Friday, February 6, 2015

Shorts: Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

When DC announced their upcoming movies last year, there was one less known group getting their own movie. That group was Suicide Squad. Maybe DC wants to repeat Marvel's success of Guardians of the Galaxy with their own obscure group. Suicide Squad is bit better known that Guardians of the Galaxy were before their movie.

Batman: Assault on Arkham in Suicide Squad's introduction to larger audience. Live action movie will have little bit different group than this movie.  But the concept will be the same. Suicide Squad is group of convicts, who are given suicide mission to reduce their sentences. Group is formed my Amanda Waller, who controls the group with explosives planted in group members' necks.

Movie starts as Suicide Squad movie. We see Batman briefly few times before the end. Suicide Squad is given mission to retrieve list of Suicide Squad's past, present and future members from Arkham Asylum. Batman's mission is to find Joker's dirty bomb before it explodes.

Batman: Assault on Arkham suffers from same problem as Batman: Mask of Phantasm. Both movies have interesting story with less known characters and then both movies add Joker without any reason to do so. Just like makers didn't believe less know characters and they had to add Joker. Both movies would have been better without Joker. This even without Batman. Movie would have been better as Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham. Batman is there to sell this movie. His story doesn't give anything we haven't seen in other Batman and Joker stories.

Movie was surprisingly adult oriented. I didn't expect as many deaths and graphic violence from animated movie. I guess this was one time thing without any connection to any continuity. First part worked introduction to Suicide Squad while second part spoiled good beginning with Batman and Joker story we have seen dozens of times.

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