Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The World’s Finest has published its review of the Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated feature and received an assortment of clips and images from the animated feature. In short, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle will unquestionably entertain fans of either property. The action is intense and eye-popping, the story solid and the animation top-notch. In fact, it’s still a little mind-blowing to not only see this crossover actually happen, but for it to be so … radical! Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now available to own on Digital HD, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Combo Pack. To read the complete review, click on the image below.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment also provided new clips and a selection of images from Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The first clip shows Ra’s al Ghul and Shredder on a walking tour of Arkham Asylum and its Rogues Gallery of Gotham villains in all their caged glory, while teh second shows the first confrontation between Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Check out the clips in the players below, followed by five images.
Click here for a full breakdown of the digital and physical media release of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Plus, keep an eye on the Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles subsite right here at The World’s Finest for additional updates, including a review of the film’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release. The DC Animated Movie title Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now available on digital media and will be available on physical media starting June 4, 2019. Click on the link below to discuss the review and the animated movie itself!
Additionally, The World’s Finest recently published a review of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series, which is available to view here. Further Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coverage is also available here.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation
Release Date: May 14, 2019 – Digital; June 4, 2019 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
Synopsis: Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!
The Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all-star cast is led by Troy Baker as the voice of both Batman and the Joker – making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves – Emmy Award/Golden Globe Award/SAG Award winner Darren Criss as Raphael, Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn as Donatello, and Eric Bauza as Leonardo. Other key members of the voice cast include Rachel Bloom as Batgirl, John DiMaggio as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong as Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy, Tom Kenny as Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane, Cas Anvar as Ra’s al Ghul, Keith Ferguson as Baxter Stockman & Two-Face, Brian George as Alfred, Ben Giroux as Robin, Andrew Kishino as Shredder, and Jim Meskimen as Commissioner Gordon & Scarecrow.
Jake Castorena directs Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from a script by Marly Halpern-Graser. The film is inspired by the comic book series “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II (published by DC Comics and IDW Publishing) and is based on characters from DC and Nickelodeon. Ben Jones is producer. Executive producers are Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Sam Register and Chris Viscardi are executive producers.
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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Feature Review
By James Harvey
Bringing together the worlds of The Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-Shell, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a fun, action-packed adventure that pays loving tribute to these beloved characters while never forgetting what fans want to see – bat-people and turtle ninjas taking down the bad guys! Basically, this is the crossover we’ve all been waiting since childhood to see! Not only is it incredible to see these two properties starring in the same animated movie, especially in today’s media landscape, but the worlds are brought together in such a satisfying way. Add in some gorgeous animation, a solid story, great voice work and fantastic choreography and it all adds up to something that shouldn’t be missed.
Streamlining things down from the source material – the first Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-published between DC Comics and IDW Publishing – the Ninja Turtles find themselves in Gotham City to discover the identity of Shredder’s mysterious partner and put a stop to his evil machinations. This brings the Turtles on a collision course with Batman, Batgirl and Robin, who all soon discover that the Turtle’s arch-nemesis is working with Ra’s Al Ghul and his League of Assassins. Our heroes soon find themselves racing to stop their respective foes from bringing an end to Gotham City and possibly the world.
As always, this review will be as spoiler-free as possible.
Suffice it to say, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hits the ground running and never really stops. Whether it’s the great set pieces, the abundance of excellent character beats or the clear love for both the Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles properties, there is plenty here for fans to soak in. More importantly, the thrilling story by Marly Halpern-Graser neatly ties both worlds together while also making sure that everything fits as it should. The animated movie does take a couple shortcuts, including having both Batman and the Ninja Turtles reside in the same universe, but it’s all smart choices that keep the film from getting too bogged down.
As with most superhero crossovers, Batman and the Ninja Turtles do initially butt heads, but once that little misunderstanding is cleared up, they immediately start working together and, frankly, it’s a total joy to see these two teams come together. Both sides are equally fascinated with another, resulting in some great character building moments and genuine laughs. The relationship between Batman and Leonardo is handled especially well, as Leonardo finds a new mentor to learn from while Batman finds himself intrigued by the skills of him and his brothers. Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo also find themselves taken in by Gotham City and its protectors. Donatello is taken aback by Batman’s tech, Raphael finds himself intrigued by these skilled vigilantes and Michelangelo just seems to love … well, everything. It’s a fun, refreshing spin on the standard ‘hero meets hero’ trope that keeps the movie from getting stale.
The movie also makes sure every major character brings something to the table, even if some of them have a smaller role to play than the others. Aside from a few short cameos, there’s not a single wasted character, which is pretty remarkable considering just how big of a cast the movie juggles.
