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Original Title :
Batman: Assault on Arkham
Genre :
Creative Work / Animation / Action / Crime / Sci-Fi / Thriller
Year :
2014
Directror :
Jay Oliva,Ethan Spaulding
Cast :
Kevin Conroy,Neal McDonough,Hynden Walch
Writer :
Heath Corson,Bob Kane
Type :
Creative Work
Time :
1h 16min
Rating :
7.5/10

Batman works desperately to find a bomb planted by the Joker while Amanda Waller hires her newly formed Suicide Squad to break into Arkham Asylum to recover vital information stolen by the Riddler.

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Batman: Assault on Arkham storyline: Batman works desperately to find a bomb planted by the Joker while Amanda Waller hires her newly formed Suicide Squad to break into Arkham Asylum to recover vital information stolen by the Riddler. You are watching Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014) online free full at watchcartoonsonline.

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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.
Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Conroy Kevin Conroy - Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
Neal McDonough Neal McDonough - Deadshot / Floyd Lawton (voice)
Hynden Walch Hynden Walch - Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn (voice)
Matthew Gray Gubler Matthew Gray Gubler - Riddler (voice)
Troy Baker Troy Baker - Joker (voice)
Eric Bauza Eric Bauza - Security Guy (voice)
Chris Cox Chris Cox - G.C.P.D. Commissioner James Gordon (voice)
John DiMaggio John DiMaggio - King Shark (voice)
Greg Ellis Greg Ellis - Captain Boomerang / George Harkness (voice)
Giancarlo Esposito Giancarlo Esposito - Black Spider / Eric Needham (voice)
Jennifer Hale Jennifer Hale - Louise Lincoln / Killer Frost (voice)
Martin Jarvis Martin Jarvis - Alfred Pennyworth (voice)
Peter Jessop Peter Jessop - Watch Commander (voice)
Christian Lanz Christian Lanz - Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow / Victor Zsasz / Smitty / Guards (voice)
Nolan North Nolan North - The Penguin / Oswald Cobblepot / KGBeast / Anatoli Knyazev (voice)

When Harley goes through items in the Joker crate at Arkham, among the items she removes is the mask that the Joker wore in the opening scene of Pimeduse rüütel (2008), and a Joker fish from Batman: The Animated Series (1992).

Killer Frost makes an ice joke, to which Captain Boomerang reacts with disgust. This is a homage to what is considered the worst Batman film, Batman ja Robin (1997), in which the villain Mr. Freeze would constantly make bad puns about ice.

Joker recognizes Deadshot and says they worked together once. He refers to the incident where he hired eight assassins (including Deadshot) by placing a bounty on Batman's head in Batman: Arkham Origins (2013).

The sex scene Deadshot and Harley Quinn have was taken from the DC "New 52" comics, where they were both members of the Suicide Squad and did the same thing.

The film contains references to Batmani tagasitulek (1992):

  • the appearance of the Penguin is a near-facsimile to Danny DeVito's appearance in the film, complete with him eating raw fish
  • when Harley Quinn is about to rob a toy store she puts her head against the glass very much in the same fashion as Catwoman did in the movie
  • and Batman saves a female hostage from a criminal by shooting his grapple-gun's hook into the wall behind them, then retracting it so that a chunk of the wall whacks the criminal in the head.

Originally the film was to be based mainly on Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) (VG)_ with a few changes, but was later changed to a sequel to the third Arkham game Batman: Arkham Origins (2013).

The cartoon that Harley is seen watching during the opening sequence is the opening of The New Looney Tunes Show, another creation of Warner Brothers.

During the fight in the Shock Treatment room, one of Batman's batarangs sticks in the floor in front of Captain Boomerang. This batarang is the same batarang that was included with the Collector's Edition of Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) (VG)_.

This film marks the first animated appearance of Alan Grant's creation, Victor Zsasz. He has however appeared in numerous video games (most notably Rocksteady's "Arkham" series), as well as his brief live-action appearance in Batman alustab (2005).

Amanda Waller declares to Batman, "Checkmate," which is also a subdivision of Task Force X.

The music playing in the bar above the Iceberg Lounge while the team is outfitting is a remix of the Batman Beyond theme.

WILHELM SCREAM: When Bane tosses an officer (right after Killer Frost freezes and breaks an inmate).

Neil McDonough who plays Deadshot in this film also plays another DC villain in Arrow (2012-), Damien Darhk.

One of very few works to feature Kevin Conroy playing Batman opposite someone other than Mark Hamill as the Joker (in this case, Troy Baker).

Despite having Batman's name in the title, Batman does not appear in the film until after a little over 21 minutes.

The climactic helicopter scenes reference the ending of Batman (1989): during the chase, the helicopter knocks over a gargoyle similar to the one on Gotham Cathedral. While the Joker fell off a helicopter in the 1989 film, the Joker on this film is impaled in the helicopter, which falls off the building before crashing to the ground (and his body is never found either).


User reviews

Centrizius

Centrizius

Batman is a real badass, the Joker is a total wacko, Harley Quinn is hot. What else do you need? No but seriously, Aussault on Arkham did many things right, the characters are fun (especially Boomerang who is the major comic relief in this movie, the Joker and of course Quinn), the action is pretty awesome and there were some very fine One-Liners also.

