The world of Batman hasn’t exactly been entirely child-friendly as of late. With a more jaded and violent Batman hanging out on the big screen and appearing in mature-rated direct-to-video entertainment like Batman: The Killing Joke, DC sanctioned the Ultimate Batman series to appeal to young Bat-fans (and coincide with the company’s line of toys that bear the same name). Since its launch, with Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts in 2015, the series has released more upbeat Bat-fare for kids and adults alike, including two full animated features and over 20 webisodes on DC’s YouTube channel.
Viewers who enjoyed the series so far, but crave more than the handful of shorts released Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, are in luck. A new full length animated TV movie is about to arrive, which puts Batman toe-to-toe with some mega-monsters.
Comic Book brings fans the latest trailer (watch it above) from the hero team-up, entitled Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants. The latest toy-and-tot-friendly film takes a page from the Dark Knight’s enhanced bat-suits in Batman V Superman, but on a RoboTech scale. Not only that, but the Bat-team takes on some Godzilla-like nemeses – that also happen to be supervillains.
In the upcoming feature, Mr. Freeze and the Penguin break into Arkham Asylum. To set their freeze-down-and-destroy-Gotham plan into action, he supercharges Killer Croc, Bane, and others villains into BIG bads. Batman and Green Arrow, not to be outdone, have a few surprises up their sleeve. They suit up in their own massive mechanized marvels to take them down – with the help of Robin, of course. The series also features some of the voices behind the Arkham Asylum video games, including Roger Craig Smith (Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins).
Although more basic than some of DC’s more adult outings, these full-length and web features operate outside the constraints of inner-shared universe continuity. As a result, the Batman Unlimited team – which includes writer Heath Corson (Justice League: Throne of Atlantis) and director Butch Lukic (Justice League and Batman Beyond TV series) – can really play around with our favorite heroes. Creating a Batman meets Godzilla movie, in essence, has a lot of potential, especially in light of the popular reboots of Voltron and the Power Rangers.
With an intriguing premise and an unlimited free reign (relatively speaking), the Batman Unlimited series does have a lot of potential to bring a little more family fun back to Gotham city. Of course, with a series aimed at younger audiences, the main question is: will fans of all ages find something to enjoy in Mech vs Mutants? Hopefully, Batman’s tussle with colossal cads will be more than a 120 minute (albeit very cool) toy ad.
Batman Unlimited: Mech vs. Mutants premieres at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 24, 2016 and debuts on DVD September 13, 2016.
Source: Comic Book