The Dark Knight gets a little help from his friends when cunning criminal mastermind the Penguin puts together an animal-themed super-villain squad composed of Silverback, Cheetah, Killer Croc and Man-Bat.
Helping Batman protect Gotham are his trusted teen sidekick Red Robin, his former ward and protégé Nightwing, and his friends from the Justice League - Green Arrow and Flash. But there's more afoot than simple robberies and thefts. The Penguin has a much more diabolical caper planned in the new straight-to-video movie Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts.
This animated movie is really for the Saturday morning cartoon crowd, not for long-time fans of the usual character development of most Batman stories. This is like a bad '80s B-movie: a lot of action and spectacle, but very little in the plot department. Little is done to explain why Green Arrow and Flash have popped into Gotham for a mini Justice League reunion, or the relationships between Batman, Nightwing and Red Robin.
This lack of character depth can be put down to this being a marketing exercise to sell action figures. More caped action means more toys sold, hence the large cast of goodies, baddies and robot killer animals.
The localised version of the DVD was released last week - but Otaku Zone gives this movie a thumbs down, so you might want to save your bucks for something else. See you next week; on the same Bat page, in the same Bat column.