Batman: Soul of the Dragon (2021)


“Evil is as eternal as this rock. Even if you break the rock, there will be pebbles, break the pebbles, there will be sand, and evil remains. You cannot change that, no matter how much you train. Accept what you cannot change. It is not your burden to bear. ” – O-Sensei

Number of Times Seen – 1 (12 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A group of martial arts students,which include Bruce Wayne, eek out their master after he is kidnapped.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had heard about for a few months and was glad to finally get an opportunity to see what it was all about.

They do an intriguing job creating a bit more of the backstory of Batman that is open to so much interpretation as he was trying to train his body and mind to eventually become the Dark Knight.

The story is set in the 1970’s and they try far too hard to constantly remind us of that fact as it helps set the tone and the personalities o some of the character who are part of a story in that era.

The story unfolds in a nice way, yet they never make the story engaging enough along the way because it fails to seem unique enough.

The dialogue of the film is written really well and help form the personality of Batman and other characters along the way.

The film has some great action scenes, but they fail to reach their potential and are only somewhat passable for an superhero action film.

Bottom Line – Intriguing way to tell us some more of the unknown backstory of Batman when he was still training to be a vigilante for justice. The story is set in the 70’s and they try and use that a bit too much while setting the tone and characters. The way that the story unfolds is done in a nice way, but things aren’t as engaging or original as one might hope for. They have some great dialogue that helps establish some of the characters and the personality of Batman in later years.  The action scenes are a bit too tame, but still passable for a superhero film like this one. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michael Jai White is reprising his role as Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger after portrayed the character in live action on Arrow (2012). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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