Batman: Assault on Arkhamis the latest animated feature from DC Universe. The film will take the continuity of the Arkham Asylum video game series and merge it with another property that DC Entertainment has been trying to launch, The Suicide Squad. As early Assault on Arkham trailers have indicated, that mix could result in an action-packed film, but one that runs the risk of spreading itself too thin, if not balanced correctly.
The clip above is taken from Assault on Arkham‘s opening scene, where we see The Riddler being taken down by Amanda Waller – that is, until The Batman comes a calling. While Criminal Minds‘ Matthew Gray Gubler is a new addition, Waller and Batman are getting the benefit of having their defining voice actors – CCH Pounder and Kevin Conroy, respectively – once again tackling the roles. Fans should be plenty happy about that.
Assault on Arkham also features other recognizable villain characters from DC lore, including Deadshot (Neal MCDonough); Black Spider (Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito); King Shark (John DiMaggio); The Penguin (Nolan North); Killer Frost (Jennifer Hale, who voiced the character in Injustice: Gods Among Us); Harley Quinn (DC Animation voice veteran Hynden Walch); with The Joker voiced by Troy Baker, who also voiced the villain in the Arkham Origins video game. Not too shabby, all things considered.
Check out the trailer for Assault on Arkham below; hopefully, as Batman V Superman leads into a Justice League movie and more worldwide exposure for other DC heroes, these animated films can expand their focus as well – without having to always have “Batman,” “Superman” or “Justice League” in the title.
Thankfully, DC animation director Jay Oliva (Under the Red Hood) is co-directing this flick, because as Son of Batman showed, the DCU is worse off when he’s not at the helm to guide things.
Batman: Assault on Arkham will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Auggust 12, 2014.