What I liked the most was the very mature style of the movie, there is blood spilled, heads are blown of and teeth get punched in but nothing is never totally over the top (as many already said it's very surprising Assault on Arkham was rated PG-13 and not R).

Altogether I liked:

-gritty style

-mature humor

-well animated action/fight scenes

-actuall plot surprises

-real fight consequences (villains DIE, and don't flee with a black eye)

-GREAT voice acting

Now for the things I did not like:

-not enough Joker (yes his role was pretty major but it was not quite enough screen time for my taste)

-overall to short (71 mins? really?)
Tenius

Tenius

DC animated movies almost never fail to please me and Batman: Assault on Arkham, directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding, portrays criminals with a vicious and sexy attitude.

With almost all the same voice actors from the Batman Arkham series including Kevin Conroy, Oliva and Spaulding take the Batman animated movies into Arkham Asylum just as portrayed in the Arkham video games series. In my opinion, it's about time Warner Brothers created a Batman animated movie based on the atmosphere of the Arkham games as it is so popular with the fans.

Interestingly enough, this movie focuses more on a criminal special task force created by Amanda Waller, who also created the Suicide Squad, rather than Batman; however, there was still enough of Batman to satisfy our Dark Knight needs especially when the voice is Kevin Conroy. What surprised me the most was Troy Baker as the voice of the Joker. Though he has been the voice of Joker before, I almost thought it was Mark Hamill until I looked up the cast. With that in mind, Baker's acting inspires me with high hopes for the Jokers future.

Overall, this Batman animated movie had a sexy, trilling, attitude which was packed full of lethal action that would please any Batman fan. A perfect 10!
Runeterror

Runeterror

It's weird that you'll ever find yourself rooting for the bad guys to win and "Assault on Arkham" makes you do this exactly.

The film introduces you to an ensemble of villains, given an objective that depends on their lives. You find yourself quite absorbed in the plot and the characters as they interact with each other (not always harmoniously), almost wanting to see them succeed when going to the lengths that they do.

If you're turning this film on expecting it to be a "Batman" film then you may be disappointed to know that he only appears for a few minutes at a time and that the central focus actually lies on the Suicide Squad, but, knowing this in advance allows you to enjoy and appreciate the film a lot more. Thankfully, I was informed of this beforehand and equally loved seeing either Batman or his adversaries on-screen, therefore making it all the more exciting to see them all appear at once at the same time.

The animation and art style is great and superb voice acting by Kevin Conroy (Batman), Troy Baker (The Joker), Neal McDonough (Deadshot) and pretty much everyone else; they really bring the characters to life, especially Conroy who has been voicing the caped crusader for decades and practically knows the character inside out.

My only issue with "Batman: Assault on Arkham" is that it is too short, especially when the film gets going in the final act and has a lot to potentially offer but doesn't really have the time or room to explore. This is a good animated film and definitely worth the watch if you're a Batman fan, especially if you're familiar with the "Batman: Arkham" video game series.
Geny

Geny

I saw the SDCC exclusive trailer for Suicide Squad very recently and it got me so hyped up to see what the DC cinematic universe had in store for us. At first the DCU looked like it was trying to be what Marvel had set up but looking at the two latest trailers it looks like they really do have some spectacular surprises in store! Anyway, after seeing the trailer i wanted to see a lot more of the Suicide Squad in action. I was lucky enough to find Batman Assault on Arkham and well.. as if i wasn't already excited enough for Suicide Squad!

First things first, this film may have the Batman name in the title, but this really isn't a Batman he is merely a co-star. This film very much belongs to the squad themselves. Amanda Waller needs to get a thumb drive from the Riddler's cane so in order to do so she recruits the baddest criminals she can find from the very walls of Arkham Asylum to get it out. Meanwhile Batman is attempting to find a dirty bomb left behind by the Joker who is still trapped in his own cell, which he of course links to Harley Quinn. We get to see characters we will soon be introduced to in the film including Harley, Captain Boomerang and Deadshot who serves as the protagonist. Among these 'big names' we also encounter lesser-known villains like King Shark and Killer Frost who form an unexpected bond and Black Spider (voiced by Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad). All ending with a climatic battle between Task force X, the Joker and Batman himself.

The film claims to be based off of the Batman Arkham series of games. The voice of Batman is as always played to perfection by veteran Batman actor Kevin Conroy. Every time Conroy lends his voice to the character, even only for a small role like this film, you really feel like you are listening to the only actor fit for voicing him. Troy Baker mirrors Mark Hamill like he did in Arkham Origins and steals the show. He may not be as threatening and villainous as Hamill is but he comes a close second. I also loved Hynden Walch as Harley Quinn and I will go as far as to say that Harley was my favourite character in this film. She takes on the role and manages to be both ditzy and villainous, which is all a fan really wants from such an iconic character. Each member of Task Force X gets their own chance to shine in a different way and i was on board with each character so well that I was rooting for them more than i was for Batman by the end of it.

