The worlds of Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are colliding in DC's latest animated film, putting the heroes in the half-shell up against some of Gotham's frimmest threats... and the Dark Knight against a villain who really shreds.
Fans of the properties have likely seen the comic book upon which Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles is based. The credit for the crossover goes to James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II for hatching the idea, with a team of animators and voice actors bringing the dream come true team-up into motion. And in the latest clip of Batman vs. TMNT, the martial artists discover that Penguin is a LOT harder to bring down than Bat-skeptics ever give him credit for. Although, we suppose an umbrella arsenal is going to surprise any team of heroes in their first encounter.
The publisher alliance that made the original Batman/Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles comic miniseries seemed too good to be true... until the series itself showed it was too fantastic an idea to pass up. When Shredder finds a way to travel from his own dimension into the main DC Universe, the Ninjas follow close behind. For Batman, that means an injection of Saturday morning cartoon spectacle, showing how crazy Gotham can really get. For the animated film the story has been tweaked, but based on this clip, and the trailer for Batman vs. TMNT, the premise remains irresistible for fans of superheroes OR mutated reptiles. Check out the clip below, and see how Oswald Cobblepot does against not just one Bat hero, but a squad of four ooze-boosted mutants:
The kind of battle shown in the above clip is guaranteed to get the attention of the caped crusader, but he's bringing the rest of his Batman family along with him. Once the initial meetings are out of the way, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo will be teaming up with Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. Unfortunately, Shredder is also the kind of villain who attracts other evil masterminds to his side, forging an alliance with Ra's al Ghul, Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and more. Troy Baker leads the voice cast pulling double duty as both Batman and Joker, with Darren Criss debuting his version of Raphael, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Rachel Bloom bringing Batgirl Barbara Gordon to life.
The lighthearted adventure sells itself in animation just as well as it did in comic form, bringing to beloved animated teams together (with every character most fans will hope to see get in on the fun). It will act as a nice counterpoint to DC's other upcoming animated feature, Batman: Hush. In the comics, the Batman/TMNT miniseries earned itself a sequel sending Bane into the Turtles' version of New York. Here's hoping the same will be true for the animated version.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available now on digital download, with the DVD, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-Ray Combo Pack (digital versions included) arriving on June 4th.