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Gotham by Gaslight falls into the trap of equating adult themes with sex and gore instead of contemplating complex ideas.
This creepy chiller is a perfect mix of murder mystery and superhero caper.
Violence, some sex in Victorian-era Batman tale.
After "Batman and Harley Quinn," it's nice to sit through an animated DC film that has substance, and texture, and depth.
A decent addition to the Warner Animation ranks, but there's enough changes that fans of the original story might be disappointed it strayed so far from the source material.
2018 kicks off with Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, a dark, mature animated film that's as riveting as it is uncompromising.
Gotham By Gaslight is a dark tale that ranks among the best of the DC Animated Universe. Fans of the classic comic will love this film.
In spite of its flaws, it's a ripping good tale.
It's a rich concept, one that doesn't completely deliver due to regressive representation and predictable plot beats. But fans of the Elseworlds source material, steampunk, or Batman will find enough to like here.
In Batman: Gotham By Gaslight, the world is well-constructed and there are some standout performances, but the story at its core isn't as strong as it ought to be.
My all-time favourite superhero film (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns) is an animated DC movie, so I'm always willing to give a chance to whatever they bring out in my never-ending search to find the next great one. Unfortunately, most end up being pretty poor offerings. But there's a decent number that end up somewhere in the middle, and Gotham by Gaslight is on the higher end of that spectrum in between.
The voice acting offers nothing special. Stylistically, the animation leaves a lot to be desired (don't let that gorgeous poster fool you). But it's the story that's truly important, and here Gotham by Gaslight finds enough success in its Elseworld telling to come off with a win.
It's an interesting idea that works actually better than the original one: A guy in a bat suit running around at night scaring the criminal element in the Victorian Age. To spice the action, the case is against perhaps the preeminent Victorian villain, Jack the Ripper. By and large, the angle works and does so w/o a lot of time spent on the specifics of Bat-lore, and it was good to see a different take on the Bat w/o including the Joker, which gets to be a crutch DC overuses. They could do more of these.
One of them Batman comics I'm yet to read but I gave this a watch and enjoyed it more than I thought I would, The story was gripping and very different to what we're used to, It had some great action and the animation was good too, Maybe it's a little too dark for the younger kids but it's pretty good as far as animated films based on a comic.
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