Friday, November 8, 2019

Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – 4 out of 5

Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are no strangers to meeting up in the world of comics.  I’m a particular fan of these meetups because it reminds me of my childhood where I just mixed all my toys together and would blend the worlds of G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers and more.  Well, now the fun of the comics made the jump into the animated world with Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and it is just as fun as I expected it to be.

Batman doesn't have a "beating up the Foot fetish."  He has a justice fetish.

Seriously, how often does Shredder snag his blades on
Four mysterious creatures suddenly arrive in Gotham and are stopping a group of ninjas from stealing tech.  It turns out the mysterious creatures are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Leonardo (Eric Bauza), Raphael (Darren Criss), Michelangelo (Kyle Mooney) and Donatello (Baron Vaughn).  After learning that a man calling himself The Shredder (Andrew Kishino) has teamed with Ra’s al Ghul (Cas Anvar) in an effort to turn the citizens of Gotham into insane mutants, Batman (Troy Baker) aligns himself with the Turtles.  However, matters soon get worse as the inmates of Arkham and Batman’s rogue gallery have been mutated by Shredder’s concoction and now stand in the way of the Caped Crusaders and the Turtles.

"...and then I just shave the chin and that's how I achieve my facial hair."

This feature doesn’t try to be anything it doesn’t need to be.  It leans perfectly in all the right elements and it results in a fun movie that captures the best stuff of the Turtles’ world and the best stuff of Batman’s world.  Additionally, the cast is fantastic and does a tremendous job of bringing the cast to life and the story is just the perfect melding of the two properties.

Of course Raph gets the cool scar.  The scar across the eye is reserved only for the
baddest of the badasses.

On my blog, I’ve mentioned with every Warner Bros./DC animated feature that their designs were starting to grow stale and that seeing the same look may be beneficial to the overall animated universe but it does start to grow tedious and tiresome.  Since this animated universe isn’t really a cohesive creation where outcomes from one movie effects other features, this same design and look also has a feeling of laziness.  I kinda want to see some of these features stretch their legs and feel less homogenized and less like they are just churned out for a buck.  While Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t venturing into bold new territories with its look, designs, and animation, it is a feature that seems to marry the typical DC animated film with the more Nickelodeon aspect of the Turtles and it works both for the tone and atmosphere of the story and for something refreshing to see when it concerns a Batman-based property.

The Joker was mutated into a snake...incels immediately love it.

Thankfully, Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn’t try to be gritty or mature because DC just doesn’t know how to do that without feeling like it was being made for 14 year olds and, double thankfully, it doesn’t hit the underlying misogynistic tones that DC just can’t seem to escape as they won't stop treating their female characters as sex objects first and heroes and/or villains a distant second.  Instead, the film is just a fun, exciting and entertaining adventure with the Bat and the Turtles.  It’s laugh-out-loud funny, the action is exciting and the whole story feels perfect for both properties.  I really enjoyed this film and it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a DC animated film that I enjoyed to this degree.

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