Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Blu-ray Review
Many of you reading the reviews and news here on Blazing Minds will have seen me mention Batman on several occasions, including releases of the animated movies. Back in 1989 the comic book, Tales of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight was released, it was one of my favourite comic books of the time and so when the news came out that Warner Bros. would be releasing an animated movie based on the book, my excitement peaked.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is the first true Elseworlds tale from DC, animated step into the work of a steampunk Batman who is hunting down Jack the Ripper through the shadows of turn-of-the-century Gotham City. The Movie is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the all-new, feature-length animated film arrived from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital Download January 23, 2018, and is on Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ Limited Edition Steelbook, DVD and VOD February 5, 2018.
With the inspiration from the landmark one-shot Elseworlds tale by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows.
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 regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman enacts his own detective work – with the help of confident, capable Selina Kyle – to stop the Ripper’s murderous spree. Witness a world in flames as the notorious serial killer’s controlled savagery meets the calculated stealth of the Dark Knight.
Gotham by Gaslight: Bat vs Butcher!
As I mentioned earlier I love the animated series of Batman movies, such as The Killing Joke, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman & Harley Quinn and the 60s style, Batman vs. Two-Face, so having another animated movie to add to the list of movies was great to see. But with Gotham by Gaslight we have a different look at the world of the Batman and look into what Gotham would look like based on another timeline or “Elseworld” in a Victorian era.
As with previous Batman animated movies the animation in the movie is superb, look out the fight scenes between Batman and Jack the Ripper, they are brilliantly done. It does take a little getting used to as you watch a more basic Batman hunting down Jack the Ripper, there is no computer to help him, or a Batmobile to travel on, although he does have a rather brilliant looking steampunk vehicle later in the film, look out for that. Batman uses his detective skills to solve the case of who is Jack the Ripper and why he is committing these atrocious murders.
Joining Batman (voiced by Bruce Greenwood) as always is Alfred (voiced by Anthony Head), Head certainly brings that Victorian feel to the character with his voice acting, and to be honest I absolutely love him as Bruce Wayne’s long caring and suffering friend. We also see Selina Kyle (voiced by Jennifer Carpenter), she is very different from the Catwoman we may all know, Selina is dressed in Victorian clothing and looks great throughout the movie.
Other characters from the world of Batman are included with Harvey Dent (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal), James Gordon (voiced by Scott Patterson), Hugo Strange (voiced by William Salyers), Poison Ivy (voiced by Kari Wuhrer) and more, all looking good in their Victorian animated timeline.
Gotham by Gaslight is certainly a great addition to the collection of Batman animated movies, with great animation, a story that will keep you guessing for quite a while, a soundtrack that works very well to build the atmosphere of the animation and of course a great voice cast to bring the characters to life on this release.
The blu-ray release of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight looks stunning, with its crisp lines for the animation and even the darker scenes stand out well, the movie has certainly brought the book to life and it is one that fits very well in my ever-growing collection of animated Batman movies.
Special Features light up Gotham by Gaslight
Like most of the animated Batman movies released on Blu-ray, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is packed with some great special features that take you behind the scenes of the release and also some first looks at other upcoming DC animated releases.
- “Caped Fear: The First Elseworld” (Featurette)
- Batman: Gotham by Gaslight Audio Commentary – Join Executive Producer Bruce Timm, Director Sam Liu and Writer Jim Krieg as they provide details about the scenes of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight and why this is a special project for each of them.
- A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay: A behind-the-scenes look at the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies, featuring thoughts from the talented filmmakers.
- From the DC Vault – “Showdown” episode from Batman: The Animated Series; “Trials of the Demon!” episode from Batman: The Brave and the Bold.