Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs Mutants – Penguin and Mr Freeze put their heads together and decide to take over Gotham by using the chemicals used by other villains to create giant super monsters. Batman and his friends take down their foes and defend the effected civilians. Batman and Arrow get giant mechs to aid in their fight and Freeze proves to be one of the more interesting villains with his conscience and motivations meaning he’s not really evil. There’s not much that can be done when the gimmick is just big monsters so it’s a little light on exciting ideas but giant robots are cool. It’s a good story that’s a nice way to spend an hour with the benefit of variation of the available heroes.
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem – It starts like a lot of these cartoons, with a group of villains getting together to face a group of heroes. Then it gets a whole lot better when the clown arrives at the party. The Joker leads a band of strange villains on a plot to control all digital technology and with this proclaims himself king of Gotham city. Now, Joker is an ambitious man and decides not to stop there, instead opting to try take over the world. From here it just gets weirder with Batman having to fight his own car, the existence of a fat Batman, an army of virtual Jokers, a Batman themed robot dinosaur and a giant mech fighting old war vehicles, to be honest it’s incredible to watch because you never know what’s coming next. There’s even a bit of this film that explores how Dick Grayson fears becoming Batman. One of the best, most unpredictable and exciting animated films I’ve seen yet.
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts – The Penguin assembles a group of animal themed villains and animal robots that work together to create a giant laser shield which drags a meteor towards the Earth, who can stop them? Well, we know it’s Batman and friends. Batman being the tech welding genius that he is does stuff to make it so he can use Penguin’s technology against him. The others do their fair share of fighting but after watching the other two films nothing really made this one stand out. It’s decent enough to watch for an animation but it’s a bit predictable.
- I try treat these films as stand-alone but these ones are connected and I watched them (and therefore wrote about them) in a backwards order. Animal Instincts is first, Mechs is last.
- It really is good to see different versions of Robin and a version of Green Arrow appear, it’s good to change it up a bit.