Over the past six months, Cartoon Network's DC Nation shorts have provided us with some pretty awesome animation. The breakout hits, of course, are Super Best Friends Forever and Teen Titans Go -- the latter of which is being expanded to a full series -- but I'm also pretty fond of the retro-styled breakdancing adventures of Vibe that were designed to echo Jem and the Holograms. Even against those, though, The Batman of Shanghai might be the best thing they've done.
Produced by Chinese animation studio Wolf Smoke (also responsible for the awesome and NSFW Kung Fu Cooking Girls), this three part adventure transports Catwoman, Bane and the Caped Crusader himself back to Shanghai in 1930 for an all-out battle of thievery and mystical kung fu, and if you haven't seen it, you're in luck. Check out all three parts after the cut!
Now, I'm not going to say that this is the best piece of mass-media entertainment starring those three characters to come out this year, but it definitely is the only one that features Bane climbing to the top of a tower like King Kong and Batman using his chi to transform into a demon-eyed, pressure point-striking fighting machine. So, you know, it has that going for it. Draw your own conclusions.
Here's hoping we get to see a little more from Wolf Smoke and the Batman of Shanghai in the future!
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