DCU: Batman: Gotham By Gaslight
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DCU: Batman: Gotham By Gaslight
In an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike? The very first Elseworlds tale re-imagines the Dark Knight detective in Victorian times and puts him against the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper.
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Gotham City, at the turn of the century, is experiencing a golden era of discovery and industry as showcased by affluent businessman Bruce Wayne’s World Fair. Down in the darkest alleys, there is a killer on the loose. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens over the butcher named Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman does some detective work of his own, with the help of the sultry and surefooted Selina Kyle. Witness a world in flames as the killer’s controlled savagery meets the calculated stealth of the Dark Knight!]]>
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I honestly enjoyed this movie a great deal. I am a huge fan of both Batman and Sherlock Holmes, so seeing the two world's collide was quite a treat.
The characters were all likable, still keeping the base components of their original personalities intact but also fitting their different time period and circumstances well enough to evolve into their new roles. The voice acting and story were solid, and i enjoyed trying to deduce the story right along with the characters (why I love mysteries and detective stories).
My biggest complaints probably fell on the animation. I was fine with the art resembling the old Batman Animated series I knew and love, but the backgrounds often felt cheap and the random bits of CG that were poorly integrated were eye catching and not in a good way. At least I loved the character designs. Seeing everyone in the Victorian garb was great and the fight scenes where nicely done and surprisingly graphic and violent which I think perfectly fit the movies mood and kept things moving at a nice exciting pace.
That said, I like this story a little better. Here the outcome and the nemesis is less predictable than the graphic novel. In a way, this reminds me of Justice League Gods and Monsters where the creative team gave themselves the freedom to mix up the cast, the origins, and the outcomes.
I have to admit to a little hypocrisy in that while I like the fact the creative team confounded expectations, Batman not being voiced by Kevin Conroy was a bit distracting.
In short, if you have your heart set on seeing a slavishly faithful translation of the original graphic novel, you will be disappointed. But if, like the movie audiences of old, you confine your expectations to the feel of the original and leave yourself open to a plot that going in a truly interesting direction, you are in for a strong story.
My only complaint is that there isn't more to it.
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GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT
I loved the graphic novel that this film is based on. It is one of my all time favorite books from The Elseworlds series.Read more