In a case of film imitating video games imitating comic books, the next DC Comics Animated Universe movie has been revealed to be based on the Batman: Arkham video game franchise. Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time a comic book movie’s been inspired by a comic book video game, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Arkham games have inspired this shift given the influence they’ve had on the comic books. So when might you be able to put this new artifact of modern cross-promotion, Batman: Assault on Arkham, in your Blu-ray player? Read on.
Mark the day, August 12, one of the dog days of summer, is when you’ll be able to see the next, great Batman animated movie. Chronologically, the film will take place between Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum, and will feature the Dark Knight being forced to take on The Joker, The Riddler and the Suicide Squad. Let’s take a look at the trailer:
The voice cast will feature the triumphant return of Kevin Conroy as Batman, and it will be the first time Conroy’s been heard as the Caped Crusader since Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox; actor Jason O’Mara played Batman in Justice League: War and Son of Batman. CCH Pounder also returns from passed animated efforts as Amanda Waller. The rest of the cast includes Troy Baker as The Joker, Matthew Gray Gubler as The Riddler, Neal McDonough as Deadshot, Greg Ellis as Captain Boomerang and Giancarlo Esposito as Black Spider. So what else is there left to say?
Behold! A press release:
“Gotham is in great danger when the government assembles a group of villains — code named the Suicide Squad — and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to retrieve top secret information stolen by the Riddler. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the Squad members (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who is intent on blowing up Arkham Asylum and Gotham City. Batman must use his super hero wits and strength to thwart the wicked plans of the Joker and the Suicide Squad.”
“Batman: Assault on Arkham is a thrill-ride with everything a fan would want — a courageous super hero, depraved villains, and suspenseful plot twists,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “Featuring voice talent from some of today’s hottest television actors, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is proud to release this as the next DC Universe Original Movie.”
“Working on a new Batman story is always exciting,” said Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “As a fan of the Arkham video games, I know this movie is going to entertain all Batman groups, from comic book and super hero fans to the most dedicated gamer.”
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, Batman: Assault on Arkham is directed by Jay Oliva (Man of Steel, Justice League: War) and Ethan Spaulding (Son of Batman) from a script written by Heath Corson (Justice League: War). Sam Register (Beware the Batman, Teen Titans Go!), Benjamin Melniker (The Dark Knight Rises) and Michael Uslan (The Dark Knight Rises) serve as executive producers. James Tucker (Son of Batman) is Supervising Producer.
Batman: Assault on Arkham has tons of exciting enhanced content. The Blu-ray Combo Pack will include:
*Arkham Analyzed: The Secrets Behind the Asylum – This is the documentary that traces the strange, demonic history of the location where horror is mixed with the extremities of the criminally insane. A place where Batman must keep his watchful gaze, to insure that what goes in does not come out …. ever.
*The Joker’s Queen: Harley Quinn – If The Joker were to have a girlfriend, what would she be like? This featurette covers the story of the deviancy and often provocative side to The Joker’s greatest ally, Harley Quinn.
*An advance look into the next DC animated feature film with the creators and cast.
*Four episodes from the DC Comics Vault.