Mechs vs Monsters
review by Bobby Blakey
DC Entertainment has been killing it with their animated features and thankfully shows no signs of slowing down. Outside of their bigger releases focusing on comic adaptations they launched another series with Batman Unlimited that takes the Dark Knight in a new and different direction. After two successful features they are keeping the momentum going with the all-new entry into the series Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, but does it offer up more of the same fun or will is it trying to be too big to soon?
The films follows evil scientist Mr. Freeze who activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City’s most formidable criminals Killer Croc and Bane where things go from bad to worse. Turning them into super-sized mutant monsters, the Super-Villains start bashing through the streets of Gotham City with no end in sight. It’s up to the Caped Crusader and his Super Hero team to save the day by putting the giant robot mechs in their place, but it will be an uphill battle as they face off against enormous foes. Much like the previous two entries this film takes a fun new approach to this universe while never veering too far from its usual flair. With this being based on the toy line it allows them to do some fun things here like using the kaiju style threat and mechs for the heroes. Much like a lot of the DC features while this is a Batman film it features other heroes who get in on the fun as well including Nightwing, Green Arrow, Flash and Robin. Taking them on is a great group of villains including Mr. Freeze, The Penguin, Bane, Killer Croc, Clayface and Joker, but it’s not who the villains are that makes this so much fun, but what they do with them.
They take a pretty silly premise and make it a lot of fun leveling the playing field for both sides and making it an all-out kaiju throw down that will surely please fans. As with all these films they feature plenty of action this one offering not only this top giant battles, but also the usual superhero action that fans have come to expect. Bringing these characters to life is a great voice cast including Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed games) as Batman, Chris Diamantopoulos (Episodes, Silicon Valley) as Green Arrow, Will Friedle (Batman Beyond, Boy Meets World) as Nightwing, Charlie Schlatter (Diagnosis Murder, Kick Buttkowski) as The Flash, and Lucien Dodge (Pokemon, Bleach) as Robin taking on the heroes. Bringing the villains to life are Oded Fehr (The Mummy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse) as Mr. Freeze, Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) as The Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911, Handy Manny, The Fairly Oddparents) as Bane, John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman: Under the Red Hood) as Killer Croc, Dave B. Mitchell (World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor) as Clayface and Troy Baker (Batman: Assault on Arkham) as Joker and Phil LaMarr (MAD TV, Futurama) as Dr. Langstrom.
This fun series that takes the popular toy line and brings it available now on Digital HD and then hits DVD on September 13th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. While you wait if you haven’t checked them out yet grab Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts and Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem available now.