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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid spin-off movie for fans of the Arkham games, and Batman fans in general
Set in the continuity of the Arkham Asylum computer games, Batman: Assault on Arkham is a direct-to-video release (occurring long after the events of Arkham Origins, yet taking place two years before the first Arkham Asylum game). Directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding - with Heath Corson writing and James Tucker as producer - this is a Batman animated feature-film...
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3.0 out of 5 stars More for the later teens and above....
It's good and gritty comic book action. Just be aware it has some adult themes compared to your normal Saturday morning Batman so be mindful of that before leaving the room and leaving the children to watch it
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4.0 out of 5 stars A solid spin-off movie for fans of the Arkham games, and Batman fans in general, 1 Jan. 2015
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Set in the continuity of the Arkham Asylum computer games, Batman: Assault on Arkham is a direct-to-video release (occurring long after the events of Arkham Origins, yet taking place two years before the first Arkham Asylum game). Directed by Jay Oliva and Ethan Spaulding - with Heath Corson writing and James Tucker as producer - this is a Batman animated feature-film unlike anything before it.

Meaning that it is VERY adult. This latest offering from Warner Bros. Animation is a brave foray into new markets...and the end result is something I highly recommend. Not just to fans of the Arkham Asylum games, but older Batman fans in general.

At this point in the Arkham Asylum timeline, the Riddler has been saved by a black-ops assassination by Batman, who's desperately trying to foil the Joker's latest terrorist plot, and believes that Riddler may hold the key. Unfortunately, the Dark Knight's mission clashes with the agenda of Amanda Waller, who's determined to get the Riddler by ANY means necessary. With Batman having already foiled her once, Waller has no choice but to assemble her latest incarnation of `Task Force X' A.K.A. The Suicide Squad.

The mission? Break into Arkham Asylum...or die.

Immediately, Batman: Assault on Arkham scores for its refreshing premise. The creative team display much love and appreciation for not just the Arkham Asylum games and Batman as a whole, but also for the concept of the Suicide Squad. Although this IS a Batman film, it's told (almost) entirely from the perspective of anti-hero protagonist Deadshot and the other rogues (Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, King Shark and Black Spider). Batman and the Joker take a backseat to most of the action and only step-in when the story demands it. This approach really works, as it allows the Suicide Squad to shine.

For those who are unfamiliar with the whole Suicide Squad concept, Assault on Arkham presents it superbly. Not only is terrific insight is provided into the lives/personalities of these murderous/super-powered rogues, but the rich interaction - the various relationships - between the villains is what gives the movie its heart. Such stellar characterisation - especially with Deadshot (one of my favourite DC villains ever!) - more than compensates for the minimal plot.

Fans of the Arkham games will really enjoy this film, as the creative team have carefully consulted with the game makers themselves to ensure that there are no continuity clashes here with the stories of Origins and Asylum. Even if you've never played the games, Assault on Arkham is an exceptional stand-alone film that even the casual Batman fan should be able to enjoy.

As I said earlier, this is a VERY adult film. In fact, it's the most violent, extreme and graphic Batman animation I've seen from Warner Bros. Not only is there bloody action and disturbing imagery RIGHT from the get-go, there's strong language, sex and nudity. This is NOT a children's film! It's more extreme than Under the Red Hood and not for the faint-hearted. Strangely, though, it's what makes Assault on Arkham such a hit. It's a successful venture towards the adult demographic and one that may hopefully spell greater things in the future.

It's by no means a masterpiece, though. While most of the characters are rich and the story sound, the basic plot lets things down, as does the shallow depiction of Amanda Waller. However, the great C.C.H. Pounder returns to provide perfection for Waller's voice, the seemingly immortal Kevin Conroy returns as Batman, Neal McDonough gives such life to the tragic, charismatic Deadshot, Hynden Walch is brilliant as Harley Quinn, and Troy Baker is just SO good as the Joker that you'll think Mark Hamill has come out of retirement! High-quality voice cast, Robert J. Kral's great music score, sharp animation and excellent production all make Assault on Arkham possibly the best feature from Warner Bros. Animation since the DC Animated Universe ended.

