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Batman vs. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an animated crossover between Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that was released on May 14, 2019 (digital) and June 4, 2019 (DVD) . Based on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book, the Ninja Turtles have arrived in Gotham City as they learned their old nemesis, the Shredder and his Foot Clan, have arrived and are seeking to ally themselves with Ra's Al-Ghul. However, this puts them in the sights of Gotham's protector, the Batman. Can the Heroes in a Half Shell work together with the Dark Knight to stop this deadly union?

The voice cast includes Troy Baker as Batman and The Joker, Eric Bauza as Leonardo, Darren Criss as Raphael, Kyle Mooney as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn as Donatello, Rachel Bloom as Batgirl, Tom Kenny as The Penguin, John DiMaggio as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong as both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Carlos Alazraqui as Bane, Andrew Kishino as Shredder, and Cas Anvar as Ra's al Ghul.


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The movie contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: The movie combines the first two Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles storylines.
  • Adapted Out: April, Casey, Splinter, Killer Croc, the Mad Hatter, and the Riddler were involved in the crossover in the comics, but don't show up in the movie (though Splinter's mentioned a few times).
  • Adaptational Species Change: Some of the Batman rogues' mutant forms are different from the comics, for example Bane's a cheetah instead of an elephant, Two Face is a cat instead of a baboon, and Poison Ivy is some mutant plant creature instead of a praying mantis.
  • Adult Fear: Leonardo's Scarecrow gas induced hallucination reveals his greatest fear: his brothers being hurt or killed and being powerless to stop it. However, rather than causing him a Heroic BSoD, it just sends him into a blind rage. It happens again in the final battle when Ra's al Ghul breaks Donatello's arm and throws him off a catwalk.
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  • Alternate Continuity: To every other incarnation of Batman and the Turtles. In contrast to the original comic crossover, here they share the same universe.
  • Always Someone Better: Shredder is shown to be slightly above Batman's level during their first battle, catching Batman off-guard with the Sato-Oshi technique. During their second battle, he almost succeeds in killing Batman, who hasn't fully recovered from their first battle and just recovered from his mutation at Arkham Asylum. Batman only prevails thanks to Raphael jumping in for a distraction.
  • Bad Boss: Shredder kills one of his own ninjas to ensure Batman can't get any information.
  • Bait-and-Switch: A cute meta one. At the start of the movie, one of the researchers looks like April as she looked in the 2003 series who was indeed a researcher in that incarnation and the fact she manages to deflect some of the Foot attacks isn't implausible as April is later trained to at least defend herself. But afterwards, it's revealed that this is Barbara aka Batgirl.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Ra's does this to Leonardo, then snaps the blade for good measure.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Mr. Freeze mutates into a polar bear.
  • Berserk Button: Woe betide anyone who hurts Leonardo's brothers, as it causes him to fly into a rage and attack wildly. However, it also causes him to be reckless and unfocused, leaving him open to attack himself; overcoming this weakness proves vital to him shrugging off the effects of Scarecrow's fear gas and during his duel with Ra's al Ghul in the climax.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: The main foes of the movie are Ra's al Ghul and the Shredder.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: The fins on Batman's gauntlets act as this, able to deflect both Raph's sais as well as Shredder's own Blade Below the Shoulder set.
  • Body Horror:
    • The transformations of the Arkham inmates, especially Two Face's whose head splits into two cat heads!
    • Scarecrow's fear gas causes Leonardo to see his brothers as emaciated husks.
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: Ra's accesses Joker's cell by amputating a guard's hand to get past the scanner.
  • Bring It: Batman tells the Turtles "You're welcome to try." when Leonardo tells them to take him down for answers.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The blimps that fly though the city, which Mikey comments on at the start of the movie. In the climax, after the Cloud Seeder is destroyed, both Mikey and Don are saved when they land on top of one, breaking their fall.
