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The ongoing animated series DC Universe continues with its third entry. This would be the first of the series that was not based off a graphic novel or past series of comic book entries. This would be set be loosely set within the universe set by Christopher Nolan's Batman series. And what they attempted to do however somewhat failed in more ways than one.
The film is about a collection of tales the Batman that would show Batman's Journey from Batman Begins (2005) to the Dark Knight (2008).
Even though the film is suppose to bridge the gap between those two films it's a lot better to think of it as an inspiration from those two films, there are several differences between those and these. "These" are a collection of 6 different 12 min tales. It's all apparently interlocking but they really do not. With several different directors helming each different segment it never feels like each one is connected. And when you are watching the movie you as the viewer are never sure what this film is trying to be. When the film ends you are neither happy nor sad you feel nothing at all. You will go "that's it?" Some segments are better than others but none are great, they range from bad-good. Since the segments are just 12 min in length there is nothing you can really do story wise that is really that compelling. Some of them try but each one falls into the same trap as the last one. Each one just becomes about the action which wouldn't be so bad if the action was any bit exciting. I think that's partly due to the stiff animation. I will admit I never really liked anime and this film didn't change my mind either. But I feel like since that each segment feels on its story so I feel I should talk about each one.
The first segment is called "Have I got a story you" is about a bunch of different kids telling about their experience seeing Batman. This is a weak story, and is basically the same story that was told in the "Batman: Animated Series." That episode was called "Legend of the Dark Knight" and with a shorter running time and far weaker animation this segment becomes nothing more than a weak carbon copy of the other episode.
The Second segment is called "Crossfire" and this is about one cop having to get over his distrust for Batman while coming under fire from the Irish mob. This starts off good from the good talks between the two cops. The animation had improved, except for the animation on the faces which needed to be improved. But after this it becomes nothing more than a shoot em up episode with Batman saving the cops butts. The action is stiff at best and is not too exciting. So all in all it's nothing too special.
The Third segment is called "Field Test" and this is nothing short of pointless. All this segment ended up being was a big fight after a golfing session. It's about Batman trying out a new suit. Just like "Crossfire" the action is stiff and the animation is even worse than "Crossfire."
The fourth segment is called "In the Darkness Dwells" and this one is the best one out of the first 4. Its animation is nice and the atmosphere is well done. This is about Batman tracking Scarecrow in the sewers. Even though the segment is mostly all about action it was nice seeing Killer Croc on the screen along with the Scarecrow. Also the action is still not the greatest but it's still better than the rest.
The Fifth segment is called "Working Through Pain" and this is the most satisfying out of the bunch. This is about Bruce Wayne going to an Asian village to work through his pain. The animation is decent but the story is really good. It's got a lot deeper layers that you can analyze and it's a lot of better but it's still too short. The fights are however too marital artists for my taste. Batman/Bruce Wayne has a style of fighting that is not present here. This is the best one out of all of them but it's still not perfect
The Sixth segment is called "Deadshot" and this is one of the better ones on this set. This is about Deadshot being hired to kill Batman. This is got a sleek style that is very appealing and I really like. Even though this mostly action, the action is very well done in this one and is entertaining to watch and not only that but its animation was decent as well.
Now the reason I don't really like anime is because it feels stiff to me. It feels like the characters are having a hard time moving and doing an action. Now it's not always like this but a lot of times it is. Also when the characters are talking it just looks like their mouths are moving and that all. It doesn't look like the mouth is projecting anything instead it's just moving. Now I will say some of the segments looked very good and other ones just look awful. Also some of the designs for the characters did not match up with the actor's voice, mainly the design for Bruce Wayne in "Field Test" where Kevin Conroy's voice does not match. I love Kevin Conroy's voice for Batman but it doesn't work for that segment. Now if you like anime then you will like this but if you don't then you should properly steer clear of most these segments.
The Bottom Line is this is a very uneven animated film that is mostly about action and not much story wise and for the most part the anime style fails to work.
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