Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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Directed byJake Castorena
Produced byBen Jones
Written byMarly Halpern-Graser
Based on
Starring
Music byKevin Riepl
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
  • March 31, 2019 (2019-03-31) (WonderCon Anaheim)
  • May 14, 2019 (2019-05-14) (Digital)
  • June 4, 2019 (2019-06-04) (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD release)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2019 animated superhero film, directed by Jake Castorena, written by Marly Halpern-Graser, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and Nickelodeon. The film is an adaptation of the six-issue inter-company crossover comic book miniseries Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. The story focuses on Batman, Robin and Batgirl teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in order to save Gotham City from chaos at the hands of both the Shredder and Ra's al Ghul. The film itself features the voices of Troy Baker, Darren Criss, Eric Bauza, Cas Anvar and Andrew Kishino.

The film is the first collaboration between Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon, and was devised for the direct-to-video market. It was released on both Blu-ray and Digital HD on June 4, 2019. It achieved positive reviews, and grossed over $3.8 million from sales.

Plot[edit]

While touring at Powers Industrial, Barbara Gordon witnesses a powerful generator being stolen by the Foot Clan and also spots four mysterious creatures during the robbery that she believes are metahumans. She informs Batman, who fights the Foot Clan at Wayne Enterprises before he is defeated by the Shredder. The four metas Batgirl spoke of are actually the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who have arrived in Gotham to stop Shredder's schemes and find out who his new ally is. After defending Wayne Enterprises from the Penguin, the Turtles meet Batman in an alley and proceed to fight as both sides believe the other is working with the Shredder. The Turtles are forced to retreat when Batman proves to be more experienced in combat.

After researching Batman and his reported locations, Donatello manages to lead the Turtles into the Batcave, where they have a brief scuffle with Robin. After Batman and Batgirl arrive, the Turtles introduce themselves and offer their assistance to the Bat-Family when they realize they have the same goal. Robin reveals to the group that Shredder and the Foot Clan are working with Ra's al Ghul and the League of Assassins. In exchange for the use of the Lazarus Pit, which prolongs the life of whoever bathes in it, Shredder and the Foot Clan aid Ra's in building a machine that will transform everyone in Gotham into insane mutants using a mixture of mutagen and the Joker's venom. Ra's and Shredder break into Arkham Asylum, giving Joker a canister of mutagen in exchange for the formula for his venom.

The Bat-Family and the Turtles are alerted of an incident in Arkham Asylum by Commissioner Gordon, where they discover that Joker has used the mutagen to transform all of the inmates and himself. The heroes face off against the mutated rogues, and Joker injects Batman with the mutagen and venom combination to turn him into an unhinged mutant bat. After defeating Joker, the heroes use Batgirl and Donatello's retro-mutagen to cure Batman and the inmates, but realize this was a distraction for Shredder and Ra's al Ghul to acquire the Wayne Enterprises cloud seeder from the Penguin.

As Batman recovers in the Batcave, the two teams find out that their enemies are launching their machine at the Ace Chemicals plant. Batman initially orders the Turtles to leave Gotham due to their impulsiveness, but Raphael convinces him that they are better off working together and that they can learn from their mistakes. As the two groups advance towards Ace Chemicals, they defeat most of the Foot Clan and the League of Assassins' forces before confronting Shredder and Ra's. Leonardo defeats Ra's, Batman defeats Shredder, and Donatello and Michelangelo destroy the machine before it activates. The debris from the ensuing explosion knocks Shredder into a vat of Joker venom and detonates the plant. Before the Turtles depart Gotham, Batman treats the heroes to pizza.

In a post-credits scene, Shredder is revealed to have survived the explosion, but he now resembles Joker and starts to laugh manically.[1]

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On October 2016, We Got This Covered reported that Warner Bros. Animation was considering adaptations of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wonder Woman as possible direct-to-video films.[2] In February 2019, it was officially announced that an animated adaptation of the miniseries was in production and would be released later in the spring.[3]

Casting[edit]

The initial announcement revealed Troy Baker would reprise his roles as both Batman from Batman: The Telltale Series video game and various Lego video games and films, and the Joker from Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Assault on Arkham, and the Batman Unlimited series, making Baker the first actor to portray both characters in the same property. The film also features Darren Criss and Eric Bauza reprising their roles as Raphael and Leonardo, while Kyle Mooney and Baron Vaughn voice Michelangelo and Donatello, respectively. Rachel Bloom voices Batgirl and Cas Anvar voices Ra's al Ghul. In addition, Tom Kenny, John DiMaggio, Carlos Alazraqui and Tara Strong reprise their roles as the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Bane, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from various DC properties.[4] Other key cast members of the film were revealed a month later, which consists of Ben Giroux as Robin, Andrew Kishino as the Shredder, Keith Ferguson as both Baxter Stockman and Two-Face, Brian George reprising his role as Alfred Pennyworth from Batman: The Killing Joke, and Jim Meskimen as both Commissioner James Gordon and the Scarecrow.[1]

Release[edit]

The first trailer was released on March 12, 2019.[5] The film had its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim 2019 on March 31, 2019.[6] The film released to Digital on May 14, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 4, 2019.[7]

Reception[edit]

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was released to positive reviews. Based on 12 reviews collected on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 100% with an average rating of a 7.3/10.[8]

The film earned $3,898,811 from domestic home video sales.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Romano, Nick (March 12, 2019). "Animated worlds collide in exclusive 'Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ Joseph, Eric (12 October 2016). "WB Possibly Planning Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And Wonder Woman '77 Animated Films". Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  3. ^ Jackson, Matthew (13 February 2019). "Exclusive: Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet in first animated movie crossover". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  4. ^ "SYFY WIRE". SYFY. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  5. ^ Romano, Nick (March 12, 2019). "Animated worlds collide in exclusive 'Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ "NickALive!: Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Meet in First Animated Crossover Movie [Updated]". 9 March 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  7. ^ "BATMAN vs. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES To Debut This May". Newsarama. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2019 Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 13, 2019.
  9. ^ "Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Batman-Vs-Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-(2019)#tab=summary). The Numbers. Accessed September 28, 2019.

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