Batman: Assault on Arkham – Good, Bad & Ugly Review


Rotten Tomatoes Rating: NA (Critics) / 94% (Audience)
Directed By: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding
Written By: Heath Corson
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Matthew Gray Gubler, Giancarlo Esposito, Neal McDonough, John DiMaggio and CCH Pounder
Studio: Warner Brothers Pictures
Synopsis:Being locked away in Arkham has little effect on Joker and his latest desire to detonate a dirty bomb within Gotham. The clock begins to tick and a deadly triangle unfolds as Amanda Waller unleashes Task Force X to save the day…while Batman has his own plans for salvation. – (Source)

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The Good:
I have always thought that WB/DC animation missed many golden opportunities to showcase their vast library of characters by always focusing just on Batman or Superman but this was a good way to get the sales of a Batman movie while focusing on lesser known characters because this was a Suicide Squad movie with a Batman guest appearance and I loved it. The Suicide Squad is a very fertile property to mine and this movie displayed it perfectly from the iron-fisted rule of Squad boss Amanda Waller to the high body count that comes with any adventure involving the team.
I also really was impressed by this voice cast. It was a combination of voice-acting veterans and recognizable actors that included my favorite Batman in any medium, Kevin Conroy and CCH Pounder back in the much cast role of Amanda Waller that she still owns more than any actress who has ever played the part in a live-action movie or TV show. Also Harley Quinn was a major stand-out and should really be given her own solo film with Hynden Walch doing the voice because she was pitch perfect in this role.
The more adult nature of the movie fits the characters too. A story about a super-powered DIRTY DOZEN style team of villains should be a bit edgier than your normal fare so the upped sex, violence and language quotient worked here.

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The Bad:
While the art/animation style was perfectly fine in this video I have to confess to not being the biggest fan of the quasi-anime style of animation that is big with a lot of these types of films plus I really do miss the classic Bruce Timm style that used to be the hallmark of DC Animation.

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The Ugly:
Who thew hell decided that The Penguin was going to have that guttural cockney accent? It was distracting and totally unnecessary. Just copy the way Burgess Meredith talked in the old ’66 Batman show with a bunch of those penguin sounding grunts he used to do.

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Final Verdict: A great introduction of a really cool but lesser known DC Comics property buoyed by the appearance of Batman that hit all the right notes in terms of storytelling, voice-acting, and onscreen action. I really hope this sells well because I would love to see more of the Suicide Squad concept.

Grade: B

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