With regards to the Blu-Ray format, the picture and sound quality is staggering. Absolutely clean and crisp in all-regards, with a variety of different sound options, languages and subtitles. There're several extras to indulge in (the best being the audio commentary from the production crew), lengthy featurettes on Arkham Asylum and Harley Quinn, sneak-peaks at other films (including the upcoming Justice League: Throne of Atlantis flick) and 4 Bonus Cartoons from the DC Vault - which are Justice League Unlimited episode `Task Force X', The Batman episode `Two of a Kind', Young Justice episode `Infiltrator' and Batman: The Brave & The Bold episode `Emperor Joker'. Great surprises (which may have served as a source of inspiration for the Assault on Arkham story), though the fact that these cartoons aren't shown in HD maybe disappointing to Blu-Ray owners.

Conclusion? Batman: Assault on Arkham is a cracking film. I really enjoyed it. While it's nowhere near the be-all, end-all movie like say Mask of the Phantasm or The Dark Knight, it nevertheless remains a hugely enjoyable romp for its target audience. Give it a whirl!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Excellent Dark & Gritty Batman Animated Movie, 11 Aug. 2014
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This review is from: Batman: Assault On Arkham [DVD] (DVD)
Batman: Assault On Arkham (DVD).
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Chinese, Castilian
Dubbed: French, German, Latin Spanish, Polish
Region 2
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 15
Running time 75 minutes approx

Cast.
Kevin Conroy - Batman / Bruce Wayne
Neal McDonough - Deadshot / Floyd Lawton
Hynden Walch - Harley Quinn / Dr. Harleen Quinzel
Matthew Gray Gubler - Riddler / Edward Nygma
Troy Baker - Joker
C.C.H. Pounder - Amanda Waller
Greg Ellis - Captain Boomerang / George Harkness
Giancarlo Esposito - Black Spider / Eric Needham
John DiMaggio - King Shark
Jennifer Hale - Killer Frost / Louise Lincoln
Nolan North - KGBeast / Anatoly Knyazev, Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
Eric Bauza - Security Guy
Chris Cox - Commissioner James Gordon
Martin Jarvis - Alfred Pennyworth
Peter Jessop - Watch Commander
Christian Lanz - Scarecrow / Jonathan Crane
Andrea Romano - Woman
Travis Willingham - Morgue Guy
Mick Wingert - Joker Security Guy

Trivia.
1)When Harley goes through items in the Joker crate at Arkham among the items she removes is the mask that the Joker wore in opening scene of The Dark Knight.
2)There are some references to Batman Returns (1992), the appearance of the Penguin is almost a facsimile to Danny DeVito's appearance in the 1992 movie; when Harley Quinn is about to rob a toy store she puts her head against the glass very much in the same fashion as Catwoman did in the aforementioned movie & Batman takes down a petty criminal in a similar way as in the 90s movie, by firing his grappling hook at a piece of the wall behind the criminal.

Whats The Story.
When Amanda Waller & Harley Quinn get together to form the Suicide Squad, whose number one ambition is to break in to the Arkham Asylum to retrieve information from the Riddler, the accidental freeing of the Joker results in Batman being alerted to their premeditated crime.

Batman must find a bomb planted by the Joker & battle against the vicious The Suicide Squad.

Timelord Thoughts.
Batman: Assault on Arkham is directed by Jay Oliva & Ethan Spaulding, portrays criminals with a vicious & sexy attitude which is certainly not a movie for younger children.

With the majority of voice actors reprising there roles from the Batman Arkham video game series including the excellent Kevin Conroy as Batman, this animated movie delves deep into Arkham Asylum & builds up the story well adding a great sense of atmosphere while the movie captures the essence of the Arkham series games superbly.

