From 1975 to 1978 DC Comics published a title called Batman Family which focused on the Dark Knight’s supporting characters. They were mostly Batgirl and/or Robin stories that had little or no interaction with Batman himself. This original DC Universe movie made me think of that series. While Batman Family would not be as “cool” a title as Batman: Bad Blood, it would be a lot more fitting.
After the break I’ll look at the movie in a bit more detail and try to be as spoiler free as possible.
I’ve always felt that post Final Crisis, DC Comics had pulled off what many would probably say was impossible. Replace Bruce Wayne as Batman. Sure there had been pretenders and fill ins over the years, but I thought the handling of the new dynamic duo of Dick Grayson as Batman and Damian Wayne as Robin struck a perfect balance between appeasing old school fans and satisfying new fans.
Perhaps I’m wrong, and the return of Bruce Wayne was always on the horizon, but I really felt that DC could have run with this to Wally West levels. At the very least they allowed the duo to continue after Bruce returned and took on a more international role with the creation of Batman Inc. But then the New 52 came along and mucked everything up.
Either way I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the trailer after the cut for the new direct to video Batman animated movie Batman: Bad Blood due in 2016.Which features Grayson as Batman, Damian as Robin and also Batwoman and Batwing. The movie is essentially Batman Inc. My interest is definitely piqued.
Continuing my look at the first week of DC Comics Convergence event. Be sure to check out Week One, Part One for my spoiler filled ramblings on Convergence #1, Batman and Robin #1, Nightwing Oracle #1, Batgirl #1 and Speed Force #1. After the break my mind wanders aimlessly and spoilery about Superman #1, Harley Quinn #1, Justice League #1, The Atom #1, The Question #1 and Titans #1.
Not to be outdone by whatever Marvel announces on The View today, DC is trying to make waves of their own with huge changes to their entire line of comics in the wake of Convergence.
Up first, RIP New 52 branding. It hasn’t made sense in a long time and I guess we are back to it simply being the DC universe. (Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like we’ll be back to the Pre-Flashpoint DCU. Sniff.)