When plant loving duo Poison Ivy (Paget Brewster) and Floronic Man aka Jason Woodrue (Kevin Michael Richardson) plot to take revenge on humanity for ruining the planet Batman (Kevin Conroy) and Nightwing (Loren Lester) have only one chance of stopping them. Unfortunately that chance is in the form of the one and only Harley Quinn (Melissa Rauch).
What could possibly go wrong?
Short answer a heck of a lot but in a very entertaining way.
The latest DC animated movie directed by Sam Liu and written by Bruce Timm and James Krieg will be a true treat and delight for fans of the classic Batman animated series from way back when. Once again the Dark Knight is voiced by Conroy and the animation style is very much in keeping with the original show. Fans of the other great series The Brave and The Bold should also get a kick out of the brilliantly played irreverence for the characters and the lore. There is even a fart gag. Yet it all works.
Tonally it pushes the limits of the 12A certificate with blood, violence and some lewd yet hilarious antics. Warning to parents when viewing this film you may need to explain some of the jokes and situations to your little'uns as the credits roll especially as you'll likely be laughing the loudest at most of Harley Quinn's antics.
Rauch is great as the former Harleen Quinzel, finding humour from practically every line while also giving her a sympathetic side and always ensuring her actions are unpredictable to everyone caught in her whirlwind of crazy.
Supporting characters even get a chance to give a LOL or two, yes - even Batman himself.
At an hour(ish) long the pacing is pretty tight and things move along at a fair rate of knots although a drawn out foot-chase seems to look a little too much like padding but has a witty pay off so it is sorta kinda worth the wait.
A pit-stop for the dynamic duo plus one at a watering hole for criminal sidekicks is practically worth the price of admission alone and filled with in-jokes and references for every Bat-fan to eat up.
The animated yarn doesn't take itself too seriously, yes there is a world ending McGuffin but it always remains secondary to keep focus on the characters and how they interact with each other.
Something the live action DC flicks really need to learn, Wonder Woman aside obviously.
Why Paul Dini and Bruce Timm the great minds behind some of the best movies featuring DC's finest have never been drafted to work on the DCEU is still one of the biggest mysteries to this so-called comic book fanboy. Although I should just be thankful that Timm and co are still able to produce wonderful romps complete with lewd behaviour and kick ass action like Batman and Harley Quinn.
In conclusion, crammed with wit and rude crude behaviour and significantly shorter than Batman Vs Supes, Batman and Harley Quinn make for a damn fun dynamic duo..