Batman: Gotham by Gaslightis a DC Warner Bros. animated film that was direct-to-video when it was released due to its run time of 77 minutes being too short. They obviously did not want to make the same mistake as The Killing Joke did of adding useless content just to have a theatrical release. And I respect Gotham by Gaslight by not repeating that mistake.
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. While the world prepares to see Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city streets. As Police Commissioner, James Gordon, tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the Batman enacts his own detective work with the help of Selina Kyle to stop the Ripper’s murderous spree.
Overall this movie was quite enjoyable. The animation is very classic and simple which is all it had to be. The movie takes around 15 minutes before the story really starts to kick off but every scene has a purpose in pushing or establishing the narrative of the story.
What was most interesting was seeing how Batman, a character who we all know, adjusts to being in the Victorian Era and how different he operates due to lack of technological assistance. This movie really flushes out Batman as a detective and fighter now that all he has are his fists, brain, and a modified grappling hook.
What I did not like so much is how the writer felt as if he had to cram all these characters we know into this movie somehow. Like Batman, Alfred, Gordon, Selina Kyle, Hugo Strange, Harvey Dent, Poison Ivy, and Barbra Gordon. I think what really made the movie suffer was trying to cram all these characters into the film while also having them all contribute to the narrative.
However, with a compelling story that tries not to be more than it is, the film was actually very enjoyable and there were some very cool moments for fans of Batman. If you grew up with the animated Batman or like Batman in general, you will very much enjoy this film. You can pick it up at any store! - 1 day ago