This movie focuses more on a criminal special task force created by Amanda Waller, who are to become the Suicide Squad, rather than Batman; however, there is still enough of Batman in this movie to satisfy our Dark Knight fix & the scenes that Batman appears in do not disappoint & with Kevin Conroy back voicing the character Batman is in very safe hands.

Troy Baker has voiced the Joker before, but is so close to Mark Hamills interpretation I actually thought it was Hamill voicing him until I looked up the cast, Troy Baker's voice acting is chillingly good full of rage & insanity pulling off a brilliant rendition of the clown prince of crime.

The violence is quite graphic, the dialogue is coarse at times & the movie displays several scenes of sexual innuendo that pushes the boundaries & makes this movie better suited to a more mature audience than young kiddies.

The animation is excellent very fluid & smooth while the direction focuses on the principal characters revealing a little more about there backgrounds during the movie.

Overall, Batman: Assault On Arkham is a thoroughly entertaining action packed animated movie featuring well written characters that is jam packed with attitude & kick ass harder edged action, yes I'd have liked Batman to have featured a little more in the movie but his supporting role didn't effect my enjoyment of this movie as this latest animated movie very much pleased this reviewer who is a massive Batman fan.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable, iconic designs and winning formula of excellent characters, great voice talent, and a quick paced story., 13 Oct. 2014
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G. R. Farmer "Skuzzlebutt" (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a great animated movie, but don't expect to follow Bruce Wayne and his alter ego 'Batman'. On this adventure you follow the anti heroes of the Suicide Squad. Viewers of the CW hit show Arrow will already be familiar with these characters. They are a group of Bad guys (and girls) who are co-opted by a Government Agencey headed up by Amanda Waller to do the type of jobs that have a low life expectancy. Unwilling to play ball and working their own angles, this team of miscreants are unpredictable, dangerous and formidable.

If you're thinking that this would be a good 'cartoon' for the kids, then think again, it's violently graphic, has bad language, and a sex scene, and whilst not very detailed it is none the less as I've described.

The voicing is good, the story is great, it has nice Animation, flowing fight scenes, plot twists and more. It follows on from the Arkham Asylum series of games for next gen consoles so all the voices are the same as the characters we all love from that best selling series. I thoroughly enjoyed it, especially Harley Quinn who steals the show on this one.

Give it a go, you won't be dissapointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly fun ride, 22 Oct. 2014
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Richard Morton (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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Assault on Arkham is set in the universe created by the Batman:Arkham video game. Gotta be honest, I've never played the game so I can only comment on this as a stand alone film and I enjoyed it way more than I thought I might.

The plot is pretty slight - Amanda Waller puts together one of her Suicide Squads to break into Arkham Asylum to take care of a certain issue. Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn are all on the team amongst others. Bats puts in enough appearances to justify his name in the title and his picture on the cover but this film really belongs to the squad. They're the focus and it creates an enjoyably different vibe.

The film gets to the point pretty quickly and the pace from there is fairly relentless. The team are breaking into Arkham so naturally we get extended appearances from The Joker and The Riddler as well as a dash of the likes of Bane, Poison Ivy, Two Face etc. All these guys are thrown into the mix so we can sit back and watch the carnage and what carnage it is. There's plenty of violence on offer here - blood, guts, exploding heads and even a few bits of bad language to go with it. Not necessarily a problem of course but I guess what I'm saying is - it ain't for kids.

Overall I thought it was pretty good fun, it doesn't take itself too seriously, has a few good gags and gets the job done. Very nice ending as well.

On the Blu Ray release you get a few decent extras - a couple of short featurettes on Harley and the Asylum, a sneak peak at Justice League : Throne of Atlantis and a feature commentary. The highlight though is 4 episodes from other series in the DC Universe (unless you already own them of course). The episodes are...........

