As a big fan of both Batman and Japanese animation I have been looking forward to this DVD for awhile now and thankfully it more than lived up to my expectations. The film consists of six interlocking stories that see Batman face off against both regular gangsters as well as villains from his rouges gallery such as Scarecrow, Killer Croc and Deadshot.
Each of the stories is directed and animated by different people and in slightly different styles which could be somewhat disconcerting to some but they all still fit within the overall Batman style. However, out of the six chapters I feel it is the first that leaves the most to be desired, animation wise, but other than that the animation is very good. The voice acting is also somewhat off in a couple of the chapters but is generally respectable.
This DVD has been compared to the Animatrix shorts that accompanied the Matrix trilogy in that it fits in between the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight and while I am not sure how much of the action here will make it into the Batman films, I do feel that any and all is good enough to be used. Any Batman fan should consider this a must watch and it would also be of interest to fans of anime as well.