Batman Gotham Knight Reviews
(Full review coming soon)
The first one was pretty lame. (It reminded me a bit of the boondocks because of the style of the animation). It's about a bunch of kids who tell stories about batman. All of them are pretty bullshit. He's a shadow in one, an actual bat in another, a robot, whatever. It's kind of lame. I get the point that from another point of view you don't realize what you see and you make heroes out to be like something greater than they are.
The second story was about some cops transporting a prisoner. The animation in this reminded me of spawn. This was a bit better. A lot more dark and bloody. Batman was a bad ass in this one.
"Filed Test" The third one (the guy who did hack/sign). The animation was pretty good. Bruce Wayne is a kid and kind of looks like a pussy. Totally not impressed. In this one Batman gets a force field...yeah... lame. Batman is a bad ass because he dodges bullets and punches people in the face. Not because his technology makes it so he can move things with his mind or block bullets....Even his suit looked too robotic and stupid. This one just made batman look so weak. It's sad to see such good looking animation wasted.
"In Darkness Dwells" #4. Again, animation bad ass! The director of this worked on the animatrix and neon genesis. This one had the coolest batman so far. He's fighting the Crock. I liked that he's fighting some thing and not just thugs. The Crock didn't loo great. He looked too much like a monster and not enough like a person. Batman looked a little weird too. He could have looked better, but the story wasn't bad. At times the action seamed flawed. Very stiff and jumpy, not flowing very well. Only when they fought, though everything else looked smooth. This one really had a bad ass batman, though.
"working Through Pain" #5. I'm going to be honest, a lot of the styles of these animations looked pretty similar. They're different, but very slightly different. This one was pretty good. Bruce Wayne goes to India to learn how to deal with physical pain. These are all flashbacks. In the future Batman's doin' in thing. All in all a pretty good story.
"Deadshot" #6. This one's about a super sniper. Dude is bad ass. Like in wanted. Firing from moving objects. He curved bullets :) Bruce Wayne is the best in this one. Ripped. I didn't like Alfred in this one. He was too young looking. This one looked great. One of the best on here.
All in all it wasn't bad, but nothing that much greater than the show.
The narrative is dispersed as a collection of short stories that explore various notions and characters associated with Batman. The first, "Have I Got A Story For You" features the tales of four punk kids and their different perceptions of the hero. As suggested with the number of the narrators, the most refreshing aspect about this opener is the creators approach to storytelling. Rather than the usual deliverance of the narrative coming from a sole character or a third-person perception often associated with the DC animation realm, the opening tale rather tells its story through four conflicting narrators and their encounter with Batman (each providing different depictions). Furthermore, not only does this narration style display a more a creative approach, but also plays with the notion of the mythical qualities that surround heroes. And in the conclusion of this tale, the mythical element that surrounds most superheroes is suggested to be subverted with Batman.
While in the opening tale - both creative and thematically - there are some really interesting and refreshing approaches to exploring the mythology that surrounds Batman, the second short story unfortunately lacks the spark of the first. "Crossfire," the second tale, explores the tiresome notion associated with most heroes: how can you trust a vigilante? Despite exploring this somewhat generic theme, the amount of atmosphere created in this second tale is astonishing. From the blend of horrific images (with some great editing) and a disturbing score that all contribute to reflect beautifully the dark, cynical world of Gotham City. However, while these opening segments displays the great things about the DC animation world, the other short stories (as previously mentioned) are lackluster at times. Narrative devices become repetitive (especially the use of the Russian and Falcone twice as the villains), and while "Working Through Pain" is brutal, watching this short in a post-"Dark Knight Rises" context and Nolan's use of climbing metaphor to represent Bruce's external and internal conflict cannot compare. The final episode with Deadshot seems to be hinting at some interesting stuff but eventually gets shortchanged for a superfluous action sequence.
Nonetheless, while "Gotham Knight" has certain shortcomings, this DC animation display a sense of creativity that most superheroes films lack and also contains some great visual and atmospheric tension.