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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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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

Beautiful animation brings to life this cash-in on the imminent release of The Dark Knight. All the stories are great as short films but none of them have enough chance to really get going. I would have preferred a single story possibly based on The Scarecrow or Bruce s time in India. It brings forth mention of some of the new characters and gives us a feel for life after Carmine Falcone in Gotham city. Kevin Conroy is back as Batman and is of course amazing as he ever was. Though this does rather make me miss The Animated Series.

- kiriyamakazou, Friday, July 18, 2008

2 stars

Six half-baked stories about Batman by various animators with talents that range from fantastic to godawful (the first story in particular). Rated PG-13 but it constantly flirts with R rated territory due to several gory scenes and alot of swearing.

- thefog1331, Friday, August 8, 2008

3 stars

A cool smattering of different anime styles that is visually entertaining, but the plots aren't exactly Spawn material, even though they are a bit more mature than the many Saturday morning Batman shows. Definitely worth a watch for Batman fans, but not unique enough as an anime compilation for me to recommend it as a top animated movie. In other words, this ain't no "Animatrix" and this DEFINITELY ain't no "Memories", but it's a cool pastiche, though shittily written.

- Stinger839, Wednesday, August 13, 2008