Batman Vs The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bringing The Two Properties Together

Today you can finally own Warner Bros. & Nickelodeon’s Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Blu-ray and 4K UHD. This animated film is the first time that the two properties have crossed over on the small screen. It is based of the late 2015 DC Comics and IDW Publishing comic book mini-series written by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II. The story takes place in Gotham City where Shredder and the Foot Clan have arrived and teamed up with Ra’s al Ghul and it will take the Bat-family and the Turtles to take them down.

This entertaining film that puts together two properties with a lot of similarities as producer Ben Jones told LRMOnline at WonderCon this past March, “the good thing with the Batman and the Turtles is that there is a lot of overlap, there is a lot about ninjas a lot about fighting a lot about living in big Cities, so they are actually very compatible properties.”

This film features the first time most people will have the opportunity to see the Bat-family, which includes Batman, Robin (Damien), Batgirl and Alfred, interact with the four beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rafael and Donatello. Also let’s not forget a one on one fight featuring Batman and Shredder. It’s important to note that this will be the first time that the Nickelodeon property TMNT will be featured in a PG-13 rated animated film. So how would the creators find a good balance to the characters to co-exist in the same world? Turns out that with so many versions of both properties, all the screenwriter had to do was pick out what would work well together.

This was explained to us by Marley Halpern Grasner, screenwriter for the film. “The thing that is interesting for me as a writer with these sort of projects is that there have been funnier and darker versions of the Ninja Turles and also funnier and darker versions of Batman. So you’d have a really different movie if it was the 1980’s cartoon Ninja Turtles hanging out with Adam West Batman, but that would be valid, those are versions of those characters and they would be equally goofy and also you could do a super Frank Miller version of both where it’s like the really dark parodying Daredevil Frank Miller Ninja Turtles meeting the grimmest darkest version of Batman and they are just trying to out grim each other and that would also be valid.”

Granser went on to also explain the balance he wanted to have between the Turtles and Batman. “We want the turtles to be a little goofier than Batman so that there is contrast but they need to be serious enough so that they are believable in the same world (…) then you make Batman a tiny bit funnier so that it’s OK that there is all this pizza in the Batcave and then you find that equilibrium where in this movie the turtles seem funnier than Batman but they all seem like they are in the same world and that it’s plausible that they could all exist together”.

After watching the film it’s apparent that they were able to find this balance, both properties do mesh well together and make it for an enjoyable film. Like we had mentioned before, it’s makes the creative team’s life easier when both properties have rich histories to pluck from and not to mention that both the Turtles and Batman are Ninjas.

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