Writer: Marly Halpern Graser
Producers: Ben Jones, Sam Register, Chris Viscardi, Benjamin Melniker, Michael Uslan
Director: Jake Castorena
Voice Director: Wes Gleason
March 31, 2019 (Wonder Con)
May 14, 2019 (Digital)
June 4, 2019 (DVD)
Synopsis : “Batman teams up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to stop the Shredder and Ra’s Al Ghul.”
So, let’s talk about Batman Vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, based on the 2015 comic book of the same name. The idea of a crossover between the two franchises is definitely unusual , mostly due to Warner Brothers and Nickelodeon having never really collaborated on anything before. Then again, life can throw great surprises at you, and this is definitely one of them. Let’s talk about the movie.
The plot involves the Ninja Turtles coming to Gotham City in order to find out who Shredder’s new ally is, and stop them. Batman is also on a mission, to find out why ninjas took this advanced generator that could potentially help the city. It turns out that Shredder is working with Ra’s Al Ghul. The Shredder wants to use the Lazarus Pit to make himself immortal while Ra’s Al Ghul wants to use Mutagen to turn all of Gotham, particularly the villains, into mutant hybrids , in order to rule it. Batman, Batgirl, and Robin must work with the Ninja Turtles to stop them.
First off, let me point out that this movie is dark. While not full on gorn, it definitely has quite a bit of PG-13 content that would not fly on regular Nickelodeon. The mutations and gore are pretty messed up, particularly Cobra Joker and Hyena Harley. It does not distract from the ultimate message of the movie on putting aside your own differences and ego to work together. Let’s explore this through the heroes and villains.
The Bat Family Dynamic With The Ninja Turtles: So, how is the dynamic between team Batman and the Ninja Turtles? It’s very well put together, particularly in how we see the different leadership styles they show.
Batman is shown to be very strict with Batgirl and Robin, particularly in not wanting the former to get too heavily involved so that she doesn’t get into too much danger given what happened at the lab, and doesn’t want the latter to get too fight happy . However, we also see how he is like their surrogate father, particularly with how its implied he’s worked with them for quite some time, and thus shows more wide range concern for them and others. In contrast, he has a much harder time working with the Turtles, particularly in that they’re shown to be very impulsive in trying to stop the bad guys. He does show the most respect for Leo since he’s able to go toe to toe against him the longest, particularly in trying to get through to Leo in order to get him to break free of Scarecrow’s fear gas. As for the Turtles themselves, there’s definitely a sense of brotherhood with them. Leo is the leader , the one who wants to maintain the group hierarchy, and is not cool with Raph being intent in going for a “kill first, ask questions later” approach . However, as a teenager, he’s shown to be just as gung ho at being impulsive when trying to stop them, but its at least a last resort. Besides Leo bonding with Batman, Batgirl and Robin play off of Donnie and Raph well. Batgirl and Donnie bond due to their level headedness and love of science, while Raph and Robin bond due to their hot headed, yet loyal nature. This helps pay off before the climax, where they try to convince Batman to bring the Ninja Turtles with them for the final mission.
The Villain Dynamic With Each Other: The main villains are Shredder and Ra’s Al Ghul. Of the Arkham villains (Joker, Harley, Two Face, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy , and Bane), the former two stand out the most. However, all 4 help get across the message. Shredder actually makes a great foil for Batman while Ra’s Al Ghul makes a great foil to Leo. When Shredder and Batman fight, they’re on roughly equal ground, until the former uses mystical techniques that incapacitate him. This helps show how they’re relatively normal people with advanced combat skills, but Shredder has more ego due to said advantage. It’s due to said ego that he has a hard time working with Ra’s Al Ghul and Penguin, particularly in expecting them to hold up their ends of the deal even when he doesn’t hold up his end . As for Ra’s Al Ghul, he makes a great foil to Leo in that they’re both disciplined warriors, but like Shredder, also has ego, and is very traditionalist in his methods. Joker and Harley , on the other hand , give much better results. While there’s some tension (he initially calls her a nurse instead of a doctor), they’re far more in sync with each other. Notably, they nearly win against Batman when injecting him with Jokerised Mutagen that turns him into a giant bat creature. Yikes!
The Final Thirty Minutes: So, the final 30 minutes of the movie definitely stand out quite a bit. After Batman tells the Ninja Turtles to go home, Batgirl and Robin try to convince him otherwise, and Raph gives a speech on how the “brooding loner” type doesn’t always work out. They then whip up some antidote and take off on their cars, motorcycles, and turtle vans in order to spread it to the other villains. During the fight at Ace Chemicals, Batman nearly gets beaten again by Shredder, but uses some Turtle power (saying Cowabunga as a distraction) to take him down. Leo actually kicks Ra’s Al Ghul in the groin and used his own ancient techniques to take him down. Unlike the villains, they’re far more willing to think outside the box and use unorthodox methods. The movie then ends with the Bat Family eating pizza with the Ninja Turtles.
This movie has everything to ask for in a crossover: intense action, plenty of high stakes , a sense of fun, and great characters . I definitely recommend checking this out, and with the stinger, I look forward to more.
Here is the cast for the movie.
Troy Baker as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Joker
Eric Bauza as Leonardo
Darren Criss as Raphael
Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo
Baron Vaughn as Donatello
Rachel Bloom as Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
Ben Giroux as Damian Wayne / Robin
Andrew Kishino as Oroku Saki / Shredder, Foot Clan Ninja
Cas Anvar as Ra’s al Ghul
Tom Kenny as Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin, League Of Assassin Ninja
John DiMaggio as Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze, Penguin Goon, News Reporter
Tara Strong as Harley Quinn, Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy, Automated Voice, Pizza Girl, Woman Breaking Up With Her Girlfriend
Carlos Alazraqui as Bane, Security Guard
Keith Ferguson as Baxter Stockman, Harvey Dent / Two-Face, Scientist
Jim Meskimen as Commissioner James Gordon, Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Brian George as Alfred Pennyworth