Details from IMDB:
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
In an alternative Victorian Age Gotham City, Batman begins his war on crime while he investigates a new series of murders by Jack the Ripper.
Hopefully you’re been reading this blog for a while, if you haven’t I’ll be clear, I love Batman. I have loved the character since I was 13 and a teacher, Fabian, gave me one of his comics to read. So unless it looks terrible I will see almost any Batman movie (except the Lego ones, I generally like him more serious, unless I’m taking my niece to a movie). So since I had read the comic and its Batman, I watched this the other night.
First off, I am glad this movie is rated R. The Jack the Ripper murders (speaking as someone who has been to London and did the tour) were incredibly gruesome and disturbing and of course Batman is the Dark Knight, also not a nice guy. So the fact that there is blood (animated, but still) cursing and even some sexual situations, work well with the story.
This is a major change from the comic, where Batman/Bruce teams up with Houdini to solve the crime. It’s been a while since I read it but I think the ending is very different as well. Excellent voice acting, great animation and a good story. I don’t know why this is currently getting under 7 out of 10. I think a lot of DC fans are there own worst enemy. I read primarily Marvel these days (just can’t beat the app) but will always read Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman (even read Aquaman for a while, until it got crappy).
I’m familiar with Anthony Head (from Buffy of course) and Jennifer Carpenter but didn’t know they did voices here until after I read up on the film. I don’t think that’s a flaw, in fact it’s a compliment as I didn’t find myself thinking about the actors instead of the movie. I’ll admit that I don’t like seeing Batman make mistakes and get his ass kicked (several times) but the idea here is he is just starting out and still has a lot to learn. Plus as it’s the 1800s, he doesn’t have all the technology he relies on in modern times.
I won’t spoil this as it’s a new movie and I really think any Batman, DC or comic book fan should watch it. I give it a solid 8 out of 10 and I would highly recommend this movie. Please don’t let your kids watch this, I would say ages 17+. Until next time (which could finally be my thoughts on Sci-Fi on the Rock).