Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles together in one movie … what’s not to love? Based on the six issue miniseries of comic books by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II this Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles together in one movie … what’s not to love? Based on the six issue miniseries of comic books by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II this is every 90’s nerdy little kid’s dream. The buzz and excitement over this animated movie for me, leads on from their crossover in Injustice 2. The turtles added an extra special something to an already fun filled game and it pleases me to say that in the same way as the PS4 game, this movie didn’t disappoint.
The turtles are led to Gotham City in pursuit of their familiar foe, Shredder, who has teamed up with Ra’s al Ghul on a mission to share a sinister poison in order to be given a lazarus pit. Right from the get go, with a superb title sequence you’re hooked. It’s fun watching Batman discover the existence of the Turtles and vice versa. Batgirl and Robin are by Batman’s side and the interactions between all these central characters are genius. I was really happy to have Batgirl (Rachel Bloom) and Robin (Ben Giroux) play big parts in the story and their presence was very much essential and important.
Michelangelo has always been my favourite Turtle and he delivers brilliant comedic moments throughout this movie. I loved his reaction to seeing the Batmobile for the first time which is only overshadowed by his reaction to riding in it towards the end of the movie and being allowed to press all of the buttons (much to Robin’s annoyance).
There are loads of blink and you’ll miss it Easter eggs too. For example, Batman drinking out of a Superman mug made me chuckle. The vocal talent is great with Troy Baker taking on the conflicting roles of Batman and The Joker. Eric Bauza, Kyle Mooney, Baron Vaughn and Darren Criss (DARREN CRISS!!!!!!!!!!!!) give us Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael respectively and I thought they captured the essence of the Turtles perfectly. Fun, excitable, zaney and smart – they gave it all.
It’s not a Batman movie without our favourite Gotham City villains and we get some quality time with the majority of them. Actually their appearances are enhanced furthermore after The Joker injects them all with his special ooze causing them to mutate into insanely awesome versions of themselves. The Joker’s mutation in particular was a hit for me and I loved the new version of Poison Ivy but for very different reasons. Another part that made me laugh out loud. There was also a scene between Leonardo and Scarecrow which really stood out for me. Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul, voiced by Andrew Kishino and Cas Anver, act as the true villainous protagonists and they were as mean and threatening as you’d want them to be.
The animated DC movies are still a relatively new realm for me as I’m slowly working my way through them. Batman vs TMNT tops my list of what I’ve seen so far. It was a whole heap of fun which took two iconic forces and joined them together, giving us one hell of a crossover. It manages to stay true to the characters we’ve grown up with but brought them together in a way I didn’t think was even possible. I’ll admit that I was a little worried it wouldn’t work, but it totally did. The animation and graphics were beautiful. The story was smooth and punchy. The pizza looked so good that even Batman gave into the carbs and best of all – we got a cawabunga from the man himself.
Batman vs TMNT is a fun filled, action packed movie which would be easily enjoyed by kids and big kids alike.