Batman: Soul of the Dragon is a video game based on the early Batman comics. In the late 1970s, an orphaned martial arts master is the central subject of a search by Batman and his fellow criminals. The main point of the story is to find the true identity of the "crimson knight," as he is also known, and learn why he chooses to spend his days fighting crime instead of studying. This game is widely considered one of the Batman episodes that every fan of the Batman comics should enjoy.
As mentioned, this movie follows the early Batman comic's storyline, but it differs greatly from those in that it diverges from the dark, brooding, and often evil character that we know and love. Instead, the movie turns to be more of an action-adventure with a strong anti-heroic slant. Bruce Wayne has become a city lawyer after being crippled in a freak accident while jogging. He uses his newfound skill to become an icon for those who support the Batman franchise, and later on, the bat signal is proudly displayed by the Batmobile.
The story line begins five years after the events of the Dark Knight, and Batman must save Gotham City from the wicked menace, the Joker. The Dark Knight makes an appearance in the background in the beginning of the film, as the lone civilian not yet involved with the vigilant crime fighting. He is Bruce Wayne, still blind and recovering from his injury. He is, however, already a devote fan of the dark knight's code, and he contacts Batman when he recovers to help him fight the Joker. From this point, the two characters develop an unlikely friendship, much to the surprise of the Batfamily.
For the most part, this animated movie is a faithful adaptation of the source material, but it is different from the classic Batman comics. The story is action-packed and cartoon like, but it is also gritty and realistic, and follows a very different course for Batman, even when the source material is the martial arts. The movie mainly follows a lone Batman as he tries to fight the Joker in some interesting, but not always easy, situations. It shows off quite well the special skills that Batman has as well as his incredible physical strength, which is one of the hallmarks of the Batman comic books.
With some excellent animation and some excellent martial arts sequences, this Batman: Soul of the Dragon movie has a lot of promise. It may not be as good as the classic Batman of decades ago, but it will most definitely be entertaining for children and adults. Beyond that, this animated feature has great potential for great marketing and the potential to make a lot of money for studios such as Pixar and Disney. There are so many ways this animated Batman movie could go, and we may just see the beginnings of the next Batman movies!
I hope that this Batman video will spark an interest in animation fans and those who want to see more action and drama from the Caped Crusader. The Dark Knight rises this June, and my bet is that there will be a huge amount of hype surrounding this movie, and I can only imagine the response that the Batman: Soul of the Dragon video will get. If you have never seen this Batman video or another animated Batman series before, then I highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you loved the old Batman series. I am looking forward to seeing what other great animation projects Batman gets into this summer. Who knows, maybe we'll get some new Batman episodes after the release of this one, or maybe the original animated Batman movie will get an upgrade and be shown next!
Genres: Action , Adventure , Animation , Crime , Fantasy | Duration: 83 min | Year: 2021