I was recently perusing the movie aisle at our local library, and was surprised to find Batman: Assault on Arkham sitting on the shelf. It’s only the DVD version, but hey, that works. This animated film takes place within the same world or universe as game developer Rocksteady’s Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and upcoming Arkham Knight game series. It’s also a sort of sequel to last year’s Batman: Arkham Origins video game. If you are like me, you may be asking yourself where precisely does this film fit within the whole video game timeline? The film takes place after the prequel game, and two years before Batman Arkham Asylum.
The film features Kevin Conroy as Batman, but he’s not truly the star. The main cast are the villains of Amanda Waller’s “Suicide Squad” sent on a mission to infiltrate Arkham Asylum undetected, and retrieve a particular item from within. The film’s voice cast features:
- Kevin Conroy – Batman
- Neal McDonough – Deadshot
- Hynden Walch – Harley Quinn
- Matthew Gray Gubler – Riddler
- Troy Baker – The Joker
- Chris Cox – Commissioner Jim Gordon
- John DiMaggio – King Shark
- Greg Ellis – Captain Boomerang
- Giancarlo Esposito – Black Spider
- Jennifer Hale – Killer Frost
- Nolan North – Penguin, KGBeast
First off, it’s not a movie for the kiddos. Language, sexual scenes, etc. I watched a little bit with the kids, but shut it off soon after. It’s not a bad film or story, a quick tale about villains that shows a brief glimmer of human qualities. Brief, because you know King Shark murders and eats people. It’s an okay film, an easy way to pass the time when you want to watch a Batman animated film. Nothing that will change your life.