DC Universe releases their 21st original movie, “Batman: Assault On Arkham,” to the home video market on August 12th.
“Batman: Assault On Arkham” is based on the popular video game series “Batman: Arkham.” The film finds a team of super villains called the “Suicide Squad” breaking into Arkham Asylum to retrieve a flash drive from current Arkham resident… The Riddler. Once inside all hell breaks loose as Harley Quinn’s feelings for her former partner and love interest The Joker resurface to throw a few obstacles into the Squad’s mission.
The animators have done an exceptional job with “Batman: Assault On Arkham.” All the characters look like they have been given an updated look while still retaining the classic elements we know and love. The Joker in particular looks like a punker out new waver with his spiky hair and skinny tie. Voiced by Troy Baker, Batman’s #1 foe is as creepy and funny as ever. Returning to voice the Dark Knight is every fanboy’s favorite… Kevin Conroy. If it was up to me, Conroy would be the only person to voice the Cape Crusader because he is absolute perfection every single time. Rounding out the cast are Neal McDonough as Deadshot, CCH Pounder as Amanda Waller, and Matthew Gray Gubler as The Riddler just to name a few.
It should be noted that “Batman: Assault On Arkham” is rated PG-13 and in my opinion DC Direct is really pushing the limits of good taste this time out and this is definitely not “family entertainment. My main problem is that the film contains two strong female characters in the form of Harley Quinn and Killer Frost. Both are formidable adversaries and can definitely hold their own when tangling with the big boys. So why did writer Heath Corson feel the need to sexualize them? There are scenes in which the female characters are topless or nude. Is it graphic animated nudity… no. Is it over the top and unnecessary… absolutely!! In the past these films have contained mild flirtations while “Batman: Assault On Arkham” has a full on tryst between Deadshot and Harley. The dialogue was also pushing the boundaries of what a comic book movie should contain. Did we really need Harley Quinn’s graphic come on line about showing Deadshot around some of her tight spots. You would think that in 2014 an animated superhero film would need to objectify women. If anything we should be creating more positive female heroes and powerful female villains without throwing in gratuitous sex that to be honest took me out of the movie 3 or 4 times. The sad part is… this is a solid film but I couldn’t recommend it to anyone that wasn’t a very mature 13 year-old because the aforementioned material isn’t for them.
If you are an adult or teenager 14 and up I do recommend “Batman: Assault On Arkham” but I do hope that DC Universe tones down the sex in their upcoming releases because frankly they’re better than that.
Drumroll please… 9 out of 10 drumsticks!!!
Pat Francis currently hosts the popular comedy/music podcast “Rock Solid,” called 1 of the 8 great music podcasts to put in your ears by USA Today and featuring artists such as Melissa Etheridge, Sammy Hagar and Susanna Hoffs. His frequent appearances on Jimmy Pardo’s top rated podcast “Never Not Funny” are fan favorites. Pat began his entertainment career as a stand-up comic in Chicago, IL. After touring the country and performing in 42 states at comedy clubs and colleges, he relocated to Los Angeles, CA. There he appeared as a comedian on Comedy Central, AMC, the UCB and is a yearly regular at the San Francisco Sketchfest. For the past 5 years he has also served as Co-Host of the yearly event Pardcast-A-Thon which to date has raised over 700,000 for Smile Train. When not entertaining people in person he also makes his living as a Story Producer for reality television programs. It is also important to know that Pat is a monkey in a human mask.