Cowabunga dudes and dudettes! Fans were given an extra special treat at WonderCon’s final panel of 2019. DC’s latest animated adventure made its world premiere almost two months ahead of its Blu-Ray release.
Marking a crossover event for the ages, “Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” stars Troy Baker (Batman/Joker), Darren Criss (Raphael), Eric Bauza (Leonardo), Kyle Mooney (Michelangelo), Baron Vaughn (Donatello), Rachel Bloom (Batgirl), Ben Giroux (Robin), Andrew Kishino (Shredder), Cas Anvar (Ra’s Al Ghul), and Tara Strong (Harley Quinn/Poison Ivy).
While too many details about the film can’t be given this far ahead of it’s release, it can be said that this latest venture into the DC Universe proves to be not only brooding and action-packed, but also fun and light-hearted. After the screening, select members of the cast and crew took the stage including producer Ben Jones, director Jake Castorena, screenwriter Marly Halpern-Graser, and actors Troy Baker, Eric Bauza, Cas Anvar, Andrew Kishino, and Ben Giroux. “Getting to portray Robin was fun because you get the seriousness of the Batman world, but you also get the comedy of the Ninja Turtle characters.
I feel Robin kind of bridges that gap.” said Giroux. “This is probably the first job I’ve had in all my years where I’ve portrayed a character using my own voice.” Said Bauza, who is probably best known as the current voice of several Looney Tunes characters including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Marvin Martian. Bauza continued, “So just as a teenager trying not to show vulnerability I was trying to not show vulnerability by not disguing my own voice.”
Baker revealed while playing the dual roles of Joker and Batman (the first time this has ever been done by a single actor on one project) he did both roles in script order at the same time, switching between characters. “The director, the writers, and producers, all have a vision as to what they want it to sound like, so we all just decided to do it in script order. It turned out great.”
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available on Digital May 14th and Blu-Ray and DVD June 4th.