Before the next superhero blockbuster
arrives at the movies, a gap exists between Batman Begins and The
Dark Knight which "Batman Gotham Knight" fills and explains the
transition from novice crime fighter to Dark Knight.
Based on the Animatrix premise, Batman
Gotham Knight features 6 tales by acclaimed screenwriters David
Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and Alan
Burnett (Batman the Animated Series) which takes the viewer on a
roller coaster psychological ride into the psyche of this pop
Best of all, the stories have received
an anime makeover thanks to directors Yashuhiro Aoki, Futoshi
Higashide, Toshiyuke Kubooka, Hiroshi Morioka, Jong-Sik Nam and
Shoujirou Nishimi who lend their talents in making this quite an
engaging tale of the man behind the mask.
Although each episode can be watched
separately, some are linked which assist in drawing you into the
storyline. The first story involves a group of children who all
recount their tale of meeting Batman from "Man-Bat" to a
supernatural shadow that is a great way of explaining how society
would view this masked vigilante.
The other tales involve the Scarecrow,
Killer Croc and Deadshot, all modified for that anime experience.
Being a huge comic fan, I found this DVD a little mixed as a couple
of the stories were a little flat and un-inspirational such as the
However, the winner of this compilation
is the first story with the children and the last story featuring
Deadshot, a hired Hitman who never misses. Although this bridges the
gap between the two movies, this DVD is more targeted for the comic
fan but at the end of the day, it makes a good addition to the
Presented in an aspect ratio of 16:9 enhanced, the picture quality
is quite impressive with sharp details and a varied colour palette.
The sound also boasts Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound which sounds
simply phenomenal through our surround sound system that almost
makes this like a movie-esq experience.
Match that with engaging commentary by
some of comics greats that include DC Comics Senior Vice
President/Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck and former Batman Editor
Dennis O'Neil plus the voice of Batman, Kevin Conroy who also voices
the Dark Knight on this DVD, they really give you a unique insight
into this character.
Check it out!