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A 2015 movie in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line and part of the DC Animated Movie Universe, Batman vs. Robin is a loose adaptation of Night of the Owls and a sequel to Son of Batman. Voice actors include Jason O'Mara, Stuart Allen, Sean Maher, and David McCallum reprising their respective roles from Son of Batman as Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Alfred; Jeremy Sisto (Law & Order) as Talon; legendary Batman voice Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) as Thomas Wayne, Grey DeLisle (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated ) as Samantha, and "Weird Al" Yankovic as the Dollmaker.

Not long after becoming Robin, Damian Wayne and his father, Batman, investigate a crime scene. While there, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon, who offers him a chance to be free of Batman. Intrigued, Damian seeks out Talon, who proceeds to tempt him away from his father's guidance and lead him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham's most secret society, known as The Court of Owls.


This film also has a sequel, Batman: Bad Blood.

Here is the character sheet.


  • Absolute Cleavage: Samantha is wearing such a dress when first introduced, as is one member of the Court of Owls.
  • Abusive Parents: Talon's alcoholic father beat him as a child (in the shown example it was because Talon bungled a robbery). It's implied that Talon anonymously called the police sometime afterwards and his father was killed in the ensuing shoot-out.
  • Adaptation Distillation: It's a very, very loose adaptation of the comic Night of the Owls, but only a few basic parts are kept, many parts are removed, and many others changed. The added drama of the strained relationship between Robin and Batman is borrowed from the Born to Kill story-arc, with the Talon essentially playing the part Nobody did in the comic. It also borrows an element from Morisson's Batman #666.
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  • Adaptational Wimp: Talons can now only survive a very short time out of stasis, while in the comics they were completely immortal. They have also become mindless zombies, while in the comics they had distinct personalities and the ability to speak.
  • Alien Blood: The Talons don't bleed and when destroyed turn into black mush.
  • All Just a Dream: The maze sequence in the comic has been changed to a hallucination in this adaptation.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: The Court of Owls, a secret society of wealthy members of society hoping to impose their vision on Gotham.
  • And Show It to You: The Dollmaker gets his heart ripped out by Talon right after Damian threatens to do it with his batarang. Talon then shows the heart to Damion and says "Never doubt your instincts".
  • Animated Adaptation: A loose one of Night of the Owls.
  • Asshole Victim: Kind of hard to pity the Dollmaker when his heart gets ripped out, you know.
  • Big Bad: Talon despite serving as The Heavy for the Court of Owls.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Two examples both involving the Talons invading Wayne Manor:
    • Batman and Nightwing when the Talons first arrive.
    • Bruce, in a mech suit, and Alfred do this when the Talons invade the Batcave.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Well, it's not like Batman can kill all the Court once they learn who he is. The Talon, on the other hand...
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Batman Cold Open shows the Batmobile tearing through the snow, piloted by...Robin?
  • Battle Butler: Alfred picks up a shotgun for the final battle.
  • Brick Joke: Remember Damian wanting to drive the Batmobile at the end of "Son of Batman"? Take a guess how this movie opens.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Samantha is played up as Bruce's girlfriend but it turns she's the Grandmaster of the Court of Owls and just using him to use his wealth for the Court of Owls' ends. What's more, she's in a relationship with Talon. We learn at the end that Bruce knew all along Samantha was part of the Court of Owls.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Court of Owls is destroyed and Talon is beaten. But the experience really shakes Damian and makes him question where he truly belongs. He leaves Bruce to find his way in life, but Bruce makes it clear he does love him and states to Dick he'll likely return to him. The final shot of the movie is Damian taking Bruce's advice to go train with the monks that helped Bruce.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Continuing the trend of recent DC Animated movies.
  • The Cameo:
    • An image of the Joker appears for a brief moment on the Bat-computer next to Dollmaker.
    • A picture of Starfire appears briefly on Dick's cell phone.
    • The corpses of Batwoman and Talia al Ghul appear in Batman's hallucination.
  • Cast as a Mask: Robin Atkin Downes as the Grandmaster of the Court of Owls, but not the true identity of the member involved. As with the Phantasm and Andrea Beaumont before her, the Grandmaster is Samantha.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Jeremy Sisto, who voiced Batman in Justice League: The New Frontier, as Talon.
    • Kevin Conroy- who you may know as the guy who voices Batman EVERYWHERE- now voices the new Batman's father.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Grandmaster scolds a subordinate for not properly monitoring one of the Talons' tanks, saying that too low a temperature would be the end of it. In the climax, Alfred, after being informed of this by Damian, alters the cave environmental systems to flash-freeze the remaining Talons.
