Moderator / Reviewer
- Apr 4, 2017
My AV System
- Preamp, Processor or Receiver
- Yamaha TRS-7850 Atmos Receiver
- Other Amp
- Peavy IPR 3000 for subs
- Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
- Sony ubx800 4K UHD Player
- Front Speakers
- Cheap Thrills Mains
- Center Channel Speaker
- Cheap Thrills Center
- Surround Speakers
- Volt 10 Surrounds
- Surround Back Speakers
- Volt 10 Rear Surrounds
- Rear Height Speakers
- Volt 6 Overheads
- 2x Marty subs (full size with SI 18's)
- Video Display Device
- Sony 85 inch X950H FALD TV
Wheeeeeee! I feel like a 12 year old kid again! Mash-ups and crossovers are nothing new in the world of comics, but they can be a dicey thing. Blending two different comics with two different tones doesn’t always work out, and sometimes the results are…..well…less than good. However, how can you go wrong when you blend the world of Batman with the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles? It’s just BEGGING to be done as both of them are rather down to earth comics, with superheros that use martial arts as their main weapons, and have crazy villains. Well, color me ecstatic when I saw that Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was coming to home video and dug into the disc as soon as it arrived. Well, the results are pretty much what I expected. A blend of humor and sarcasm fighting against the strict darkness and brooding of Batman, ending up with a mildly uncomfortable, but totally hilarious, fun romp on the wild side of Gotham.
Gotham is undergoing a series of robberies over at all the high tech firms (seriously? what’s new in Gotham?) and Batman (Troy Baker) is hot on the heels of the mysterious villains. He’s figured out that the criminals all appear to be practicing the art of Ninjutsu, but his suspicions are confirmed when a group of “Ninja” turtles come on the scene. Figuring them for the bad guys, Bats swoops in only to come face to face with Michaelangel, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello. After a bit of fisticuffs the two rival super heroes realize that they have a common enemy. Shredder (Andrew Kishino) has actually teamed up with Gotham’s oldest enemy, Ra’s al Ghul (Cas Anvar) in order to unleash a plague born of the Joker’s gas and the infamous ooze, and now the world’s most brooding super hero has to team up with the most irreverent group of teenagers in order to kick their collective butts back into shape.
The real fun is the fight scenes, and boy there are a lot of them. Batman and Shredder actually have a really incredibly done martial arts fight at the beginning of the film that’s really had to top. I was actually impressed at the movement and attention to detail in the fight choreography for an animated movie. The end battle with Leo and Ra’s, or Shredder and Bats is almost as good, but that opening fight scene is REALLY something to behold. The center act has some bloat, as Batman, Batgirl and Robin team up with the Turtles and fight The Joker (also played by Troy Baker) and some Arkham loonies. It feels like filler, and that’s exactly what it does. It kind of allows the Turtles and Bats to blend their styles together, but if you look back at it objectively it was just to bloat the run time a bit.
I was a bit surprised by some of the darkness in the film for being aimed more at the younger audience. The whole tone and feel was much more Bruce Timm and Turtles by nature, complete with some cheesy “lets work together!” lines and lots of humor. But then it would be punctuated by moments where Ra’s and Shredder are beheading prison guards, or someone gets their arm brutally broken in combat. It wasn’t a HARD PG-13 or R, but those moments of brutality would come out of nowhere and surprise you after giggling and chuckling at Mikey cracking jokes all the time.
Rated PG-13 for fantasy violence
• Fight Night in Gotham
• Sneak Peak at Batman: Hush
- Reign of the Supermen (animated)
- Justice League vs. The Fatal Five (animated)
- Shazam! (live action)
Batman vs. TMNT had the opportunity to be a lot of fun, or it had the opportunity to be a botched crossover, but luckily the former was what I found upon viewing. The movie is lighthearted, full of energy and poked a lot of fun at both series’ common foibles. There was bit of a slowdown in the center act of the film, but luckily it picked up right after the heroes left Arkham to face off with Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul. The Blu-ray is a great looking and sounding disc with a decent array of extras.. Definitely worth it as a fun watch if you’re a DCAU fan at all.
Starring: Troy Baker, Eric Bauza, Darren Criss, Kyle Mooney, Rachel Bloom, Cas Anvar, Baron Vaughn, Carlos Alazraqui, John DiMaggio, Keith Ferguson
Directed by: Jake Castorena
Written by: Marly Halpern-Graser
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 AVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French DD, Spanish DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 126 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: Own Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on June 4. Own the Four Film Collection on September 17.
Recommendation: Fun Watch