DC can be hit and miss with their animated features, and this is in the ranks as being one of the best they have developed so far. I hope that the adaption of 'The Killing Joke' that is in the works can be as great as this one manages to be. It is also the right element of dark. The violence was not watered down for this one and we get our fair share of head explosions. I am hoping the movie is not watered down and manages an 'R' rating because it has the potential to be something very special. This film raises the hype metre even higher and i am hoping for something great that could even trump The Dark Knight in terms of darkness and pure character development. The DC Universe will be kicked off with a 'BANG!' (Pun intended) and i hope more animated DC adaptions take a leaf out of its book.
Mall

Mall

Villains get the spotlight in BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM, a loose prequel set before the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum video game. A black ops mission to assassinate the Riddler is foiled by Batman, prompting CIA operative Amanda Waller to assemble "Task Force X", aka The Suicide Squad. Morally ambiguous Vigilante Black Spider, seductive ice queen Killer Frost, savage brute King Shark, Australian scoundrel Captain Boomerang, crazy Harley Quinn and the cynical assassin Deadshot. These sociopathic misfits have to put aside their differences to work together, lest they "lose their heads".

Playing out like a good ol fashioned heist film in the vein of THE Italian JOB or OCEAN'S ELEVEN, we see six villains assembled by Amanda Waller and sent on a mission impossible deep into the heart of the dreaded Arkham Asylum to retrieve a thumb drive containing sensitive information, that was in the Riddler's possession. From the electronic heavy rock soundtrack to the Taratino-esque roll call opening credits sequence, you know you are in for a completely different animated movie. The fun begins when we get to see how well these bad guys play off one another in a script that is chock full of dark humour and depth.

Although each villain does not get much development, we do get a "keynotes" look into their personalities, their motivations and their minds as the brisk pace of the movie sprints from action scene to action scene. Their roles in the team are familiar archetypes for classic villain teams: the alpha male leader (Deadshot), the butt monkey backstabber (Captain Boomerang), the dumb muscle (King Shark), the seductress (Killer Frost), the mysterious odd one out (Black Spider), and the psycho (Harley Quinn). Yet in this familiarity comes the opportunity for the characters to truly shine thanks to some magnificent chemistry and voice acting.

Alas, for a title named "Batman: Assault on Arkham" the titular Batman plays a supporting, almost cameo, role. But when he does appear, he exhibits a powerful on screen presence. Those barely visible eyes staring intensely from within the cowl, the new look of the costume which blends the dark blue streamlined design of Justice League Unlimited with the armoured detailing of New 52, not to mention the return of the classic Batman voice Kevin Conroy. But I digress. Batman is not the focus here, the Suicide Squad is. And they get one hell of a 75 minute showcase. Throughout the movie, you get a sense that some of the team members have their own agenda and secrets. What looks like a crazy outburst turns out to be a well calculated distraction for example. This movie keeps you guessing and keeps the tension up from start to finish.

Like previous DC Animated movies, ASSAULT ON ARKHAM does not shy away from bloody violence or semi-sexual depictions. The near nudity, the blood letting, it is insane, threading close to an "R" rating. Action is smooth, fluid, with a very high budget quality which combines detailed artwork with dynamic animation. Visually, Moi Animation studios have outdone themselves once again delivering top notch animation that surpasses many of their Japanese anime counterparts. For quick comparison, take a look at the animation on SON OF BATMAN done by Japanese anime studio "TheAnswerStudio" and then compare it to the visuals in BATMAN ASSAULT ON ARKHAM. No contest.

BATMAN ASSAULT ON ARKHAM was a risky experiment, but an experiment that pays off. Edgy but fun, dark but not brooding, intense but not shallow. There seem to be things you can do on screen and a dark sense of fun you get with villains instead of heroes. Here I am hoping that DC would consider releasing a villain centric animated movie for every two hero centric movies per year. The DC rogues gallery needs to be tapped and tapped well. This is a good star
Lemana

Lemana

Quite possibly the best DC film to date.

Top notch character development, particularly for underused characters.

Top notch writing, something sorely lacking in Hollywood in general.

Top notch animation with so many brilliant subtleties.

Top notch directing...no wasted scenes.

Before watching this, if you are a true fan, seriously go through every episode of Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, and Young Justice. The characters are so rich and vivid given that context. If this is your first DC film, well, I hope you appreciate how truly brilliant these characters have been cast in this particular film.
Mettiarrb

Mettiarrb

This is damn near perfect in every way, all the things that WB got wrong with Suicide Squad (and they have got everything wrong), DC animations got just right. The villains! Oh my God! The villains! The Joker! All hail the voice acting of Troy Baker as the Joker, rivaling only the performance of Mark Hamill in other DC animations. If you are a DC fan, you have to watch this movie, it's everything you wanted Suicide Squad to be, but came out of the theater saying "WTF was that?", this is everything that's right about the concept of Suicide Squad, and nothing of the cringe worthy stuff that we've gotten in the theatrical live action release. This movie is dark, gritty, bloody and mature, a true animated masterpiece!
Wenaiand

Wenaiand

It's really not that big of a surprise to find out that "Batman: Assault on Arkham" is a much better Suicide Squad movie than the one with Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Jerod Leto ("The Joker), Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Will Smith. I mean, duh?! We should've seen this coming, but I guess not.

