In Review: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a love letter to two franchises, crafted by people who truly give a damn.

Synopsis: It’ll take the unlikely unification of the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-shell to overcome combined villainous forces afoot in Gotham City in the all-new, feature-length animated thriller, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan—leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!

Review: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a love letter to two franchises, crafted by people who truly give a damn. I’m giving this movie a perfect score for fearlessly and unapologetically going down the road.

The character beats are interludes between the action sequences, and the action sequences are interludes between the character beats. Batman Vs. Shredder and The Turtles Vs. Ra’s al Ghul would be worth the price on their own. Together, though, they’re like Christmas and a bunch of birthdays all at once. Added to that, viewers get a sizable number of other Batman villains in the most brilliantly trippy supporting roles that have probably ever been devised for them.

The entire cast is spot on. That said, Troy Baker, Tara Strong, Keith Ferguson, and Jim Meskimen do particularly fabulous work in dual roles. Baker has the mammoth task of voicing both Batman and The Joker. In doing so, he allows for a valid deconstructionist argument for a single actor playing both roles in live-action. I really hope he and the rest of this great cast get to do a sequel.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and V.O.D. now.

Cast: Troy Baker, Darren Criss, Kyle Mooney, Baron Vaughn, Eric Bauza, Rachel Bloom, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Carlos Alazraqui, Cas Anvar, Keith Ferguson, Brian George, Ben Giroux, Andrew Kishino, Jim Meskimen

Director: Jake Castorena

Producers: Ben Jones, Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan, Sam Register, Chris Viscardi

Writer: Marly Halpern-Graser

10
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Story
    10
  • Performances
    10
  • Animation
    10

Raissa Devereux became a life-long genre fan at the age of four when she first saw The Wizard of Oz at a screening at Arizona State University. Years later, she graduated from A.S.U. as an English major, History minor, Whovian, and Trekkie. Now a Florida transplant, she loves the opportunity Sci-Fi Pulse has given her to further explore space travel, time travel, masked heroes, gothic castles, and good yarns.
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