  • Composite Character: Shredder's design implements the red hue from his Mirage Comics' costume, but he has the purple cape from the 1987 cartoon. When his mask gets removed in the climax, he also has the rat-scratch facial scars from the 1990s live action movie.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu:
    • Batman is able to take down the TMNT by himself with little to no problem, but both times he fights Shredder he's at a slight disadvantage. note 
    • Played for Laughs when the Turtles infiltrate the Batcave and are attacked by Robin, who is able to fend off all four of them easily, both individually and in a group, despite being much smaller and less imposing - only for him to be taken out by Michelangelo blindsiding him with a "sneak attack" and then sitting on top of Robin to immobilize him. note 
  • Crossover: This is the first time outside of the comics where Batman teams up with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Darker and Edgier: While it's not uncommon for animated Batman movies to be rated PG-13, the movie falls into this even more due to being the first animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, as well as the first animated Nickelodeon movie, to be rated PG-13. There are a number of brutal moments in the movie including, but not limited to, Shredder nailing a Foot Soldier in the head with a shuriken, Mr. Freeze's Disney Death, Leo's Scarecrow induced nightmare of his brothers dying as rotting corpses, and Donatello's brutal arm shatter. Plus the turtles swear on occasion (albeit the milder swears like damn and hell, but still a bit of a shock for a Nick film).
  • Expy: Barbara Gordon in the opening acts the part of 2003 April O'Neil: red-haired girl working in part of a super secret scientific project and then saved by the TMNT. She even teams up with Donatello as science buddies.
  • Foil: Batman and Shredder. Both are skilled ninjas, trained by the best, and there are few in the world who can match them in combat, let alone beat them. While Shredder prefers traditional ninja techniques, Batman is more tech oriented. This is best displayed during their first battle where Batman makes Shredder desperate enough to use a long forgotten technique to beat Batman to a standstill and escape.
  • Giving Them the Strip: When Joker grabs Batgirl by the cape, her hands instantly go for the latches connecting to her jacket, freeing her in time to save the anti-ooze serum.
  • Glassy Prison: How Joker is kept in Arkham.
  • Groin Attack: How Leonardo defeats Ra's, with pressure points added in the mix while he's clutching his nethers in pain.
  • Hope Spot: Leonardo seems to get the better of Ra's during their fight and disarms him, only for Ra's to catch his blade and snap it, gaining the upper hand once more. Then Leonardo kicks him in the groin.
  • Immortality Seeker: This is Shredder's reason for partnering with Ra's: access to the Lazarus Pit. He reveals near the end that he also intends to overthrow Ra's for leadership of the League of Assassins at his earliest convenience.
  • Insistent Terminology: Batgirl insists on calling the ooze "mutagen", and the cure "retro-mutagen", though she slips on occasion.
  • The Juggernaut: Surprisingly, not Bane (who goes down in two hits), but the mutated Mr. Freeze of all people. He's the only Arkham inmate that doesn't stay down, forcing Raph, Mikey, and Robin to flee when everything they do just makes him madder. Even Raph burying both sai in his arm is met with only mild annoyance. Against the mutated Batman, however, he winds up tackled through several floors of Arkham and then mauled offscreen.
  • Ki Attacks: Shredder's ultimate technique lets him concentrate his energy into a single body blow that causes internal injuries severe enough to make Batman bleed from the mouth. Splinter is also said to know it.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Michelangelo, constantly, from the Penguin's Parasol of Pain to Batman himself. All of the turtles express admiration for the Batmobile as well.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Ra's manages to get the Cloud Seeder for his machine by employing Penguin to get it for him. But naturally when he orders Shredder to "pay" him, Shredder has the Foot Ninja take out Penguin's goons while threatening to kill him. Penguin wisely decides it's not worth picking a fight over and leaves without payment. At the least, Stockman empathizes with him.
    Penguin: Fine! Take it! (Leaves, grumbling) I'll consider this a resume building experience.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Thanks to a lot of misunderstandings on Batman's end, when he first confronts the Ninja Turtles, he considers them enemies. Doesn't help that Raph attacks first, since the Turtles had likewise concluded Batman might be Shredder's Gotham partner.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Ralph, he even acknowledges it when comparing Batman's "brooding loner" tendencies to his own and it does cause trouble several times, like when falling for Joker's hostage situation trick at Arkham which Batman rightly concludes caused his mutation in the first place.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Both Batman and the Turtles share one while getting ready to thawrt the robbery at Wayne Enterprises.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Leonardo is hallucinating from fear gas, causing him to believe that his brothers have been killed and attack blindly at illusions of the Scarecrow, Batman is only able to talk him down by telling him "Your anger won't help your brothers. You have to focus." Later, when Ra's al Ghul injures Donatello, he again flies into a rage, attacking the villain wildly before being knocked to the ground hard. Remembering Batman's words, he gets back up and refocuses his attack.
  • Mistaken Identity: When the Turtles get the drop on the Penguin's goons, Penguin automatically thinks it's Batman, leading Raphael to groan "Do I look like a freakin' Bat to you?!"