Director Jake Castorena nicely balances the character and story beats with easily some of the sharpest, coolest action sequences to grace a DC Comics-based animated movie. We get a tease of just how big these set pieces will be in the film’s cold open, and then things just escalate from there and get absolutely nuts. You want Batman vs. Shredder? You get it, and it’s amazing. Every punch thrown, every move blocked, every landed blow feels as epic as it should. Even though we know our heroes will win in the end, Castorena still manages to keep each action scene tense and absolutely riveting. It’s incredible what he’s able to pull off here.
There’s a huge set piece in Arkham Asylum where our heroes face off against a host of mutated foes that easily could’ve been a confused, jumbled mess, but Castorena makes the entire thing flow, which is especially remarkable given the scope of the participants involved here. Lots of characters – both good and bad – are thrown into the mix and not once does it feel like it’s too much or that some characters are getting shafted. He juggles it all masterfully. The storyboard work, both for this scene and overall, is staggering.
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The characters designs for Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also deserve a hefty shout-out. Both properties are blended together seamlessly without losing any of the unique qualities of either. Batman and his supporting cast have a nice mix of both classic and modern sensibilities (a 1980’s inspired Batman and the modern “Burnside” design of Batgirl, for example) while the Turtles themselves look like they’re ripped straight from the current IDW series. That’s likely at least partially thanks to Andy Kuhn, both a character designer for this movie and regular contributor to the aforementioned IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic titles.
Continuing, the character designs also gets a boost from the movie’s fantastic animation. Character movements are smooth with the exception of the rare stumble here and there. The film definitely had a solid budget to work with and it shows in nearly every frame, be it during the action sequences or even in the quieter moments when the screen is absolutely jam-packed with characters.
Troy Baker leads the impressive cast lending their talents to Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, providing the voice of both Batman and The Joker (the first time one actor has portrayed both characters in the same project, by the way). Baker’s portrayal of Batman, aided by the script, plays him as stern and authoritative, which plays perfectly into his role as a mentor to Leonardo, but also a caring parental figure to his young sidekicks and the teenaged turtles. It’s a welcome take on the character, one we don’t see often enough anymore in current media. Baker’s take on the Joker leans more into the deadly trickster clown aspect of the character, but he brings just enough menace to the role to keep The Clown Prince from being one-note.
The casting for the Ninja Turtles is spot on, too. Eric Bauza as Leonardo and Darren Criss as Raphael are the stand-outs, though Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo and Baron Vaughn as Donatello shine in their respective roles. Bauza absolutely nails the conflict Leo deals with as he strives to be the leader he believes he should be while keeping his brothers in check, while Criss adds the necessary gruff and heart (yeah, it’s in there) to the brash, hot-headed Raph. Mooney and Vaughn are also clearly having a blast playing the party animal and tech nerd, respectively. Honestly, every member of the cast give it their all here, and it shows in each performance. Be it Batgirl, Robin, Alfred, Shredder, Ra’s, the incarcerated villains in Arkham, and so on, the cast is definitely having a great time and it shows. Wes Gleason once again shows his skills as a voice director, bringing out some absolutely fantastic performances from the cast.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is packed not only with moments ripped straight from the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic title (though the touching moment between Batman and Raphael in Crime Alley from the source material unfortunately didn’t make the cut here), but with a wealth of callbacks and homages from both properties’ storied history. There are countless nods to the classic 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series, the live-action movies, artist Greg Capullo’s run on Batman, heck, even Pink Floyd! And that’s just scratching the service. Even the movie’s score gets in on the fun! Seriously, the movie is absolutely bursting with them. Also, make sure to stick around for the film’s end credits to see a gallery of amazing artwork mashing up famous Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book covers. There’s some legitimately beautiful pieces of work in here that would make for some amazing merch. And yes, there is an after-credit scene.
As enjoyable as Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is, it does have a very minor pacing issue. There are maybe a handful of fights scenes that last a shade longer than they should, though thankfully by the time the scene starts to feel a little long the script steps in to push the plot along. It’s also worth noting that the action does tends to get a little more intense than expected for the movie’s all-ages tone. It’s not gratuitous by any means, but some viewers might be turned off by the amount of blood and on-screen deaths. The movie definitely earns its PG-13 rating.
Overall, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an absolute blast which brings the two franchises together in an fun, fresh way. Both are treated here with the utmost respect by the cast and crew, resulting in a movie that will unquestionably entertain fans of either property. The action is intense and eye-popping, the story solid and the animation top-notch. Once again, Warner Bros. Animation shows why they’re one of the best in the business. Any issues with the film are minor at best and it don’t take away from just how much of a great time the movie is. In fact, it’s still a little mind-blowing to not only see this crossover actually happen, but for it to be so … radical! It’s a literal childhood dream come true! Like the source material, it’s impressive how the creative team is able to blend these two worlds together so seamlessly, and with a bit of luck, this won’t be the last time Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles headline an animated movie together. Highly Recommended!
