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I am – Hercules!!

Batman: Gotham Knight
is comprised of six 12-minute anime shorts – long on visual flair but lightish on story – that share a lot of characters. All stories were concocted by one Jordan Goldberg, who served as Christopher Nolan’s assistant on “Batman Begins” and quickly rose to serve as associate producer on Nolan’s big-screen follow-ups: “The Prestige” and “The Dark Knight.” 1) “Have I Got A Story For You.” Directed by Shojiro Nishimi (animator on “Tekkonkinkreet”); story by Jordan Goldberg; screenplay by Josh Olson (screenwriter of “A History of Violence”). A handful of kid skateboarders compare their separate recent encounters with The Batman. One remembers him as an Obsidian-like shadow creature, another as something akin to Man-Bat, and a third as a Terminator-like construct. 2) “Crossfire.” Directed by Futoshi Higashide (animation director on “Baki The Grappler”); story by Jordan Goldberg; screenplay by Greg Rucka (writer on the funnybook series “Gotham Central” and “52”). Gotham police detective Crispus Allen (a Rucka comic-book creation who in print eventually became the new Spectre) and his Renee Montoya-like partner Anna Ramirez have a change of heart about Gotham City’s most famous vigilante after they escort a prisoner to Arkham Asylum. (Curiously, Renee Montoya – who in the DC funnybooks eventually becomes the new Question – is Allen’s partner in Louise Simonson’s novelization of “Gotham Knight,” which contains no character named Anna Ramirez.) 3) “Field Test.” Directed by Hiroshi Morioka Tsubasa (“Rservoir Chronicle”); story by Jordan Goldberg; screenplay by Jordan Goldberg (Christopher Nolan’s assistant on “Batman Begins”). A long-haired Bruce Wayne experiments with Lucius Fox’s new bullet-deflecting technology. 4) “In Darkness Dwells.” Directed by Yashuhiro Aoki (animator on “Ah! My Goddess!: The Movie”); story by Jordon Goldberg; screenplay by David Goyer (writer-director of “Blade: Trinity; co-writer of “Batman Begins”). Knee-deep in the fecal water of Gotham’s sewers, Batman gets a dose of The Scarecrow’s toxin from a Killer Croc bite. 5) “Working Through Pain.” Directed by Toshiyuki Kubooka (animation director on the “Lunar” video games); story by Jordan Goldberg; screenplay by Brian Azzarello (writer on the funnybook series “100 Bullets” and “Lex Luthor: Man of Steel”). A badly injured Batman flashes back to the young outcast Indian woman (“ER” doc Parminder Nagra, dialing down her Brit accent), who instructed Bruce Wayne in pain management. 6) “Deadshot.” Animation produced by Madhouse (“Paprika”); Story by Jordon Goldberg; screenplay by Alan Burnett (“Batman: The Animated Series,” “Batman Beyond”). The most fluid, slick and visually arresting of the six chapters pits the Caped Crusader against Floyd Lawton, the classic com assassin with really good aim. 2-DISC EDITION EXTRAS * Commentary. DC Comics exec Gregory Noveck, longtime Batman comics writer Denny O’Neil (who sounds a lot like his old boss Stan Lee to me), and longtime voice-of-Batman Kevin Conroy. Conroy remembers that when he auditioned for “Batman: The Animated Series,” Bruce Wayne’s backstory reminded him of “Hamlet.” Conroy relates that this marked the first time he added his voice to the cartoon; usually the cartoons are created around his dialogue tracks. He remembers cooking for relief workers in New York following 9/11. O’Neil recalls during the Deadshot sequence that Batman, who was inspired by the pistol-toting Shadow, used a gun early in his career. * “Wonder Woman Sneak Peak.” (10:28) A look at the next direct-to-DVD starring Keri Russell (Diana of Themyscira), Nathan Fillion (Steve Trevor), Virginia Madsen (Hippolyta), Rosario Dawson (Artemis) and