  • Mythology Gag: Quite a few for the Ninja Turtles, and a few for Batman as well.
    • Shredder's first meeting with Batman has him mimic his arrival with the Turtles in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • One of Penguin's Goons looks like the robot body of Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), with conical head and goggles. He also has what looks like a green mohawk that, combined with the goggles, makes him resemble one of the Mutants from The Dark Knight Returns.
    • Another of Penguin's goons resembles Mad Hatter from the 1966 Batman series.
    • Mikey scares one of Penguin's henchman by claiming that they're aliens. This is a reference to the infamous original concept for the turtles in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), which has then gained in-jokes within the franchise. They are also mistaken as aliens in an episode of the 2003 cartoon.
    • In the climatic battle, Michelangelo tosses a Foot Soldier towards the screen, similar to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. From the same game, Raph can be seen engaging in some Metronomic Man Mashing.
    • Pictures of the Sensei, Bronze Tiger and possibly Talia Al Ghul can be seen on the Batcomputer when Damian is giving a rundown of the League of Assassins to Raphael.
    • When trading contact info, Batgirl reveals her online handle is "Oracle".
    • Batman's mutated form resembles the Vampire!Batman from the Batman Vampire trilogy.
    • The calendar on the Turtle Van shows the month of April.
    • Ra's Al Ghul mentions one of Batman's sidekicks dying, likely referencing Jason Todd.
    • During the climax, Mikey has this to say.
      Michelangelo (to Donatello): You do machines! I'm the party dude!
    • Another reference is Michelangelo blocking the icicles shot by Mr. Freeze in a similar way to the 1987 series’ intro.
    • Bane boasts that he "broke the bat" before attempting to break Donatello's spine. Doesn't work as well thanks to Donnie's shell.
    • During the Curb-Stomp Battle against Batman, Mikey screams out "Ow! My toe!"
    • The designs of the Turtles take cues from the 2012 cartoon; Raph is the bulkiest, Don the leanest and tallest, Mikey the shortest and roundest, and Leo being the average of all of them.
    • The Turtles' van shoots manhole covers painted to look like pizzas, a reference to the original toyline.
    • Right before Donnie shoots the manhole cover mentioned above, he quips "Bossa Nova!"note 
    • Among the older costumes featured in the Batcave's trophy gallery is a red suit with no cowl, a black domino mask, and large wings, after Bob Kane's initial sketch concept for the character.
    • This dialogue taken from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze:
    Alfred: Would you care for some napkins?
    Raph and Mikey: (eating pizza) What for?
    [Alfred sighs]
    • Also from that movie, Leo's line "I learned this from a rat" is similar to Keno's.
  • Non-Action Guy: Baxter Stockman is strictly tech support, even debating over the course of the film whether he's a henchman or a hostage (deciding to lean more towards "hostage"). When Robin tries to pick a fight with him in the climax, Baxter pleads for his life, vomits on the floor, and faints.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Ra's Al Ghul, as usual. Notably both Raysh and Rozz are used. Robin (who should be the expert on the subject) consistently uses Raysh. Everybody else uses Rozz, though Batman slips at least once. According to director Jake Castorena, "Raysh" is used by those who are/were in the league, while "Rozz" is used by those not in the league.
  • Off with His Head!: An Arkham guard has his head cut off by Ra's.
  • Oh, Crap!: Donatello gave this reaction as he looks at the audience when the rocket containing the mutagen launched... taking him along.
    • Alfred has a very subdued version when Michelangelo plows into him while skate-boarding down the stairs in Wayne Manor.
  • Plant Person: What Poison Ivy is mutated into—unfortunately for her, she doesn't end up as the kind that can walk.
  • Psycho Serum: Ooze on its own causes people to transform into monstrous mutants. Combined with Joker Venom, it also makes them psychotic.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The casts of both franchises exist in the same universe for this film, rather than the Turtles being displaced from their world, which streamlines the plot.
  • A Rare Sentence: Batman actually says "Cowabunga!" They needed something he would never say as a signal for Raph to distract Shredder.
  • Reality Ensues: When Bane tries to break Donatello's back over his knee like he did with Batman, there's a loud crunch from his kneecap from forcing the highly durable shell up against it.
    • Even if you're superhumanly good martial artists, leaving yourself open to an opponent for drama's sake is never a good idea. Batman's dramatic leap towards Shredder lets the latter use the Sato-Oshi technique on him and Ra's' "Reason You Suck" Speech to Leonardo while standing above him lets Leo just kick him in the nuts.
