The Dark Knight and The Boy Wonder, never has there been a Superhero/Sidekick team that has endured the test of time like these two. Batman vs Robin is a sequel to The Son of Batman, starting pretty much where we left off last time, with Damian taking up the mantle of Robin after no longer serving under the league of assassins. The father-son conflict between the two continues, as a sinister organization known as The Court of Owls threatens to turn Robin against Batman to accomplish their objectives, and all this goes down with deadly consequences.
So in The Son of Batman (2014), we find out that Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter, Talia, had a child with Bruce Wayne. The child was then raised by his grandfather and trained in the dark assassin arts. When the league is attacked and Ra’s killed, Talia goes to Gotham to seek the help of Bruce Wayne, and there he finds out he has a kid. Was an okay movie back then and it all ended with Damian now becoming the new Robin. This time, the two fight crime together but Robin and Batman don’t see eye on the whole, “Not killing” thing, coz remember, Damian was trained as an assassin. A new vigilante clad in an owlish costume only known as “Owl Lieutenant” aka “Talon” appears in Gotham and then takes advantage of this conflict and slowly aims to recruit Robin to their organization, promising him that he won’t hold back on the act of killing criminals. From there it’s all out war between Batman and Robin.
Straight to my general thoughts; I have to say this was a great movie! I didn’t hide the fact that I was worried with future D.C animations after the very mediocre Throne of Atlantis earlier this year, nonetheless I never lost hope with D.C, and that paid off big time. The atmosphere in this movie was menacing and dark, exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Batman franchise. The duo have very different personalities, in that Batman stands for justice and upholds his morals, and on the other hand Damian sees no sense in keeping criminals alive. Batman plays the father role brilliantly in trying to show him the right way of doing things. The exchanges between the two were always a blast and at times emotional. Despite their bitter disagreements, Batman stays very protective of his son to the very end. This is a very different portrayal of Batman, in that; sure we’ve seen him care for others, but never for someone of his own blood. So in this case you’d expect him to tackle situations differently, and the movie delivers on that.
Voice acting in our generation always has to be good, no excuse! And it is here. Jason O’ Mara who isn’t new to voicing Batman did a great job and really brings out that deep husky Batman voice. Thomas Wayne makes a brief appearance in a vision and is voiced by Kevin Conroy, the guy who voiced Batman for years and is well known for Batman: The Animated Series, and now voicing the father of Bruce… How AWESOME was that?! That’s exactly the kinda thing that makes you go geek in the middle of a review. I won’t get into the story too much to avoid running the risk of spoiling it, but from my plot summery you can tell that it’s something intriguing and will definitely entertain you all through. I enjoyed the story a hell lot, but for those who read comic books you’ll notice that the story is very loosely based on “The Court of Owls” comic. In general though the story was just decent, so nothing too extraordinary.
Now to what really matters, the ACTION…in capital letters there, coz it’s a lot! Oh boy there’s a lot of action in this movie! The fight scenes have such fluid and dynamic choreography that will just blow your mind away. My favorite moment involves Nightwing and a couple of sticks, his Escrima Sticks to be precise. So if you watch it solely for the action and completely ignore the story, you’ll still enjoy this to the maximum.
Well there are a few negatives here and there; Firstly the voice acting in general was great, but Damian/Robin’s voice, voiced by Stuart Allan, wasn’t all that great…if anything it sort of irritated me as it reminded me of badly dub anime. Another thing is the story…Sure the whole Batman vs Robin is a great concept, but why then base it on The Court of Owls comic? I believe it should have been completely original instead of basing it on a totally different story, of which that story was already epic. The point I’m trying to make is that Court of Owls would have been absolutely brilliant as a stand alone animated project. Wrapping up, Batman vs Robin is absolutely a great time. The few things that are a let down will only upset the hardcore fans, but everyone else casual to the franchise looking for a bit of action-packed animation will have a solid watch and damn good time.
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Sign Up for the Cosplay Showcase!
ABOUT THE COSPLAY SHOWCASE! AT MJX NOVEMBER
NOTE: It’s going to be fun! Whether you want to make a new costume, use a previous one, (or borrow) you are encouraged to do what’s best for you, and most importantly, have fun and meet fellow cosplayers.
Why Sign Up? This will help us properly plan the segment not only for you, but for the other cosplayers. Our first Cosplay Showcase! was during our first Cosplay Community Kenya #CosComKE Workshop in February 4th, 2017.
What will happen:
You will get to strut your stuff, show off your costume and props. Each registered participant will have a few moments to tell the audience something brief about their costume and why they picked the character they did… and do a lil’ something-something for the crowd, that’s reminiscent of their character. Easy-peezy, right?
