Never have I wanted something so bad before that I didn't know that I wanted it.
I have been aware of the comic book crossover by James Tynion IV (writer) and Freddie E. Williams (artist) but never actually read the book. The book is very popular with fans of both Franchises or just people that love a good read.
It's one of those fantasy scenarios that you always dream of as a kid of your favourites from different Franchises/worlds coming together and interact and fight their respective enemies.
For me it would be the idea of Michael Knight and KITT from Knight Rider interacting with either the world of Thunderbirds or Jurassic Park. A guy can dream, can't he?
And the idea of Batman, who is considered one of the greatest Superheroes/Vigilantes and one of the best students of Martial Arts to go toe-to-toe with the Shredder regarded as one of the greatest Ninja Antagonists in fiction is just tempting. And the fact you see Bats holding his own against the leader of the Foot clan is very pleasing, and just from a trailer you know this is going to be something special. That and how he easily deals with Mikey's less than successful sneak attack on him just shows the tone of how much of a knowledgeable fighter the Dark Knight is.
The animation is good. Not up to the standard of what we've seen from the Timm-Verse or the style that is influenced by the New 52, but at the same time I can enjoy it for what it is. From what I understand it's being done by the B-Team for the DC Universe. But then again, the Lion King was done by Disney Animation's B-Team back in 1994 and that won 2 Academy awards.
The vocal cast that they've got is more than impressive enough. Sure it's not Jason O'Mara nor Batman Legend Kevin Conroy taking up the role, but at the same time Troy Baker is more than a good enough stand-in to where he can put his own spin on the character as he also did for Batman Incorporated.
I love the fact that Tom Kenny is reprising his role as the Penguin for the first time since 2004's The Batman as I really enjoyed his portrayal as Oswald Cobblepott. Personally, I don't think that show gets enough love that it actually deserves and people constantly keep comparing it to the Legendary Batman The Animated Series.
Here's a thing, Batman TAS deserves every praise it has received and will ever receive. No argument there. It came in around a time that a turning point in animation to raise the bar in animation and voice over work with what retired Voice-over Director, Andrea Romano, calls a voice with character, where the voice will fit that role and will not sound like a generic cartoon character. When you heard Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon, his voice fit the role. And Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight is just perfect as he made that role his own.
So when The Batman came around in 2004, it was just to tell the story of the Bat from a new fresh perspective and tell it their way. So when you hear someone like Rhino Romano voicing Bruce Wayne & Batman - it fits. It's a much younger Dark Knight developing into the Legend we all know.
And as a personal recommendation - The Batman Vs Dracula Straight-to-DVD is most definitely worth a look. It's the only movie that that series but it is so well done from casting, writing, animation and scoring to Bats taking on the Legendary Vampire.
Long-story-short, it tried to be it's own thing without copying from what had been done before in 1992 when the predecessor aired.
Phew...long tangent over with.
Seeing Tara Strong cast to play Harley Quinn is likely to be met with mixed reception. There are those that like her as the henchgirl of the Joker and some who think it would be better had they'd gotten the original Arleen Sorkin from Batman TAS or Hynden Walch who voiced her in The Batman & the animated movie Batman: Assault on Arkham. I personally don't mind her as Harley. I think she does a better job as Batgirl as she did in Batman TAS, but as Harley she leaves a lot to be desired. It's not terrible, but I do think that it comes across as being contrived whereas Hynden it just comes naturally to her.
The Movie is set for HD physical and Digital release in Spring of 2019 and no doubt will have fans of both pre-ordering this without hesitation.
Also, a quick head's up to Marvel - this is how you do a crossover and work with others than just Capcom.
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