Batman and Superman – Battle of the Super Sons
United States: 2022
Original title : –
Directed by: Matt Peters
Screenplay: Jeremy Adams
Actors (VO): Jack Dylan Grazer, Jack Griffo, Troy Baker
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Genre: Animation, Superheroes
DVD/BR release date: October 26, 2022
Ahhhh, to be young…and tasked with saving the world from impending doom! That’s the burden 11-year-old Jonathan Kent and his reluctant young sidekick Damian Wayne face in this all-new DC animated film. On his birthday, Jonathan Kent learns that his father is Superman and that he himself has latent superpowers! He also meets the legendary Dark Knight and current Boy Wonder, Damian. But when the two boys are forced to team up to protect their loved ones from a hostile alien force, will they become the Super Sons they were meant to be?
On the occasion of the Blu-ray release of Krypto and the Super Animalswe came back a few days ago to the fact that animals had always been important in the universe DC Comics, and had a close relationship with Superheroes. And if you didn’t know that Batman and Superman both had a “Super-Hound,” you probably also didn’t know that the two vigilantes also each had a son, who appeared together in World’s Finest Comics #154 in December 1965, eventually forming a vigilante duo named the “Super-Sons” in the World’s Finest Comics #215 of January 1973.
The “Super-Sons”, aka Clark Kent Jr. and Bruce Wayne Jr. (sic), therefore appeared sporadically over the 70s/80s/90s before receiving a complete makeover in 2017: screenwriter Peter J. Tomasi and designer Jorge Jimenez will rename them for the occasion Damian Wayne (son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul) and Jonathan Kent (son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane). It is these two versions of the characters that we will find at the heart of Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons49th film in the series DC Universe Animated Original Moviesand the very first animated film of DCEntertainment to have been produced entirely in computer-generated images.
Riding on the success of “young” versions of certain made in DC Comics, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons therefore relaunches the duo at the heart of a relatively light story of coming of age. The film will notably evoke the problems of Jonathan Kent, son of Superman: trouble with bullies from his college, inability to integrate, disappointment with the image of his father, who never attends his baseball games. . Jonathan will then be brought to meet Damian, the son of Batman, an arrogant young man whose ego was severely injured after being rejected by the Teen Titans. Quite effectively, Matt Peters’ film will revolve around two narrative elements: on the one hand, yet another intrigue of threat to the world, and on the other, the relationship between two young people who are completely opposed, but who will eventually understand each other.
Because beyond its alien threat plot featuring Starro the Conqueror, the famous giant starfish recently seen on the big screen in the film The Suicide Squad (James Gunn, 2021), Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons brings Jonathan and Damian together around a common problem: that of growing up and trying to assert themselves in the shadow of their superhero parents. The whole remains very interesting despite an obvious lack of balance (the father/son duo composed of Jonathan and Superman takes up much more space than that of Damian and Batman), and a story that turns in circles in his first act. However, the film is extremely well paced and entertaining; the action is immersive, the whole thing is really fun at times, and visually, Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons manages to impose an extremely energetic and attractive style.
The Blu-ray of Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons edited by Warner Bros. pays a nice tribute to the animated film by Matt Peters, as well as to the neat design of the film. The definition is on point, the sharpness precise, the colors explosive and the blacks admirably dense and deep. The film is naturally offered in the format and in 1080p, in short it’s all good, we can applaud the publisher with both hands. On the sound side, the film is offered to us in a mix DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 in original version, which turns out to be particularly dynamic in its genre: the rear scene is omnipresent and really allows for perfect immersion – especially of course during the action scenes that dot the last part of the film. The French version mixed in Dolby Digital 5.1 is obviously a little less powerful, but defends itself rather well all the same.
As for supplements, the publisher offers us, as usual with animated films made in DC Comics, to focus on a making-of (15 minutes) which will come back to the main characters, their origin in the comics, the stories of coming of age, etc. Director Matt Peters and screenwriter Jeremy Adams are among the speakers, and will return to their note of intent. Finally, we will end with two episodes of the animated series Batman (1993), both in HD and VOST: it is a double-episode entitled “The quest for the demon” (44 minutes).
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