But yeah, everything that was literally wrong with the live-action "Suicide Squad" movie, this movie actually made up for as DC and Warner Bros.' way of saying, "We're sorry" to the fans.

Bottom-line, if you want to see a really good Suicide Squad movie, don't watch the live-action version. Go watch this movie instead. It deserves a lot more attention.

10 out of 10 stars.
Gaeuney

Gaeuney

Assault on Arkham is meant as a prequel to the events that occurred during the Arkham video game trilogy. Waller has collected some villains to help her take back top secret information from the Riddler. The Squad most infiltrate Arkham Asylum, find the Riddler and get the device before reveals the secrets to even worse villains.

This film really does a good job at capturing how expendable each character is to the mission. At any moment someone could die and the team just has to move to the next objective. This is even tougher because the writers of the movie actually created relationships between characters so the loss hits them and the audience more. Even with all the serious moments there is also funny dialogue exchanged, mainly from Captain Boomerang and King Shark.

There are no characters that are left in the background either. Mostly everyone gets a fair amount of screen time in order to fully bring their personality to the audience. I thought this would be heavy movie on Deadshot and Harley, but that was not the case. The biggest enjoyment I got was Harley as that was probably my favorite depiction of her that I have seen. She had the right amount of sweet with a side of insane.

Action scenes were fun for the most part, as there was a scene or two where they maybe went a little to over the top even for an animation movie.

This was a fun watch and if you are a fan of the Suicide Squad, you most definitely have to see this.
Funny duck

Funny duck

The world of the "Batman: Arkham" video game is brought to vivid animated life with DC and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment's "Batman: Assault on Arkham." The Dark Knight takes a backseat to the bad guys in what is the comic book equivalent of a heist or search and rescue flick much like "Red," "Ocean's 11," "Escape from New York," and others. The movie takes place after the events in "Batman: Arkham Origins." It's an exciting and humorous romp that will thrill fans of the game franchise and "mature" enthusiasts of super heroes.

Amanda Waller puts together a team of super villains to infiltrate Arkham Asylum and complete an unfinished job. She wants the Riddler assassinated for secret knowledge he possesses. Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, KGBeast, and King Shark are all forced to comply to her wishes thanks to an explosive planted in their necks which Waller can detonate if they won't fulfill her demands.

One thing DC animated movie buffs will be happy about is the return of Kevin Conroy in the role of Batman. The rest of the voice cast is fine, but they're overshadowed every time the Dark Knight appears on screen. Troy Baker does his best Mark Hamill impersonation as the Joker. I really thought it was Hamill until the credits rolled at the end.

A word of caution to parents out there with children who love super heroes. "Batman: Assault on Arkham" isn't kid-friendly in any form or fashion. It's rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, and language. We're not talking your typical comic book violence, either. Several heads are blown off for example. Harley Quinn shows quite a bit of skin and there's a scene of Deadshot and her tumbling around in bed together. The language is on par with what you would get in any action movie released today starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Liam Neeson, or Sylvester Stallone. However, the "F" word is never dropped.

"Batman: Assault on Arkham" will thrill fans of the video game franchise it's based on. People unfamiliar with the "Arkham Asylum," "Arkham City," and "Arkham Origins" universe need not worry. I don't play the games and had no problem jumping right in.
Velan

Velan

Love this movie. Watch this if you are a fan of Batman and his villains. Even if you don't play the Arkham games (why wouldn't you?) and just like the shows and comics, this is still a must watch. This film took a more mature route which I absolutely love. There's cursing, innocent people die, main characters die, tasteful sex scene, etc. Batman is a secondary focus in this movie after the suicide squad, which worried me at first but then I loved it. At some points, you even start rooting for some of the bad guys. Showed an interesting perspective from the villains side, always worried about Batman popping up and ruining everything. The animation was fantastic, the character designs were awesome, the dialogue was great. Would recommend to anyone who's a Batman fan.
KiddenDan

KiddenDan

I just finishing watching Son of Batman, and I was thinking to myself, this movie is pretty edgy and leans more toward adults than I would ever expected. Than I saw Assault on Arkham, and can see were the DCAU is going. This is far more Edgy.

The movie takes elements from the recent run of Suicide Squad of the new 52s revamp at DC comics and mixes it with elements of the Batman Akrham game series. Batman wears the costume from the game, but has the voice of the greatest man ever to play (voice) Batman, Kevin Conroy.

Batman takes a slight step back in this movie as Amanda Waller assembles the suicide Squad to get a thumb drive the Riddler has on all the members of the Suicide Squad before he makes it public. They have to infiltrate Arkham in order to do it.

The animated film is Dark, it reminds me of the late 80's early 90's anime like Gogolo 13 and fist of the North Star that got me into anime in the first place. I'm happy to see Warner Bros. animation go in this direction.

