While DC looks like they are finally getting their live action box office coming together, they have surpassed everyone in their straight to video animated films. With every release they typically seem to get better and better. Their latest, Batman: Assault on Arkham steps away from the comics and into the world of their best-selling video game Batman: Arkham, taking place between Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum, but does it continue with the trend of great animated films or will this universe need to be locked up forever?
Batman: Assault on Arkham follows a group of villains assembled by the government code named the Suicide Squad, who are forced to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Now, Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad. Going into this movie you have to understand that while Batman is in it for a large chunk, this is film follows the Suicide Squad more than anything with Batman being a secondary character. That being said, it still works to create something new from the DC animated universe. DC has continued to push the limits with their PG-13 rating with this film sporting plenty of violence including heads exploding and even the closest thing to a sex sequence they have done to date. The story is pretty fun bringing these characters to the forefront instead of the usual big names in the DC Universe. Using this universe has allowed them to play in the world with no one being safe and plenty are killed here. While Batman may not be the actual star this time it doesn’t make him any less bad ass and made all the better with Kevin Conroy returning to do the voice as it should be. While the film is entertaining throughout it is the last half of the film that goes all in with numerous guest appearances and pulls no punches to bring a ton of action packed fun to bring the film to a head.
This is yet another fun entry into the DC Animated Universe and surely takes everything to another level in regards to pushing the limits. This release not only includes the movie but also commentary, featurettes, bonus cartoons and a sneak peek at the follow up to Justice League: War, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. Join to the attack on Arkham and grab your copy of Batman: Assault on Arkham on Blu-ray and DVD available now.