In a new clip from the upcoming Batman: Soul of the Dragon, O-Sensei (James Hong) introduce his students to Soul Breaker, a legendary sword with possible supernatural aspects. Will one of the pupils learn to wield it?
The sword is, apparently, the brother of Soultaker, the blade Katana uses in her various manifestations — including the Arrowverse and the first Suicide Squad film. Considering that weapon is said to contain the souls of all of its victims, one has to wonder what Soul Breaker does.
Soul of the Dragon sees Batman (David Giuntoli), Richard Dragon (Mark Dacascos), Lady Shiva (Kelly Hu), and Ben Turner (Michael Jai White) teaming up to face off against the Kobra Cult in story clearly inspired by Enter the Dragon and any number of grindhouse kung-fu movies from the 1970s. Additional voices include Josh Keaton, Grey Griffin, Chris Cox, Erica Luttrell, Robin Atkin Downes, Patrick Seitz, Jamie Chung and Eric Bauza.
Sam Liu directs from a script by Jeremy Adams which tips its hat to the dearly departed Denny O’Neil, who passed away earlier this year and co-created Dragon, Turner, Shiva, and O-Sensei. As we’ve said before, this mix of O’Neil’s martial arts creations is so inspired, we feel like a live action CW or HBO Max series should follow it up; especially if it means White can keep playing Bronze Tiger, a role he too infrequently played on Arrow.
Batman: Soul of the Dragon comes to digital platforms on January 12th and on disc formats January 26th.