Noob Reviews: Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie?
Slade Wilson was a soldier subjected to an experimental drug whilst serving in the military that at first was thought to be a failure. But later subjected him to a torturous change that imbued him with superhuman strength, agility and the ability to regenerate his wounds. However, instead of serving his country, he decided to take his newly gifted powers, leave the military and become an infamous mercenary. This mercenary would come to be known as Deathstroke.
Flash forward a few years, and Slade lives two lives, one with his wife Addie Kane and their son Joseph. The other the infamous Deathstroke. However, when his worlds collide, and the true nature of his business trips away are revealed by a H.I.V.E. operative (Jackal) who attacks Addie and kidnaps Joseph, it is up to Slade to hunt down the perpetrators and recover his son from their clutches.
From here on out it is an action-packed adventure that sees Deathstroke not only combating H.I.V.E. as they seek to turn his son into a next-generation psychic weapon. But query his role as a father, husband and general family man. All the time, unaware, a puppet master operates behind the scenes who schemes to see Slade suffer for murdering their daughter.
What type of anime-style is Knights & Dragons?
Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie is a 2D animation as opposed to the newer 3D animation style. When comparing to other recent DC movies, you could say that Knights & Dragons follows the ‘normal’ art style of current DC animated films.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from DC’s YouTube channel -
When was Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie released?
Knights and Dragons was released as a movie in August 2020. However, initial plans were to release it as a twelve-episode animated series. Unfortunately, after the first episode was released in January 2020, these plans were changed and saw the remaining episodes made into the movie we have now.
Does this count towards the DC OAU?
The DC Original Animated Universe (DC OAU) is a very select group of movies released to expand the DC universe. However, just like Batman: Ninja, it was deemed Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons and later Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie - would all be considered standalone entries. And not part of the DC OAU.
How many episodes are there?
There are a total of seven episodes, each with an average runtime of around twenty-six minutes.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
Minae Noji (Secretary of State)
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Knights & Dragons?
When first seeing the trailer for Knights & Dragons I was both excited and thrilled to see Deathstroke getting his own movie and such love and attention - as just like the Joker, he is one of my favourite DC universe anti-heroes.
Although there are a few faults that personally bugged me throughout the film. It is choreographed well. The story is a solid small screen adaptation from the graphic novels. And you can really feel immersed in the world of Deathstroke and Slade Wilson, the family man.
When it comes to the ‘few faults’ I had with the movie:
In the first opening sequences where we see Deathstroke assault a Cambodian general’s estate, he is depicted as inept and gun-ho as opposed to the honed operator we know and love. However, with due respect, as the film progresses - even when under severe emotional pressure. Deathstroke does eventually find his stride, and Michael Chiklis does a fantastic job on the voice acting front.
During the film, it is discovered that Slade had an affair with a woman named Lillian whilst on a mission and falls in love with her. Unfortunately at the same time, he is with Addie. Meaning that he cheated on her. However, the sheer number of times this is brought up and thrown in his face or used as a plot mechanic - besides the crucial plot twists. Gets boring and dull quite quickly, to the point you may switch off until they change conversation topics.
As story arcs are revealed, although the story arcs themselves are exciting and engaging. They are done so haphazardly at times, and I felt the structuring of the story arcs and how they unfolded could have been executed better.
As I said, the film is excellent. A fantastic watch. But it does have a few issues that personally I felt the film could have done without and for some - were borderline on the preachy side. And just come across as counterproductive as opposed to productive (for story purposes).
Overall a great addition to the DC animated films even if it is officially seen as a ‘stand alone.’ Whether you are a DC fan or fan of Deathstroke specifically, I would highly recommend you give this a look. Seeing the different sides of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke is a nice touch, as opposed to just the mercenary aspect. And the voice actors genuinely add to the immersion, doing a fantastic job of helping the animators bring such beautiful characters to life. In addition to Michael Chiklis who I mentioned above, who voiced Deathstroke, Colin Salmon did a great job as Slade’s witty mentor William Wintergreen. And Faye Mata added an interesting twist to the H.I.V.E. Queen role. Before humanising Rose (the Queen’s civilian identity) even after hearing some of the things she has subjected Joseph too.
What rating would you give Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie?
I would rate Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie as a 4.4 out of 5 bananas.
Although a standalone from the DC Original Animated Universe, Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie does a fantastic job of bringing us Deathstroke’s first standalone adventure on the small screen. However, having seen the movie, I would love for a Deathstroke animated series to still be made. Whether you be a fan of action-adventure animated films, DC animated films or solid anti-hero type characters - I would highly recommend this as a film to kick back, relax and chill with.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Deathstroke Knights & Dragons: The Movie and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Amazon here.