I am a fan of both Batman and the Ninja Turtles, but my initial thoughts on this crossover was that it would take a lot to make it work, because of how tonally different the TV adaptations of these comic book characters are from one another.
But it actually works out pretty well. Sure, we get to see how the turtles' personalities mix with Batman and co., and the jokey nature can be a little forced at times, but I was satisfied with the outcome and the surprisingly high entertainment value. Leo and Bats work out well together and Ralph and Robin as well.
It also delivers a lot of awesome fight scenes between a wide range of Batman villains, because aside from the Shredder and his Foot Clan including Baxter Stockman there are no Turtles' villains. And to be honest, while Shredder is awesome, he is under used in the movie not doing very much.
The voice cast was good. Troy Baker does a very convincing Mark Hamil impression on the Joker and a take on Bats that's more his own. Those two really stood out. Not that the others didn't do well, it's just not as intimidating as earlier portrayals. The Turtles themselves delivered what you'd expect, so no comment there.
The overall look of the film can be summed up like this: if the characters are mostly from the Batman catalog, the look of the film is more like the turtles' comics and it works out okay. Some of the character design were a little weird like Donnie, Joker and Mr. Freeze, but aside from those it's well done with pretty backgrounds and more colors used than the usual dark color scheme from the Batman movies.
To sum up, this seemingly weird crossover offers a lot of good fight scenes and a good mix of the two comic book universes in an enjoyable superhero cartoon.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were such a huge part of my childhood growing up between the 1987 tv series, the 1990 movie, amongst the others, and the Playmates toy line. Batman Begins was where my love for Batman came into play. So to see these two come together in the comics and then to a movie was just so well balanced and fun and enjoyable to watch. The serious tones and joking manner between the DC and TMNT characters, both hero and villain, works really well. Troy Baker was very impressive voicing Batman and the Joker. His Batman reminds me a lot of Kevin Conroy's Batman, which is superior. Characters are strong and fun to watch. Watching in 4K is a treat as well. Great movie all around.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
It may sound weird at first, if you're not familiar with it, but Batman Vs. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles really works. It's a fantastic story, and the two worlds really work well together. Worth watching, for sure. I will say that it is certainty not for younger kids, because there is actually some mildly graphic violence at some points.
This has to be one of the best and most fun crossovers ever! Batman and Ninja Turtles, what more can you ask for!
I don’t want to spoil it, but this film has a lot of Easter eggs (nods) to classic TMNT.
This film truly gives fans what they want. The fight scenes are epic. A perfect amount of cheese in this film.
I’ll only include one spoiler here, they leave room for a second one.
It’s just such a fun film. I think I may have get some figures from this film.
For any comic book fans out there who’ve read the Batman & the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles graphic novels, you already know how amazing this pairing is. And getting to see this adapted to an animated film is just as rewarding!
The voice cast and animation is really fantastic. Each character really FEELS like each character. And they do not hold back at all in this movie. This isn’t something that’s been watered down to be kid friendly. The action scenes are intense and brutal and There’s moments of blood and broken bones.
What’s most fun is spotting all the homages and references to other Batman and Turtles films. There’s a ton of references to the 1990 Turtles movie which is widely regarded as the greatest TMNT film still to this day.
If you’re a Batman fan or a TMNT fan or even just an animation fan, this is a great movie to pick up. It comes with 2 great special features about the movie, a sneak peek at the upcoming Batman Hush adaptation, and a free digital copy.