The Batman Review: The Batman vs. Dracula

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Release Date: October 18, 2005
Writer: Duane Capizzi
Directors: Michael Goguen, Seung Eun Kim, Sam Liu, and Brandon Vietti

(Thank you for being so patient, everyone. Your wait has not been in vain.)

Welp. I’ve done it. Seventeen reviews, and I’m finally ready to rip off Mouse even more than I usually do for my first movie critique. Whoopee!

So… Batman versus Dracula. As a kid I bought it instantly, but as a full-grown geek I have to admit it’s a tougher sell. The purist in me can rarely stand Batman mixing it up with magic & monsters (okay, sure, he was doing just that literally months into his debut, but I like to think there’s a reason the Monk has gotten about three stories in seventy-five-odd years) and this particular monster is such a genre icon that he’s nigh-impossible to fudge into “our” history for the purposes of Like Reality Unless Noted. That’s not an instant dealbreaker, but it does leave a weird taste in my mouth, akin to the time Batman ran into a 120-year-old Sherlock Holmes.

Bee jelly was involved. Seriously.

I mean, yes, there is precedent for Batman fighting Dracula himself, but Red Rain was an Elseworlds for a reason, and I doubt this movie’s designs are going to start lifting from Kelley Jones anytime soon, as awesome as that would be.

(There’s also the fact that where American comics are concerned, the good Count is usually Marvel’s territory, but that’s a minor niggle.)

In the context of The Batman itself, it doesn’t fit terribly well anywhere in the chronology, mainly because our usual status quo markers Bennett and Yin are nowhere to be seen. Hell, even Chief Rojas is MIA, even though he’d fit perfectly into the plot of this movie. Best as I can tell, it takes place after the Joker’s, Penguin’s, and Ventriloquist’s respective intros and some time before Season 2’s finale.

But hey – I guess when you’re direct-to-video, you’re entitled to break some rules. And boy, does this thing go out of its way to break ’em.*

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