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Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)


Voice acting by
Kevin Conroy
Neal McDonough
Hynden Walch
Matthew Gray Gubler

Directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding

Batman: Assault on Arkham is different from the rest of the DC Universe direct-to-video animations, as the movie has dark elements, raw action scenes where we see blood and heads blown off. It also has sexual contents, which depicted nudity (no nude scenes mind you) and sex.

In this poorly written script, Batman is more of a supporting actor to the annoying Deadshot and the obnoxious Harley Quinn (the Joker’s girl). The movie rides more on the interaction between the Suicide Squad to carry us through, with me watching and questioning the addition of some villains into the squad in the first place.

If you are one for animation, the animation here was good enough. The characterization too was nice that I will give the Heath Corson credit for.
I recall the feeling of joy I had when one of the character villain died, and for that I applaud the writer because it is not every time a villain is so annoying and irritating that you wish they will be done with this guy already.

The movie also had some of the old Batman villain faithful:
Riddler was the subject of the movie as his death was what the Suicide Squad was after (we get to see him for some minutes in the beginning and in the end).

Penguin lends a hand in helping them get a step close to Riddler (a cameo appearance)

The Joker, who initially looked like just a mention in the list of cameo became part of the plot in the end.

The Suicide Squad was put together by Amanda Waller to kill Riddler, who was rescued from a black ops raid (sent by Amanda), by Batman and placed in Arkham Asylum.

Amanda who was interested in making sure that the information that the Riddler had died with him, put together a team of villains Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, KGBeast, and King Shark (a.k.a Suicide Squad) to go get the job done.

Not everyone recruited started the mission, but the team had to break into Arkham, kill Riddler and escape without letting the Bat know that such had happened on his turf. Well, everything didn’t go as planned because if it did we wouldn’t have a movie.

My final note on this movie is, the writer tried something new, making the main characters sit back and let some wannabe villains (not counting Deadshot and Harley Quinn) take a shot at being bad. I liked the whole dark action and comedy, but I wish the script was better.


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