PLOT SUMMARY: Amanda Waller forms the Suicide Squad where their mission is to break into Arkham Asylum and recover top-secret information from Riddler. Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn ends up freeing Joker who makes plans to blow up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City causing Batman to spring into action.
This is a Japanese animation, which we have been seeing for the last couple of years from Warner Brothers & DC animation, but with this new twist in storytelling, we are entertained and follow the bad guy’s this time instead of following the infamous Batman.
The story starts with Amanda Waller forming a secret government squad, which is called the Suicide Squad, gathering the most deadly criminals in Gotham and the world. Meanwhile, we see Batman is following a trail on his mission as a detective, but not interfering with the Squad. The Squad is forced to work for Amanda after they’ve been attached to a hidden deadly bomb in the back of their necks. The squad mission is to question the Riddler and gain the information that he has in his position.
The storytelling is great, taking us from one villain to the other and seeing their mental Statius and how they workout their differences is just amazing, but what really interesting is that we are cheering for them to succeed to be free, and by following the lead squad leader, Dead Shot, we can see him up-close for the first time to know his motives, emotion, urge to do this suicide mission, and once we know that he’s doing it to free his little girl from Amanda Waller, we can sense his frustration in dealing with this situation and trying to know how to maintain control on those nutjobs who are with him, especially, Harley Quinn.
Then we go with Harley to know that she had a miss fallen with the Joker and once she sees him in the asylum, she takes a gun and shoots into his bullet proof cell, where the bullet bounces to hit a metal wall. Meanwhile, we don’t see Batman that much in the first half, but after the Squad get the Riddler out, we see the Batman, and this is where it gets interesting more than ever, with lots of action, fighting, smart dialogue and crazy moments all together.
I don’t want to spoil the fun in watching this animation movie where I hope that DC brings more of this point of view to change the typical storytelling methods that we are following for some time now.
Director: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding
Writers: Heath Corson.
Stars: Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough, Hynden Walch, Matthew Gray Gubler.
Release Date: 29 July 2014 (USA)
Batman: Assault of Arkham. I rate 10/10. Three reasons why I’m satisfied with the movie: 1- We see the point of view from the villains themselves. 2- The characters are well developed and interesting to follow through the movie. 3- The plot is your excellent mix of thriller, suspense and action.