Review

Synopsis:

Batman and Nightwing are forced to team with the Joker’s sometimes-girlfriend Harley Quinn to stop a global threat brought about by Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man.

Review:

Gotham City – and the rest of the world – are in peril from a nefarious plan Poison Ivy and The Floronic Man intend on carrying out: A plant apocalypse! Batman (voiced by Kevin Conroy, a staple) and Nightwing can’t seem to locate Poison Ivy, and so they track down Harley Quinn (voiced by Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory) in the hopes that they can convince her to lead them to her old pal Ivy. They soon find out that Harley is incredibly unreliable and unstable (and flatulent!), which throws a wrench in their efforts to stop Ivy and the Floronic Man. Even a cameo by Swamp Thing isn’t enough to help the Caped Crusader in his efforts. Only Harley Quinn holds the key to saving the world.

I’ve seen most of the DC Universe Original Animated Movies, and so I was almost floored while I was watching the latest entry Batman and Harley Quinn. With a wildly uneven tone (it goes from serious to sexy, to a borderline spoof and homage of the ’60s TV series), a throwaway storyline that amounts to a shaggy dog joke, and unsuccessful attempts at potty humor, the film is easily the least successful film in the whole franchise, which is surprising since it seemed like DC was finally getting their act together after they’d done a few solid entries like Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League Dark. This one feels empty and bubble headed, and it’s bound to raise a few eyebrows. Fans of Batman: The Animated Series should at least appreciate the look and style (and voice casting) of the film, as it hearkens back to that era, but everything else about the film should be viewed with caution. Directed by Sam Liu (Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Batman: The Killing Joke).



About the Author

david j. moore
david j. moore is the author of World Gone Wild: A Survivor's Guide to Post-Apocalyptic Movies and the upcoming book The Good, the Tough and the Deadly: Action Movies and Stars, coming April, 2016 from Schiffer Publishing.