From an original story by animation icon Bruce Timm, comes an all-new DC Universe animated movie. Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue (a.k.a. The Floronic Man) embark on an ecological quest to save the planet – and, unfortunately, eliminate most of humankind along the way. To save humanity, Batman and Nightwing are forced to enlist Harley Quinn to catch Poison Ivy, Harley’s BFF and frequent partner-in-crime. But Batman’s patience is put to the test by the unpredictable and untrustworthy Harley during the twists and turns the reluctant companions face during their bumpy road trip. The result is a thrill ride of action, adventure and comedy no Batman fan has seen before. Batman and Harley Quinn features a stellar voice cast led by Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) reprising his role as the Dark Knight, alongside Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) making her debut as the irrepressible Harley Quinn. Loren Lester, the voice of Robin in Batman: The Animated Series, returns as Nightwing. This exclusive premiere event includes a sneak peek at a Harley Quinn featurette.
What We Thought:
Batman and Harley Quinn is a pretty solid new animated film from DC Comics. Don’t think it’s for kids, it’s definitely adult-oriented. People get killed, there’s a sex scene (sort of) and lots of adult conversations. There’s some swearing, but nothing too harsh.
The biggest positives are the look and the talent involved. Bruce Timm was involved with the story. Kevin Conroy is probably the best voice of Batman in animated form. Voiceover King John DiMaggio is there as are Paget Brewster and Kevin Michael Richardson.
But the big surprise is Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory fame. She tackles the voice of Harley Quinn for the first time and handles it quite well. I can see her voicing Harley in future projects. She does the voice we like, that New York, early 1900s style Harley is known for. She gets in a Puddin’ and other sayings we come to expect from Harley. Harley is the clear-cut star of the film. Batman and Nightwing may be our heroes, but Harley is the star. She gets to fight, sing, dance, spout one-liners and overall dominate the film. Harley fans will eat it up.
The look is what you want from a Batman animated film as well. It has the style of Batman: The Animated Series that we all love (and what gave us Harley in the first place). With a lot of Batman films/shows you really don’t know what time frame they take place. This has older, early to mid 20th Century cars driving around with art-deco styling backdrops, but there are computers and technology of today. I like that mix and style. I always have.
My one issue is the plot. Poison Ivy and The Floronic Man try to create a formula to eliminate mankind and save the Earth. I’m kind of tired of this overly used movie plotline. Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe we are screwing up things in the environment and recycle/upcycle a lot, but I’m already done with it being used in films/TV shows. We all get it, climate change is bad, but does it have to be the doomsday device of so many stories?
I have one other issue, but it’s more of a spoiler that I don’t want to get that far into. A hardly used DC Comics character makes an appearance at the end to sort of squash the happenings of the bad guys and it seemed so wasted. They show up, give a little speech then go away. How do you bring in THAT character and give us maybe a minute or two of just speaking?
Overall I like DC animated films a lot more than Marvel’s. Batman and Harley Quinn is a mile ahead of Batman: The Killing Joke which disappointed so many of us fans. If you are a fan of Harley, especially in animated form, I think you’ll really like this new film.
I saw it through Fathom Events along with other fans so make sure to keep up to date on future events at https://www.fathomevents.com/.