  • Revisiting the Roots: The film came out around the time Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was in its first season, with the show presenting a significantly different leadership dynamic, altered personalities for the Turtles, and mostly different weapons. This film goes with the classic dynamic, personalities, and weapons, owing to it being an adaptation of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while the character models are closer to the 2003 series (albeit keeping in line with the unique body types given to them in the the 2012 series and onwards).
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Averted with the titular turtles, but played straight with Joker after he has mutated into a cobra.
  • Sequel Hook: The post-credits scene has Shredder escaping the ruins of Ace Jokerized.
  • Shout-Out: "Hey, creature! Leave that kid alone!"
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: In the final fight, Ra's has Leonardo at his mercy and gloats that his age and training make him superior. Leo's response? Groin Attack followed by pressure point strikes.
    Leonardo: I'm sixteen years old and I learned this from a rat.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": When Ra's breaks Donatello's arm. Also when Leonardo delivers a Groin Attack to Ra's, suggesting a broken pelvis.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: Joker and Harley in this version. Them licking each other's tongues as mutants (snake and hyena, respectively) grosses out the main characters.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Wouldn't be a Batman story if he didn't pull this on Commissioner Gordon. This time, the turtles join him in the vanishing act...only for Michelangelo to scare Gordon again by popping out behind him, as he never actually left.
  • The Stinger: Shredder emerges from the ruins of Ace Chemicals Jokerized.
  • Teeth Clinched Teamwork: Oh, both sides.
    • The Turtles and Batman have a bit of a rocky partnership since it's, well, a seasoned superhero with four trained but still immature teens. Raph especially being problematic in a few cases with his brashness. Bruce nearly breaks off the partnership after the fight with the mutated criminals, only stopped when Robin reveals they had saved him and changed him back after Joker mutated him. Everyone comes together by the climax of course.
    • Shredder and Ra's likewise can barely get along with their plan, with both clearly detesting each other and only working to gain a benefit from the other (Ra's, the mutagen for his machine and Shredder, the secrets of the Lazarus Pit). Ra's in particular constantly keeps belitting Shredder for his setbacks through the film and Shredder looks moments away from just attacking him outright. It's also implied Ra's never intended to follow through on his end of the deal and later, Shredder reveals his intent to take over the League of Assassins from Ra's. But the Bat family and the Turtles showing up in the climax prevents the two from backstabbing the other.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Discussed by Donatello and Batgirl at one point, the latter expressing fear that being mutated by Ooze could alter their personality. Donatello assures her this isn't the case and it's shown being mutated doesn't affect the Arkham inmates' insanity at all. This is actually a plot point because Ra's master plan is to mix Joker Venom with Ooze to shower it over Gotham and change everyone into violent mutants like Batman (temporarily) was.
  • Villainous Breakdown: In the final fight, Shredder overpowers Batman and prepares to nail him with the same technique that took him out the first time they met. Batman calls in Raphael to smack Shredder in the head with his shell, then proceeds to pummel him senseless. Shredder begins ranting and raving at how he has control of both the Foot and the League of Shadows before he's finally taken down.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Poison Ivy is mutated into horrifying venus flytrap-like monster and lunges at Robin, Raph, and Mikey to devour them...but she is firmly rooted to the ground. Our heroes simply walk around her, staying out of her striking distance.
  • What a Piece of Junk: Robin criticizes the Turtles' beat-up van, until they show off the modifications.
  • What Does This Button Do?: Naturally, this is Michelangelo's reaction to getting to ride in the Batmobile. When the Batmobile gets anchored down by the Foot and the League, Batman lets Mikey have at all the buttons. Cue More Dakka.
    (Bat-signal-shaped firework explodes in the distance)
    Robin: (pouting) I've always wanted to hit every button...
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: During the final siege on Ace Chemicals, the Turtles and Bat-Family are mowing down Foot ninjas and League assassins by the truckload, both human and mutant.
  • Wrecked Weapon:
    • Batman's and Shredder's first fight has Batman shatter Shredder's gauntlet blades using his own gauntlet blades set that he wears.
    • The finale has Ra's shatter Leonardo and Donatello's weapons and Shredder cut off Batman's Utility Belt.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Leo lets out an exasperated "Oh, come on" when he sees one of the Foot has mutated into a T-Rex.


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