Alfred Molina (Ares, God of War). Learn that William Moulton Marsden, who created Wonder Woman and the Lasso of Truth, also played a key role in the invention of the real-life polygraph lie-detector. Learn that Rosario Dawson’s mom is six feet tall. Learn that the “Wonder Woman’s” director, “Superman Doomsday” vet Lauren Montgomery, is way cute. * “A Mirror For The Bat: The Evil Denizens of Gotham City” (35:44). Noveck, Azzarello, Rucka, 0’Neil, Olson, DC Comics execs Paul Levitz and Dan Didio, animated series writer Paul Dini and Batman movie producer Michael Uslan talk about Batman’s many adversaries, with emphasis on Deadshot, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Clayface, Mr. Freeze, The Scarecrow, The Riddler, Ra’s Al Ghul, The Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face and especially The Joker. (No love for Bane, Catman, Dr. Phosphorous, Firefly, Killer Moth, Man-Bat, Maxie Zeus, Hugo Strange or The Ventriloquist.) * “Batman And Me, A Devotion to Destiny: The Bob Kane Story” (38:23). The tale of impoverished Bronx Jew Robert Kahn, who created the wealthy playboy who became “the Bat-Man,” inspired by Superman and Leonardo DaVinci sketches and Douglas Fairbanks movies. Learn that he worked animating Betty Boop cartoons for the Fleischer Bros. before he turned to print. Learn that Kahn and “Spirit” creator Will Eisner went to the same high school at the same time. Learn that the first Batman story, drawn by Kane and written by Bill Finger, was titled “The Curse of the Chemical Syndicate.” Learn that Kane was disappointed in the “Batman” serial’s twentysomething Robin and generic looking Batmobile. Learn that Kane apparently boned Marilyn Monroe. Learn that there was talk of canceling the Batman comic just before the TV show was made. Learn that Hugh Hefner supposedly had something to do with getting the TV series. Learn that Kane would tease Stan Lee following the 1989 “Batman” movie’s mammoth box office success, but didn’t live long enough to see Lee’s “Spider-Man” hit the big screen. Learn that Mark Hamill is starting to look like Richard Jaekal in middle age. * “Bruce Timm Presents: Bonus Episodes From ‘Batman: The Animated Series.’ (These actually account for more screen time on the set than the 75-minute “Gotham Knight.”) Timm offers no filmed introductions or anything. The four episodes included: 1) “Legends of the Dark Knight” (20:16). Very similar in structure to the “Gotham Knight” segment “Have I Got A Story For You,” the episode employs two kids telling two different tales of Batman’s exploits. The first evokes the early Bob Kane comics (and the animated title sequence of the live-action 1960s TV show); the last is an homage to Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns.” Batman turns up in person at the end. 2) “Heart of Ice” (22:24). Vengeful Victor Fries (pronounced “Freeze”) menaces the heartless captain of industry he blames for his wife’s death – and gives the Caped Crusader a nasty case of the sniffles. Homage is paid at least twice to the Hoth sequence of “The Empire Strikes Back.” 3) “Over The Edge” (21:33). In an episode featuring The Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, The Mad Hatter, The Riddler, The Ventriloquist, Bane, Renee Montoya, Robin and a mullet-rocking Nightwing, Batgirl is killed, Batman’s secret identity is exposed, and Bruce Wayne becomes a fugitive hunted by a vengeful Jim Gordon. 4) “I Am The Night” (21:15). When a thug’s bullet threatens to claim Jim Gordon’s life, a weary Bruce Wayne contemplates retiring the Batman for good, and a grown Dick Grayson climbs back into his Robin outfit. I only received for review the 2-Disc DVD edition, but “Gotham Knights” also comes in a 1-disc DVD and a Blu-ray edition .

