Batman: Assault on Arkham
The Suicide Squad, a group of six criminals, have been put on a death mission to recover an item stolen by the Riddler. Will Batman catch them in time, or will a bomb set by the Joker distract him long enough for them to get away?
Director: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough
Supporting actors: Neal McDonough, John DiMaggio, Troy Baker, Nolan North, CCH Pounder, Kevin Conroy, Hynden Walch, Jennifer Hale, Greg Ellis, Martin Jarvis
Studio: Warner Bros.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 2 hours 7 minutes
The latest animated DC movie, Batman: Assault on Arkham, is a great addition to the already amazing line-up of animated films. Beginning with a quick introduction to each of our anti-heroes, the Suicide Squad, we see them all getting captured and locked up by Amanda Waller. She’s a familiar face to those who have kept up with Batman and Superman animated movies, and she’s no joke. She puts an implanted bomb on each of the squad members to make sure they do their job or else lose their heads–literally–and offers to reduce their prison sentences.
The squad is composed of six members: King Shark, Harley Quinn, DeadShot, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, and Black Spider. Each has their own powers or talents, and we get to see lots of character development between some (but not all) of the squad. I was confused once or twice by Black Spider and DeadShot, because their designs look very similar, but Black Spider doesn’t seem to play any importance in the movie, which is expected with all the new faces this time around (you may be going to Google to find out who they all are).
The Suicide Squad heads out to gather information from the Penguin so that they can get inside Arkahm Asylum and get the hard drive from Riddler’s cane (which has a list of names that Amanda doesn’t want leaked). As they go about their various fights and Ocean’s 11 style of getting into the compound, you get to see different facets of the characters and understand them more.
Batman doesn’t have a lot of screen time, which some fans may not like. This movie is set after the popular video game Batman: Arkham Origins, though you don’t have to have played any of the Batman Arkham games to know what’s going on. Batman does what he has to do as our caped crusader, keeping things in perspective for the viewer. At the same time, DeadShot does come across as a great anti-villian who just wants to be with his family.
Christian Content Disclaimer
There is a lot of violence, blood, heads popping off (not kidding), sexual innuendos, and sex period (though it’s not explicitly shown). This is NOT a movie that you would want to watch with the kiddies. This is a very serious, realistic, and bloody movie, so think twice if you’re not comfortable with those things.
Is it worth watching?
Yes, if you’re a Batman fan, it most certainly is. You get to see a different side of Batman’s villains, and actually see development between them, which is rare in any comic/videogame series. It’s usually “good-guy-beats-up-bad-guy,” which is fine, but it’s good to see why the bad guys are the way they are in the first place. For the most part, they are psychos bent on murder and rampage, but sometimes it’s not so cut and dry.
If you watched the movie, what was your favorite part? Mine was when Harley got mad at the Joker and shot at him 🙂 That was pretty funny. God bless!
+ Fantastic voice acting; feels like your watching a live-action movie
+ Great animation; lots of close shots to make you feel like you're there
+ Lots of jokes to keep seriousness at bay
- Sexual scenes thrown in for no good reason
- The beginning tries too hard to show off the Suicide Squad
- Could have spent a little more time on character backgrounds