Two thumbs up!
Windforge

Windforge

More fun than a barrel of hammers. Pretty much everything you could hope for from a frothy little DC adventure, nice graphics, nice story, sharp dialogue (lots of inside jokes) and great voice actors. Brilliant "ensemble" story, the kind where after a while you feel you can associate personalities with characters. The ultimate irony, the only part that falls flat, is that this is a Batman movie where Batman himself is somehow redundant. You get so involved with the "team" that when Batsy shows up, he is almost an irritant. Which in turn makes you wonder if this was packaged as a Batman movie merely to milk the goodwill in the name...?
Welahza

Welahza

Assault on Arkham can stand alone as a title without the Batman branding getting in before the colon. Bats is hardly in this movie, reduced to a bit-part player in a grander scheme which doesn't really need to involve him. The Suicide Squad never really interested me and I will probably pass on the forthcoming movie (purely because charisma-vacuum Jai Courtney is in it) but damn to they make for a great team here. I almost wished Batman was stay out of it and let their plans unfold as intended.

Shady US Govt. lady Waller (CCH Pounder) recruits Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, Black Spider, King Shark, and Killer Frost to break into Arkham Asylum undetected and steal something belonging to the Riddler before finding and defusing a dirty bomb hidden by the Joker. I'm sure Batman (here, properly voiced by Kevin Conroy once more) would have done a much more efficient job without the high body count, but then we wouldn't have a movie. He and Waller don't see eye-to-eye anyways. It's fun watching them execute their plan and infiltrate the deep recesses of the island. It could have been more atmospheric though. A lot of the backgrounds look to clean and polished. It lacks the Gothic pathos of Arkham City games that inspired it. Batman soon shows up anyways and spoils everything, but does it smartly.

Assault on Arkham is a major step away (and in the right direction) from the family orientated animated Batman series and movies from the 90s. With sex, nudity, and graphic death on show for our enjoyment it's not exactly something you can distract your 7-year-old (if you're really prudish, that is). But I believe Batman should be geared more towards adults anyway.

Joker is voiced by Troy Baker but he does a great job of emulating Mark Hamill's style, and the higher rating allows him to be more violent and evil. The writing could be tighter and it could have had more of an atmosphere, but this one still comes highly recommended, even if Batman's presence sort of spoilt it a bit.
Kamick

Kamick

Based on the so-called "Suicide Squad", 'Batman: Assault on Arkham' plays like a 'Dirty Dozen' comprised of mostly B-list Batman villains. Batman himself is really a side player here, and quite honestly by the time he becomes involved in the story, his presence is unwelcome. By that point we're fully invested in the Suicide Squad and Bats feels like a bucket of cold water.

I've seen a handful of these direct-to-DVD animated 'Batman' movies and I continue to be amazed by how far they push the violence envelope. I'd dare say this is more brutal than even 'The Dark Knight', with exploding heads, lots of human collateral damage and blood aplenty. There are even a couple of cases of near nudity (and I mean *near*) and implied sex. Definitely not for kids.

Good animation, solid voice acting and a refreshingly different story make this one a worthwhile watch.
Manona

Manona

Alright I'll start off with this, this movie is a prequel to Batman Arkham Asylum, and it was one hell of a good movie! The most of the original voice actors are back, except for Mark Hamill and a few others, but Troy Baker pulls it off again as The Joker. If you're a big fan of the game series then you'll love this movie, and even if you have't played any of the games, this movie would be a great start! As for the movie itself, its very action packed, the animation is great and it's violent as hell, just like the games. The only problem I had with this is that the movie was too short roughly at about 75 minutes, I know its not less but for something of this scale, a longer movie would have been more enjoyable and fun to watch.
Fohuginn

Fohuginn

Super worth buying it on Amazon video to stream forevermore. It's a Assault absolutely introduces every member of the Suicide Squad, without a bog of exposition no less, then kills half of them. Who cares about that emotional bond you were forming? Not directors Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding, not writers Bob Kane and Heath Corson. These fine gentlemen are not sacrificing story and character for anything a producer might quibble over on behalf of 13 yr olds or PC-freaks.

Suicide Squad animated feature that gives very few f***s for the audience's delicate constitutions. You can tell this for a number of reasons. First, it's not really worth rating it at "R" but it certainly doesn't try to stay under the PG13 level of kid-friendly versions of events. Second,

Point in fact: Assault's Joker is happiest when frighteningly objectifying Harley Quinn. When Joker *eye roll* escapes, a suspenseful stalking scene with the tension caliber of Alien or Bladerunner commences. This movie dishes out at least as much pointy reckoning as the Heath Ledger Joker ever did. Which is doubly awesome considering Assault treads that line of fatalism that Zack Snyder has coined as the DCU paradigm, without sacrificing slapstick and caper set-pieces like 3 Stooges-esque bullet dodging or the snappy repartee of Archer.

To that end, note that Harley's incarnation here also takes a leap into the adult story telling realm. The writers have her independent of Joker, doesn't compromise the things she wants, the mission or her own self esteem. Wanna bang Deadshot, analyse Cpt. Boomerang, kill your ex, and end up the most badass of the team? All without knowing or caring about that fact? Hell yes, she does.

