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  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The developing characters being killed pointlessly midway through the film and the fact that once the Explosive Leash is disarmed everyone completely abandons the plot and runs for the exit can make it difficult to care about what happens in the movie.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
  • He's Just Hiding!:
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Let's face it. All Waller had to do was pay one of the guards off to kill Riddler. She didn't need to call in Task Force X for this and have gotten many innocent personnel killed. As best put by Batman.
      Waller: Let's just say I break a lot of eggs to make an omelet.
      Batman: And because you're a messy cook, the Riddler was able to escape.
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    • Also, if you want him dead because he knows how to defuse the bombs for the Suicide Squad members, it's probably not a good idea to send the Suicide Squad to kill him.
    • Even further, if he figured out how to disarm those bombs, wouldn't it have been better to just devise new ones? It's not like Riddler is the only criminal mastermind running around.
  • In Name Only: One of the biggest problems people have with the movie is that it barely has anything to do with the games other than some basic elements and some of the character designs, causing accusations that the "Arkham" brand was only added so people would actually buy it.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • Let's not kid ourselves, Troy Baker's spot-on impression of Mark Hamill's Joker is what truly drove people to see this movie.
    • That and it's one of the few DC Animated films centered on the villains. Regardless of Batman's appearance.
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  • Magnificent Bastard: Riddler. He steals critical information from Waller, convinces the Squad to help him in exchange for deactivating their Explosive Leashes, deduces Batman's presence among them, and ultimately walks away home free.
  • Signature Scene: The prison break action scenes with the other Arkham inmates near the end.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: In many aspects this is more a Suicide Squad movie than a Batman: Arkham Series movie. It has ties to Batman: Arkham Origins, but according to the filmmakers it takes place between Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum, although in that instance some of the character choices become a little curious, given the lack of Deathstroke or Copperhead, who — in addition to Deadshot — would be some of the more likely candidates for a group like this (especially in Deathstroke's case since The Stinger for Origins had Waller recruit himnote ). The Batman name does, however, appear to have been attached partly to make it sell, given DC/WB perceived the Wonder Woman and Green Lantern: First Flight animated features as relative failures.
  • They Changed It, So It Sucks:
    • For many fans of the Arkham series, Mathew Grey Gubler, Neal McDonough, and Hynden Walch replacing Wally Wingert, Chris Cox, and Tara Strong in the respective roles of the Riddler, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn. However, while Walch and McDonough won many over, Gulber didn't.
    • King Shark fans were not happy that the version here has pretty much nothing to do with his comic counterpart.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The KGBeast. He dies even before the mission of the Squad starts, only to prove that Waller is the one who holds the power over the Squad.
    • Black Spider. The guy is a Serial-Killer Killer forced to work with the very people he hates, and something of a Token Good Teammate. He has the least lines of all the main characters, and ends up only serving as a disguise for Batman before he gets killed off.
  • The Un-Twist: The scene where Batman swaps costumes with Black Spider is so in-character for the Bat that it would have been a bigger shock if that had actually been Black Spider. Not to mention, as anyone who's played Harley's Revenge knows, if anyone outside of the Bat Family grabs his belt, they get 50,000 volts.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Arkham is just as much of a Cardboard Prison as ever. Perhaps even more so: all doors can be opened at the same time from a monitor, several inmates (Scarecrow most notably) are imprisoned with their costumes and equipment, and not only is Bane allowed to keep his venom with him, there actually is a mechanism to inject it to him from this monitor. It's like they were asking for a breakout.
    • The fact that the warden uses his birthday backwards for his passwords. You'd think someone charged with securing Gotham's most dangerous criminals would use something not so easy to crack.
    • Waller for using Task Force X in the first place, when she could have easily bribed a guard to kill the Riddler.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Even beyond the "They Changed It, Now It Sucks!" reactions to certain recasting, fans still took issue with both Neal McDonough and Matthew Grey Gubler in the respective roles of Deadshot and the Riddler.
    • Many fans found Matthew Grey Gubler to be too low-key and too young-sounding as the normally energetic and older Riddler.
    • Some people took issue with Neal McDonough as Deadshot, after it turned that that Deadshot's normal voice actor in the games, Chris Cox, was present — itself a part of a huge example of this trope within the greater Arkham series (namely, the series' inability to keep a consistent voice actor for Jim Gordon).
    • Hynden Walch managed to avoid this for the most part after the movie came out, in large part due to having played Harley before and likely, that like Gubler replacing Wally Wingert (and unlike McDonough replacing Cox), Tara Strong wasn't present.


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