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"Ninja... turtles?!"

Batman vs. 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:

  • Action Prologue: The movie starts with the Foot Clan raiding the laboratory Barbara's studying at, with the Turtles intervening.
  • 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 jaguar instead of an elephant, Two Face is a Janus cat instead of a baboon, and Poison Ivy is some mutant plant creature instead of a praying mantis.
  • Adorkable: Donatello and Michelangelo are both pretty dorky in this film.
    Batgirl: Oh, I see you. "BoStaffsAreCool" ...really?"
    Donatello: (giggles) They are.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Ra's maintains the upper-hand against Leonardo for most of the fight, despite holding one arm behind his back. It's not until Leo pulls a Groin Attack that he loses.
  • Bad Boss:
    • Shredder kills one of his own ninjas to ensure Batman can't get any information.
    • Ra's isn't much better. When one of his men offers himself up to test the mutagen and Shredder notes he might die, Ra's isn't concerned noting he has more followers where that came from.
  • Badass Baritone: Troy Baker provides the voice of Batman, and it definitely serves to make him sound more imposing.
  • 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.
  • Bait the Dog: Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy initially show no interest in joining the Shredder and R'as al Ghul's plans, but after being mutated and seeing what they can now do, quickly change their tune.
  • 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.
    • There's an immense focus on Harley Quinn transforming into a hyena. She clutches her head, her pupils grow, and her mouth turns into a muzzle...all while she laughs insanely.
  • Boring, but Practical: Here, Leonardo wears his katanas on the hip, which is generally more practical than slinging them across the back (as in most adaptations of the Turtles), as the latter makes it practically impossible for drawing unless one has a specialized scabbard.
  • Borrowed Biometric Bypass: Ra's accesses Joker's cell by amputating a guard's hand to get past the scanner.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Before the heroes are about to storm Ace Chemicals to stop Ra's and Shredder, Batman tells the Turtles to go home and that they do not need their help. Despite Robin stating the Turtles saved Batman, Batman points out that it was because the Turtles didn't follow orders and rushed in put him in the situation where he needed to be saved in the first place. Leo, on the other hand points out that the whole Arkham Asylum plot was just a distraction and the only reason they ended up there in the first place was specifically because they followed Batman's lead and decides that they should go after Shredder without the Bat family's help. Raph however points out to Batman that he understands Batman's frustration, but as a family they have to learn from their mistakes. Batman agrees with him.
  • 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.
  • City of Weirdos: Gotham, to Michelangelo's delight.
  • Clipped-Wing Angel: Ivy's mutated transformation. Sure it turns her into a plant like she wanted. But since it likewise rooted her to the ground, she can't walk causing her attacks to have a limited range. Raph, Mikey and Robin avoid her easily by just hugging the wall and making their way to an exit while she feebly keeps trying to bite them.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ra's and Shredder are superior hand-to-hand fighters compared to Batman and the Turtles, but the latter are willing to fight dirty to win.
  • The Comically Serious:
    • Batman, naturally.
    • Alfred Pennyworth, especially when dealing with Michelangelo.
  • Composite Character: Shredder's design implements the red hue from his Mirage Comics' costume, but he has the purple cape from the 1987 cartoon. The Foot symbol on his belt buckle looks like the one from the 2003 cartoon, albeit colored purple. 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 (Leo even commenting that he could tell that Batman was holding back), but both times he fights Shredder he's at a slight disadvantage. note 
      • While the two of them were only sparring, Leonardo later defeats Batman. Notably, Batman wasn't using any gadgets like when he first fought the turtles, and does state he was still injured from his defeat from Shredder.
    • 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 
  • Cool Car: The film features both the Batmobile and the Party Wagon, two iconic tricked out vehicles in a massive Storm the Castle type sequence.
  • 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 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).
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: One of Ra's al Ghul's henchmen turn into a Tyrannosaurus rex thanks to the ooze. Unlike all other mutants, who are Beast Men, this one has both the size and the generic body proportions of a T. rex.
    • Called out In-Universe when Michelangelo discover's Batman's stuffed T. rex:
    "I'm riding a T. rex, and I've never been so happy in my entire life!"
  • Didn't Think This Through: Bane is about to pull off the move he used to break Batman's spine on Donnie, however, he didn't take into account that since Donnie is a turtle, his spine is actually a hard protective shell. He ends up taking out his own knee.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Penguin doesn't get compensated by Ra or Shredder for the trouble he had to go through stealing the Cloud Seeder, but realizing he's outnumbered and overpowered, he simply walks out the fight and lets them keep it deciding he can still list it on his resume for an actual paying job. Stockman tries to make him feel better by admitting to never being paid for his servitude to Shredder for many years.
  • 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.
  • Family-Unfriendly Violence: A lot, with special mention going to the raid on Arkham Asylum. One poor guard gets his head cut off.
  • 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.
  • For the Evulz: As per usual, the Joker. His portion of the Villain Team-Up largely consists of him thinking Ra's and Shredder's plan would be funny and he gets the chance to cause trouble with the Ooze in exchange.
  • 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, though it's notably inside a much larger and more secure vault on top of him being secured inside it.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Very heavily implied to happen to Mr Freeze courtesy of a mutated Batman.
    • During the charge to Ace Chemicals, Donnie fires manhole covers at a League member operating a crane. The camera cuts just as one smashes through the window on a collision course with his face, and the crane begins veering wildly. Considering the first manhole cover embedded itself into the wall next to his head, it doesn't speak well for the guy.
  • Groin Attack: How Leonardo defeats Ra's, with pressure points added in the mix while Ra's is 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.
