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Batman: Gotham Knight

A DC Universe Animated Original Movie anthology film featuring six short films about Batman.

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Buy it for the extras

  • Jul 18, 2008
DC's recent spate of direct-to-DVD videos have been somewhat of a mixed bag. I didn't care for Superman - Doomsday (DC Universe Animated Original Movie), but I was very impressed by Justice League - The New Frontier (Two-Disc Special Edition) and greatly recommend it.

Sadly, this film isn't nearly as good as "...New Frontier", and only slightly better than "Superman - Doomsday".

The idea behind this movie, aside from milking out a few bucks before the release of "The Dark Knight" (can't wait to see it tomorrow!), is to do what the people behind The Animatrix did; get some respected Japanese animation studios and have them make some shorts based on the movie(s).

In principle this isn't a bad idea, and for something like The Matrix series, which so clearly draws inspiration from anime, it might work very well. It works less well, however, for a universe like the one shown in Batman Begins (Two-Disc Special Edition), which is much more grounded in as much reality as any super-hero film can be.

The animation in the movie is decent, but nothing to write home about (of course I'm not some big-time otaku, so take that for what it's worth). The storylines are ok. One where Batman gets a device that keeps him safe from bullets works out ok, as does the one with Killer Croc, but overall none of the stories are that great.

There are some good things, though. It's always great to hear Kevin Conroy as the voice of Batman/Bruce Wayne. He really nails it and does a great job with both characters. All the rest of the voice-acting is quite good, too.

But where this set really shines is in the extras. There's a great biography of Bob Kane (and people like me will get a real big laugh out of the "News On Parade" feature at the begining). My favorite extra, however, is the four episodes of the animated Batman series, which includes two of my favorite episodes from the show.

Ultimately I give really only one, maybe two, stars for the movie itself, but with those extras the set gets a boost up to three stars! Still not great, but at least I don't feel ripped-off by it.

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review by . July 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
If you like Batman, and you thought the Animatrix DVD was a really cool addition to the trilogy, and based on those two facts think you will like this, guess again. It's a neat idea, but not very well executed. Some of the stories themselves were actually pretty good tales of Batman's trials and tribulations with various gadgets and suit components but It just didn't do it for me. I think it's because personally I don't think American comic characters translate well into anime/manga …
review by . July 16, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
Combining some of the greatest writers in the business, Gotham Knight is a 6 story movie that focuses on how Bruce Wayne went from The Batman to The Dark Knight.    Have I Got A Story For You: Starts off the movie with a group of kids telling stories of their encounters of the Batman. They are ranging from him being a shadow creature that can disappear and re-appear at will, to simply a giant bat. This isn't the best start to the movie but it gives us an idea of how Batman is …
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Acclaimed screenwriters including David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan Burnett (Batman The Animated Series) join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman’s transition from novice crimefighter to Dark Knight. These globe-spanning adventures pit Batman against the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unerring marksman Deadshot. Using an arsenal of high-tech gadgetry from Wayne Industries, Batman’s ethical boundaries exist only where he chooses to place them, leaving some fearful of his power. The sharp storytelling, complemented by stylish art from some of the world’s most visionary animators, masterfully depicts the blurred lines of Batman as man, myth and legend.
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Director: Bruce Timm
Genre: Action, Animation, Crime, Thriller
Release Date: July 8, 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
DVD Release Date: July 8, 2008
Runtime: 75 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Animation, DC Comics, Warner Premiere
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