Synopsis – The Joker is aided in his Halloween quest to render modern technology useless and take over Gotham City by Solomon Grundy, Silver Banshee, Clayface and Scarecrow.
My Take – Its look like DC is all in for making sure their latest franchise – Batman Unlimited, a mixture of possibly every version of Batman out there with a couple of other cool members of the DC universe. The Batman here is more kids friendly (no he still doesn’t smile), yet he makes bad puns! While the roots of the characters are retained, Gotham City is much more futuristic somewhere on the lines of the much acclaimed Bruce Timm show Batman Beyond aka Batman of the Future. I am presuming this films predecessor (which released just a few months back) was a success as a result the fast tracked sequel. While its obvious in the rush, the film is comparatively less enjoyable than Animal Instincts, but still it makes its own mark in this new category of films that strikes the perfect balance between being kid friendly yet still accessible & enjoyable to adults. Definitely a worthy sequel to its predecessor, that’s filled with a lot of great action scenes that will have you buzzing for days! The story follows right after Batman and his gang took on their many Animal villains (in the earlier film), this film (which takes place during Halloween) focuses on the monster-like villains such as Silver Banshee, Solomon Grundy, Clayface & The Scarecrow from the Batman universe, who’s inevitably led by the Joker! Aside from Cyborg, and the Joker’s super powered henchman (Solomon Grundy, Silver Banshee, Clayface, and Scarecrow), this film showcases how heroes without powers (Batman, NightWing, Red Robin, and Green Arrow) get the job done!
I know you might be used to seeing heroes like Superman, Wonder Woman, or the Flash take on the big baddies, but trust me, these heroes are just as good! In the film, Gotham City is reliable on technology a lot! Joker and his team (Joker mainly) realizes this and creates a plan to hack into all of it! Of course, Joker’s not the tech-wiz, so he got some “help” from a wiz kid Gogo Shoto, and a familiar DC hero, Cyborg (who unsurprisingly DC is promoting a lot now days due to the casting of Ray Fisher in his first solo live action adaption plus a rumored cameo in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice)! Batman & The Joker’s rivalry continues with this film. Although, there is nothing new in this tale, its a regular good versus bad story. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, but there is no newness as for as the narrative goes. As the film continues, Joker eventually succeeds, and it’s interesting to see how Batman, his team, and Commissioner Gordon take back the city the old fashion way. Now, I won’t get too much into how Batman and his team took down the villains, and saved the city, but I will let you know that the fight scenes in the film were pretty awesome! Notably how Team Bat (Batman, NightWing, Red Robin, and Green Arrow) used their wit and their skill to take down Team Joker! Another pretty awesome scene was when Team Bat took on their own tech (plus a hacked Cyborg)! One of the most awesome moments in that sequence was when Batman actually took on the Batmobile! Another awesome/notable fight scene was when Batman traveled to a virtual reality to take on the Joker. If you enjoy the rest of those fights, the virtual reality battle will definitely be fun to watch! The film’s climax was pretty solid as well! Even though Cyborg had to deal with some problems throughout the movie, it was splendid to see him and Batman team up to take on an armed, fully suited-up Joker!
Do they come out on top? I’ll let you check out the film to see the grand finale! Heath Corson‘s Screenplay offers much scope for some kicks action & also some twisted subplots. Butch Lukic‘s Direction is good. Graphics are awesome. Kevin Riepl‘s Score is super. Vocal-Performances are note-worthy! Roger Craig Smith as Batman, is husky & tough enough. Troy Baker does justice in his portrayal of The Joker. Khary Payton as Cyborg, gets some terrific moments to perform & he does well. Chris Diamantopoulos as Green Arrow, Will Friedle as Nightwing & Yuri Lowenthal as Red Robin, are excellent. Fred Tatasciore as Solomon Grundy, is first-rate. On the whole, ‘Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem‘, is an enjoyable film that can be watched and loved by the whole family! If you thought Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts was great, you’ll definitely, get a kick out of this film! Another impressive addition to Batman’s legendary collection. This one’s an entertaining & well-paced action extravaganza! Another flag of success for DC animated films.
Director – Butch Lukic
Rated – PG
Run Time – 92 minutes