For each of their parts, Deadshot and Cpt. are spot on out of the books except for two significant details: 1) the witty banter and one-ups- manship is actually better in this movie, and 2) the viewer doesn't really get a sense of how competent at taking charge of the Suicide Squad Deadshot is. I think the first is a boon, and the second a shame, and between the two of them we come to a net neutral at how their characters enhance the story.

Joining their merry band are Killer Frost – whom I love playing in Injustice, so it's a delight to see her come to life here – King Shark, KGBeast, Black Spider, and Riddler. All well thought out, and given enough backstory and motivation that you feel they're real characters, without globs of weighty backstory.

Lastly, we have the good old 80s version of stout Amanda Waller. She's the authoritarian mystery – so much so that not even Batman knows what she's doing through most of the movie! Oo, how I love to see Batsy squirm in confusion every once in while – keeps him sharp.

Much like David Ayer's live action Suicide Squad (AKA Squad 1. Click here to learn why.), Assault relies on these DCU favorites to contextualize the world. This is totally different from the books where readers either assume that Task Force X operates in a DCU vacuum, or the writers can't afford those fav characters. Neither of these extremes is inherently bad as long as the story doesn't suffer for adhering to it. Neither does. Unfortunately, Squad 1 (see my review here) is a different version of this altogether. While Assault deftly weaves faves into the narrative – Riddler catalyzes the whole plot, Penguin's a contact the Squad has to hit up; Jim Gordon inevitably brings in the cavalry – Squad 1 shoe horns Batman, Joker, and The Flash into the plot as superfluous pot-boilers.

Overall, not only does Arkham Assault totally blow Suicide Squad away in terms of dialogue, plot, pacing, and character development, but it also could take on most heist classics as a genre buster! Think Oceans 11, but with less bromance angst between Frank Sinatra/George Clooney and ANYONE else in the movie. The most important part of the whole thing though, is one very surprising and subjective detail: Everyone has a favorite version of Joker, and I found mine here.

Like all fans of Batman the Animated Series, once you hear Mark Hamill do Joker voice you never wanna sully your ears with anyone else's cadence. But, damn, if Troy Baker doesn't take up the acid-flower mantle with wicked aplomb.
Yozshujind

Yozshujind

This week I have decided to go a bit off script on my review. Pulling from a genre that many non- comic book readers oft dare not tread. Sure, comic book movies have seen a clear boost in mainstream audience attendance with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy (with which I have a love/hate relationship. Another day my friends) and the brilliant way Marvel has chosen to unfurl their gang of interconnecting hero stories as an ever expanding universe. Today, however, I've decided to give credit where credit is due and give DC their day in the sun.

For all their shortcomings DC properties have had in terms of their live-action films, as successful as they are, where they truly shine is with their straight to DVD animated features. While, not all of the titles that have been produced over the years have been top notch, to count them out as kids stuff is simply unfair. Starting years ago with Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), DC has put out some well written and superbly produced stories that could give their live-action brethren a run for their money. With that, I give you Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014).

Not for the youngsters, this is a gritty flick with some intense violence and language. So be warned.

The story is simple enough. The Riddler is at it again and this time as stolen sensitive intel from a secret government organization run by Amanda Waller (a role reprised by the wonderful CCH Pounder), a woman obsessed with keeping America safe without the help of super heroes. Now locked away in Arkham Asylum with the rest of Batman's rouges gallery, Riddler has a flash drive with the information stashed in his cane, which is locked up tight in Arkham's storage lockup. Employing a group called The Suicide Squad to break in and get back the data, Waller teams up a group of super villains equipped with explosives in their necks as incentive to get the job done. Now, some of these criminals are not the A-Listers one might expect from a Batman movie, but not to worry, familiar faces abound throughout.
Malara

Malara

This film could've been great all the way through. The cast was great, I liked all the characters, and the Suicide Squad seemed to have its team dynamic down pretty well. But there are way too many forced moments for me to put this up there with Under the Red Hood and Tim Burton's masterpiece as one of the truly great Batman films.

The story is... Decent. The Riddler's going to blow the whistle on the government using supervillains to get their dirty work done. So the government, played by Amanda Waller, assembles a team of supervillains to retrieve the data before it goes live. And here we run into our first problem. How is the Riddler going to transmit anything from a FLASH DRIVE HIDDEN IN HIS CANE if his cane is locked up in Arkham far away from any USB ports? Does that not bug ANYONE in this movie? The rest of the story was pretty solid sans the climax, so why did the writers have to make the entire cast kind of brainless?

Well, plot holes can be forgiven if the characters are good enough. And they are. Deadshot plays the anti-hero leader of the Squad with Harley Quinn as his potential love-interest. Yeah, they went there. They put Harley Quinn with someone other than the Joker. Some guy I've never heard of called Shark is the living tank with Killer Frost as his crush (or at least that's the vibe I got from them). We have Male-African-American-Totally-Not-Black-Widow Black Spider on hand to be expendable, because Heaven forbid they kill off someone popular, and Captain Boomerang to be the jerk who always butts heads with the leader.

