‘Batman: Gotham Knight’ Review

I was giddy when I heard Bruce Timm, producer of the fantastic Batman: The Animated Series, was doing a new full-length Batman movie, and I was over the moon when I heard the movie was going to be done in Japanese anime style.

Unfortunately, the movie is a mixed bag.

Batman: Gotham Knight isn’t actually a feature-length film: It is a series of short stories loosely tied together to form a larger story arc. I found half the stories to be well done and interesting, and the other half … weren’t.

In a strange move, they decided to have each story done in a completely different art style, though they are all very anime. The result is that Batman looks different in each story, making it difficult to get into the different stories. This multiple art style trick worked all right in The Animatrix, where there was virtually no overlap between the different stories, but here, where the stories are supposed to be connected, the use of different styles diminishes the impact of the various stories. And quite frankly, some of the Batmen look really bad.

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The first Batman is about 15 pounds overweight, the third looks ridiculous, and the art in the forth is all-around terrible.

In its defense, Batman: Gotham Knight features the voice work of the magnificent Kevin Conroy, who provided the voice for Batman in The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and The Justice League. To me, his voice is as much Batman’s as Peter Cullen’s voice is Optimus Prime’s.

I’ll also say this, the last story is by far the best, and very fullfilling on its own. Titled “Deadshot,” the story revolves around the notorious assassin Deadshot coming to Gotham to spill some blood, and the inevitable face off between him and the Batman. The characters are spot on, the story is interesting, the animation is great, and it is full of action. Honestly, if the whole film was like this the movie would have been a home-run.

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I feel like mentioning, too, that the stories here are clearly in the Nolan Batman Begins universe, and not the Bruce Timm animated universe, though they jump through some hoops to try and obscure that (for reasons I can only guess). I’m not surprised they did that, but it’s not really used all that effectively.

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4 Responses to ‘Batman: Gotham Knight’ Review

  1. I like the Batman that looks like a condor.

    Squawk!

  2. Paul says:

    Wow, surprising review. I had no interest in seeing this as I hate anime. Yep, I loathe it completely.

  3. Paul says:

    Uh I just noticed that the two people that comment here the most have Superman-ish related Gravatars. Neat.

  4. Angeli says:

    December 28, 2012 8:03 pm by Szuter Basically I read these comics Image:Saga Walking Dead Thief of Thieves Are the main Image Comics I read also tyirng out Bedlam and Clone. Both seem to have interesting beginning and are at issue #2.MarvelCable and X-ForceAll New X-MenAvengers (trying out)Superior Spider-Man (will give it a shot)Uncanny X-Force (vol1 that just finished was great, hope volume 2 will be too)Avengers Arena (follows some characters from Avengers Academy in a Battle Royale type game to the death)Captain America (trying out first 2 issue was good, but its set in a alternative universe so they can get away with ton of bull shit Green Skull?)Deadpool (new series, is okay, never liked or paid much attention to his solo book, but deadpool vs zombie presidents at least sold me for a while)Think thats it for Marvel I think, probably pick up the new Wolverine book once it starts and Uncanny X-MEN at least the first few issues.DC.Swamp ThingAnimal ManAll the Before Watchmen booksAll Batman – Batman, Detective, Dark Knight, Batman Inc, Batman & RobinSupermanAction ComicsBatgirlJustice LeagueAquamanFlashNightwingG.I. Combat (they cancelled it)TalonWonder Woman – recently stoppedCatwoman – recently stoppedBatwoman – recently stoppedLooking forward to Scott Snyder & Jim Lee’s Superman book starting sometime in 2013, probably near the release of the movie since I think they are calling the book Men of Steel.

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