Sometimes being a completist is a real pain. When I purchase a movie or a show that is part of a series, there is this need inside of me to own the rest. Sometimes it can be great. I never would have known about gems like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Toei Spider-Man show, or the two solid reboots of The Twilight Zone. However, there is a definite downside. This week I ended up purchasing Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive and Dolph Lundgren version of The Punisher.
Which brings me to the movie we’re here to talk about: Batman and Harley Quinn. It has been my goal for a while now to own every movie and TV show related to DC Comics. I will be purchasing Batman and Harley Quinn on DVD despite having just seen it on digital and being underwhelmed. Anyways, let’s get to it.
Poison Ivy and a giant Swamp Thing looking creature attack a lab to get some info on a specific formula. It actually starts out pretty solid with some classic detective work from Batman and Nightwing. The Caped Crusaders discover that the formula was actually designed by Swamp Thing himself(that’s him the thing that attacked me – not quite.) I like that this distinction is made immediately considering that The Floronic Man and Swamp Thing look so much alike. When I saw the trailer for the film, I thought Poison Ivy was, in fact working with Swamp Thing.
From here Batman and Nightwing decide they need some help and they settle on Harley Quinn because of her friendship with Poison Ivy. We cut to Harley who is working at a diner and has given up a life of crime. Unfortunately, this is where the film became rather uninteresting to me. I found myself checking my phone rather than being being glued to the screen.
Nightwing tracks Harley down and asks her to help he and Batman. She says no and they start to fight. She ends up kidnapping Nightwing and tying him to her bed. You can undoubtedly guess where things go from here. Look, I love Bruce Timm, he made Batman: the Animated Series and Batman Beyond and he will always have my respect for that. But what is with his awkward sexual scenes lately? The Killing Joke had one of the worst romantic relationships. You know the one. Between Batman and Batgirl.
From here the movie just keeps devolving. Harley decides to join the dynamic duo(reporting for duty, sir) and the audience is treated like 12 year olds. There’s even a running gag about Harley farting in the Batmobile. Batman has been reduced to fart jokes.
There’s really not a ton else that happens. We realize that Ivy and Florinic Man are working on serum to turn people into human-plant hybrids so that they are forced to care more about the environment. Our (“heroes” on screen) trace our villains at a swamp. Ivy realizes she made a mistake but Floronic man gets hold of the serum and is about to release it upon the earth when Swamp Thing emerges from the swamp in glorious fashion. I thought this was going to save the film. What a climax it would have been for Swamp Thing to take down the Floronic man. This is not the case, he basically just tells his plant brother that he can’t judge and goes back into the swamp. What? What?????
Our team has run out of options when Harley says(anyone have a match) Batman and Nightwing kiss her on the cheek and the movie end with a really cheesey credit roll.
Unless you’re OCD like me and have to have every DC film in your collection, I would advise against this one. All it really succeeds in doing is turning the whole franchise into a joke. A really unfunny joke that will leave you wondering if the producers somehow had a problem with the character of Batman and wanted to mock him.
‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ is officially out on Digital HD, and will be released on Blu-ray August 29th, 2017.
Have you had a chance to see ‘Batman and Harley Quinn’ yet? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!