Young Justice - Infiltrator
Batman - Two of a Kind
Justice League Unlimited - Task Force X
The Brave and the Bold - Emperor Joker
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More for the later teens and above...., 10 May 2015
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It's good and gritty comic book action. Just be aware it has some adult themes compared to your normal Saturday morning Batman so be mindful of that before leaving the room and leaving the children to watch it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadshot/Harley Quinn: Assault On Arkham, 13 Aug. 2014
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The clever cookies at Warners/DC knew what they were doing when branding this a Batman movie, I mean, why take the risk of sticking the Suicide Squad or Deadshot names on the box when you can use the Bat's?
This is predominantly a Deadshot/Harley Quinn story with a sprinkling of Batman which isn't a bad thing. Featuring cameos from some of Gotham's finest foes, a bit of bad language and blood splattering, bone crunching action, this 15 rated animation is well worth 76 minutes of your time - if you like that sort of thing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DC pushes the envelope, 13 Aug. 2014
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I really enjoyed this movie, the animation it great, perfectly in keeping with Batman and Gothem. DC really pushed the envelope to taking it to a more anime style and attitude. The fights are brutal, with heavy influences of MMA, but these guys are not looking for a tap out this is chokes to death, necks broken or sliced, limbs wrenched out of sockets and that's not including the gun shot kills. I am wondering if there are any villains or cops left alive in Gothem. You never left with any doubt that these guys are the bad guys.

The Suicide Squad has been around in the DC comics universe for quite a while, however I think they have been given a much bigger fan base thanks to the Arrow series. I think Batman is portrayed almost perfectly. Also he is only in a quarter of the movie. The SS take centre stage, the movie writers had no problem killing off characters to make the point that nobody is safe. I agree with the higher age rating because of the brutality, but the innuendo in the movie as well. Seriously if this was a live action movie and the camera moved down a couple of centimetres this would have been an 18 for sure.

Batman's rogue gallery are also shown in a darker than usual light. Even characters not known for their fighting prowess like the Riddler are shown they will do what they need to survive. Can you make an Arkham movie without the Joker? The version of the clown prince of crime is more in keeping with the Dark Knight Returns, he does not have the bulk as in Under the Red Hood, but he shows what a twisted, merciless, unforgivable, stab happy psycho he is.

A really good movie I would have given it 4.5 stars simple for some mistakes but I described it deserved to be rounded up instead of down. One mistake is Amanda seem to take the need to know a little too far and seemed to just be going out of her way to make life more difficult for the SS, or just plain mess with them to show she could. Also Batman would he really be willing to sacrifice that many people to maintain his cover? If you like anime, action movies, Arrow, or Cyber City you will love this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great character design wasted on poorly written movie. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS, 19 Aug. 2014
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Batman: Assault on Arkham is easily one of the worst DC Animated movies I'v seen. Despite boasting terrific character design and great animation the movie is awfully written. Seemingly aiming at a mature audience via sexual innuendos and situations as well as gory violence (none of which I have any problem with) the movie's dialogue is awful and feels as if written by a sixteen year old. The writer clearly does not understand the characters from the Batman universe, as Scarecrow and Joker both seem possessed with great physicall prowess and strength; also Batman appears to have zero regard for human life in this movie, as he not only severely endangers a woman held hostage by Zasz by instead of sneaking up on him making sudden gestures that may have caused him to slit the woman's throat but he also watches peacefully as the Arkham "invaders" kill a significant number of Arkham Guards just so that he doesn't blow his cover when infiltrated in Team x Force or whatever the group of criminals is called. As if those problems weren't enougth to begin with, the soundtrack is made out of very poor techno music that feels contrived and forced at all times. If your new to DC animation and looking for a good Batman animated movie watch "The Mask of The Phantasm", "Under The Red Hood", Batman: Year One, "The Dark Knight Returns", "Batman: Gotham Knight" and Batman Beyond: The Return of The Joker" instead - all of these are great well written Batman animation movies that stay true to their character's personal traits.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Into the Asylum, 25 Mar. 2015
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Batman: Assault On Arkham [DVD] (DVD)
A new animated movie based on characters from DC comics titles.