  • Composite Character:
    • Talon seems to have traits of William Cobb, Lincoln March, Nobody (aka Morgan Ducard) and Calvin Rose from the comics, but only tiny bits and pieces, to the point that it's almost In Name Only.
    • There's Anton Schott, AKA Dollmaker, who is mostly based on Barton Mathis, another character nicknamed Dollmaker. By extension of Dollmaker's backstory, Winslow Schott (the Superman villain Toyman and Anton's father) has elements of Wesley Mathis (Barton's father) as well.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Three Talons damn near kill Batman in their first encounter. Dozens of them fare far worse in the climax. Not as bad as most other cases, however, since he does mostly fight relatively small numbers at a time.
  • Creepy Child: The children wearing the owl masks.
  • The Dragon: Talon serves as this to the Court of Owls. Doubles as Dragon-in-Chief, Dragon with an Agenda, and Dragon Ascendant when he kills Samantha and every member of the Court of Owls.
  • Deadly Hug:
    • An adult Damian does this to Batman during the hallucination.
    • Talon does this to Samantha, after initially appearing to spare her life during the massacre of the Court of Owls. He points out that she'd do the same to him if she had the chance.
  • Death by Secret Identity: The Court of Owls as a whole, along with Talon, discover that Batman is Bruce Wayne. Within a minute, Talon has slaughtered all of them, and he dies at the end of the movie anyway.
  • Dramatic Unmask
    • During the hallucination, the Batman who kills the Waynes takes off his mask to reveal an adult Damian.
    • The Grandmaster insists that Robin take off his mask as a sign of loyalty, revealing his Secret Identity. This backfires badly on everyone.
    • Talon unmasks himself after killing Samantha. Later Bruce does the same when fighting an unmasked Talon (who already knows his Secret Identity) to show It's Personal.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Batwoman shows up as a corpse in Batman's hallucination. She joins the cast in the sequel, Batman: Bad Blood.
  • Eureka Moment: Samantha a.k.a The Grandmaster figures out Bruce is Batman after Talon reveals that Damian is Robin.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The Dollmaker gets his heart ripped out by Talon; strangely there's no blood on Talon's claws.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Samantha who's secretly The Grandmaster of the Court of Owls as well as the organization itself until Talon becomes The Star Scream. and kills every single member.
  • Heel Realization: The hallucination makes Bruce sees a Bad Future in which Damian takes his mantle as Batman but kills with no regret. This makes him realize his harsh methods and lack of trust could indeed make Damian turn out this way, leading to much character development in the final act.
  • Hoist by Her Own Petard: Samantha probably wished she killed Talon when she had the chance.
  • Idiot Ball: After the mysterious figure rips out the Dollmaker's heart and leaves, Batman arrives, takes one look at the corpse, the one with the gaping wide hole in his chest, sees the nearby batarang, and assumes Robin did it with that. This heavily conflicts with his typical characterization as the world's greatest detective.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Damian promises not to enter the creepy abandoned factory until Batman arrives. He breaks in immediately.
  • Ironic Echo: When Batman gets angry at Robin finding out where the missing children are, Robin snarks at his lack of gratitude. "An alternate response might be: "Good work, Robin", but I guess I expect too much." Batman repeats the words after his Big Damn Heroes, when Damian insists he doesn't need rescuing.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: It's in the title! Despite this, Batman and Robin fight only at the midway point of the movie. The real crux of the film is shaky relationship between Bruce and Damian.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Dick getting a call from Kory (A.K.A. Starfire).
    • The Talon's comment to Dick that "You would have made a good Talon". In the original story, Dick was indeed groomed to be a Talon.
    • The suit that Damian wears during Batman's hallucination is the same suit he wears as Batman in Batman # 666 and subsequent stories by Grant Morrison about a nightmarish post-apocalyptic future. Indeed, Bruce's hallucination evokes the imagery of that comic-book story.
    • Alfred telling young Bruce his parents' deaths just happened, there's "no ulterior motives". In the Golden and Silver Age, Joe Chill was a hitman hired by crime boss Lew Moxon who wanted revenge on Thomas Wayne. In some versions, Joe Chill was just a random mugger, and in post-Zero Hour, the killer's identity is never revealed nor does Batman never confronted him; though it is implied the Post-Zero Hour version of Lew Moxon was involved in it.
    • The way Bruce unmasks himself in front of Talon before the final battle (ripping the mask off its neck) is similar to how he unveiled himself to a deranged Selina Kyle in Batman Returns.
    • The shot of Damian!Batman standing over bloody corpses is similar to a similar event with Two-Face in the comics.
