DCU: Batman: Assault on Arkham
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it's also based on Suicide Squad. that's a beyond-top-secret government program that takes a group of supervillains, implants bombs in them, and sends them on impossible missions as expendable agents.
THIS IS NOT A KID'S MOVIE. brutal violence, nudity, profanity, sex, and more violence. the protagonists (you can't call them "heroes") are unrepentant killers and thieves, motivated only by saving their own skins. the plot involves searching for Riddler's MacGuffin while avoiding Batman (who is searching for a different MacGuffin), and trying not to die.
it's filled with witty writing, subtle and effective character moments, tense infiltration scenes, and massive fights. voice acting is perfect, music is FANTASTIC, and the directing and editing both set the heavy tone, and lighten the tone when needed.
oh, and the Joker. this is possibly my favorite portrayal of the character since Batman: TAS. when bad guys have nightmares, *this* is the Joker they wake up screaming about.
as noted in just about every other review, this isn't really a "Batman" story. he's in it, but he's a supporting character. Deadshot, Harley, and Joker steal the show (then they moon the cameras, burn down the set, and hold the audience hostage).
The problem with this story from my POV is that it focused more around Harley Quinn and Deadshot than it did batman. The voice acting was good and the animation was solid. I enjoyed that the screenplay did not waste time having long moments of ennui of batmans past, and I did enjoy that the suicide squad made up of bad guys continue to be bad guys even screwing over one another, there is not even a hint of redemption with these people which feels real (though is somewhat despairing). However, I do not like rooting for bad guys, and I did not find myself enjoying action sequences where the suicide squad are murdering cops to accomplish there missions. I also felt that the introduction of certain elements like the one night stand between Harley Quinn and deadshot were done in such a way that made the cartoon more adult than necessary (parents you don't see anything, but it is done in such a way that is uncomfortable to to put it mildly). I wish they had included more batman earlier in the movie.
Fans of batman will probably enjoy this movie, but the bad guy heavy story line and the inclusion of some adult themes more than necessary injure its appeal from being as good as red hood or being a movie to enjoy with the whole family.
[Spoiler-lite Synopsis] The Riddler is going public with top secret, government information but not if Amanda Waller has anything to say about it and after assembling a team of "expendable agents for impossible missions" (a.k.a. "Suicide Squad) including: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Black Spider, Killer Frost, and King Shark, she sends them to break into Arkham Asylum (where Batman has recently deposited Riddler... again) and retrieve the data. Only problem is, Bats ain't too keen on what's go'in down and not to mention a slightly bungled mission accidentally unleashes the Joker.
Character rendering across the board for this little flick is gorgeous while the animation is typically fluid with occasional bursts of stunning realism (the studio is really innovating in that area) and I enjoyed the kinda "Smokin Aces" intro for the team as well as a sort of "The Italian Job" theme for the break in. Batman never looked cooler (not crazy about pupils in his white eyes but oh well), Harley is a complete riot, Killer Frost is straight-up hot, King Shark proves to be a rather endearing villain and the Joker is absolute Joker perfection. Be aware that this one is continuing the studio's trend of more "mature" content in their animated films reflected in the language, violence and even a brief sex scene.
Overall, a pretty action-packed entry in the franchise with some top-notch voice-acting and it looks phenomenally awesome streaming in HD so I didn't regret the purchase one bit and would definitely recommend this one for fans of animation and definitely for DC addicts like myself. :o)
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It was pretty good, could of been better but it's worth watching if you like the superhero genrePublished 2 days ago by Endevour32
Really well done. I dislike how adult themed some of these cartoons are getting.Published 3 days ago by Tony DeArce
Always ove DC comic movies but why do you take soooooo long to make part of prime videos?Published 5 days ago by Marian Burge
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