Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)

Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Did you see Suicide Squad and think to yourself “well this movie could be better”? Well this is that better movie. I honestly don’t know why they didn’t high-jack the plot of this animated feature and make it live action. I wouldn’t have held it against them. In fact I would have preferred it.

For a movie titled Batman: Assault on Arkham, The Dark Knight manages to take a back seat, letting the Suicide Squad take the reins for the majority of the flick. Like in the live action Squad movie, the team includes a roster of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang. Instead of Killer Croc, this iteration has King Shark and instead of El Diablo we get Killer Frost. Also, instead of the kinda racist SlipKnot, we get the kinda racist KGBeast as the totally expendable, under developed character.

This movie is leaps and bounds smarter than its live action counter part. It works in Batman in a much slicker way that not only fits his character, but also for the team, again, to do the lions share of the “suiciding”.

The voice acting is golden, boasting a stacked cast including Kevin Conroy as Batman (a role he’s been playing for over twenty years) Neal McDonough, Hynden Walch, and Joe DiMaggio. The only thing I don’t really like about this movie is the music they choose to play in the background. Most of the time, it sounds like a late ’90’s techno rave. Not exactly the coolest thing in the world to listen to…not even in the late ’90’s.

But in all seriousness, if you saw Suicide Squad and thought it was mediocre at best, check this one out. Give the team a little redemption.

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