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Batman: Gotham Knight

action & adventure, anime & animation

Acclaimed screenwriters join forces with revered animation filmmakers on six spellbinding chapters chronicling Batman's transition from novice crime fighter to Dark Knight.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 11
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5

Dark, bloody, animated flock of Bat-stories.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a cartoon anthology, not to be confused with the Batman movie The Dark Knight. It's also unlike the various Batman children's TV cartoons over the years. The approach goes for a more "grown-up" Batman viewership/reader demographic, mainly via bloody PG-13 type violence, and not much humor. No Robin or Batgirl, and Gotham City is depicted as overwhelmed with gangs and bizarre evildoers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the unconventional style and approach. What do kids think of this more "mature" Batman, in both late 20th-century comics and movies, vs. the earlier, more lighthearted Bat-antics, most infamously represented on 1960s TV. Is an animated Batman more effective than an actor in a live-action epic? Do you like Batman a psychologically tortured character or a straight-up high-tech crimebuster? You can discuss Batman as the dark counterpart to Superman and what makes him special among superheroes.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"Get Ready....To Rage Against Evil" 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). Review Gotham Knight is both entertaining & beautiful to watch. Told in separate stories, through different perspectives, Gotham Knight isn't so much a straight-up tie-in to Christopher Nolan's brilliant franchise, but a companion piece. You don't need it but it's certainly worth the watch. While it does serve as a companion piece to the uber-realism of the Nolan franchise, Gotham Knight is very different in the fact it dwells on fantasy & the bizarre, for example Batman battles Croc, a deformed & gigantic monster in the sewers beneath Gotham. In this case however it is very fun to watch all of these different writers and animators take new and exciting twists on Batman's character, but keeping in tone with his morals. So while not necessary to see, I still recommend Gotham Knight highly to anyone who is a fan of any and all incarnations of the Batman.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Sunday, November 16, 2008

3 stars

As if The Dark Knight wasn't enough to put me in a Batman craze, along came this film as the icing on the cake. For those who are familiar to or have seen The Animatrix, I can inform that this one is built on the same exact concept, meaning it's not a full-length movie per definition, but a series of short animated films made by various artists and directors. Most of them were good both story- and animation-wise, while others (altough thankfully in a minority here) didn't really interest me at all. In that sense, this is in many ways a mixed bag, altough one that, as a whole, can only be described as very cool and visually impressive.

- CloudStrife84, Thursday, September 25, 2008

3 stars

Batman: Gotham Knight is an animated film surrounding the Batman character and arriving around the same time as The Dark Knight, it fits into Christopher Nolan's Batman universe.Story wise, this 70 minute animation is choppy. This is because the film is broken into 6 chapters or segments. Yes, there is some continuity throughout, but each segment can stand on its own since certain villains show up in certain segments. Sorry, there is no one major villain in this film. One segment even takes the time to focus on Bruce Wayne's training in the earlier days.Visually, this animation is alright, but not great. It falls in between the typical cartoon like Teen Titans and a Japanese anime like Cowboy Bebop. If you think about it, it is pretty close to something like The Boondocks. The atmosphere is dark, which is nice, and the violence is bloody. This is PG-13 and I think that is the right rating, but it is close to an R rating as well.The voice work isn't too bad. The characters with the foreign accents, like Cassandra and Ramirez, are good while most of the other characters, including James Gordon, Alfred, and Lucius Fox, are simply OK. This animation is a step up from a bunch of other animations, but there is still room for improvement. In the end, it is a good watch for Batman fanatics.

- skactopus, Friday, September 12, 2008