Batman: Assault on Arkham


Action / Adventure / Animation / Comedy / Crime / Sci-Fi / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 85%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 26142


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Matthew Gray Gubler as The Riddler / Edward Nigma
Neal McDonough as Deadshot / Floyd Lawton
Giancarlo Esposito as Black Spider / Eric Needham
Troy Baker as The Joker
1.24 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 16 min
P/S 11 / 104

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

An assault on the a good way

Love animation and have really enjoyed to loved many superhero films, animated and live-action. Part of me was a little nervous though, despite my love for Batman and all these villains 'Suicide Squad' did not work for me at all.

Thankfully, count me in as another person who found 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' a vastly superior film, am aware it came out earlier than 'Suicide Squad' but saw this much later. Will also go as far to say that it is closer to being one of the best of the DC animated films (some good to great ones but also some average or less ones) than in the weaker end. Despite how my review title sounds, seeing as one does not usually associate the word assault as a good word, it is an assault on the senses in a good way.

Would have liked to seen more of Batman, though understand why he was not the main focus as it was always clear to me that 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' was more about the villains. Also would have preferred a longer length of about 10-15 minutes more.

An hour and a quarter with a lot of characters and a lot going on is too short a length, though actually the film overcomes the potential issues of hastiness and bloating and tells the story extremely well and excels in making the villains interesting to true to their iconic personalities. With the film being longer, it would have made the big reveal a little more believable and cooked all the way through.

Other than these, 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' can't be faulted everywhere else. The animation is great, it's highly atmospheric, very colourful, meticulous and remarkably rich in its background detail and beautifully drawn with smoothness and like a lot of care went into the character designs. The music had both intensity and energy, done in a way that was haunting and rousing.

'Batman: Assault on Arkham' is very well written. The more humorous moments and one-liners are smarter than those of most DC animated films, and then there is an intelligent maturity and dark grit in other places without it feeling muddled or disjointed tonally. Was also surprised at how racy some of it was for a DC animated film, bold move. The storytelling is hugely compelling, emotionally involving and paced beautifully complete, with action full of adrenaline rush thrills.

Characters are also very strongly characterised. While Batman is true to character, 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' manages the not always easy task of allowing the viewer to root for the villains or find them more interesting. Joker and Harley Quinn are especially impressively written and steal the show.

Voice acting is spot on, particularly Kevin Conroy's definitive Batman and Troy Baker's Joker (evoking fond memories of Mark Hamill's peerless interpretation, reminding one of him actually, without being an imitation).

All in all, very good indeed. 8/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by DCfan 6 / 10

Only if Suicide Squad was like this

I saw this film when I came home on a Friday night after school and this movie cheered me up in a way because I didn't really have a great day at school.

The jokes were clever there were more mature scenes like when Harley Quinn and Deadshot had sex in an apartment and when Harley had her top down. Just as a note don't show this to children it is too mature for them.

But if you love the Batman Arkham games you might like this movie.

Reviewed by dissident320 6 / 10

Had me until the final act

I couldn't help but stack this against the live action Suicide Squad movie. Even though the plot is quite different, I wanted to see how they handled character introductions and story setup. In both those aspects this movie is miles ahead of Suicide Squad. The character introductions take up less than 10 minutes and are efficient yet fun. The setup for the story is straight-forward as well and doesn't get bogged down with too many characters.

I fully admit to not know what was taken from the comics story-wise but I was kind of fascinated how the Suicide Squad movie does include a lot of the same elements. The Joker does make an appearance but it makes much more sense to include him as he is a part of the main storyline. Batman is in a few minutes too which is explained because he is busy with another problem but does have some bearing on the story.

I thought the squad was a lot of fun and the movie didn't lose me until they released everyone at Arkham and then it was just a super-villain fest. It's worth seeing if only to lament what could have been a good Suicide Squad live-action movie if they took more cues from this.

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