Assault on Arkham


Batman: Assault on Arkham

Directed By: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding
Starring: Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough, Hynden Walch, Matthew Gray Gubler, CCH Pounder, Giancarlo Esposito, Jennifer Hale, John DiMaggio, Greg Ellis, Nolan North,
Rated: PG-13
Grade: A

After the Riddler is captured by Batman and sent to Arkham Asylum, ARGUS director Amanda Waller activates the Suicide Squad, which is an elite group of villains tasked to perform undercover operations for the government. The group is tasked with finding the Riddler in Arkham and retrieving sensitive information he stole from ARGUS. Meanwhile, they must avoid piquing Batman’s interest while he searches Gotham for a dirty bomb that the Joker has assembled and hidden somewhere in the city.

Assault on Arkham, which is part of DC’s Animated Universe, is another movie that sets a standard for their animated fare. The storyline is solid, and the voice actors, which include a handful of recognizable names, all do well, with no one giving a particularly over the top performance (unless the character calls for it, that is). As stated in previous reviews, I’m not familiar with comic books outside of televison and movies, so I have no idea if this movie corresponds with a particular comic book arc, or if it’s an original story. The characters all seem to mesh well together, but again, I’m not overly familiar with their comic counterparts.

The movie is animated to look somewhere between computer animated and hand-drawn, but it was likely done on computer. The animation itself is well done. Not too much of the movie takes place during the daytime, but the colors pop, and the shadows don’t get fuzzy.

One good thing about most comic book movies (both comic book and live action) is that you don’t need to be overly familiar with the source material to enjoy the movie. This should appeal to anyone wanting to see a decent action movie who doesn’t mind it being animated. Although there are a few graphic death scenes (a few characters literally get their heads blown off), so if you’re wary of that, then you might not want to let young children watch.

Batman: Assault on Arkham isn’t available free to stream anywhere at the moment, but can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.

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