Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019 Video)
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But it actually works out pretty well. Sure, we get to see how the turtles' personalities mix with Batman and co., and the jokey nature can be a little forced at times, but I was satisfied with the outcome and the surprisingly high entertainment value. Leo and Bats work out well together and Raph and Robin as well.
It also delivers a lot of awesome fight scenes between a wide range of Batman villains, because aside from the Shredder and his Foot Clan including Baxter Stockman there are no Turtles' villains. And to be honest, while Shredder is awesome, he is under used in the movie not doing very much.
The voice cast was good. Troy Baker does a very convincing Mark Hamil impression on the Joker and a take on Bats that's more his own. Those two really stood out. Not that the others didn't do well, it's just not as intimidating as earlier portrayals. The Turtles themselves delivered what you'd expect, so no comment there.
The overall look of the film can be summed up like this: if the characters are mostly from the Batman catalog, the look of the film is more like the turtles' comics and it works out okay. Some of the character design were a little weird like Donnie, Joker and Mr. Freeze, but aside from those it's well done with pretty backgrounds and more colours used than the usual dark colour scheme from the Batman movies.
To sum up, this seemingly weird crossover offers a lot of good fight scenes and a good mix of the two comic book universes in an enjoyable superhero cartoon.
Seems like this was made to appeal to both older batman/tmnt fans as well as young fans, perhaps as something adults could enjoy with their kids, although there are a couple kills, which seemed out of place for that, but otherwise fit just fine.
Quite silly at times, even a little logic challenged, but never remotely brain donor stupid (like Batman Samurai), and given that cartoons are for kids (right? mostly? lol), it's very easy to look past. Maybe they've lowered the bar so much that this showing seems much better than it is, but hey, everything is relative... I guess - I feel like there's something too zeitgeisty there, oh well
Lastly, a mostly great depiction of Michelangelo, who when done well is awesome.
I would love to see this film series, and it's separate respects (Batman) and Teenage mutant ninja turtles transition into the rated categories of film. This I mean, this film franchise has the potential to have various versions in series from PG13, MR (Mature adult), and R21 (sexual content with alcohol). I definitely would love to watch the MR and R21 versions of Teenage mutant Ninja turtles and Batman and Robin. Hopefully it becomes a reality, but if not.... the suggestion is out there.
Overall Great movie with the greatest insight of reliable potential and definite success.
This is an awesome movie. Based on the crossover comic that started in December 2015 and ended in May 2016, some of the characters are spot on (Michelangelo still cracks jokes, Raphael is still a hothead, and Batman is still Batman). The Shredder is treated with a lot of respect, as he is as much a threat as the Shredder in the 2012 in cartoon, as he is capable of fighting and using different ninja techniques. However, this version changes some things from the comics (like having the Turtles and Batman exist in the same universe instead of having the Turtles arrive via interdimensional portal). But still, it is a good movie, with a good voice cast (with Troy Baker voicing both Batman and The Joker, with Eric Bauza, who did various character in TMNT 2012 and voices Splinter in Rise of The TMNT, voicing Leonardo). Regardless of whether you prefer Batman or the Ninja Turtles, this crossover is a good movie, and one I would recommend.
When it comes down to it, I have to step up and admit that "Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" was actually a lot more enjoyable and entertaining that I had first anticipated from the title of the animated movie alone.
There is a good combination of comedy along with the action here, which really helped keep up the interest level - at least for me.
The storyline here was fairly straight forward and pretty much reminiscent of every other animated Batman movie; a villain has a scheme to do great evil and of course his plans are thwarted by Batman. Only this time he had the help of four mutated sewer turtles.
There was a good pacing to the movie, which most definitely also helped to keep the movie enjoyable and watchable. The dialogue was adequate, taking into consideration that it is, after all, an animated movie.
The characters in the movie were familiar characters, of course, which also help keep the movie afloat. And the gallery of villains trapped in the Gotham Asylum was just a nice touch. Shredder was actually quite good in this animated movie, and was definitely a step up from the usual dimwit version shown in the old "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated series. However, it was the fly-man sidekick that stole the show, he was just hilarious and so obviously an homage to Seth Brundle from "The Fly", and he even sounded somewhat like Jeff Goldblum.
My son was genuinely entertained by it, and I must admit that "Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" definitely delivered more than I had expected or anticipated. As such, I am rating it six out of ten stars.
Plot: There is trouble brewing in Gotham City. The Shredder, leader of the Foot Clan, allies with Ra's al Ghul, head of the League of Assassins, to bring a new form of terror to the streets. The Heroes in a Half-Shell follow their ninja nemesis to uncover this nefarious plan only to find themselves butting heads with the Dark Knight and his sidekicks Batgirl and Robin (Damian Wayne). Can these two heroic forces combined give their enemies a much needed shell shock?
This is definitely one of the most fun entries of both franchises I've seen in a while and a lot of that fun comes from the characters acknowledging just how wacky their respective worlds and inhabitants are. The way the Bat Family and the Turtles bounce off each other led to lots of great moments both funny and epic (Mickey annoying Alfred, Donnie's and Batgirl's intellectual fortes, etc.), helped by excellent voice acting. Basic character arcs and dynamics are executed with grace and the comedy got me laughing throughout. Balancing this is how the film gives time to let things be serious for both drama and high stakes with the heroes struggling to overcome their flaws and differences, plus Shredder and Ra's al Ghul making a lethal pair despite their own opposing traits. In fact, things can get dark at times with fight scenes that can get unexpectedly violent (nasty blows and the occasional gruesome death).
Speaking of which, the fantastic battles offer plenty in players, gadgets, and environments. There's a great mix of martial arts with classic elements akin to Batman and TMNT and different sweet matchups (Batman vs Shredder, Turtles vs Arkham inmates and so on). Fans will also recognize the abundant nods to previous media from both franchises. Props to the art style and animation, giving characters distinct designs, fluid movements (with only a few lapses), and striking colors and shadows that manage to make it appear that these heroes inhabit the same world despite being owned by different companies. While the film is an hour and a half, a lot happens, but thankfully it is well-paced and gives major elements their due.
All in all, this film is a mutated thrill ride you do not want to pass up. The filmmakers took an out-there concept and somehow made it work. At the moment, I can't think of anything major to criticize about this film, so I'd say check it out. COWABUNGA!
It got a bit silly at the end, but I won't fault it too much for that. There were also a lot of small call backs to the TMNT series that fans will appreciate. It was very well written and you can tell that the writer and production design staff were fans of both Batman and the turtles.
At the end of the day this was a pleasant surprise because previous DC animations have been hit and miss for me. This one was definitely a hit. Well done!
The art, particularly for the turtles was not a high selling point but their personalities shined so much (through such talented voice acting....never thought of Darren Criss as Raph!) that I am simply in love.