Batman: Gotham KnightHD Closed Captioning
Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Shojiro Nishimi, Toshiyuki Kubooka & Yasuhiro Aoki
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The Caped Crusader takes on a whole new look, and the world's most dangerous villains, in this full-length animated feature. This high- octane anthology features six different Batman stories, each from a diverse list of creators, including Academy Award-nominee Josh Olsen ("A History of Violence"), screenwriter of "Batman Begins" David S. Goyer, and award-winning comic book writer Brian Azzarello. The six tales reveal Bruce Wayne's earliest adventures as Batman, as he travels the globe to stop the villainous Scarecrow, Killer Croc and Deadshot. When taken together, the stories in "Batman: Gotham Knight" form a bridge between the blockbuster live-action feature "Batman Begins" and its much-anticipated sequel "The Dark Knight." Produced by the most creative "Batman" team working today, including Bruce Timm (TV's "Justice League Unlimited"), Alan Burnett ("Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker"), and David S. Goyer ("Batman Begins," "Ghost Rider").
"Batman: Gotham Knight" Bridges the gap with a BANG!
When the preceeding movie to the upcoming "Dark Knight" was released, many of us were quite skeptical of this new breed of Batman film, and to honest, so was I. I hadn't seen it until it came out on film and, on a whim, I rented it and thoroughly gave it a resounding "Meh +". It wasn't bad, but it was a new batman. When the next movie was announced and the picture of the joker was shown, most of us either went.... "wow....." or "nope they ruined it". But now, everyone wants to see it, even the latter group, just because of the hype and to see what happens. Hopefully that will give some insight. However, when many of the die-hard fans heard of a straight to DVD animated batman feature, I swear I heard it around the world. Even I personally have said "I enjoy Anime" or "I prefer Marvel", but when Batman is involved it doesn't even matter. The virtuosic art style I see here is a quality all artists should strive for, not to mention the story's pretty cool too. Now I'm not gonna throw any spoilers out there, so i'll debrief quickly. Overall, this provides an excellent bridge to the upcoming Batman movie, not to mention serves as great title on its own. Anyone who wants to see Batman do some more of what he does best should definately get this as well as the aforementioned Die-hard fans. This serves as a great taste of what's to come in "Dark Knight" and also satisfies the craving of those of us eagerly waiting for it's release. All in all, buy it, you'll be happy you did.
I may not be an expert critque on movies, but i throughly enjoyed it. I've always enjoyed the superheroes and Batman has always been one of the most enjoyable characters on the top of my list. As i'm alreadly anxiously awaiting the new Batman film 'The Dark Knight' i was rather intrigued to fine an anime film on Batman. The title of this article says it all. Don't hesitate to buy this. If you don't like it(which i don't think you won't like it) at least it was only $4.
Plays Like an Anime-Style Serial
Even though each of the six segments is independent of one another, by the conclusion several plot strands have presented themselves as running throughout "Batman: Gotham Knight." I've never had much interest in anime-style animation, and this hasn't changed that for me. Still, being a longtime Bat-fan, I appreciated the storytelling (though certainly much more could have been done with Killer Croc) and I greatly welcomed the return of Kevin Conroy to the role. I wasn't a fan of the guy they cast as Alfred, and hearing Conroy's voice only made me miss Efram Zimbalist, Jr. that much more. Allegedly, this animated film is set in the contemporary film continuity between "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." Buyers of the 2-disc set get a mediocre featurette with various DC writers commenting on the Rogues Gallery, but they also get a pretty interesting biography of Batman creator Bob Kane, as well as four episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series" selected by Bruce Timm.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2008
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