Unfortunately, this film is plagued by too many forced moments to completely forgive. This badass Russian guy called KGBeast is introduced to us only to be immediately axed off in order to prove that, "Anyone can die! Nobody's safe from our blood-hungry writing!" Shark dies just so anyone who happened to ship him and Killer Frost could feel gipped, as if DC hasn't had weirder pairings, like pairing a Red/Blue Lantern with a computer.

Then after it all goes to Hell the team turn on each other out of nowhere instead of working together to all make it out. You may think, "Oh, they're just in it for themselves and just want to make it out," but then Captain Boomerang and Deadshot BOTH make it to a helicopter and take off, to which Captain Boomerang says, "Only one of us is making it out of here!" and ends up not escaping at all. Uh, dude? There's enough room in the chopper for both of you. Hell, there was enough room for them AND Killer Frost, who dies when Bane, recently broken-out, picks up the police cruiser she's in, AFTER she disposed of the driver, and randomly throws it against a wall.

I am firmly against killing off characters. It angers people who liked them, it stops further stories from unfolding, and it prevents any further entertainment to be had from their interactions off one another. But no, apparently gunfights, attempted mass murder, implied sex and exploding heads didn't make Assault on Arkham "adult" enough. Screw that, I just want a good story, and this movie came SO CLOSE to being perfect. But, alas, DC adaptations aren't allowed to be fun anymore.
Braned

Braned

Assault on Arkham takes place before the events of Arkham Asylum. And features the Suicide Squad... and Batman as a side character. Everyone does a great job in the movie, and Harley Quinn totally steals the show. The movie has the same flaw that i and others had with Year One; the fact that Batman really doesn't share any good amount of screen time. He really feels like a side characters in the movie, and you ends up don't really care what he goes through. But what saves the movie for me is definitely Harley Quinn and The Joker. Those two characters alone makes the movie. I did fairly enjoy the movie. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't anything big and original. If you're a Batman fan you should at least check it out. And Troy Baker OWNS The Joker.
Forcestalker

Forcestalker

Once again, DC/Warner's has outdone itself with a quality product and yet another installment in the Batman legend. I'll start by saying that I've never played the games. I'm strictly into the videos, so I can't talk about series arcs or what have you.

This particular video, pushes the envelope in a lot of ways. The basic story has a band of misfits led by Deadshot (and includes Harley "Yahtzee!" Quinn, Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost and others) break into Arkham in order to retrieve the Riddler's cane. Along the way, the Joker gets into the act, spreading his own version of mayhem and threatening to spread the lives of Gotham City's citizens all over the map due to a dirty bomb he's hidden somewhere. The Suicide Squad spends as much time fighting amongst its own as it does Batman. Still, Batman triumphs, and things work out in the end.

There are a number of things to like and find fault with. First, the good.

The voices are excellent for the most part. Kevin Conroy IS Batman. There have been other voice actors who've done the role, but Mr. Conroy is the man. CCH Pounder reprises her role as Amanda Waller and she's terrific. Hynden Walch also shines as Harley and almost gets the voice (originally done by Arleen Sorkin) down perfect. The actor who plays Joker--Troy Baker--captures the villain's gleeful mania quite well although I still think of Mark Hamill as THE Joker--and Jennifer Hale as Killer Frost is always welcome.

The only drawback is Neal McDonough as Floyd Lawton/Deadshot. He sounds too generic. Michael Rosenbaum's version had more of a Kevin Spacey/smarmy quality to it and that's what's lacking.

The animation is also excellent. To me, it was like a cross between the old Justice League episodes and the 'Deadshot' episode in Batman: Gotham Knight. Fluid and smooth, the action never stops and the director keeps his camera on the principal characters to show them in their best light.

The bad...the music is jarring at times. Techno-pop is so not right for this kind of movie. As above, the character of Deadshot should have been a lot smarmier, but I'm carping now.

The violence is a little above what I expected, and the film pushes the envelope with almost nudity and one sex scene--"Yahtzee!"--that is sure to give some parents fits. I was also a little surprised to hear them swear. I'd heard it in Justice League: War, and thought it a little odd. I'm no prude and I swear as much as the next guy, but it seemed out of place on this video. That's why older kids/teenagers and adults would be the best audience for this movie.

Overall, I give this a ten and recommend it to serious DC/Batman fans.
Whatever

Whatever

This is a pretty good movie.

It's got Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Frost, Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, KGBeast, and King Shark press-ganged into forming the Suicide Squad to infiltrate Arkham Asylum and get out with Riddler's secrets that may ruin Amanda Waller if they're posted on the internet. On top of that, Batman is out looking for a dirty bomb that the Joker has stashed somewhere in the city, which, if it went off, could blow up half or more of the population.

The art style is great and it goes well with the animation. The action sequences are well done and thrilling to watch. Character designs are appealing to look at, and strangely enough, it seemed like Harley and Killer Frost couldn't keep their freaking shirts on for more than five minutes at a time within the first half hour of the movie. Not that that's something to complain much about, but it was a little bit distracting in terms of "Was that REALLY necessary?"

Batman sits in the back seat of his own movie for once, which is actually a good thing because the film wasn't meant to be entirely focused on him, but more on the Suicide Squad. More focus on him would've detracted from the main story.

