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Batman: Gotham Knight
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Some of Hollywood's hottest writers lend their talents to this richly animated Batman anthology, featuring entries by David Goyer (BATMAN BEGINS), Josh Olson (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE), and Alan Burnett (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES). With six stories in all, GOTHAM KNIGHT offers thrilling interpretations of the Caped Crusader, rendered in a style that recalls the dark and lurid lines of Japanese anime. Together, these interconnecting tales trace Batman from his early days battling evildoers in crime-plagued Gotham, to his later years as the metropolis's trusted defender. Along the way, the Dark Knight has shadowy showdowns with some of his most fearsome enemies, including Scarecrow, Killer Croc, and Dead Shot. Chock-full of explosive action sequences and bat gadgets, this continuation of the Batman saga is sure to bowl over both comic book nerds and fans of the feature films.
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But first, the good news: The visuals are genuinely amazing. As you're probably already aware, Gotham Knight consists of a series of loosely connected "minisodes" in the life of the Bat. In each one a different visual style is explored. A strong anime influence is apparent in most. The city-scapes throughout are a delight to look upon, and those in the first story in particular possess a level of sheer draftsmanship that I can only compare to the original Ghost in the Shell movie.
The incidental music is also excellent.
Unfortunately, that's where the good news ends.
To call the characters in these stories two dimensional would be to give them one dimension more than they deserve. In fact, I was originally going to title this review "Amazing visuals but zero _emotional_ depth". But that's when it hit me: there's really no depth of any kind. What we've got here are the kind of stories that you'd expect from the superhero genre if you hadn't picked up a comic book since the 1950's. The blood and violence may have been upgraded to adult levels. But everything else is reduced to empty banality.
Long time Bat-fans may be pleased to see that Kevin Conroy reprises his role as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. But really, given the material he has to work with, his talents are entirely wasted. In addition, in the story with the most classically manga-influenced art, Batman is drawn as a character who doesn't really appear to be fully out of his teens. In this context Conroy's otherwise outstanding dark and gravelly Batman-voice simply sounds ridiculous.Read more ›
And then came various animated Batman films, The New Batman Adventures, Superman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League and the godlike Justice League Unlimited, altogether making the Animated DC Universe, which is overall a thing of greatness. But like all greatness, it has to end sometime. So what do you do after that? Go into other areas.
And this, Batman: Gotham Knight, is one of them. Since Justice League Unlimited (and the whole Animated DC Universe) sadly came to its end back in 2006, Warner Bros. have done series like The Batman, films like Superman: Doomsday and various other direct-to-video releases with no continuity linking them together or anything else.
Gotham Knight is the latest original project from Warner Bros. and also does something a little bit different from before. Basically this is a collection of six short films, all produced by different, independent Japanese Manga studios. The premise of the films is that they take place in-between Batman Begins and its sequel The Dark Knight. While no major events happen, the stories are separate, very enjoyable one-offs with a continuity that nicely links them all together.
Right away, the whole thing screams `Animatrix', and like The Animatrix, it gets a lot of stuff right. First of all, is the fact that they've brought in Kevin Conroy to reprise his role as THE voice of Batman. And it's as though nothing's changed at all.Read more ›
this is an even darker and more grown up take on the character than the dark knight. hence the 15 certificate. so it's another batman movie that's not really for the kids.
and there's not much connection between the six segments either, aside from part five leading on from the end of part four.
the animation is highly stylised, and like nothing we're ever seen in a batman cartoon before. the style changes between each segment, which can lead to some jarring visual continuity at times, but that's a minor complaint. it looks vaguely like a japanese anime movie a lot of the time, but really it's not much like one and has a style all of it's own. at points there are some beautiful use of colours and style leading to some fantastic sequences. so if you're into animation there are moments here that will strongly appeal.
and one great thing about the voice cast: it sees the welcome return to the role of batman of kevin conroy, who voiced the character through several cartoon series in the past fifteen years, and who always nailed the character perfectly, with spot on tones for both bruce wayne and batman.Read more ›
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great seller but as for film it sell it not good at all read about it thot okay don't sound bad so got for just a bit more then 2 pond . Read morePublished 2 months ago by ace
I normally love DC animated movies, especially the Batman movies. However, I've no idea how this gets such good reviews? Read morePublished 8 months ago by Voor
On the positive side - this has Kevin Conroy in it. Sadly, that's about all there is.
Batman is turned in to a bland, simplistic Japanese animation that has no good... Read more
Very well made DC animation, I enjoyed it very much & would recommend it to any fan, big or smallPublished 11 months ago by P B
My boyfriend is obsessed with Batman and collects all things related. I bought him this Bluray to add to his collection. It was great to watch. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jen Conn