Ben Turner (Michael Jai White) may not yet be Bronze Tiger in this clip from Batman: Soul of the Dragon, but he’s definitely the center of the action as he prevents a criminal enterprise from going forward. His time as O-Sensei’s (James Hong) apprentice seems to have served him well.
Soul of the Dragon sees Batman (David Giuntoli), Richard Dragon (Mark Dacascos), Lady Shiva (Kelly Hu), and Turner 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 — just listen to the score in the fight scene above. 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 last 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.