DC-Ember #106: Batman: Assault On Arkham


Time to look at some more DC animated films starting with Batman: Assault On Arkham:

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Batman: Assault on Arkham is a 2014 direct-to-video animated superhero film that is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding direct, with a script by Heath Corson, and James Tucker producing. The film was screened at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International on July 25, 2014, and it was released digitally on July 29 and on physical media on August 12.

The film is set in the universe of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise, occurring after Arkham Origins, though Jay Oliva states it takes place about two years before Arkham Asylum. The story focuses primarily on the Suicide Squad, particularly Batman villains Deadshot and Harley Quinn with Batman in a supporting role. In the film, a Suicide Squad of six criminals is dispatched by Amanda Waller to break into Arkham Asylum, where they must contend with the asylum’s inmates and Batman as they attempt to complete their mission. The film stars Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne (reprising his role as Batman from the DC Animated Universe, among other numerous DC properties, including the Arkham series), Neal McDonough as Deadshot/Floyd Lawton, Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn/Dr. Harleen Quinzel (who reprises her role from The Batman) and Matthew Gray Gubler as Riddler/Edward Nygma. In addition, Troy Baker, C.C.H. Pounder, Nolan North, and Martin Jarvis reprise their roles of Joker, Amanda Waller, Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot and Alfred Pennyworth from Arkham Origins (with North and Jarvis also appearing in Arkham City), while Jennifer Hale reprises her role of Killer Frost from the DCAU and other properties.

Some might say that this was a far superior Suicide Squad movie compared to that live-action film we got earlier this year and….they’re right.

I actually do prefer this animated movie much more than the live-action movie we got. For one thing, the characters are much better represented here than they are in the live-action film, the story moves a little smoother, the editing isn’t all over the goddamn place like it was in Suicide Squad. This movie actually does its’ job of bringing the Suicide Squad to life much better than the DCEU movie did.

Now with that said, I do have some complaints. As much as I said the story moves a little smoother, there really isn’t that much of a story to work with. It’s basically just Amanda Waller bringing this group of criminals together and them just going after the inmates of Arkham, that’s about it, there’s nothing really creative or imaginative about the plot but again, it at least is more fluently told than Suicide Squad was.

Another complaint I have, some of the voice actors picked for this really do not flow well at all. I’ve got nothing against Kevin Conroy as Batman, Troy Baker, C.C.H. Pounder, Nolan North, or any of the cast, they do their jobs fine but Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn, yeah, it just doesn’t work. Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong make Harley Quinn work in their own unique ways but Hynden Walch, I know she’s a really solid voice actress, she just can’t make that character work, I have no idea why they brought her in there as Harley Quinn again.

But other than that, everything else about the movie works, the animation is nicely done, you actually feel more invested in the characters here, you get more in nearly everything in here than you got in Suicide Squad. So, yes, watch this movie over Suicide Squad if you want to see a better movie done with these characters.

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