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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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Not too keen on the animation, kinda ruins it a bit. It looks like one of them messed up cartoons and is very cheesy
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A must see for any comic book fan!
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By Theo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2011
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Frankly, I found this one a disappointment.

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.
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The only DC anime film that I gave up on. The first 12 minutes has the worst animation I have ever seen, like something drawn up for a you tube classroom video about graffiti or something. After that the anime gets better but still I was really dissapointed
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By R. Wood VINE VOICE on 29 July 2008
Format: DVD
It is documented fact that the epitome of Batman animation, from an overall standpoint, is, was and forever will be Batman: The Animated Series. With such acclaimed writing, pioneering, great animation, quality music-score, unmatched voice work and overall cinematic presentation, it defined exactly what a superhero cartoon should be.

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.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2009
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an animated batman movie. It runs for seventy three minutes, and features six story segments, each of which run about twelve minutes approx. this is supposedly set in between the movies batman begins and the dark knight, and purports to channel 'batman's journey to becoming the dark knight.' But whilst it does rather loosely fit into that continuity the look of the characters and the setting doesn't bear more than a superficial resemblance to the movies, and the original actors from it don't provide voices for it either, so the connection isn't a strong one. and you don't need to see either film to get into this. or vice versa.

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.
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