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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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  • Jul 16, 2008
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 perceived by those in the Gotham world.

Crossfire: Is a story based around two cops, Detectives Ramirez & Allen. Allen & Ramirez are dropping a criminal off at an insane asylum and on the journey we're subjected to the hatred that the man has for the Dark Knight. He doesn't like vigilantes but after being caught in a crossfire between the Russians & the Italians, Allen's mind is changed when the Batman shows up.

Field Test: Is a vision of a young Batman trying out the new gadgets created by Lucius Fox, but after an accident caused as a result of one of the gadgets, Wayne decides towards other means of protection.

In Darkness Dwells: Written by David Goyer, writer of Blade and co-writer of Batman Begins. The Dark Knight finds himself in the sewers of Gotham City where he's forced to take on Killer Croc and once again fight the Scarecrow.

Working Through Pain: This shows us the interesting past of Bruce and how he was taught the skill of handling pain.

Deadshot: The title speaks for itself as in this finale we're shown the real reason why Batman hates guns as he's forced to take on the might of the man that never misses.

I went into this film with a bit of skepticism as I'm not usually a fan of the anime style of animation. However, the short stories featured in this feature length animation are astounding and shed some light on the Batman character. The whole anime style is not for everyone, and I must say before I saw this I hated the style myself. After seeing this I come to realise that this style of animation has a way of showing real emotion through clever imagery. Be warned though, to those parents of children who are fans of the Batman series and are thinking of buying this for their kids, it has its moments of graphic violence and colourful use of language.

Overall this is a great little time waster and something that you can watch and be pleasantly entertained by

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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 18, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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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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