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Animated Movie Review: "Batman: Assault on Arkham" (2014)

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

"Batman: Assault on Arkham" blu-ray cover art.

"Batman: Assault on Arkham" blu-ray cover art.

Quick Info

Director: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding
Studio: Warner Brothers Animation
Released: August 12, 2014
Runtime: 75 minutes
Availability: On DVD and Blu-Ray, buy online on Amazon, rent digitally, streaming on HBOMax

Story Summary

Batman: Assault on Arkham is a tie-in movie to the Batman: Arkham universe series by RockSteady Studios. It is a sequel to Batman: Arkham Origins. Amanda Waller recruits various villains into a Suicide Squad, sending them on a mission to steal data from the Riddler, who’s locked up in Arkham Asylum.

The Story Is Fun

I liked the story and the idea of using the supervillains as an infiltration squad is really fun. It’s also a nice way to have other characters besides Batman in your story.

The writing is fun and entertaining. The characters are quirky and have their own personalities. The characters are fun and interesting and it’s an entertaining story with good writing.

The plot is entertaining and fun and I haven’t watched an entertaining plot in a while. I enjoyed the story, and even though Batman is in the movie, it centers on the Suicide Squad, and I don’t mind that, because I enjoy the characters.

The Suicide Squad preparing to infiltrate Arkham Asylum.

The Suicide Squad preparing to infiltrate Arkham Asylum.

Batman: Assault on Arkham - Trailer (Official)

The Animation Looks Nice!

The animation was good, it was a different style than a lot of the other DC Comics Universe movies, but it was nice to look at and I liked the fight sequences.

The movie’s art style reminds me of anime and I think that’s why some fans like these movies. They remind you of anime despite not being anime.

I liked the art style and animation and Batman: Assault on Arkham is a fun movie.

The Voice Acting Is Great!

Bruce Wayne/Batman

The voice cast is pretty good. Kevin Conroy reprises his role as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Even though he’s not voicing Batman in the Batman: Arkham Origins videogame, it’s still nice that he reprise his role as Batman.

He did a great job voicing Batman and I liked his performance.

Floyd Lawton/Deadshot

Neal McDonough voices Deadshot/Floyd Lawton and he does a great job. I think he brought a lot of personality to the character and made him very memorable for me.

Harleen Quinzell/Harley Quin

Hynden Walch voiced Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn and she had voiced the character before in the cartoon The Batman and she reprised her role in this movie. She did a great job and I enjoyed her voice acting in this film.

She also has a great dynamic with Troy Baker’s Joker in terms of how the characters interact. She did a great job in this role. I also liked her interactions with Deadshot.

The Joker

Troy Baker does a good job as the Joker, but it feels like he’s just doing a Mark Hamill impression. He’s still a good replacement though; it just doesn’t feel like he’s really made his own Joker.

He’s a good voice actor but he doesn’t particularly stand out as the Joker other than feeling like you should be listening to Mark Hamill instead.

Edward Nygma/Riddler

Matthew Gray Gubler voiced Edward Nygma/Riddler. Most people recognize him for his role as Spencer Reid in the TV series Criminal Minds. He was a very interesting choice as the Riddler but I liked his vocal performance in this movie.

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I do think he did a good job but I don’t think he ever reprised the role after this movie.

Amanda Waller

CCH Pounder reprised her role as Amanda Waller, she was Amanda Waller in the Justice League cartoon and made the character very memorable. She does a great job in this role and she’s the voice I think of when I think of the character Amanda Waller.

It was nice to hear her in this movie even though this Amanda Waller is more out of character for Amanda Waller according to comic book fans.

George Harkness/Captain Boomerang

Greg Ellis voiced George Harkness/Captain Boomerang and I liked him a lot. I found his character to be really fun, despite him being a bad guy. He gave a good vocal performance and I liked how he portrayed the character.

Louise Lincoln/Killer Frost

Jennifer Hale voiced Louise Lincoln/Killer Frost, I recognize her voice acting because she played Bastilla Shan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and I’ve always enjoyed her voice acting.

She did a great job in the role of Killer Frost and I enjoyed her voice work in this movie.

Overall, the voice cast is really good, there are some voice actors that do certain roles better but the voice acting is solid.

Criminal Montage

The Soundtrack Is Good

Robert J. Kral composed the music and the soundtrack was good, it wasn’t super memorable, but it wasn’t bad either.

The Joker in Arkham Asylum.

The Joker in Arkham Asylum.

Parental Warning

Batman: Assault On Arkham is rated PG-13 for stronger language, violence and adult situations.

The Pacing Feels Too Fast

The pacing of Batman: Assault on Arkham feels very fast when it comes to how fast events in this movie seem to happen, I know it’s supposed to be only a few days but it seems like everything is moving extremely fast even for the way the story is being told.

While it doesn’t bother me that much it might bother other people. I still enjoyed the movie a lot but the pacing for this film is weird.

It’s a Fun Movie That I Enjoyed

I enjoyed Batman: Assault on Arkham more than I thought I would, it was a fun and entertaining DC Comics movie. I’ll be picking it up for my blu-ray collection very soon. I was surprised by the stronger language as it was stronger than the Arkham Origins game but it’s a fun movie and I can recommend it to both Batman and Suicide Squad fans alike.

It might not be a perfect movie but it’s a ton of fun and I had a good time watching the movie when I borrowed it from my local library. I also streamed it on DCUniverseInfinite before it was moved over to HBOMax.

I do recommend watching the movie on HBOMax if you have a subscription to the streaming service because you don’t have to pay for it and it’s a lot of fun.

It is a popcorn movie, but it’s one that I enjoyed a lot. I haven’t bought the movie yet because I’ve watched it for free and I didn’t have to pay for it.

I borrowed it from my local library and that is a great way to watch these movies, the digital rentals aren’t too expensive if you only do it once in a while but it is worth your time to watch.

You should buy it if you enjoy watching the Suicide Squad team or if you enjoyed playing Batman: Arkham Origins.

Harley confronts the Joker in Arkham Asylum.

Harley confronts the Joker in Arkham Asylum.

Reader Poll

My Grade: A

I recommend this movie, but I won’t be buying it for my own blu-ray collection but I did enjoy watching this movie twice and it is a lot of fun. I enjoyed Batman: Assault on Arkham a lot.

It is a fun popcorn movie that you can just turn your brain off and watch it. I recommend watching it on HBOMax if you have a subscription to the streaming service.

This may not be a must-buy movie for me, but it is worth a digital rental or borrowing it from your local library if they have it in their system. It is a fun and enjoyable movie that is loosely tied into the Batman: Arkham Origin game and it’s an action-packed heist movie featuring quirky DC Comics villains that are interesting to watch on screen.

It’s a fun popcorn movie that is definitely worth your time but not necessarily your money, I didn’t have to buy it but I did enjoy the movie. Give the movie a watch and hopefully, you will enjoy it as much as I did. It does have a sequel movie Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018). I’ll review that movie soon but I did enjoy Batman: Assault on Arkham and I hope you will too.

My Rating

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