BluRay Review of Batman: Assault on Arkham
Batman: Assault on Arkham is a movie for the more mature audience. With so many superhero films these days being geared to entertain a wide audience, especially kids. I really appreciate the very much more adult themes of the DC Animated movies. Batman: Assault on Arkham is no different with blood, swearing and killing on a mass scale.
While Batman (Kevin Conroy) may be in the title, he isn’t entirly the focus of this film. His story line more plays out in the background. The real focus of Assault on Arkham are the villains chosen to lead the Suicide Squad attack on Arkham Asylum to get a chip with secrete Suicide Squad data stolen on it from the Riddler’s cane (Matthew Gray Gubler). The assembled Suicide Squad is Deadshot (Neal Mcdonough), Harley Quinn (Hynden Walch, Captain Boomerang (Greg Ellis), King Shark (John DiMaggio), Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale) that has been put together by Amanda Waller (C.C.H. Pounder). This is very much a break in against the most impossible odds feel of a movie, like The Italian Job or Oceans 11. That is, if Brad Pitt and George Clooney’s characters were constantly wanting to kill each other whenever they got a chance.
One of the things that always impressed me about DC Animation and Assault on Arkham is that the quality is just so good on the animation. I sometimes wish these films weren’t always direct to video, they deserve a big screen. My hearing is bad enough as it is, I have to watch everything with closed caption these days. The words were out of the way and in perfect sync so I never accidentally read ahead of the conversation, you’d be amazed how some movies place their closed captions. I enjoyed the voice work, especially Joker (Troy Baker). All the characters felt distinct and I sat through the movie with a grin on my face during a lot of the conversations. While there is plenty of action on the screen, there is a ton of comedic moments. King Shark and Killer Frost forming a sort of relationship that was just fun as hell to watch. Captain Boomerang and Deadshot ready to just abandon the mission at any moment if it meant they could beat on each other kept the “Will they be able to do it?” going through the movie. Then there is Harley Quinn. Oh, Harley. Why must you be so lovable and yet so insane? Yahtzee!! I almost feel bad for her and the relationship she has with Joker.
I couldn’t find much fault from this movie. It had what I wanted after a long day of being a husband and dad to two kids. Everyone was in bed, and I got to watch something distinctly for me. It hit a sweet spot that was gratifying and while I was mentally exhausted and it was considerably late, Assault on Arkham’s story kept my perked up on the couch, engaged.
I don’t ask for much. But Assault of Arkham delivered more than I had expected when the unexpected package arrived in the mail. It’s something I will definitely watch again and share the growing space in our WPR, DC Animation collection.