Film: Batman: Assault on Arkham
Task Force X was an uncompromising episode from Justice League: Unlimited (aka JLU). A covert agency assembled C-listers like Plastique alongside the slightly more established rogues of Captain Boomerang, Deadshot and the Clock King. DC’s latest straight-to-DVD offering, Batman: Assault on Arkham, is not much different.
Deadshot is once again drafted by Amanda Waller, who has a hard-on for the Riddler because he has information that could lead to the disarmament of a dirty bomb planted by the Joker. As a result, a “Suicide Squad” consisting of Killer Frost, Harley Quinn, Black Spider, Captain Boomerang, KGBeast and King Shark are gathered under Deadshot’s command to retrieve said information from inside Arkham Asylum.
Once this Task Force X gets to Edward Nigma, all hell breaks loose. The Riddler counters every maneuver Amanda Waller has up her sleeve. Poison Ivy unleashes zombified plant-officers, Bane runs roughshod, and nobody can topple the Joker’s anarchic methodology except for the Dark Knight.
It’s all just okay. It’s perfectly adequate. Frost and Quinn’s L.A. faces with Oakland booties are great for the 15 seconds of fan-service we get. Aside from that, there’s not a single thing that this animated feature does better than the original JLU entry.