    Raphael: An immortal Shredder? That would... suck.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Discussed by Raphael. He admits that, like Batman, he finds his brothers annoying, and therefore he tends to go off on his own, much like how Batman is deciding to cut their team-up short. He then admits that every time he goes lone wolf, he ends up in over his head and the other Turtles have to save him, so maybe Batman should save some time and trouble keep their alliance going to avoid a similar experience.
  • 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 most likely killed offscreen.
  • Killed Offscreen: Heavily implied a mutated Batman does this to a mutated Freeze.
  • Ki Manipulation: 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.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Ra's and Shredder. The movie is a mostly a fairly lighthearted action comedy, albeit with more violence than previous most Ninja Turtles incarnations. Most scenes with the two villains however have no humor, and have the most violent moments in the entire movie.
  • 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:
    • Raph, 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.
    • Damian as well, as he starts the fight with the Turtles in the Bat Cave by attacking them before they can even explain why they're there.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: Both Batman and the Turtles share one while getting ready to thwart 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 were also mistaken as aliens in an episode of the 2003 cartoon.
    • The turtles have their initials on their belts much like the 1987 cartoon, though it's cleverly done; all the turtles have straps or belt buckles that resemble the respective letters instead of buckles emblazoned with them.
    • 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 who are possibly Talia Al Ghul and Nyssa Raatko 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.
    • Similar to his Batman Begins incarnation, Ra's dominates in a straight fight but proves vulnerable to sucker punches.
    • 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.
    • Mr. Freeze makes a pun on the word "cool", which Mikey promptly lampshades.
    • When Mr. Freeze fires off his freezegun at one point, its angled into a spiral shot so it looks similar to how he fired it in the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Deep Freeze.".
  • 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.
    • The idea of an "immortal Shredder".
    Raph: That would suck.
  • One-Winged Angel: In exchange for his Joker Venom to use in their plans, Ra's gives Joker some of the Ooze to have his fun with. Joker promptly uses it on himself and a large chunk of Batman's Rogues Gallery, turning them all into extremely powerful mutants.
  • Papa Wolf: Batman very quickly and pretty angrily tells the boys to get off Robin when arrives in the Batcave.
  • Plant Person: What Poison Ivy is mutated into—unfortunately for her, she doesn't end up as the kind that can walk.
  • 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. It also mixes together the first two crossovers, to justify both of the franchise's most major villains (Joker and Shredder) to show up in the same plot.
  • Psycho Serum: Ooze on its own causes people to transform into monstrous mutants. Combined with Joker Venom, it also makes them psychotic.
  • 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.
    • Instead of transforming into an animal, Poison Ivy turns into a half-human half-plant hybrid. She definitely looked like she was going to be a formidible opponent, until she (and the protagonists) realize that she's imobile due to being rooted to the ground. The protagonists simply stay out of her reach and walk out the door.
    • 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.
    • Quite logically, the turtles assume that a bat-like vigilante could be a mutated animal like themselves.
    • Still injured from his first fight with Shredder, Batman does noticeably worse in the rematch. Thankfully he had help.
  • 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Joker casually admits to having killed his own mother.
  • Sequel Hook: The post-credits scene has Shredder escaping the ruins of Ace Jokerized.
  • Shirtless Scene: Ra's is shirtless during his duel with Leonardo.
  • Shout-Out:
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Successor: While the film still uses elements associated predominantly with the 1987 cartoon (such as Stockman being a fly mutant), as well as forming a lot of the various in-jokes of the movie, the film is more stylistically similar to the 2003 cartoon, with its color palette, more subdued sense of humor, and darker tone.
  • Sickening "Crunch!": When Ra's breaks Donatello's arm. Also when Leonardo delivers a Groin Attack to Ra's, suggesting a broken pelvis. Also when mutated Batman probably murders Freeze.
  • 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.
  • Squee!: Mikey spends most of the film geeking out at all the crazy goings-on in Gotham, from the themed Rogues Gallery to Gotham's blimps and especially the Batcave. Donny also falls victim to this after finding the Batcomputer.
    Leo: This is pretty cool...
    Mikey: "Pretty cool"? THIS IS AMAZING! I don't know what to put my grubby paws on first!
  • 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-Clenched 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 Raph convinced him that they as a family and a team need to work together and learn from their mistakes. 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 belittling 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.
  • Teeth Flying: After being defeated, the mutated Joker tries to crawl away only to run into Batgirl who promptly kicks him and knocks out near all his fangs.
  • 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.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The Shredder's reaction to the villains in Arkham.
    Shredder: I hate Gotham.
  • 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.
  • Villain Team-Up: Shredder and Ra's al Ghul form one with both having something the other wants. Ra's needs Shredder's Ooze and assistance for his plan, while Shredder wants immortality from Ra's. Joker is nominally part of the team up as well, providing Joker Venom in exchange both for the overall chaos and misery it will cause and also some Ooze to have fun with.
  • 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 Happened to the Mouse?: We never confirm if all the Arkham rogues were de-mutated.
    • It's never made clear if Two-Face and especially Freeze survived their encounter with the mutated Batman.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: During the final assault on Ace Chemicals, the Turtles and Bat-Family mow down Foot ninjas and League assassins by the truckload, both human and mutant. To be fair, though, they don't kill all of them.
  • The Worf Effect: While it's a close fight, Batman is nonetheless defeated to demonstrate how dangerous Shredder is.
  • Worf Had the Flu: While Batman beats the Turtles fairly easily in their fight, it's largely because they were taken off guard and don't know what he's capable of, as well as Leo's head not being fully in it. When sparring with Leo in the Bat Cave, it's shown if Leo's head is in it, he and Batman are roughly equal.
  • 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.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Baxter Stockman is this to the Shredder. Shredder is a serious villain who murders people on screen. Stockman is a Punch-Clock Villain who is abused by Shredder and notes he is more of a hostage than underling.
  • 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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