An excerpt from a press release tells us what’s doing with the “I Want To Believe” tie-in set X-Files: Revelations:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PREPARE TO BELIEVE AGAIN THE X-FILES REVELATIONS Just In Time For The Highly-Anticipated Theatrical Sequel, Eight Critical Episodes, Hand-Picked By Series Creator Chris Carter, Land On A Two-Disc DVD Compilation July 8th From Fox Home Entertainment Includes All-New Introductions To Each Episode By Creator Chris Carter & Executive Producer Frank Spotnitz, Exclusive WonderCon Panel With David Duchovny & Gillian Anderson, Teaser Trailer For The Upcoming Film & Free Movie Cash Ticket CENTURY CITY, Calif. - The truth will be out there... Fox Home Entertainment presents an exclusive insider's pass to the science-fiction television phenomenon just in time for its second trip to the big screen when "THE X-FILES" REVELATIONS descends onto a two-disc DVD collection July 8th. Selected by eight-time Emmy® Award nominated series creator Chris Carter himself, all eight full hour episodes in the compilation include special on-camera introductions by Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz, revealing why each were chosen and how they relate to the highly anticipated feature film, invading theaters on July 25th. Also featured on the set is the February 2008 WonderCon panel session with Carter and Spotnitz, as well as series stars David Duchovny (Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Scully), making their first fan convention appearance together in several years and taking questions from rabid "X-Philes," in an interview spanning over 38 minutes. These eight essential episodes - "Pilot," "Beyond the Sea," "The Host," "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," "Memento Mori," "The Post-Modern Prometheus," "Bad Blood" and "Milagro" - span seasons 1-6 and cover a variety of paranormal and unexplained cases centering on alien abductions, psychic phenomenon and life forms not quite human that set the stage for the eagerly anticipated sequel. As an added bonus, the DVD set also features the theatrical teaser trailer along with a free Hollywood Movie Money ticket (valued at $8.50 U.S. / $10 Canada) to see the sequel in theaters.
With what do the eight episodes deal? And what clues do they offer with regard to the new movie? 1.1 “Pilot.” Spooky and Dana meet the Cancer Man as they investigate the deaths of several Oregon classmates – deaths that may be tied to alien abduction. 1.13 “Beyond the Sea.” A death row inmate offers to use his supposed psychic powers to help Mulder track down a serial killer while Scully has a vision of her recently deceased father (recently deceased “Twin Peaks” vet Don S. Davis). 2.2 “The Host.” Mulder meets the Flukeman, a breedy dude-size flatworm formed in the radioactive sewage spawned by the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl nuclear disaster. 3.4 “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose.” A sideshow performer offers to use his supposed psychic powers to help Mulder track down a serial killer who preys on fortune tellers. Peter Boyle won an Emmy for assaying the title role. 4.14 “Memento Mori.” Scully is diagnosed with an inoperable brain cancer common to other abductees. 5.5 “The Post-Modern Prometheus.” The agents investigate a two-faced monster who has been knocking residents of a small town. Jerry Springer cameos. 5.12 “Bad Blood.” Mulder gets the FBI into a potentially costly lawsuit after he uses a wooden stake to kill a dude he apparently mistook for a vampire. Luke Wilson plays Sheriff Lucius Hartwell. 6.18 “Milagro.” Scully falls for an apparently psychic murder suspect who bases a character in his novel on her. John Hawkes, hardware retailer Sol Star on “Deadwood,” plays the writer.
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Readers Talkback
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  • July 8, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST


