Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)

Directors: Yasuhiro Aoki, Yuichiro Hayashi, Futoshi Higashide, Toshiyuki Kubooka, Hiroshi Morioka, Jong-Sik Nam, Shoujirou Nishimi

Starring: Kevin Conroy, David McCallum, Jason Marsden, Scott Menville, George Newbern, Corey Padnos, Crystal Scales, Alanna Ubach, Hynden Walch, Corey Burton, Gary Dourdan

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Get Ready....To Rage Against Evil

Plot: In this 6-story anthology collection, Batman faces new villains and old ones in a time-line after Batman Begins. In "Have I Got A Story For You", 3 kids tell wildly different stories about Batman during a fight through Gotham. "Crossfire" focuses on two policemen who end up getting in the middle of a crime battle. "Field Test" has Lucius Fox creating a new technology for Batman, but is it too powerful? "In Darkness Dwells" features Killer Croc and Scarecrow, who have kidnapped a priest. "Working Through Pain" goes through flashbacks of Bruce Wayne's training while Batman finds his way through the sewers. Finally, "Deadshot" focuses on the titular sniper, who has a new target in Gotham.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

I was all set to dig on some animated Batman when I slapped this in and, being an anthology, I hoped there'd be some good ones at least.  The first story (Have I Got a Story for You) was the weakest in both animation and story.  I dug the different looks they had for Bats but everything else seemed like a waste.  I would have preferred this first segment omitted. The rest got better as they went but I still had a bad taste in my mouth from the first story.  There were some neat bits here and there and sometimes the music was quite good.  It was nice hearing Conroy's voice as Bats/Bruce.  I only recently started watching the twenty year old animated series he voiced and I'm really digging it.  The one thing I didn't care for at all was the anime style.  It didn't work well.  You can't have it all I suppose. There's probably no point in watching this one again.  There's plenty of other animated Batman shows and films to pour through before I would consider revisiting this one.

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