What is Batman: Assault on Arkham?
Batman: Assault on Arkham is based on Batman: Arkham video game franchise. The film takes two years after Batman Arkham Asylum. The plot of the move follows, a group of super villains called Suicide Squad. Suicide Squad is led by Amanda Waller, the leader of A.R.G.U.S. and overseer. She enlist them with missions to reduce their jail sentence in Arkham. Let’s say it rehab for villains to turn over a new left. Their mission is to infiltrate Arkham Asylum to retrieve classified information from The Riddler. The Riddler has information on the Squad and want to make it public. Waller assembles the most notorious villains. She recruited Harley Quinn. Black Spider, Deadshot, Killer Frost, KGBeast and King Shark. Amanda put nano-bombs collars in their neck if don’t cooperate.
KGBeast was the first villain to die because of Waller’s bluff. Leaving remaining six members of the Suicide Squad. Batman does appear in this movie but plays a minor role. Even the title says Batman: Assault on Arkham but should state Suicide Squad: Assault on Arkham. Batman: Arkham series is an open world action-adventure video game. Players take control of Batman, to take down his rogue gallery, use detective skills and drive vehicles. Rocksteady Studios did a great job with Batman and Arkham Knight was the last. Let hope Rocksteady Studios make a justice league game or another DC Comics property. Suicide Squad members change throughout the comics. The notable members are Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and Killer Frost.
Will it be another Suicide Squad animated movie?
The character interactions in the movie are tense. Captain Boomerang and Deadshot argue a lot in the movie. Killer Frost and King Shark interaction is more like lovers. Harley Quinn transforms in this film from crazy to bad girl. Bane, Two face and Poison Ivy appear in the movie. Harley hates The Joker due to his mistreatment towards her. Now, she pursuits a new relationship with Deadshot and turn into one night stand. Later on Harley Quinn forgive The Joker and work together. There is some fighting amongst the team but mange to work together. Later on Riddler is not the true objective but Joker is. The Joker hid a dirty bomb in Harley mallet. King Shark and Killer Frost are killed leaving Captain Boomerang, Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Batman successfully defeated The Joker and Deadshot is with his daughter.
In general, I really enjoy this movie. Loving the interactions and presentation of the characters. Harley Quinn has the best portrayal in the film. There is another DCAU called Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay not featuring Batman. If you are a fan of Justice League Unlimited, an episode called Task Force X worth watching. The animation is beautiful and some retain their designs from Batman Arkham games. Veteran voice actors reprise their roles Kevin Conroy (Batman), Troy Baker (Joker) and Nolan North (Penguin). Even though Tara Strong don’t voice Harley Quinn but Hynden Walch did a great job.
Don’t call them hero but antiheroes for their own agenda. I wish there is a Suicide Squad tv animated series. There is a Suicide Squad live action movie but its average. I suggest to watch Batman: Assault on Arkham and Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay films. Suicide Squad comic book readers will enjoy this film. If you into heist, dark comedy and R-rated content. Batman: Assault on Arkham is available on DVD and Blu-Ray.