So far I've said nothing wrong, so I'll get to the flaws: use of CGI (though minor) can still be pretty noticeable but it doesn't take much away from the actual enjoyment of the movie. Sometimes with the main characters bickering all the time it makes you wonder how the hell they got themselves into Arkham in the first place. It got kind of tedious after a while but everyone improved in the second half of the film as things started to fly.

Really, it's a Batman movie with good characters, a plot that was clearly thought out, and plenty of violence and *ahem* titillation to go around. It's also one of the better DC Animated movies to hit Direct- to-DVD. I'd check it out at least once.
Uickabrod

Uickabrod

I'm a big fan of all the Batman universe since 1992: The Animated Series was my first approach to the Dark Knight and since then I got obsessed, trying to read/watch/play everything that I could reach.

This premise is just to say that I really would have liked that this movie was something slightly acceptable but actually, from my point of view, it's just wrong… from that sort of sitcom opening title introducing the characters to that horrid, inappropriate soundtrack.

It's not difficult to understand from the beginning, by the explicit contents, that this movie is clearly for a more adult audience but, in the end, it results more childish and ridiculous than any other Batman cartoon movie till now.

The plot (Amanda Waller recruits the Suicide Squad to break into Arkham and collect information from the Riddler) becomes more and more inconsistent as time goes by, to the point that the movie seems to be based more on the characters' lame jokes (some of those are really really bad) than the actual development of the story that often flows without any kind of logic up to the last part with the liberation of the Arkham inmates that it's a clear reference of the Arkham games… but if, in the games, the takeover of the prison by his residents takes more dilated times, the really short times (it takes like two seconds for Bane or Scarecrow to get their equipment) in this movie just don't make any sense and don't make justice to the games at all.

The characters are poorly written and too much stereotyped and their behaviours are often idiotic and, again, illogical (just one example: King Shark has fear of heights just in that particular moment? really?!? after jumping on a plane? really?!?)

By the way this movie has some, few, positive aspects: the initial idea of the Suicide Squad in charge and Batman as secondary character (even if his name is in the title (oh, well)); the clash between the Joker and Lawton, actually it was the best part of the movie; the references to other movies and games and, of course, the man himself, Batman.

In the end, I was expecting something more similar to the Arkham games (it would be nice even some little reminders of the original plot), not just some backgrounds and the design of few characters (by the way, Harley Quinn is much better in the games).
Onoxyleili

Onoxyleili

Slowly, but surely, the scripts for movies are moving more and more towards game stories. Watching this film felt like I was going through a game console campaign in some DC game. This has both good and bad consequences. The good ones are that all the characters get a bit of the story and the action, instead of the classic Hollywood script which are centered only on the two protagonists. The bad ones are that... well... it feels like a game. There is no real attention to detail or to continuity. Things happen because you need to get to the last level - with the minimum of effort, obviously.

The end result was positive to me, though. The movie is filled with bloody scenes, with Harely Quinn and Joker insanity and with real violence, as well as having a real story, as weird as it becomes being a DC universe thing. It feels funny to me that if they would have made this into a live action film, they would have had to rate it R. In my mind this can only be good: instead of paying a zillion dollars to certain actors just because their faces are well known, pay the animators to create anything their artistic minds can come out with.

Bottom line: I am half considering downloading all these direct to video animation movies. They certainly feel more entertaining than most blockbusters in theaters.
Duktilar

Duktilar

Based on a video game I haven't played, this animated movie is about the Suicide Squad, not Batman. Despite the title, Bats is a supporting character here. Still, it's nice to have Kevin Conroy back as Batman and Mark Hamill as Joker. Hamill gets the only good lines in this thing. The animation is unimpressive and flat. The characters' costume designs are uncreative and drab. More of the great New 52 supposed realism, I guess. Bats has pupils on his mask. It's distracting and stupid. Penguin has turned into Bob Hoskins for some reason. Most of the characters dress in the bland style of the times: casual meets military meets emo. It's very colorless and uninteresting.

In keeping with the direction the DCAU has been headed recently, the content here is "adult." Harley Quinn and Killer Frost wear next-to-nothing throughout the film and even wear NOTHING in some scenes. Harley bites off a woman's ear and we see the bloody ear in her mouth. We also get exploding heads and more gunfights than a Schwarzenegger movie. New 52, y'all! This is not for kids, in case you're one of those unsuspecting parents out there who still thinks cartoons with comic book characters are for all ages. Here's my beef with this stuff: I'm fine with creating these things for an adult audience. But these stories aren't written for adults; they're dumb, predictable, and full of clichés (playing security footage on a loop, infiltrating the group by pretending to be the only one of them wearing a mask, etc.). There's cursing, partial nudity, blood, and violence galore but the script is tired. The characters posture and spout tough guy lines constantly. The only thing "adult" about it is the crass sex and violence thrown in for titillation. This is pretty much just for masturbatory thirteen year-old boys or those who think like them. Hardcore fanboys will likely enjoy it. Judging by the current IMDb score, they do. But this is just one more example that DC Comics, in animation or print, doesn't care about appealing to anyone but the lowest common denominator.