Movie Plot – Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Batman, Batgirl and Robin have forged an alliance with The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to fight the Turtles’ sworn enemy, The Shredder, who has collaborated with Ra’s Al Ghul and The League Of Assassins.
Director: Jake Castorena
Writer: Marly Halpern-Graser
Cast: Troy Baker, Eric Bauza, Darren Criss, Kyle Mooney, Baron Vaughn, Cas Anvar, Rachel Bloom, Ben Giroux
Welcome to Gotham
The structure of the story is relatively simple, because Gotham City is again affected by crime. This time by a wave of mysterious thefts of all the unstable and experimental technology the city has to offer. Batgirl (Rachel Bloom) was saved by 4 mysterious creatures during her crime fighting. Of course as a viewer, you know that this is about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Batman in turn goes in search to unmask the new threat. What is also impressive is that he is being voiced by Troy Baker. And who voiced the Joker? Well, that’s Troy Baker again! Some will know him from the Arkhame Game “Origins”.
Soon Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet. Of course, this doesn’t go very well at first. They’re wary of each other. Everyone knows that Batman prefers to work alone. Yet he puts his pride aside and decides to work together. Personally, I am also a fan of the turtles so this collaboration is just great. This is nothing new as this has been done several times in the comics.
A new team
Since these are characters who are known for their martial arts, the film certainly contributes to the action department. The battle choreography is excellent and feels very different than in the DC Animated Universe. There is even a clear distinction between Batman and the fighting styles of the Turtles. However, there are some similarities like Robin and Donatello with both of them fighting with a staff. The film deals with this very smartly.
For fans of the two worlds at the heart of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this is a non-stop thrill ride with a lot of fan service and wish fulfilment moments that never feel like they are distracting from the story.But in a surprising twist, it also works as a skillful combination when weaving the origins and lore of both into the structure of the story, without ever feeling like an unnecessary exhibit. The film also includes an enviable rogue gallery featuring Shredder, the Foot Clan, Ra’s al Ghul, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Mr. Freeze among many others who pose a formidable and fun threat.
However, it does mix the dark tone with the lighter tone of the Turtles. This might be confusing for parents as this is not a kids movie. While you may think it, there are some bloody violent scenes in it.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a whole lot of fun and a movie I didn’t realise that I needed. This is especially great if you’re a fan of both franchises.