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Batman and Harley Quinn Movie Review (2017) | Worst DC Animated Movie Yet

Batman and Harley Quinn movie is hands down one of the worst DC animated movies yet. It went straight to video and there’s no surprise there! It is demeaning and disparaging to all the characters in the DC universe. A Batman flick deserves a better story and dialogues, goes without saying, a character like Harley Quinn deserves a better movie. The humour is so not funny. It makes you feel as if a 12-year-old wrote its screenplay. Things don’t make you laugh but force you to shake your head so many times, I wouldn’t be surprised if you end up with a cramp in your neck.

It is that picture that Sam Liu paints with the flick about its characters which just makes the whole movie outright repulsive. Even though you try to hang on, just to see if there’s some surprise lurking in the corner, eventually you find out that everything’s plain stupid.

The Absurd Batman and Harley Quinn Movie Theme (Spoilers)

The theme of Batman and Harley Quinn movie, you can tell, is deliberately kept funny. Like even when there’s a serious scene going on, when the story is about to unfurl, a guy walks in to clean the table stopping the flow to point out that he was a big fan of Batman. As if that was necessary! You can feel that the movie brazenly tries to be funny and that’s one of its biggest mistakes.

still from Batman and Harley Quinn movie of guy who cleans the table

Then there’s that hunting down Harley montage wherein Nightwing keeps asking different types of people about Harley’s whereabouts. It returns absurd answers. It’s hard not to see through it all as to why the director decided to put that scene in there. But in doing so he poses Nightwing as a loser. As if his detective skills took a toll or something.

All of which seems quite alright actually until the kinkiness comes into play. Nightwing becomes a character that you can’t take seriously, and it’s a constant tumble thereon. Batman with Barbara in The Killing Joke, I can forgive that any day. It had at least some solemnity to it. But this is just plain unforgivable!

We see Harley going so gross she even starts farting in Batsy’s car. Why was that indispensable?

The Pointlessness

They create one whole scene of a pointless chase for a joke that wasn’t funny. Then a scene to retrieve information from a contact in a pub, where Harley sings a full song which runs more than 2 minutes, in the end dropping the mic to look cool. I mean why is the humour so tasteless and cheap?

It even goes on to expect the audience to feel sorry for a worthless character who wasn’t even given a proper screen time for us to actually feel sorry for. The reason you ask? Just to show how good Harley is even though she advocates supervillains.

The plot of Batman and Harley Quinn movie is basically trying to drive a story towards an environmental issue, which is supposed to be a good thing. But somehow the work doesn’t end up becoming convincing. The plot is void of thrilling moments. Batman doesn’t feel like Batman. Nightwing doesn’t feel like Nightwing. The rest of the cast follows suit.

The Climax

still of Swamp Thing in Batman and Harley Quinn

Swamp Thing‘s entrance is grand and his import in the DC lineup story is preserved which is probably the only good thing I could think of from the movie. That and the fact that Harley Quinn is kept loony as we want her to stay.

Another good thing I would say is the presence of Floronic Man who, I am glad, isn’t a moronic man. The only good villain in the movie who stands true to what he set out to do – villainy. Jason Woodrue is serious about turning the world into plants and he sticks by it till the end. Poison Ivy, on the other hand, the main villain calling the shots ends up having a change of heart.

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Eventually, the final scene of Batsy and Nightwing kissing Harley for a dumb-genius idea (which Batsy being the world’s greatest detective could have easily thought of) would make you want to marvel at the idiocy once again. It is dripping with all the writer’s love for Harley, you can tell. That’s the only thing to make out from that. No subtlety! I really wish DC starts hiring some good writers for the job.

The Final Verdict

You can choose not to watch this movie. But if you are a DC aficionado and you can’t help yourself whenever a DC flick shows up, you can go ahead and stow this flick into your collection. But trust me this movie doesn’t deserve to be there.

