Batman: Soul Of The Dragon Trailer Is An Homage To Butt-Kicking Action!
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Batman: Soul Of The Dragon Trailer Is A 70’s Homage To Butt-Kicking Action!

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BY November 18, 2020

Blending of different genres is the best thing that can ever happen to a movie or TV show. Especially when it’s done well. But even more especially when someone puts a new spin on an existing property. This is exactly why the Batman: Soul Of The Dragon trailer is a kick-ass action extravaganza. A Batman story set in the ’70s with the usual Martial Arts tropes, along with a bit of the Blaxploitation sub-genre mixed in for good measure; just take all my money. 

This Is An Elseworlds Story

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon batman. Image via WB Animation.

The trailer for Batman: Soul Of The Dragon begins with a mop-headed Bruce Wayne, who looks disheveled. The Bruce with bangs usually signifies flashback sequences when he’s younger, which is how young Bale looked in Batman Begins. But as the trailer continues, you realize that it’s a haircut to fit in with the era of the story. It’s a 70’s kind of Batman in this Elseworlds adventure. The Elseworlds line of comic books featured one-off stories set in different times and places, outside of the regular continuity. So, while DC figures out what they’re doing for animated continuity movies after Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, this standalone Batman feature can hold us over.

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon Trailer Looks Incredible

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon cast. Image via WB Animation.

The 70’s era Batman: Soul Of The Dragon trailer tweaks Batman’s origin story slightly, as having trained in Martial Arts with some other talented fighters years ago. A new threat sees the band getting back together, as Batman reconnects with his old classmates. The group consists of Richard Dragon (Mark Dacascos), Ben Turner (Michael Jai White), Lady Shiva (Kelly Hu), and an older Yoda-like mentor, O-Sensei (James Hong). The trailer looks to bring back this group of unlikely friends to take on a bigger threat from their past. The official synopsis is below. 

“Set in the midst of the swinging 1970s, this Elseworlds adventure finds Bruce Wayne training under a master sensei. It is here that Bruce, along with other elite students, is forged in the fire of the martial arts discipline. The lifelong bonds they form will be put to the test when a deadly menace arises from their past. It will take the combined efforts of Batman, world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner, and Lady Shiva and their mentor O-Sensei to battle the monsters of this world and beyond!”

How These One-Off Stories Really Invigorate A Franchise

I’ve always maintained that one-off stories like this, or even the previous Batman Ninja that saw Batman in feudal Japan, are amazing! Without the baggage of continuity or previous storylines, a new and interesting approach to an existing character will get that elusive new audience that comic book companies are always chasing. Similar to Superman: Red Son, this new Batman: Soul Of The Dragon trailer definitely looks like a totally enjoyable one-off story. Coincidentally, the movie shares the same director as Red Son as well, Sam Liu. 

Seeing an existing character in a setting he’s not from, in a story that looks and sounds like a retro Kung Fu movie is incredibly amazing. The synopsis is actually reminiscent of another supernatural Martial Arts animation show, Seis Manos on Netflix. And while it may seem gimmicky, the trailer of Soul Of The Dragon does feel like there is a focus on the story and character building, instead of just fighty fighty scenes. Especially considering who is producing the movie. 

Bruce Timm Is A Legend In DC Animation

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon Action. Image via WB Animation.

Bruce Timm created the Batman: The Animated Series, which is still to this day considered the definitive animated Batman. For some, even the definitive Batman, period. So with Timm’s steady hand on Batman: Soul Of The Dragon, it’s one new animated DC movie that I’m excited for.

Batman: Soul Of The Dragon releases on Blu-ray and home video on January 21, 2021. 

So what did you think of the Batman: Soul Of The Dragon trailer? Let us know if this is a Batman you’re excited about. 

Featured image via WB Animation.

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Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.


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