Intercompany comic book company crossovers are nothing new but back in 2015 IDW and DC hit gold with their Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mini by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II that spawned a sequel in 2017. The success even led to a crossover between the animated universes. Knowing a good thing when they see it, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. Animation are teaming up with DC and Nickelodeon for a Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated feature set for this Spring. Announced via Syfy the project looks to be set in its own continuity and features an all-star cast. Having voiced the Dark Knight and the Clown Prince of Crime in various iterations, this will be not only the first time voice actor supreme Troy Baker voices Batman and the Joker simultaneously but the first project to ever have an actor take on both roles at once. Joining Baker are other fan-favorite voice performers reprising characters they’ve portrayed in previous projects such as Tara Strong as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Tom Kenny as Penguin, and Carlos Alazraqui as Bane. The Heroes in the Half-Shell meanwhile are voiced by Darren Criss/Raphael, Kyle Mooney/Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn/Donatello and Eric Bauza/Leonardo. Unlike the others, Bauza is a TMNT voice veteran who plays Master Splinter in Nick’s current Rise of the TMNT cartoon and actually voiced Leonardo in a TMNT short.
The TMNT are certainly no strangers to crossover having teamed-up with some of the biggest heroes over the years. I’m sure there’s quite a few out there who remember Saban’s live-action Power Rangers/TMNT crossover back on Fox Kids.
I’m personally hoping this Bane moment from the Batman/TMNT sequel make it into the film.
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In 2015, the Dark Knight met the Heroes in a Half Shell on the comics page for the first time. Now that same team-up is headed to animation with an all-star voice cast, and we’ve got an exclusive first look.
This spring, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Home Entertainment are teaming up with DC Entertainment and Nickelodeon for Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, an all-new animated movie that unites everyone’s favorite turtles with the Caped Crusader for the first time outside of the comics page. Based on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics miniseries by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II, the film will see the turtles meeting Batman and feature our heroes teaming up to face Batman’s deadly rogues gallery.
The film’s voice cast features Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins) as both Batman and the Joker (making him the first actor ever to take on both roles in one project), Darren Criss (the Emmy-winning star of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, Eric Bauza (The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo, Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Batgirl, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as the Penguin, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time) as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (The Powerpuff Girls) as both Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) as Bane, and Cas Anvar (The Expanse) as Ra’s al Ghul.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will arrive on 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital late this spring.