Batman Gotham Knight w/Batman Black & White Anthology Graphic Novel
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Batman Gotham Knight w/Batman Black & White Anthology Graphic Novel

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Director: Yasuhiro Aoki, Futoshi Higashide, Toshiyuki Kubooka, Hiroshi Morioka

Cast: Yasuhiro Aoki, Futoshi Higashide, Toshiyuki Kubooka, Hiroshi Morioka

     
 

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The producers of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight team with some of the most respected anime artists in Japan to explore Bruce Wayne's transition from tormented crime fighter to heroic icon of a crumbling metropolis. Separated into six distinct chapters but intended to be viewed as a whole, this stylized look at immortal DC Comics superhero is the result of a

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The producers of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight team with some of the most respected anime artists in Japan to explore Bruce Wayne's transition from tormented crime fighter to heroic icon of a crumbling metropolis. Separated into six distinct chapters but intended to be viewed as a whole, this stylized look at immortal DC Comics superhero is the result of a collaboration between Shojiro Nishimi (Tekkonkinkreet), Yasuhiro Aoki (Steamboy), Futoshi Higashide (Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack), Toshiyuki Kubooka (The Secret of Blue Water), and Hiroshi Morioka (Chronicle of the Wings).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Skyler Miller
Batman: Gotham Knight would seem to be a comic book enthusiast's dream project: Take four anime studios, team them with six writers, and create a PG-13 anthology film based one of DC Comics' most enduring superheroes. And though the result doesn't quite live up to expectations, it's worth a viewing for fans of the Dark Knight. Its underlying flaw is the hit-or-miss nature of the anthology structure itself. Though there's a small narrative thread running through the six episodes, the 12 or so minutes alloted for each just simply isn't enough time to develop anything more than a sketch of a plot. "Have I Got a Story For You" is a potentially clever concept about three youths' run-ins with Batman that doesn't really pay off; "Crossfire" focuses on two uninteresting Gotham detectives; "Field Test" is another interesting idea that that feels truncated; "In Darkness Dwells" succeeds because of its creepy atmosphere; and "Working Through Pain" is an ambitious but meandering look at some of Bruce Wayne's past. "Deadshot," written by Alan Burnett, is the standout, deftly packing suspense, action, and a compelling villain into its allotted running time. It's also the most straightforward of the bunch. Burnett, a veteran of DC animation since the days of Super Friends, clearly knows the episodic format well. No one can argue with the level of talent involved. The differing styles of animation in each segment present some evocative visuals, and the writers do their best to capture diverse takes on the Batman mythos. But ultimately, having so many writers and directors makes the film feel like a technical exercise rather than a complete vision. The wisest choice was bringing Kevin Conroy on board -- having voiced the title character since Batman: The Animated Series, he is Batman, and gives a small sense of continuity and history to the somewhat schizophrenic proceedings.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2008
UPC:
0883929011155
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:16:00
Sales rank:
35,502

Special Features

Disc One: Commentary by DC Comics senior vice president/creative affairs Gregory Noveck, former Batman editor Dennis O'Neil and voice of Batman Kevin Conroy; Exclusive sneak peek at DC Universe's Wonder Woman; Disc 2: Revealing documentary Batman and Me: the Bob Kane story; A Mirror for the Bat: featurette exploring Batman and the Evil Denizens of Gotham City; Bruce Timm presents 4 bonus Batman the animated series episodes: Heart of Ice, I Am the Night, Legends of the Dark Knight and Over the Edge

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne/Batman
Gary Dourdan Det. Crispus Allen
David McCallum Alfred
Parminder Nagra Cassandra
Ana Ortiz Det. Anna Ramirez
George Newbern Voice Only
Alanna Ubach Voice Only
Corey Burton Voice Only
Rob Paulsen Voice Only
Kevin Michael Richardson Voice Only
Will Friedle Voice Only
Jason Marsden Voice Only
Jim Meskimen Voice Only
Pat Musick Voice Only
Scott Menville Voice Only
Hynden Walch Voice Only
Corey Padnos Voice Only
Crystal Scales Voice Only

