Whether you’re a comic book buff or not, there is no doubt that if you’ve heard of the Batman, you love the Batman. We adore the caped crusader roaming the streets and alleys of crime-ridden Gotham, delivering well deserved Justice to criminals, going toe-to-toe with evil, punishing malice and stopping just short of murder. Batman Gotham by Gaslight is little different from your routine Batman Stories.
We are used to seeing him in the modern era, using his wide array of high-tech arsenal and gadgets to fight crime. However, try imagining the same character dialed back by a century; place him in the Sherlock Holmesian era and things start to look really interesting. Since Batman himself is a detective, it would fit very well with Arthur Conan Doyle’s universally loved character.
DC New Animated Movie Batman Gotham by Gaslight explores this idea in a remarkable manner. Placing Batman in the 19th century world opens up a world of possibilities for writers. The original Batman Gotham by Gaslight was penned by Brian Augustyn with supporting illustrations and artwork by P. Russell and Mike Mignola.
The animated adaption decided to deviate from the source material significantly including changes to the main antagonists.
By far, the most interesting part of Batman Gotham by Gaslight film is the relationship between Catwoman and Batman, these two characters. Catwoman has that same sexy vibe to her as usual, perhaps accentuated by her Victorian era green gown with the whip wound like a snake on her leg.
Yes, it is dynamic we have witnessed plenty of times before. However, it’s not always about the idea but rather the expression of the idea that really matters. This expression work fairly well. The fight sequences are engaging and meticulously constructed.
The major problem here is the expose heavy dialog which often feels bland and boring. They spend too much time trying to introduce us to the new world in a not-so-engaging fashion. We feel there were plenty of ways it could have been done better and faster.
The Villains we encounter include Jack the Ripper, Poison Ivy and Harvey Dent though the encounters are fairly brief and no single adversary manages to make a dent. Getting the audience immersed in the alternate reality is one place where the writers seriously suffered. The exposition fell flat on its face at times but the second half of the story was definitely worth the wait as it more than makes up for the lagging beginning.
The creators took a fair bit of leeway as far as the costumes were concerned. They tried to improvise as much as possible while also trying to stick to the 19th century theme.
Batman’s high collared outfit seemed a little off at times but otherwise okay.
Some of the minor characters did have trouble being distinctive. They felt rather painfully similar at times and often the writers neglected to give them their comic accurate personalities. The Robins did have that part nailed. The different costumes and looks made it easy for comic book fans to distinguish them.