Assault On Arkham
(2014/DC Comics/Warner Blu-ray w/DVD)
B+/B- Sound: B+/B- Extras: B+ Film: A
Comics and Warner Bros. Animation have done it again with another
great installment in their library of animated films based on the
beloved Batman property. I've seen every Batman animated film that
has come out such as Batman:
Year One, Under the Red Hood,
and aside from last year's fierce adaptation of Frank
Miller's The Dark Knight Returns,
this entry may be my favorite.
animation is dark and slick and very comparable to Warner's
The Animated Series
that premiered on Fox in the early 1990s. What I like so much about
this particular film is that the focus is shifted off the character
of Batman and more so on the villains - primarily members of The
Suicide Squad including Deadshot and fan favorite Harley Quinn. Also
featured in this film are classic Batman villains The Joker, Penguin,
Poison Ivy, Bane, and The Riddler. Second tier characters featured
include Killer Frost, The Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, and King
Shark. There are also blink and you will miss it nods to previous
Batman incarnations including two replicated shots from Tim Burton's
and a nice little easter egg that shows the Joker's Bank Robber Mask
from Nolan's The
It is also notable to point out that the voice behind Batman in this
film is none other than Kevin Conroy, the man who has voiced the
character more than anybody and a fan favorite for sure.
may shock you most about this animated film is the level of violence
in some scenes. The animators aren't afraid to decapitate a couple
main characters or show a little blood to point out the intensity of
the character's stakes. Some of the Harley Quinn stuff is pretty
sexual too pointing out that this film is definitely for more mature
audiences. The film also is a great compliment to the current
running titles of Batman: Arkham video games by Rocksteady Games.
to Gotham City's heart of darkness where at the center is Arkham
Asylum, home to Gotham's most ruthless criminals that wait in
captivity thanks to the efforts of Batman. But when the Riddler's
latest caper is foiled by Batman, the stakes begin to raise as we
discover that the Joker has hidden a dirty bomb in the center of the
city that threatens destination.
their will, Harley Quinn and members of the Suicide Squad are
abducted by a cruel Crime Boss named Amanda Waller and are forced to
uncover a crucial piece of evidence that is hidden in the criminal
archives of Arkham this is important to Waller. Each member of the
Suicide Squad is fitted with a bomb attached to their spine and
located on the back of their neck and if they fail or disobey
Waller's orders then their heads will explode. Pretty insane huh?
Reminds me a little of Battle
Quinn takes center stage on the mission as her past experience and
employment at Arkham has given her a photographic memory of the
layout of the building. Things get complicated when she comes across
The Joker, to whom is jealous that she has shacked up with Deadshot.
up to Batman to stop the bomb and to keep Arkham in check before the
Joker is released as well as several other dangerous inmates to reign
hell on earth and throw his years of justice out the window. This
film is a must see for Batman fans and will throw enough clever
cameos your way to keep you entertained whilst at the same time
feasts your eyes on some beautiful action and animation.
picture and sound are solid. Captured in 1080p High Definition with
an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a powerful, lossless DTS-HD MA track in
English 5.1 Additional audio tracks are also available in French and
Spanish along with appropriately matched subtitles.
DVD version of the film is very impressive for the format but doesn't
quite match the superior viewing of the Blu-ray. The same goes with
the Ultraviolet copy where you can watch a compressed version of the
film on your tablet or smart phone.
include Blu-ray exclusive features including Arkham
Analyzed: The Secrets Behind The Asylum Featurette,
Assault on Arkham Commentary
with the cast and creators. You can also get a sneak
peek at DC Universe's next animated movie The Justice League: Throne
There’s also The
Joker's Queen: Harley Quinn featurette and
The DC Comics Vault - 4 Bonus Cartoons.
James Harland Lockhart V