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Batman: Assault on Arkham Review

Batman: Assault on Arkham is the newest DC animated film starring Kevin Conroy (Batman), Neal McDonough (Deadshot/ Floyd Lawton), Hynden Walch(Harley Quinn), John DiMaggio (King Shark), Giancarlo Esposito (Black Spider), Jennifer Hale (Killer Frost), Troy Baker (The Joker), and Matthew Gray Gubler (the riddler).

Let’s start right off by saying that if you have any little ones at home, that you may want to avoid letting them watch this one.  This is one of the few DC animated movies that has a ton of violence and excessive language. You have been warned.

The plot of this movie is that Amanda Waller voiced by CCH Pounder, assembles a team of villains for a black ops mission to break in Arkham Asylum and find the Riddler. Along the way of course the team not only goes off script and begins double crossing each other but also must contend with the Joker and of course Batman.

This film should have been called the Suicide Squad co starring Batman as there is more screen time involving the villains , especially Deadshot, with Batman not really getting involved until the 3rd act.  And not that it’s a bad thing. The plot itself early on was rather bland especially the reason why Waller needed them to go into Arkham and it was predictable that they would betray Waller.  The only thing that kept the early going together was watching the characters interact with each other. By the time the movie comes to conclusion we are treated to many cameos such as Bane, ScareCrow and Two Face.

Even the final battle is a bit of a surprise ad it doesn’t contain Joker vs Batman but it’s Deadshot.

And who comes out on top?  Well, you just have to get it and see!

It was an enjoyable title but not one of the better ones that DC has put out.   It definitely is one of the most mature ones since Flashpoint.  Heads explode and people are killed and the Joker even curses!

It’s out digitally but if you want the DVD, you have to wait until August 12, 2014

3 out of 5 stars.

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Armand is a husband, father, and life long comics fan. A devoted fan of Batman and the Valiant Universe he loves writing for PCU, when he's not running his mouth on the PCU podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @armandmhill
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