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Batman The Soul of the Dragon Review*****

Cert 15 | 83 mins | 2021

5 Star,

The 70’s Bat VS a Snake God.

From the DC aficionado’s, writer Jeremy Adams (Lego DC Batman: Family Matters, Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain) and director Sam Liu (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Batman and Harley Quinn, Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman VS Two-Face) comes a retro style Batman from the days when Bruce Lee was king, the ‘Dark Knight’ was a young man and the Afro’s were high as the flares were wide.

Picture a château in France, a dodgy waiter serves a man and disappears out the back, and we see him next in the penthouse finding the hidden safe and photographing the contents until he sees something very familiar, an object from his past and now somebody else has it, and they aren’t friendly. Four goons come in to take care of him, but with the looks and moves of Bruce Lee, Richard Dragon (Mark Dacascos, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Instinct to Kill) makes light work of them before making his escape.

Elsewhere Henchman Schlangenfaust (Robin Atkin Downes, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge) is reporting to his boss Jeffrey Burr (Josh Keaton, Laws of the Universe Part 1) about the incident in France and the discovery of the ‘Gate’.

A flashback and we see a young Bruce Wayne (David Giuntoli, 13 Hours, 6 Month Rule) following his chosen path as he reaches the Nanda Parbat, a secret monastery in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Once the gate opens he is greeted by O-Sensei (James Hong, Big Trouble in Little China, Kung Fu Panda). This is where he meets fellow students Richard Dragon, Lady Shiva (Kelly Hu, The Scorpion King, They Die by Dawn), Ben Turner (Michael Jai White, The Dark Knight, Black Dynamite), Jade (Jamie Chung, Big Hero 6, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and Rip Jagger (Chris Cox, Ted, The Reef 2: High Tide), Bruce starts his training in earnest.

Where does that lead? What? That…door it’s set apart from the rest of the buildings. You didn’t mention it. Didn’t I?

Back in Gotham Richard seeks out his old friend Bruce Wayne at his Night club. He knows about Bruce’s vigilante life and when his establishment is attacked by the Axe Gang, who are thugs for Barr and his Kobra Cult of the serpent God Nâga, Richard finds out Bruce’s secret identity. They must protect the gate from the cult at all costs to stop Barr and his ambitions to take over the World. They must get the students back together one last time, but time has passed and people have changed, can The Bat and his associates save the day?

A great nostalgic story with the animation we expect from DC and WB also with cracking sounds of the 70’s thrown in, not to mention a mystical sword, OOH.

A must for the Batman collector.

Batman Soul of the Dragon is available on DVD Blu-ray and 4K

 

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon Special Features
 
DVD:

A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, Justice Society: World War II.

Blu-Ray:
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection, Justice Society: World War II.
From the DC Vault:  2 Bonus Cartoons

DirectorSam Liu
GenreAnimation, Action, Adventure
StarringDavid Giuntoli, Mark Dacascos, Kelly Hu, Michael Jai White, James Hong
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