Discounted event ticket price for all registered cosplayers. Secondly, on-location professional photography for all registered Cosplayers. Later, a select number of cosplayers (5 from each day) will be picked for an exclusive special professional cosplay photography shoot in studio the following week. The images from this studio shoot will be edited into composites, looking really cool and ‘wow!’. These images will look like they’ve been taken from the world of movies, anime, comic books that the you got your inspiration from! Visual examples below:
MJX 2017 VOLUME 2 | Justice League, Gaming, Cosplay and More! Come Together
The Movie Jabber Expo, or MJX abbreviated, is a multi-entertainment convention featuring movie screenings, gaming, local and international comic books, merchandise, cosplay, and so much more. MJX is owned and organized by Movie Jabber. This year’s second event is themed around Justice League.
They can’t save the world alone and you can’t have fun alone. It’s convention time, again! Join us on Saturday 18th and Sunday 18th November for this year’s volume two of MJX. A ticket allows you to experience one JUSTICE LEAGUE screening in IMAX 3D, video gaming, access to comic books and more within the exhibition area. And of course a chance to cosplay and enjoy the services of a professional photographer on hand purely for the cosplayers!
MJX EVENT DETAILS
Event: The Movie Jabber Expo aka MJX
November Dates: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th
Venue: Century IMAX on 1st Floor, at Garden City Mall, Thika Road Highway, Exit 7.
Time:10am – 7pm
One Day Access: 500Kshs. per day
Season Ticket: 800Kshs.
Ticket Pricing ONLY FOR Registered Cosplayers in full Costume:
(Payment at the Gate, in costume before receiving entry tags)
One Day Access: 300Kshs.
Season Ticket: 500Kshs.
What a Ticket Gives you Access To:
Once you have purchased your ticket you will get to experience the below:
1). Justice League IMAX 3D screening (one per day), 3D Glasses sold separately.
2). Gaming in the Gam’R Zone, 1st Floor Parking: get to experience, play and try out different new releases of the year.
3). Audience member for the in-cinema Gam’R Tournament in VIP Screen 2
4). Access to Exhibitor Zone, where you will get to purchase comic books, merch, fan memorabilia etc
5). Be part of the Cosplay Showcase.
6). Be part of or witness the battle of supreme fan knowledge going down in the Squad Showdown segment.
1). JUSTICE LEAGUE SCREENINGS
There will be three MJX screenings of Justice League on each day. Regardless of what ticket bundle you buy, you will be entitled to one screening per day of the film, in IMAX 3D, at no extra cost. Any additional screenings, or screenings outside of the MJX schedule will be at an extra cost. 3D glasses, popcorn and soda sold separately. Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult always.
2). COSPLAY SHOWCASE vs CASUAL COSPLAY
Can you cosplay at MJX? Yes you can! There are two ways to cosplay at MJX and both are welcome.
Cosplay Showcase: You can sign-up in advance (SIGN UP HERE) to showcase your cosplay by enjoying a brief moment in the spotlight on the main stage where you can show off your outfit, talk a little bit about your choice of costume and act out a signature stance, movement or action of the character you are cosplaying as. Cosplayers going the extra mile to showcase get to enjoy a discounted ticket price (NOTE: payment at the gate and in full costume) and free professional photography on both days of the event. But only if you register in advance before the deadline, Wednesday Nov 15th, hurry!
Casual Cosplay: is for those who want to cosplay, but be part of the crowd without having to showcase. You are totally welcome to do this, but please take note you will not be given access to free professional photography at the photography booths and you will pay the full ticket price.
3). GAM’R IN-CINEMA TOURNAMENT
Movie Jabber’s premiere gaming tournament held in cinema at this month’s MJX (Movie Jabber Expo). The mathematics of the equation are unbeatable: the excitement of gaming plus the massive cinema screen size for high impact visuals plus Atmos surround sound, equals one heck of an exhilarating experience! Are you game?
18 contestants on each day will battle it out through pool stages for supreme bragging rights and the ultimate gamer’s gift hamper to take home after mercilessly pummeling their opponents in the highly acclaimed INJUSTICE 2 on Saturday and TEKKEN 7 on Sunday. You must pre-register before the deadline to be a contestant. Don’t forget to purchase a ticket to the event at the desk or online here. Free t-shirts for every contestant, courtesy of Britania, and yes, you can sign up for both!
4). SQUAD SHOWDOWN!
Do you take some pride in your vast and accurate knowledge of all things pop culture? From movies, to TV shows, anime and manga? Care to put your money where your mouth is, put together a team and face off in the Squad Showdown segment and walk away with 12,000KSHS. cash bounty? If so, then sign up your team right now by sending the following details to email@example.com:
a. Team Name
b. Team Members (strictly 3. Not less nor more)
c. Team Leader and key contact person’s name and mobile number.
Schedule will be out soon!