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BATMAN -vs- TMNT: Please make this into a game!

How did I not know about this movie until now? I was born in 1980, so I was 7 when the cartoon first aired and I even remember some of the darker comic books before they went mainstream. The saddest thing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is that the best thing they’ve ever produced was in 1990 when the original live action film was released. I’ve shown the classic gem to friends and students here in Laos who’ve never seen it and they can tell it’s not CGI, it’s over three decades old, but it looks real. They always asked the same thing, “How did they do it?”

I’ve given ALL of the TMNT flicks a try over the years, but none have ever really even come close to capturing the magic of the first film. As a ten year old boy, it was the only film I remember that was a bigger deal than Star Wars. I also remember going to see it in a big theater with my friend Mike and we noticed this “old lady” in front of us sitting alone. She was friendly, but we were very surprised to see that a 24-year-old was also a turtle fan like us. In Catholic school, my teacher was very amused that in my version of heaven, I would choose to be a mutant turtle.

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The Movie

Warner Brothers, nickelodeon, and DC has brought the turtles, the Footclan, and Shredder to Gotham City. Batman -vs- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has cheap Saturday morning animation, but the voice acting and ninja story kept me entertained. Did anyone else dream of being a ninja as a kid? I didn’t find out it wasn’t a real job and there was never going to be a ninja academy scholarship in my future until I was almost 13. Even though it’s been many years, I can still use most of the turtles’ weapons I practiced with for hours and hours in the woods. Mikey is my favorite turtle and I was always a Bruce Lee fan so I’m pretty handy with nunchuku.

I felt the characters all stayed true to form and used their weapons in brutal ways in this animated action adventure crossover. I won’t ruin or spoil the story for you. I’ll just say that I would have loved to watch this as a kid. Overall, I’d give this four out of five stars.

The Game

Remembering that I’m NOT a genius and someone else may have had this idea or even hoping the game already exists, I Googled it and found this awesome Reddit post by AuntieJamima. They posted a rad CGI video that looks like a gritty claymation of the fight mechanics if the TMNT were in a Batman game. I think it would be cool if the turtles borrowed some of Batman’s tech and could fly up and glide down on hoverboards from the future too. It would be so fun to go on five person online adventures as Batman, Leo, Raphael, Donny, and Mikey. If this ever becomes a real game, please leave me a NFT tip in the future…

Wonder Woman 1984: It’s not that bad!

Wonder Woman was never a cherished character nor was the princess disliked in any way, but I honestly had very low expectations and I didn’t have anything better to do now that the Mandalorian is gone, so I gave Diana a chance and found her new film emotionally entertaining.

Now that Mando has taken off his mask he must no longer follow the creed, because he showed his face this whole movie. He must really miss the baby. He was a good dad to the green guy, but he’s lost his fatherly touch and is too focused on his godly wish stone and neglects his ten year old human son now.

What do you think other heroes would wish for? I think Superman would wish to go back in time and get a second chance with Lana Lang from Smallville. Batman would surely wish for his parents to have never died ironically making it so the Bat never exist. (I’ll suggest this to the Joker the next time I visit him.) Diana just wished for her boyfriend back and that is how Captain Kirk was able to come back to life in 1984, even though he died in WWII, and had to possess some other dude’s body.

This is just a weird “what if” type of comic book movie that explores Diana’s heart more than action or trying to compete with any other movie. So many people have complained they didn’t like this movie for its flaws, but they were what made it feel like a living comic book to me. It’s not the best film of 2020, but it’s not as bad as they say either. By the way, what do you think was the best film of 2020?