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Batman: Assault on Arkham Review

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Overall:

  • This was a great animated movie. Not as good as Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox but it’s definitely worthy of being in the same category as it. This movie actually surprised me because it was produced by Warner Bros. Animation which recently made both Son of Batman and Justice League: War (which I did not like very much. Almost everyone in War felt either out of character or lacking on some IQ points). It really felt like a 2D version of DLC that just had you “playing” from the villains’ perspective. Which they have actually done before within the games; there was a DLC component in Arkham Asylum that allowed you to play as the Joker in challenge maps (using Joker-themed versions of Batman’s usually gadgets) and in Origins, there was the whole multiplayer element where you could level up to become either the Joker or Bane. DC animation is one of the only places where it has Marvel beat, in entertainment and animation like this proves why. I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to include this movie with the Arkham game anthology collection, should and when they ever make one. I’m, personally, hoping for an animated Justice League: Dark feature in the near future. A Red Hood solo entry would be a viable option as well, since he is getting his own DLC in Arkham Knight.  

Plot:

  • The synopsis is, Amanda Waller assembles a slightly modified Suicide Squad, consisting of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Boomerang, Black Spider, Killer Frost and King Shark, to break into Arkham and handle some “volatile business” concerning the both the Riddler and the Joker; as you can guess, the simple plan goes less than ideal as it is revealed there is some duplicity within the mix. And that’s all before Batman deduces that something has gone amok at the asylum. Honestly, Assault on Arkham reminded me a lot of the Superior Foes of Spider-Man comic but with more mature, racy, and blood scenes. What I really loved about this movie is that it has a lot of minute but remarkable animation choices and scenes. For example, one of the more noteworthy instances was a cool opening at near the beginning of the movie introducing all the characters that would come to make up the Suicide Squad that was very similar to the introduction of main characters you play as in Borderlands and Borderlands 2. However, there was also great attention to detail when it came to comparing it to the game. It really does feel as if you are back in the Arkham Asylum game; the art style is the same from the game and you are actually able recognize key places within the games campaign. I caught myself, a few times, recognizing various places within the Asylum and working in my head what within and around those particular areas. There were even Asylum specific moves and gadgets, such as the inverted takedown and the Detective Mode vision.

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