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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has released a selection of interview clips featuring actor Troy Baker, the voice of both Batman and The Joker in Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated movie. The DC Animated Movie title, an adaptation of the best-selling Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mini-series published by DC Comics and IDW Publishing, is now available on Digital and hits physical media on June 4, 2019. Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-shell teaming up to overcome the villainous forces afoot in Gotham City. The clips, available in the players below – featuring Baker discussing the movie’s plot, his dual roles and how the animated feature came together – can be viewed in the player below followed by the new images.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment describes Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as follows:
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!
Click here for a full breakdown of the digital and physical media release of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Plus, keep an eye on the Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles subsite right here at The World’s Finest for a full review and much more in the coming days. The DC Animated Movie title Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is now available on digital media and will be available on physical media starting June 4, 2019. Click on the link to discuss the animated movie!
The World’s Finest recently published a review of the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures mini-series, which is available to view here. Further Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coverage is also available here.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Home Entertainment Release
Studio: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release Date: May 14, 2019 – Digital; June 4, 2019 – 4K Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD
Synopsis: It’ll take the unlikely unification of the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-shell to overcome combined villainous forces afoot in Gotham City in the feature-length animated thriller, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Enhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
-Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide (Featurette)– Super hero crossovers have inspired some of the most unique comics of all time. Explore the concept of the crossover, and see the creativity that ensues when the worlds of Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet.
-Fight Night in Gotham (Featurette) – DC animated movies have continued to push the realism of hand-to-hand combat on-screen. Take an exciting look at both Batman’s and the Ninja Turtles’ fighting styles, and how the creators make it feel like you’re in the fight!
-A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Batman: Hush – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Review
by James Harvey
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has rolled out Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in a wealth of home media formats, including Digital and 4K UltraHD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD. Please note that Walmart will exclusively sell the DVD release of the DC Animated Movie. With a solid audio and video presentation and some added bonus featurettes, it’s another worthwhile package that doesn’t exceed really exceed expectations, but that’s not a bad thing.
Looking at the audio and video presentation, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment once again manages to deliver the goods, even if they’re not entirely perfect. The video transfer on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition is fantastic. The colors pop and the blacks are deep as deep as you’d expect for an Ultra HD title. Everything is vivid and distinct, with only a minimal amount of color banding and artifacting noticeable, though this issue seems to be due to the source and not the actual presentation. All told, the movie looks fantastic and sounds equally excellent. The 5.1 DTS-HD audio transfer sounds great, though it doesn’t really go beyond being adequate. That said, the action sequences tend to have a little extra bass to them to give them an extra punch. Quieter moments and dialogue is crystal clear from start to finish, making for a nicely balanced presentation.
Moving on to the special features, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles includes two new featurettes. The first, “Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide,” runs around 12 minutes and features the creative talent discussing their fondness for Batman and the Ninja Turtles, why the two worlds work together and sprinkle in little tidbits of information about the film’s production (Director Jake Castorena also mentions the epic Batman vs. Predator 1990s comic mini-series, which now has me hoping for an animated adaption somewhere down the road). The creative team was clearly passionate about this movie and it shows. The other featurette, “Fight Night in Gotham,” dives into the choreography of the film’s action sequences and where the creative team drew inspiration from. Everything from 1970s martial arts movies to films from the 1980s to Shaw Brothers Studios features and YouTube videos were used to give each action scene an extra punch. The roughly 18-minute featurette offers up a heavy helping of production art and storyboards, too. It’s a very, very cool featurette that is well worth your time.
Also included is a preview featurette for the upcoming Batman: Hush animated movie and trailers for Detective Pikachu, Shazam!, Reign of the Supermen and Justice League vs. The Fatal Five. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release also included a regular Blu-ray edition of the film as well as a digital copy. Naturally, the Blu-ray release also includes a DVD copy of the movie and a digital copy.
Between the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, the regular Blu-ray edition and the iTunes release, the best presentation of the animated movie is easily the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray edition. The 4K video transfer is the finest among the three, with any transfer issues less apparent, though the audio is nearly indistinguishable among each.
Overall, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has put together a solid release for Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, though one that doesn’t offer up any real surprises. Keep in mind, this isn’t a bad thing. The featurettes, while amounting to just over 30 minutes of new content, are informative, enjoyable and well worth a watch. The studio also deserves credit for giving the Turtles just as much attention here as they do The Caped Crusader, especially considering the Half-Shell heroes are owned by Nickelodeon. Fans of either properties won’t be disappointed by the extras, and the same can be said about the film’s overall presentation. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray is easily the superior edition, but the regular Blu-ray and iTunes also serve as suitable alternatives. Recommended to Own!