So, the first things that needs to be said is Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons is most definitely not for children, of course the 15 rating points towards that but sometimes that’s not enough when something is animated, so I will take the moment to say this movie is NOT FOR KIDS!! It is super bloody, gory and a bit sweary and i’ll be honest, it needs to be!
Deathstroke/Slade Wilson is a brutal character, a mercenary, a killer for hire, someone who will do anything to get the job done and this movie shows it in all its blood covered glory! But thats not really what this movie is about, its just the red icing on the cake if you wish!
I loved this movie, I like it when a DC film focuses on one character and delves deep into the character, while Deathstroke may be a long time rival of the Teen Titans and then Batman, none of these characters make an appearance, this is Slade’s film and its all the better for it. Deathstroke is your classic Anti-hero rather than out and out villain and even tho he may have no remorse in killing people in his way he still tries to do what he believes is right, like he’ll cut your arm off but only if you’re a really bad dude otherwise you might just get a little bit of a stabbing.
Knights & Dragons focuses on Slade Wilson, his family and how becoming Deathstroke impacts his life and the decisions he makes, it’s a great story and really opens up who he is and more importantly, who he should be. Knowing a lot about Deathstroke’s background gave me an idea of where things were going in this film but also took them in a new direction and I really enjoy that in these films, you think you know everything then they throw you a curve ball and you go ohhhhhhh! But also you can come into this not knowing anything and by the end of it you know exactly who Deathstroke The Terminator is.
The art style in this movie is lush, it feels very Batman The Animated Series but on another level and there’s this really cool effect where in some scenes with like a lot of sky or block of colour it has dots across it like it would be if it were a comic book and I really like that touch. Michael Chiklis as Slade Wilson is great, his gruff voice really matches that old worn face and is quite threatening coming from behind a mask and its awesome having DC Alumni Colin Salmon as Wintergreen, Colin was also Walter Steele on Arrow and Zod on Krypton!
All in all Deathstroke Knights & Dragons is a great addition to the DC Animated Universe and I hope we get more of these character focused films going forward!
Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons is available on Digital Download now, and Blu-Ray™ & DVD on August 17th Pre-Order it here at the WB Store
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