Amanda Waller recruits her Suicide Squad to infiltrate
Arkham Asylum and recover classified intel from the Riddler.
Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
Directed by Jay Olivia and Ethan Spaulding
Written by Heath Corson
Starring Kevin Conroy, Neal McDonough, Hynden Walch,
Troy Baker, Matthew Gray Gubler, John DiMaggio,
Greg Ellis, Giancarlo Esposito, Jennifer Hale, CCH Pounder
Based on characters from DC Comics
Batman: Assault on Arkham takes place in the same continuity as Rocksteady's Batman games, in between Arkham Origins and Arkham Asylum. It's labeled a "Batman" movie, but it follows the Suicide Squad. I guess at the time, Warner Bros. wasn't ready to release an official Suicide Squad animated adventure. Of course, that would change in 2018, but I digress. Assault on Arkham is a short but sweet action-packed adventure through the depths of Arkham Asylum, with a great script and a killer cast. This is what 2016's Suicide Squad should've been.
The Riddler (Gubler) has made off with highly sensitive intel, and Amanda Waller (Pounder) is pissed. She brings in Task Force X, otherwise known as the Suicide Squad, to retrieve the intel by infiltrating Arkham Asylum. Deadshot (McDonough) leads the team, which consists of Harley Quinn (Walch), Killer Frost (Hale), King Shark (DiMaggio), Black Spider (Esposito), Captain Boomerang (Ellis), and the KGBeast, but he gets blown up super early. By the way, Batman (Conroy, RIP) can sense that something isn't kosher on Arkham Island, and things get even crazier when Joker (Baker) escapes. For only an hour fifteen, the film packs in a lot.
I've always felt that DC's best cinematic work came out of their animation department. The DCAU is consistently great. Even their duds are better than anything Zack Snyder ever made for them. This one is another entertaining DC movie that got wildly overshadowed by the live-action stuff, just like all the rest.