Release Date: Aug. 14, 2017
Run Time: 1 hour 14 min
After Credit Scene: YES
IMAX Viewing: NO
3D Viewing: NO
Reviewer: Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score: 7.5 out of 10
A non-spoiler review.
What you need to know about Batman and Harley Quinn: This is a straight to DVD animated DC movie. The artwork is done in the style of Batman the Animated Series (BTAS) with Kevin Conroy returning as the voice of Batman, Loren Lester returning as the voice of Nightwing, and Melissa Rauch (Big Bang Theory) as the voice of Harley Quinn.
The movie, although a straight to DVD release had a one night/one showing release. I find it entertaining to see these types of movies on the big screen. The movie will be available digitally on August 15, 2017, and on DVD/Blu-ray on Aug. 29, 2017.
“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.”
What works: There are a few easter eggs in the movie. I was pretty geeky when I recognized where some of the restaurant décor originally came from. I also enjoyed the many references to past Batman works. Kevin Conroy will go down as THE voice of Batman and Bruce Wayne. The return of Loren Lester as the voice of Nightwing was great. There are many comedic moments in the film which I honestly laughed out loud; a rarity for me. The story is new and not based on a novel and at times, the score is great.
What doesn’t work: A few different styles used in the soundtrack. Although the music is a nod to past Batman shows, I couldn’t get grounded in the type of story I was watching. There is some swearing in the film which isn’t an issue for me, but parents may balk when watching with their kids. But if the language isn’t an issue, the sexual overtones may push them over the edge. It isn’t a simple hint that there is an attraction between Harley and another character, it is stated outright. I guess that as the creators of these movies get older, they are making these films for those of us who grew up with the series and know who their audience is and are pushing the mature topic of our hero/villain sexuality. Last but not least, the ending was abrupt leaving the viewer unrewarded. Although there is an in-credit scene and after credit scene, the way the film wraps up was disappointing.
Although I have a lengthy list of things I didn’t feel worked, I did have fun with the film and getting me to laugh out loud is a feat. I’ll also say that I enjoyed Melissa Rauch as Harley Quinn. I didn’t think I would like her, but she did a great job. Still, Arleen Sorkin will always be my favorite Harley Quinn. It isn’t a perfect story, I enjoyed being in that world again and I hope Bruce Timm and Paul Dini take us back many more times.
Can’t get enough of Harley Quinn? Stop down to your local comic shop and pick up her own comic series. Great Stories in Uxbridge, MA, has some in stock and can get you nearly anything you are looking for.
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give Batman and Harley Quinn a 7.5. No concessions needed because you are at home watching this one. Make it a TV dinner!
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