Batman: Assault on Arkham (Review)
I’m a big fan of all the Batman universe since 1992: The Animated Series was my first approach to the Dark Knight and since then I got obsessed, trying to read/watch/play (IMDb) everything that I could reach.
This premise is just to say that I really would have liked that this movie was something slightly acceptable but actually, from my point of view, it’s just wrong… from that sort of sitcom opening title introducing the characters to that horrid, inappropriate soundtrack.
It’s not difficult to understand from the beginning, by the explicit contents, that this movie is clearly for a more adult audience but, in the end, it results more childish and ridiculous than any other Batman cartoon movie till now.
The plot (Amanda Waller recruits the Suicide Squad to break into Arkham and collect information from the Riddler) becomes more and more inconsistent as time goes by, to the point that the movie seems to be based more on the characters’ lame jokes (some of those are really really bad) than the actual development of the story that often flows without any kind of logic up to the last part with the liberation of the Arkham inmates that it’s a clear reference of the Arkham games… but if, in the games, the takeover of the prison by his residents takes more dilated times, the really short times (it takes like two seconds for Bane or Scarecrow to get their equipment) in this movie just don’t make any sense and don’t make justice to the games at all.
The characters are poorly written and too much stereotyped and their behaviours are often idiotic and, again, illogical (just one example: King Shark has fear of heights just in that particular moment? really?!? after jumping on a plane? really?!?)
By the way this movie has some, few, positive aspects: the initial idea of the Suicide Squad in charge and Batman as secondary character (even if his name is in the title (oh, well)); the clash between the Joker and Lawton, actually it was the best part of the movie; the references to other movies and games and, of course, the man himself, Batman.
In the end, I was expecting something more similar to the Arkham games (it would be nice even some little reminders of the original plot), not just some backgrounds and the design of few characters (by the way, Harley Quinn is much better in the games).