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 style artwork; unlike the Animatrix which I think was beautifully done and fit well with the tone and style of the live action movies. I've seen alot of this on some of the channels my kids like lately and they just kind of look even more cartoon-ish and kind of childish. I think there's a series with some marvel characters where they are all kids with big heads or something and that The Batman show is pretty piss-poor compared to the various Bruce Timm series (which he was involved in this DVD release for some reason).
What i mainly didn't like about this is that it was marketed to coincide with the release of The Dark Knight as what happened between the beginning of that film and the end of Batman Begins. However, it was not written, directed or produced by anyone that really had anything to do with those movies and more importantly not by Christopher Nolan which seems odd. So it is a tie-in to the movies but not canon to the movies? Right. Also I didn't particularly like the addition of Killer Croc. While he is an awesome character and he worked well in TAS as a bloodthirsty monster and as a source of mild slapstick he just doesn't strike me as someone that would fit too well into the new movies continuity.
One story that really did strike out to me and really captured the essence of what kind of a man Batman is, is this one where he is testing out a suit technology that triggers an electromagnetic device that deflects bullets. During it's 1st use in the field he is shot at by some mobsters and one of the bullets ricochets back at one of them sending the rest scattering. Batman leaves the man at the hospital where he later dies causing Batman to discontinue that gadget's use and really breaking him up and showing that he really does not believe in killing even those who are trying to kill him.
If you are a die hard fan like myself you have probably already seen this and if you have some time to kill it's not HORRIBLE, but it's also not great and as previously mentioned not worthy of being included in the marketing for The Dark Knight's release.
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