Darren Criss Joins An All-Star Vocal Cast For Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Turtles

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Anyone who grew up in the late 80s-early 90s will remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle craze. The cartoon series kept us glued to our TV screens, the theme song was played all over the radio and there was merchandise galore. We each had our favourite Turtle and would have loved to have lived on pizza. It’s no surprise then that when the Dark Knight finds himself a bit over his head, he calls on the Heroes in a Half Shell.

It was announced yesterday (February 13) that the Turtles will join with Batman in a new animated movie. This is the first time that all five will appear together outside our comic pages, and boy do they have a voice cast to match this momentous occasion.

Taking on the dual roles of Batman and the Joker is Troy Baker (The Last of Us, Batman: Arkham Origins), with Emmy-winner Darren Criss (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Glee), Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live), Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie), and Eric Bauza (The Woody Woodpecker Show) as the Turtles, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo, respectively. Also adding their vocal talents are 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.

That is some star power.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Turtles is being brought to life thanks to Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Entertainment, DC Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The film will be based on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics miniseries by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II and sees the Turtles meeting Batman and our five heroes teaming up to face “Batman’s deadly rogues gallery”.

To mark the news, Syfy published some first look images from the film, as well as sharing a behind-the-scenes shot of Criss recording in the studio. This marks Criss’ second outing as the red masked, sai-sword welding Turtle. He previously appeared in the 2016 animated short Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles Take Time (and Space).

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will arrive on 4K, Blu-ray, and Digital late this spring.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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