screenplay by||J. M. DeMatteis|
|Based on||"Batman: The Court of Owls"|
by Scott Snyder
|Produced by||James Tucker|
|Edited by||Al Bretienbach|
|Music by||Frederik Wiedmann|
|Distributed by||Warner Home Video|
|80 minutes |
Batman vs. Robin is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is the 22nd film of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies and the fifth film in the DC Animated Movie Universe. The film is partially based on the "Batman: The Court of Owls" story arc written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion, and serves as a sequel to 2014's Son of Batman. The film was shown during WonderCon on April 3, 2015. The film was released for downloading on April 7, 2015, and was released on Blu-ray and DVD formats on April 14, 2015.
Stuart Allan, Jason O'Mara, David McCallum, and Sean Maher reprise their respective roles from Son of Batman.
In the past, a young Bruce Wayne learns of a secret organization called the Court of Owls from his father Thomas, that lurk in the shadows. After witnessing the death of his parents, Bruce suspects that the Court were behind the murder but finds no evidence, leaving him to believe the Court were in fact just a story. In the present-day, Bruce’s son Damian[N 1] goes out as Robin to rescue a group of missing children abducted by Anton Schott, who has been turning them into dolls. Afterwards, a mysterious figure in an owl costume suddenly appears and kills Anton, leaving a feather behind. However, due to his past violent actions, Bruce blames Damian for his murder, prompting him to place security measures around Wayne Manor to prevent Damian from going out as Robin.
The following night, Bruce goes out as Batman to track down the feather, leading him to a museum where he is confronted by a group of owl costumed assassins. They eventually capture him and take him to the Court of Owls headquarters, where he meets their leader the “Grandmaster”. The Grandmaster offers Bruce the chance to join them, but he kindly declines, with the Court returning him home safely. Meanwhile, Damian manages to escape Wayne Manor, and while out he meets the same assassin who killed Anton, introducing himself as Talon. Talon takes Damian under his wing, training him to become a Court assassin.
Bruce infiltrates a Court headquarters and is taken out by hallucination gas, but is rescued by Nightwing and Alfred Pennyworth. When Damian is revealed to be Bruce’s son, the Grandmaster rejects him under the decision to emotionally cripple Bruce with Damian's death, prompting Talon to attack the Court. Talon then kills the Grandmaster, who is revealed to be socialite Samantha Vanaver, Bruce’s girlfriend, while also insisting that she would have done the same to him. Now having control of the Court, Talon leads an attack on Wayne Manor, but Batman, Nightwing and Alfred fend them off.
Damian escapes the Court headquarters and defeats Talon, telling him he can never be a better father than Bruce. In his defeat, Talon commits suicide by forcing Damian to stab him through the neck with his own sai. This greatly traumatizes Damian, who rejects Bruce’s offer to return home on the grounds that he doesn’t know who he is. Ultimately, Damian decides to leave Bruce, who suggests he should go to a monastery in the Himalayas in order to find himself[N 2].
Batman vs. Robin received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on five reviews. IGN rated it 6.7/10 and Screen Rant 2.5/5. The film earned $4,238,572 in domestic home video sales.
A sequel titled Batman: Bad Blood was released in 2016 which was followed by Batman: Hush in 2019.