Set in Gotham City, the Riddler has just been taken down by the Batman once again, and sent to Arkham Asylum. But there's something in the Asylum which belongs to him, that Government spymaster Amanda Waller wants. So she sends in the Suicide Squad. A team of supervillains forced into working for her. They get time off their sentences if they succeed. And they have no choice in joining the Squad, otherwise the bomb implanted in their neck will be set off.

Led by master Assassin Deadshot, and including Joker's on again on off again girlfriend Harley Quinn, the team infiltrate the Asylum. Expecting to find the Bat distracted as he tries to foil the Joker's latest scheme. But since many people involved with the assault have secrets and hidden agendas, things won't go the way anyone expects...

Although this is marketed as a Batman film, he's really just a supporting character in it, since this is far more of a Suicide Squad story. Thus there are long stretches when you don't see him. It's also not a cartoon for kids. Being a fifteen certificate because it features violence, a couple of bits of strong language, and one adult moment.

It's strength is in that it sets out to be a caper movie - right from the montage of the team being put together, which is done in the usual caper movie style for that kind of scene - and as such it really succeeds. Since it's very cleverly plotted. With twists and turns and surprises and double crosses galore coming thick and fast as things develop.

The animation has a good style, and you quickly get used to it. Although it can be rather dark at some points and a little tricky to see as a result. The colouring is stylish, although [despite being a different skin colour] Deadshot and team member Black Spider have similar facial hair styles, so it takes a little while to get used to them and remember which is which.

Loud and fast music just adds to the atmosphere.

The action scenes are great, although a couple are slightly misjudged since collateral damage ensues, so that does stick in the mind for a little while.

Most of the voice cast aren't household names. Although it does have Kevin Conroy as Batman and CCH Pounder as Waller. Two actors who suit their roles so well that it's always a pleasure to hear them. And Martin Jarvis's Alfred is underused. Which is a shame because his voice really suits the character.

Also, it does make the six members of the squad very three dimensional and well rounded characters, so they all do have a certain appeal.

Not a comic book movie for everyone, thanks to the certificate, but all in all a very entertaining watch. The Squad have appeared in a fair few comics down the years, which are worth a look. And will shortly be the subject of a live action film as well. Which hopefully will be as good as this.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, French, German, Polish, Castilian Spanish.

Subtitles: English, Castilian Spanish, Dutch, French, German, Polish, Romanian, Chinese.

It has one single extra. An eight minute long preview for the forthcoming DC comics animated film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. This is a good watch as it contains a little more of the finished animation than these usually do. Some will though wish to be aware that it does contain one bit of flashing imagery.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DC IS BACK!!, 3 Aug. 2014
I have this Just seen this and I must say that DC animation is back!
Assault on Arkham sees a group of convicts namely: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, KGBeast (brief recruitment), King Shark, Black Spider, killer frost and Captain Boomerang who under the forceful recruitment of Amanda Waller must break into Arkham Asylum in order to retrieve important data held by the Riddler. Now I don't want to give too much away but there are a few twists and turns to the plot.
Animation is really bold and the voice acting is spot on (and yes Kevin Conroy returns as Batman) all voice actors strongly delivered...well except for commissioner Gordon's voice and thank goodness it was just a few one-liners. Big ups to Troy Barker who PERFECTLY nailed the voice of Joker (although one can't help but make a comparison between Barker and Mark Hamil).
Although all characters played an impressive significant role in this animation but for me, the MAJOR show-stealer was Deadshot as his portrayal was really amazing!
Now there were a few scenes that made me raise my eye brows in surprise and amusement like the errrr...'sex' scene between Harley and Deadshot. Also there were some pretty violent fights that parents might want to consider before purchasing this for their kids.
Overall this is an amazing DC feature to own.I can honestly say that this animation can be adapted for a live movie! lets hope this is the beginning of a new direction for DC animations.
Looking forward to Justice League: The throne of Atlantis.

I'm out!!!
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