Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Directed byJake Castorena
Produced byBen Jones
Written byMarly Halpern-Graser
Based on
Starring
Music byKevin Riepl
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Home Entertainment
Release date
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2019 animated crossover superhero movie, directed by Jake Castorena, written by Marly Halpern-Graser, and produced by Warner Bros. Animation, DC Entertainment, and Nickelodeon. The movie is an adaptation of the six-issue inter-company crossover comic book miniseries Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. The story focuses on Batman, Robin and Batgirl teaming up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, in order to save Gotham City from chaos at the hands of both Shredder and Ra's al Ghul with their sect: the Foot Clan and the League of Assassins. The movie itself features the voices of Troy Baker, Darren Criss, Eric Bauza, Cas Anvar and Andrew Kishino.[2]

The movie is the first collaboration between Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon, and was devised for the direct-to-video market. It was released on both Blu-ray and Digital HD on June 4, 2019. It was well-liked, and grossed over $3.8 million from sales.

Voice cast[change | change source]

Production[change | change source]

Development[change | change source]

Warner Bros. Animation was considering adaptations of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Wonder Woman as possible direct-to-video movies.[3] The animated adaptation of the miniseries was officially announced in February 2019 to be in production and was released later in the spring.[4]

Casting[change | change source]

The initial announcement revealed Troy Baker would reprise his roles as both Batman from Batman: The Telltale Series video game and various Lego video games and movies, and the Joker from Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Assault on Arkham, and the Batman Unlimited series, making Baker the first actor to portray both characters in the same property. The movie also features Darren Criss and Eric Bauza reprising their roles as Raphael and Leonardo, while Kyle Mooney and Baron Vaughn voice Michelangelo and Donatello, respectively. Rachel Bloom voices Batgirl and Cas Anvar voices Ra's al Ghul. In addition, Tom Kenny, John DiMaggio, Carlos Alazraqui and Tara Strong reprise their roles as the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Bane, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from various DC properties.[5] Other key cast members of the movie were revealed a month later, which consists of Ben Giroux as Robin, Andrew Kishino as the Shredder, Keith Ferguson as both Baxter Stockman and Two-Face, Brian George reprising his role as Alfred Pennyworth from Batman: The Killing Joke, and Jim Meskimen as both Commissioner James Gordon and the Scarecrow.[2]

Release[change | change source]

The first trailer was released on March 12, 2019.[6] The movie had its world premiere at WonderCon Anaheim 2019 on March 31.[7] The movie was later released to Digital on May 14 on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 4, 2019.[8]

Critical reception[change | change source]

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was well-liked. Based on 13 reviews collected on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has an approval rating of 100% with an average rating of a 7.47/10.[9]

The movie earned $3,898,811 from domestic home video sales.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Official Trailer
  2. 2.0 2.1 Romano, Nick (March 12, 2019). "Animated worlds collide in exclusive 'Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer". Entertainment Weekly.
  3. Joseph, Eric (12 October 2016). "WB Possibly Planning Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles And Wonder Woman '77 Animated Films". Retrieved 18 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Jackson, Matthew (13 February 2019). "Exclusive: Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet in first animated movie crossover". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 18 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "SYFY WIRE". SYFY. Retrieved 18 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Romano, Nick (March 12, 2019). "Animated worlds collide in exclusive 'Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' trailer". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. "NickALive!: Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Meet in First Animated Crossover Movie [Updated]". 9 March 2019. Retrieved 18 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "BATMAN vs. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES To Debut This May". Newsarama. Retrieved 18 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. "Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2019 Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 17, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. "Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (https://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Batman-Vs-Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-(2019)#tab=summary). The Numbers. Accessed September 28, 2019.

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