Technical Credits
Yasuhiro Aoki Director
Futoshi Higashide Director
Toshiyuki Kubooka Director
Hiroshi Morioka Director
Nam Jong-Sik Director
Shojiro Nishimi Director
Brian Azzarello Screenwriter
Alan Burnett Screenwriter
Christopher Drake Score Composer
Joe Gall Editor
Jordan Goldberg Screenwriter
David S. Goyer Screenwriter
Toshi Hiruma Producer
Robert J. Kral Score Composer
Kevin Manthei Score Composer
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
Josh Olson Screenwriter
Andrea Romano Casting
Greg Rucka Screenwriter
Emma Thomas Executive Producer
Bruce Timm Executive Producer
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Batman: Gotham Knight
1. Have I Got a Story For You [12:46]
2. Crossfire [12:00]
3. Field Test [10:57]
4. In Darkness Dwells [10:32]
5. Working Through Pain [13:03]
6. Deadshot [11:26]
7. End Credits [5:07]

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Batman - Gotham Knight 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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I love Batman. This movie is supposed to act as a bridging gap between begins and dark knight showing Batman go from brooding vigilente to city champion and a symbol of hope. Through six individual stories that link together to make a whole. Some of the stories are better then others but all are exceptionally voiced and drawn. This is great for fans of anime, fans of Batman or fans of great action stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me first say that this film Depicts Batman better than any other. it is very serious and quite Graphic. why it is in Children's is anyone's guess. i get tired of people calling Batman(and other superheroes.) Children's Characters. This film is probably the second best to come out of the DC comics animated films( Behind New Frontier). I don't really care for the fact that they were trying to tie this new film in with the new Batman movies. on that level, it dosnt work. it is more of an extension of the comics than anything. The Stories vary in quality. almost all of them are good and the great ones make up for it. they are as follows: HAVE I GOT A STORY FOR YOU: Various children Tell their tales of what Batman is really like. stories range from a strange Bat Shadow to The man Bat. I had a few problems with this episode. mainly the fact that The Concept was already done on Batman The animated series to much better effect. the Batman animated series used The Classic Dick Sprang Batman and the Frank Miller Batman as a springboard for the story. this one was just a mediocre ripoff. CROSSFIRE: An Semi-interesting story about two Cops caught in a gang war. Batman sort of shows up at the end and looks at them. it was ok. Batman looked a little weird and bulky. he also stands in the middle of fire for a very long time. which is impossible. FIELD TEST: Definitly the worst of the lot. the plot was mediocre at best and Bruce wayne was really ultra anime and looked like a girl. IN DARKNESS DWELLS: This one was incredible. first, we get to see some villains. Scarecrow and Killer croc are in this one and depicted in a very scary way. it was also quite graphic. someone is beheaded and they show it. the artwork is very angular and reminded me of the work of Mike Mignola. WORKING THROUGH PAIN: this one was very symbolic and full of metaphors. not for everyone. the ending will puzzle a lot of people. i enjoyed it. the PLot is basically a wounded Batman limping around in a sewer, recalling his training, and how he learned to cope with intense pain for long periods of time. DEADSHOT: The best of the lot. this one is the most inspired by the comics. it's also the only time that the character of Deadshot has been well translated on film. In Justice League, deadshot was always depicted as a Low rent thug...which annoyed me to no end. here, he is more like his comic counterpart. overall, i would recommend this film. Parents beware, this is for you...not the kids. as i have said, it was extremly bloody in parts. if you want a more kid friendly batman, buy &quot The Batman&quot . it's a watered down version of the character and the kiddies will enjoy it more. you wont though. if you are an adult, buy this one instead(and every season of batman the animated series)
Avian_American More than 1 year ago
This was by far the best animated Batman ever! I liked the artwork in the "Field Test" part the best. My favorite parts are "Field Test", "Working Through the Pain", and "Dead Shot".
I loved the detail of the city and characters.
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