Verdict: 3 / 5
This Batman offering is set in the Arkham gaming franchise universe. Set between Arkham origins and the Arkham Asylum game, this animated film finds Amanda Waller stringing together a few loose cannons in order to form Task Force X. They need to retrieve some information from The Riddler and in order to get it they need to enter Arkham or die trying.
Yes, Waller has assembled a Suicide Squad, comprising of some of the most deadly villains and anti-heroes in the DC Universe: KG Beast, Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn – a deadly team held together by the contract killer known as Deadshot. This animation focuses mainly on this group rather than the Dark Knight himself – to the point that it should have rather been named “Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham”.
The opening is about as good as it gets. It offers some great close-quarters combat by Batman as he takes down some of the US governments operatives. The introduction of each member of Task Force X is also well done and so is the dialogue when the rag-tag group meets for the first time and are forced to work together and then it is practically all downhill from there until the introduction of Arkham’s favourite inmate… The Joker. Troy Baker voices The Joker quite well once again and adds a little bit of more character to the film, but as far as surprises go… the film is rather predictable and rushed. It is definitely not as well thought out as the latest offerings by DC.
The fact that Batman is the big bad myth that the squad members supposed to be afraid of sounds great but Batman gets more of a cameo role, he is lurking in the background for most of the movie, only to swoop in and provide great action sequences when the story needs a little help to get bums staying in seats. It is great to hear Kevin Conroy as Batman once again but his voice is few and far between in this one. All that you will truly remember from this movie is, “Yatzee” an exclamation that is abused over and over in this film. So much more could have been done, especially since this title is aimed at the more mature viewer. So there are some graphic deaths and some topless scenes one of which leads to a brief sex scene; it would seem that DC was trying to turn up the heat with this one, however this film falls flat’; feeling colder than Killer Frost passing wind.
You can’t help but want this film to be a success, so it can uphold the good name that DC has given itself when it comes to animation. Sadly, no matter how you look at it, you cannot help but feel this was a rushed and unnecessary film. Batman: Assault on Arkham is good for passing time, but as a viewer you will not be left with the desire to watch it again after your first viewing. It is great that DC is trying to boost Deadshot in the DC universe but when a title is named after Batman you want to see him in the spotlight!