    • Like in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Bruce's love interest is secretly a masked person, who was assumed to be her father.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Indeed Talon really comes close in the climax. He raids Wayne Manor with a batch of Talons, invades the Batcave, incapacitates Nightwing, and got in a near-lethal blow on Bruce. He would've finished him off if Damian hadn't jumped in for the rescue.
  • Off to Boarding School: Bruce threatens Damien with a year spent in a strict boarding school in Switzerland if he doesn't stop running off. By the end of the movie he realises this is the wrong approach and suggests Damian go to the monastery he was trained in. Damian appears to reject the idea, but is shown going there anyway.
  • Poor Communication Kills: A lot of the film's problems could've been avoided at the start if Damian had bothered to tell Bruce someone else killed the Dollmaker instead of lashing out at him. Bruce, being as observant as he is, could've also figured out that Damian wasn't the one after seeing there wasn't any blood on Damian's knife and the way Dollmaker was killed.
    • Even without this inciting incident, there are several instances where a simple conversation would defuse the entire conflict of the movie. Through the entire movie Bruce refuses to tell Damian a single thing about the Court of Owls- giving Damian the growing impression that Bruce doesn't trust him- and even once Batman finds out Robin is consorting with Talon he still doesn't tell Damian that Talon is working for a secret order that wants them both dead.
  • Powered Armor: Batman dons a mecha suit in the final battle.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Batman, when he dons the mecha suit to fight the Talons.
    Batman: I'm only gonna say this once, you sons of bitches: get the hell out of my cave.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The Court Grandmaster sounds male, but is actually Samantha.
  • Secret Circle of Secrets: The Court of Owls. In spades.
  • Self-Disposing Villain: After Damian beats him and has him at sai-point, Talon takes his own life by forcefully thrusting it into his neck.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Talon sold his abusive father out to the police, who was then gunned down in the resulting shootout. Thinking that they're Birds of a Feather, he urges Damian to kill his own father as well.
  • Starter Villain: The Dollmaker. He's only in the first six minutes of the movie, then gets his heart ripped out by Talon.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The Dollmaker, courtesy of Weird Al Yankovic. He has the creepiest voice ever even if it sounds childlike.
  • Stock Scream: One of the Talons utters a Wilhelm Scream when Batman is fighting them with the mecha suit. Extremely glaring since none of them ever utter a single sound otherwise.
  • The Starscream: Talon kills the Grandmaster and the entire Court of Owls.
  • Table Space: Bruce and Samantha are shown dining at either end of a long table at the Wayne Manor. Presumably a suggestion that neither persons' affections are genuine, as both are revealed to be manipulating the other.
  • The Undead: The Talons are members of the Court of Owls which grants them an impressive healing factor and virtual immortality at the cost of having to die in a special ritual. The process isn't quite perfected, though, so they don't last long outside of special storage tanks.
  • The Unfought: Batman never really takes on the Court of Owls. He only meets them twice in the film Once as Bruce Wayne and another as Batman to which he winds up drugged and being rescued by Alfred and Nightwing. By the time he recovers, Talon pretty much killed them for him.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Talon isn't happy about Damian's lack of 'gratitude' after Talon turns on the Court instead of killing Damian. He fails to understand that Damian genuinely loves his father.
  • We Can Rule Together: Three times in the movie.
    • Bruce is offered this by the Court of Owls since he's one of the most influential people in the city. Bruce plays dumb and asks to think it over (using the distraction to put a tracker in the mask), but obviously wasn't going to consider their offer.
    • Samantha offers this to Talon, suggesting that her family's influence would allow him to rise above his station. He would have accepted, but when it came between choosing between her and Damian, he chose the latter and wiped out the Court.
    • Talon in turn offers it to Damian, but by this point he's soured their relationship and Damian turns him down.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Batman has no problem blowing up the Talons and otherwise using lethal force on them after figuring out they aren't normal humans.
  • Would Hurt a Child:
    • Dollmaker at the start of the movie, though he claims to be trying to "help" them. Batman as well, first fighting the brainwash children minions of Dollmaker and, in the middle of the film, against Robin himself when an argument devolves into fisticuffs.
    • Talon turn on the Court of Owls and kill all its members, including a little girl that was attending with her parents, although this happened off-screen.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist:
    • The Dollmaker sincerely believes he's helping the kids he kidnaps, tortures and mutilates.
    • Talon, Samantha and the Court of Owls qualify as well.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Damian, and Talon as a youth.


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