‘Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 4K UHD Review
We often say in The Nerdcast by Project-Nerd that Warner Bros should stick to their animated slate when it comes to the DC Comics adaptations. The greater DCU has struggled mightily, even with Aquaman and Shazam! each picking up some of the mess. But nearly every animated feature WB Animation puts out is mostly a strong piece of work.
Enter 2019’s Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
So there’s Batman. He lives in Gotham. He’s a property of DC Comics, therefore Warner Bros. And then there’s the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They live in New York City. They’re a property of Nickelodeon and are published by IDW Publishing.
These two worlds never were meant to cross.
Except something was able to bring them together.
Every nerdy kid that grew up in the 80s and 90s.
(And money; let’s be honest… it’s money that brought these two together)
The animated Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based off of the 2017 comic mini-series of similar name. The series united Batman and Robin with Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, Splinter, and Casey Jones. They fight an inter-dimensional battle versus Shredder and some of Gotham’s most notorious villains. For the sake of time, and balance, the animated film adds Batgirl, drops Splinter and Casey Jones, as well as moves this from being an inter-dimensional mess to just a team from New York driving to Gotham to stop the Shredder.
In some instances, the scenes in the animated feature are taken directly from the comic series such as Mikey’s entertaining antics and obsession with Batman and his gadgets as well as Ra’s Al Ghul being the mastermind behind it all. However, unlike most of the other animated DC features, it doesn’t share much more than that and a hollowed out version of the original plot.
Okay. Okay. Okay. Listen up. I get it, I’m not complaining about anything that gives me Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The problem, and oh do we hate people like this, in the case of Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the comic is better than the movie.
If I’m diving deep into it, Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a fun animated feature that does pull on those nostalgia strings. The heroes mix well together. Batman’s brooding fits in well with Raphael’s, well, brooding. They clash with the rest of the Turtles, giving us family conflict that has to be resolved in order to fix the greater problem.
As with the other DC animated features, Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has great animation, strong and familiar voice-acting, and some fun animated violence.
Breaking it down, Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has all the bones necessary to recreate the comic pages on screen. But it feels rushed at times and feels as if it captures shallow versions of the characters. Maybe this is a runtime issue, maybe it’s a writing issue. Either way it’s worth a watch.
4K VIDEO PRESENTATION
Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes to 4K with a standard HVEC codec and HDR10. The film is upscaled, as it wasn’t created in 4K, but like other animated features, that’s not an issue.
Colors are sharp and deep. Details are very strong, with dark scenes holding up well. There are no problems with microbanding or anything else that we have seen in the past regarding animation and high definition. Warner Bros did a fantastic job with the upscale, and if you can go 4K, why not?
The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track for Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is identical to the one on the Blu-ray disc. No problems there, as it is strong across each disc. All five speakers round out large cinematic battles and help balance the scenes nicely. The center channel remains king, with dialogue never being drowned out by anything else happening in the movie. Bass is strong, but not mind-blowing. However, I’m not sure how much we need of it on a film like this. But, I guess with the action, it would have been nicer to have more bass.
Overall, there’s no real complaints with the high definition audio track but there’s nothing that really blows your mind either. If you were making your decision on the audio track alone, there’s nothing here to sway you in the negative.
As typical with 4K UHD releases, there are a number of extra features with Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but they all come onboard the Blu-ray. Soap box; if you’re going to try and sell a new format, get fully onboard. Either way, the extras are plentiful and fun, and as usual you get a 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital Copy.
- Cowabunga Batman! When Comic Book Worlds Collide
- Fight Night in Gotham
- Sneak Peek – Batman: Hush
- Digital Copy
Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has Batman and it has the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Right there, that’s the only selling point I needed. But if you are fan of the comic mini-series, be weary as the adaptation picks and chooses pieces and falls short. But if you were going to buy it either way, rest assured that Warner Bros does a great job with this high definition release. The 4K UHD set is a great buy, and if you’re not 4K ready, the other versions probably are too.
Worth A Look
- Movie Itself
- Video Presentation
- Audio Presentation
- Extra Features
Batman and his allies team up with the turtles to battle Shredder, Ra’s Al Ghul, and The League of Assassins.