As a final say, I would say, the jests are not up to the mark. The storyline is a complete dud. The fact that characters are messed with, ends up making the animated flick a huge bummer. There is a not a bit of seriousness anywhere which ends up taking away all its mojo. Villains don’t feel like villains. And Harley is intentionally loaded up with jokes that are not at all funny.

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Justice League Dark (2017) | Batman’s Inclusion As Pointless As His Grunts

After seeing Justice League Dark I wasn’t surprised why the movie was chosen to hit videos instead of theaters. Magic is yet to find its place in the DC universe, even though Doctor Strange has achieved that so effortlessly without lifting a finger in Marvel. That too with a gargantuan theatrical venture. Justice League Dark only picks pace during its visceral ending where a good climax lurks, otherwise it stretches owing to its jaded plot and exhausting conversations.

Pages of Time

I was introduced to the world of Constantine by the Keanu Reeves movie first. I had heard about him before but with that infamous heroic act of his, a benchmark was set. Despite countless comics of the mouthy occult detective doing the rounds, the TV series was yet another area that had piqued my interest. Matt Ryan was a perfect pick but the story-line and the gravitas took a backseat there. He is badass! End of discussion. But the fact that DC always comes with flaky stories to bolster him, that’s what bothers me.

Even though Justice League Dark tried to show him in a cool heroic light, they tried to aggrandize him with that Justice League tag. As a result we have the World’s Greatest Detective Batman in the front-line. But given how he didn’t have a good plot to bite on, Batsy is left administering grim “Hmmmmm….” remarks which was supposed to be funny, but ends up becoming very irritating.

image of etrigan the demon in justice league dark movie

We get to see Etrigan the Demon origins here which was a good story per se. To cater its multiple plots Justice League Dark tried to run the Etrigan-Jason Blood plot parallel against the cardinal Ritchie Simpson and Felix Faust plot. It was good nevertheless and helped in giving the story a good side plot to bank on.

Theme of Justice League Dark

The main story starts off really well when humans all across the world begin to fall under the clutches of an incantation that forces upon them visions turning everyone into monsters. Justice League intervenes and tries to insinuate magic involvement which Batsy refuses to accept. At home, Deadman tries to overpower Batman, fails of course, but implies him to meet John Constantine.

To grab hold of him, Batman meets Zatanna only to find Constantine holed up in the House of Mystery. That’s where a team is formed to investigate the face behind all those mysterious worldly magical happenings. The team keeps expanding with the inclusion of Jason Blood who is looking for his Dreamstone, another subplot where we are told about Destiny a sinister magician’s fate.

It is up to the newly formed team then to find the root cause of the main problem, figure out and tackle paranormal and mystical inhibitions that come along their way and of course to win the occult war which the JL is incapable of winning by themselves.

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The Inevitable History

John Constantine is a notorious exorcist. Wherever he goes he has a history with someone. So to detour the story every time we are forced to go past a conversation where John doesn’t back down, and someone else is forced to intervene. We can see that happening with literally every character in the movie. At one point it becomes really exhausting.

All that magic puts Batman in really awkward shoes. You can’t help but feel sorry for him. Writers try really hard to still show him in a light that doesn’t degrade his awesomeness. At times they succeed, but really there are some instances that are downright vexing. Like how could a mortal like Bat sense the shrouds spirits of death around and say “Boo!” to them? And you can’t help but shake your head when they respond to that too. Batsy scares death! Newsflash!

The Final Verdict

If it weren’t for the final twist the movie carried nothing, and I mean nothing. There are conversations that bore you to death and magical fights that feel akin to a childish hocus-pocus. Apart from the out of the world feel that is hard to put a perspective to, Justice League Dark runs only because it had a curious flicker of a plot for its culmination point. That’s it.

Screenplay isn’t exciting either. At times made good by droll Constantine remarks, but that’s about it. You can still watch it if you are big Batsy fan and smirk at the thought of him playing second fiddle to a story that wasn’t his to run. Constantine fans are going to rejoice to find him do cool stuff, and own the show. Because primarily it is a Constantine movie and not what its misleading title says.

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