Genre Guesstimation – The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Bubbawheat of Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights and we will be reviewing our favorite Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Feb by sending them to animatedbubbawheat@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Bubbawheat!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Animated Comic Book/Strip Movies..

“[to Dracula, aiming the vaccine] Bite this.” – Alfred Pennyworth

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After the Penguin accidentally revives a slumbering Dracula, people in Gotham begin to mysteriously disappear an Batman must try and find out why.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident while seeking out films to watch for this series.

I was intrigued by the premise of mixing together a superhero story with one that is much more supernatural.

They succeed in keeping this story fun to watch while also still highlighting the various strengths of these characters.

Dracula, it tuns out is a great nemesis for The Batman and they seem on almost equal footing when dealing with things from an intellectual perspective.

Since this is a film meant for kids, they do so =me things to the plot that hurt the story because they are trying too hard to be kid friendly.

They therefore feel the need to give the story a happy ending which is disappointing to watch because it negates certain elements of the story.

They do an excellent job allowing us to see how Batman utilizes his detective skills as he tries to find the missing citizens and the obvious cause of their disappearances.

This is also done in a very clever way.

The choice to still use many other familiar villains from the Batman Rogues Gallery also adds to the story because it allows for things to stay both familiar and more grounded to the realm of a superhero story.

The story deals much too softly with certain aspects of things and that in turn makes things much less thrilling and engaging as things begin to unfold especially since this kind of story is meant to rely heavily on those kind of elements

Bottom Line – Fun film that is able to mix together elements from superhero stories and the supernatural. Dracula is a great nemesis for the Dark Detective and I like the way that the story unfolds here. The story is hurt slightly by the fact that they try too hard to make this very kid friendly and therefore need to find a somewhat happy ending to things.  Really liked the way that we get to see Batman’s detective skills at work here as he tries to figure things out in a clever way. The way that they blend in many of Batman’s enemies into the story help keep things familiar and it doesn’t stray to far from its superhero roots. The biggest problem that this film has is that it deals too softly with certain aspects of things which in turn makes it less engaging and thrilling which is the kind of thing one looks for in these kind of stories. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie included elements from Elseworlds tale Batman & Dracula: Red Rain, such as Dracula and his minions’ vampiric designs and a Vampire Batman (who appears in Bruce’s nightmare). A bat crashes through the window (which serves as Bruce’s inspiration to be Batman), only the bat lies dead in Bruce’s nightmare. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. It’s done well and fun, but something seems missing that would have made things even more engaging and gripping to watch.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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