Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
Directed By: Sam Liu
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Scott Patterson, Tara Strong, et.al.
Batman gets the Victorian treatment in this DC Animated Universe movie which pits the titular hero against Gotham’s version of Jack the Ripper. Gotham by Gaslight is somewhat based on the DC graphic novel of the same name, though there are some characters appearing in the movie that aren’t in the comic, which I only know because I looked it up.
The movie itself is well-made. Though likely animated by computer, it was done to look hand-drawn, which seems more fitting to the subject matter. There’s lots of blood and violence, as well as some implied sex, so parents should be wary, because it definitely earns its R rating.
While dealing with the upcoming turn of the century, and planning a World’s Fair for Gotham, the city is struck with a series of murders done by a man calling himself Jack the Ripper, putting police and citizens on edge. Naturally, Batman is there to investigate, as well as a smattering of other familiar characters from traditional Batman lore. The story keeps you engaged and guessing, and when the identity of the Ripper is revealed, it’s a genuine surprise.
Fans of the DC supplemental films should be happy with this movie. Even casual viewers shouldn’t be disappointed, as long as you’re willing to step outside the traditional Batman storylines. All in all, great view.
It’s not available to stream anywhere yet, but if you can find it cheap somewhere, it’d be worth putting in the money to purchase/rent.