Villains Go Ravenous in "Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts"

Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment bring us the next chapter in their family-friendly branch of straight-to-DVD movies with “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts.” It’s no surprise the Flash and Green Arrow are included in this new adventure, since both have their own successful TV shows right now. However, the real excitement for me was getting to see Nightwing and Red Robin get some well-deserved screen time.

In “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts,” Gotham is plagued by crimes committed by an animal-themed villain squad composed of the Penguin, Silverback, Cheetah, Killer Croc, and Man-Bat. Batman, Green Arrow, Nightwing, Red Robin, and the Flash band together to stop them and save the city.

The Blu-ray DVD Combo of “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts” comes with some enjoyable bonus material. A 13-minute featurette entitled “The Penguin: High Society Criminal” gives us some background on the classic villain. We get ten DC Nation shorts which concentrate on Super Pets and other animal-related characters. “From the DC Comics Vault” contains two episodes of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.” Promos and trailers for other Warner Bros. and DC releases are found as well. Both Blu-ray and DVD come with an exclusive Fire-Bat action figure.

It’s nice to have a DC Universe animated feature I can safely watch with my younger son. I don’t have to worry about his favorite costumed crime fighters spouting profanity or too much gore splashing about onscreen. My only complaint is Cheetah’s ridiculously low-cut outfit, which doesn’t leave much to the imagination and is needless in a cartoon mainly crafted for children. Besides that, “Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts” is a great combination of distinctive animation and a splendid storyline that brings together many of the animal arch nemeses of the different superheroes.

“Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts” is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.