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  • Ken Silvers

Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons


As you can probably tell from past articles I am a huge Batman fan, and I am there for anything involving the Dark Knight. One of the current releases featuring Batman, but not in a starring role, is "Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons". While the film does feature Batman, as voiced by Troy Baker, the primary focus of the film is on the characters of Jonathan Kent (Jack Dylan Grazer) and Damian Wayne (Jack Griffo), the sons of Superman (Travis Willingham) and Batman respectively. I would hazard a guess that most of the general public or non comic book fans had no idea Batman and Superman had sons. If you have ever seen the television show "Superman and Lois" you know Superman has twin sons in that show, which has taken liberties with the comic books. On the other hand, Batman's son Damien might be a bit better known as the offspring of the Caped Crusader and one time affair with Talia al Ghul, and has been featured in the comic books for years and various animated movies. The two sons are front and center in this DC Animated Universe film and their eventual team-up is the core of the storyline. When the two first meet, Damien, in his usual manner, brushes off Jonathan as annoying, declaring being a trained assassin has little time to invest in Superman's son. However, Damien's many attempts to become part of the Teen Titans are again postponed, leaving him feeling devastated. The film also features some great moments between Clark Kent and his son while they are in Smallville, and this is where Jonathan discovers the reason is father is often away, and that he has inherited some of his father's super abilities. We also see Bruce struggle to keep Damian in check, which would require the determination of a superhero to do so effectively. The story really kicks into high gear when the world is invaded by Starro, an alien creature that looks like a giant starfish and releases small starfish to attach to the faces of others in order to take control of them. Both Superman and Batman and eventually the entire Justice League and Titans are taken over by Starro, leaving Jonathan and Damian/Robin to save their fathers and the planet, quite the task for two young heroes. The duo take one of the Bat vehicles in order to reach the orbiting Watchtower (one of the headquarters of the Justice League) , in order to rescue their fathers and take on Starro. The battle in space is exciting and the duo prove to be formatable as they fight for their lives in order to save the world. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Lois Lane (Laura Bailey) has managed to be free of Starro's grasp and attempts to get help from U.S. President Lex Luthor (Darin De Paul) in the fight of the invading creature. As one might expect, the villain is thwarted and all ends well for our duo and their budding friendship. Many parts of this film were enjoyable, especially the slower moments such a Jonathan flying with his father after he learns he is Superman, and a moment at the end with the often aloof Bruce hugs Damien after the rescue. The animation is wonderful, and at times is breathtaking. This is one animated film that would have been great to see on the big screen at a theater. This is a fun and action packed film for Batman and Superman fans, or for those who would like to learn about Jonathan and Damien. Make "Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons" part of your animated movie watch list. Now available on Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming on various outlets including Amazon Prime and YouTube. (Rated PG-13)

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