Batman: Death in the Family (2020)

Bruce Greenwood, Vincent Martella, Zehra Fazal, Gary Cole,
Batman: Death in the Family is a video starring Bruce Greenwood, Vincent Martella, and John DiMaggio. In this very first interactive animated DC movie, you get to decide the direction Jason Todd's fate.
  • 5.7 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2020-10-14 Added:
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  • Brandon Vietti, Director:
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5 / 10

Very Underwhelming Attempt--try harder, DC!

I bought this movie the instant it was available, and after the first ten minutes I knew I wasted my money. This movie was so disappointing in that it was nothing but a recap of "Under the Red Hood" and very little else. If you're going to make a Death in the Family movie, make the movie and not some half-assed attempt at it. I really wish I could get my money back. I only gave it five stars because the animation was good and I like the voice actors. Storywise, this was a complete and utter failure.

I want my money back, DC! You tricked me!

3 / 10

Mostly Recycled Footage, Little Interaction

Batman is one of those comic characters who is not afraid to delve into darker, more mature storylines. A Death In The Family is one of them, and it is infamous because readers actually got to decide the ending, which involved whether or not Jason Todd, who was the holder of the Robin mantle at the time, lived or died. and has gotten its fair share of attention and backlash for the final result. This movie is an adaptation of the story as well as a follow up to 2010's Batman: Under The Red Hood (as the cast from that film reprise their roles in this one).

Keeping with the interactive aspect of the comic, the movie is done to the point where it allows you to make choices that change the story. Before the film starts, the movie gives instructions on how to make choices (but thankfully, it can be skipped for those who watch it again or don't want instructions). The movie for the most part, has new footage mixed in with what looks like scenes taken from Under The Red Hood. Immediatly, this can be seen as bad, as the UTRH scenes are sadly just copy-and-pasted into the film, without any additions to take advantage of the R rating this film got. Basically, when you get to the point where you choose Robin's fate, you get three choices (that is, if you're watching the Blu-Ray. The digital copy does not have the interactive part). If you choose the Robin Dies route, all you get is a repeat of that film (only with Bruce Wayne/Batman narrating). Also, there is not much interactivity in this movie. Two of the paths do not allow you to choose to change the story, while one has most of the interactivity, which sadly hinders this more.

Because of these problems, the movie is too short (the longest being a half-hour), making this an underwhelming film. The only good thing about this is John DiMaggio does a good job voicing The Joker, but this interactive film is a lackluster and a waste of $18 I bought it for at Wal-Mart. Avoid this and look for something better, like Batman: Under The Red Hood (which is way better in its original form).

10 / 10

Another Great Animation from Warner Brothers

Batman: Death in the Family is a 5 episode film: Death in the Family, Sgt. Rock, Adam Strange (my favorite), The Phantom Stranger, Death. Very high class collection and I thoroughly enjoyed the episodes. At the end, I always look for the name Sam Register; responsible for putting together a series of home-run hitting animated films. Sam is the best!

10 / 10

Good action, short story

Weird. We've read the comic. We know the story. 30 min of Batman and Red Robin and 30 min of Hawkman, 30 min of Phantom Stranger, 30 min of Sgt Rock. Good but SHORT. Like watching Saturday morning cartoons, but paying $6 for it

10 / 10

idc what people say

This was a great movie from warner brothers jason todd was an unexplored character in dc films until titans and seeing red hood animation with multiple choices is amazing