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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Batman: Gotham Knight


I picked this video up at Wal-Mart today in Guymon, Oklahoma. I'm not sure what I expected. I mean, I knew that it was being produced by Japanese animators, but I have literally NONE of that kind of animated material in my video library. Heck, I barely have any manga in my comics collection. (Yeah, I'm an OLD comics/animation fan.)

So, without going into any detail (I review comics, not videos.), I'll just say it was worth the 25-dollar investment, as I went for the two-disc collector's edition with the extra bonus material.

As I began to watch, it did take some getting used to, however. Let's face it, this is a huge departure from the Batman Animated Series material of the '90's - especially in style, but in substance as well. But I warmed up to it quickly enough. I very much enjoyed "Have I Got a Story For You". This was basically another version of an episode of the Animated series entitled "Legends of The Dark Knight". In both, a group of youngsters swap tales of the Batman, contending what/who they believe him to be. Interesting stuff.

Something struck me during the viewing of the episode "In Darkness Dwells." The appearance, the tone, the mood..., it would seem to be exactly the way any and all Hellboy animated movies should be handled. The animation even LOOKS like it was inspired by Mike Mignola's artwork. (Or, am I wrong?)

Haven't yet gotten to the documentaries on Bob Kane or the villains of Batman, but I'm expecting more entertainment. What can I say? I like the historical material.

Mark

(Hit these sites for REAL reviews of Batman: Gotham Knight: Variety, Newsarama, The Trades, Comic Vine, Action Figure, Flick Direct, Anime News Network....'zat enough? And check out an interview with Bruce Timm at Comic Book Resources.)