In Gotham City, the Riddler has secret information on the top secret Task Force X that he threatens to make public, but before Amanda Waller can have him killed, he is captured by Batman. Now with Riddler imprisoned in Arkham Asylum, Amanda Waller reassembles the Suicide Squad of captured supervillains with the mission to infiltrate the forensic mental hospital to retrieve Riddler's information. Led by Deadshot, this black ops team makes their way into the facility, only to face complications from within and without the team with secret agendas and double crosses all around. Meanwhile, Batman has his own concerns with an urgent search for The Joker's deadly bomb that threatens Gotham City. Eventually, all these players converge on Arkham Asylum for a showdown that few are going to escape alive.
Directed by: Jay Oliva
, Ethan Spaulding
. Starring: Kevin Conroy
, Neal McDonough
, Hynden Walch
, Matthew Gray Gubler
, Troy Baker
, Eric Bauza
, Chris Cox
, John DiMaggio
, Greg Ellis
, Giancarlo Esposito
, Jennifer Hale
, Martin Jarvis
, Peter Jessop
. Music by: Robert J. Kral
Marvel may have lined up their live action movies till 2019 and DC is still far far behind. Justice League is still a vague idea for them, of course Zack Snyder is helming Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice and the Trinity has been revealed but would it end in a JLA Movie? I have my fingers crossed. Although there is one thing that DC aces every time, the DC Universe Animated movies. Marvel's animated movies have lacked that essential oomph factor that DC nails in almost every animated movie. Yes of course most of DC's animated movies are based on DC Comics' original material, and some did have a few pitfalls here and there but you have to admit many of DC Animated movies are a sheer pleasure to watch, be it Superman Doomsday, Flashpoint Paradox or the recent The Dark Knight Returns adaptation...its all top notch adding to DCs wonderful soirée.
We did get a glimpse of things to come in Arkham Origins. What was thought to be a Suicide Squad gameDLC culminated in being a DC Animated movie, Batman Assault On Arkham is the latest offering from DCU Animated and for once DC has focused on the antagonists of Gotham instead of the Dark Knight himself. Assault on Arkham is based on Rocksteady's Arkham game franchise and its a pleasure to see the Suicide Squad organized by none other than Amanda Waller and going up against Batman for a secret mission deep inside Arkham. To make things smooth, the movie introduces the Suicide Squad members in slick intros and onto the thick of the plot. You are introduced to Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, King Shark and Black Spider and it works well, initially, as a heist movie and from there on things go downhill of course. Where's the fun without some bloodshed and fireworks ain't it? Its fun to see these Gotham baddies dishing it against each other. While its not huge there's plenty of plot twists to keep you glued to your seats till end.
One thing I love about DC animated is that they never shy away from things. This is indeed a cartoon but its never intended for kids. Its embellished with with gut loads of violence, sex (no nudity) and adult humor, once again its not over-the-top but still makes it appealing for teens as well as adults. It does get pretty whacky towards the end and it also inclines on being a little predictable but hey this ain't competing for the Academy Awards, this ain't even trying to be a cult classic, its just good fun and the definiteness might as well be intentional.
Kevin Conroy once again steps in as Batman. Other voice overs by Neal McDonough as Floyd Lawton Deadshot, C.C.H. Pounder as Amanda Waller, Greg Ellis as Captain Boomerang, Giancarlo Esposito as Black Spider, John DiMaggio as King Shark, Jennifer Hale as Killer Frost were all fairly done well. Call me crazy. but cant help fall in love with Harley voiced by Hynden Walch. The icing on the cake is definitely Troy Baker as The Joker. We did get a sample of his flawless portrayal as The Joker in Arkham Origins replacing Mark Hamill and he does an awe-inspiring job here as well. This guy is gonna make it big and I wouldn't be surprised if he lands up with a live action role soon. That familiar voice of Oswald Cobblepot Penguin is also done by another veteran video gameDC voice over artist, Nolan North.
Assault on Arkham features locales which will be instantly familiar to those of you who's played the Arkham games. There are also tons of souvenirsEaster Eggs from the movies as well as the games. Seeing one of the Joker masks from The Dark Knight did bring a smile to my face.
While its not as brilliant as The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Assault on Arkham is well written albeit with a few clichés here and there and IMHO its OK! Fluid animation compliments the great visuals and story and makes for another gem in the DC Universe Animated crown.
Review by sohansurag from the Internet Movie Database.