    by thethedew

    Thats all.

  • July 8, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST

    Yeah, I'm first

    by moondoggy2u

    And boy do I have a bad case of insomnia...

  • July 8, 2008, 2 a.m. CST

    well, damn, I lost that one.

    by moondoggy2u

    Goddamned insomnia made me retype that thing...

  • July 8, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST

    "Gotham Knight" leaked online a few weeks ago.

    by Mike_D

    Saw it. It was good.

  • July 8, 2008, 2:19 a.m. CST

    friday night...turner classic movies...2am...skidoo

    by bacci40

    dont you dare miss this

  • July 8, 2008, 2:28 a.m. CST

    I tried to watch Skidoo on TCM months ago

    by Mose Schrute

    It defined "unwatchable."

  • July 8, 2008, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Jose Chung NOT Included?

    by Project424

    And the other one... the tall lanky one. His face was so blank and expressionless. He didn't seem human. I think he was a mandroid.

  • July 8, 2008, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Jake and the Fatman!

    by newc0253

    now i can relive all my vague early 80s memories.

  • July 8, 2008, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Gotham Knight is....

    by StealthGeek01

    So bad I would rather watch Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin twice.

  • July 8, 2008, 4:42 a.m. CST

    I thought Gotham Knight was godamned solid.

    by blindambition238

    While it doesn't come close to Mask of the Phantasm, it worked well as a series of short films which each explored a different aspect of the Batman. While the brevity of the shorts and a loose continuity between them didn't leave much room for extensive character or thematic developments, the parts were still greater than the sum in providing unique interpretations of the character and accenting different aspects of the Dark Knight; reminding us that Bats greatest asset for the past 70-ish years has been the malleability of the character.

  • July 8, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST

    Also surprisingly...

    by blindambition238

    Goyer's short wasn't the weakest of the bunch and turned out to be my second favorite, showcasing Batman's utter action-hero badassness. Unsurprisingly, my favorite was Brian Azzarello's more quiet and introspective story.

  • July 8, 2008, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Should I get that UA box set they have on sale?

    by tonagan

    That's a good price, but that 90-disc set looks sorely tempting too...

  • July 8, 2008, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Gotham Knight was easily the worst animated Batman...

    by Sledge Hammer so far. In fact Gotham Knight makes the worst of The Batman episodes seem like Batman Begins in comparison. Awful, awful mess.

  • July 8, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST

    It's the Batanimatrix

    by chrth

  • July 8, 2008, 7:26 a.m. CST


    by fiester

    What a lot of those episodes had in common is that they were some of the more comedic episodes.

  • July 8, 2008, 7:46 a.m. CST

    about beeteljuice...

    by The Cabin Boy

    Lemme guess -- it's on here becasue it's supposed to have a couple episodes from the cartoon? That's stretching it, Herc.

  • July 8, 2008, 7:47 a.m. CST

    beetlejuice beetlejuice beetlejuice

    by The Cabin Boy

    completely different ghoul than beeteljuice, appologies

  • July 8, 2008, 7:53 a.m. CST

    26 bucks for heroes season two!!!!

    by Groothewarrior

    i wouldnt watch that cluster fuck if they paid me 26 bucks!!!

  • July 8, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Geez, you guys really hated Gotham Knight?

    by blindambition238

    May I ask why? <p> I can see how some can see it as being mediocre, but 'worst animated Batman' sorta surprised me. <p> Then again, when that catalog includes the Animated Series, Mask of the Phantasm, Batman Beyond, and JL(U) incarnations, which I think were absolute perfection, 'worst' of the animated Bat projects' isn't that harsh of a title. <p> Even with what I thought were the weaker animated projects, such as Mystery of the Batwoman, Sub-Zero, and even The Batman (once you accept that it isn't trying to be the original series and is purely aimed towards those under 12)are ok/ average for what they were. Still, I would put Gotham Knight a good few notches above those projects.

  • July 8, 2008, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Wow, what a useless week of releases

    by Trazadone

    Seriously, is anyone going to drop $ for any of this shit? How many times can they repackage the same old crap?

  • July 8, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I agree, Mose Schrute, Skidoo is unwatchable

    by Trazadone

    A few years ago there was this cool movie magazine that came with a free DVD with every issue. Skidoo was included in one of the issues and I was never able to make it all the way through the movie. If I want to see a bunch of losers wasting their lives, I'll go up to Vermont and hang out with the local teens.

  • July 8, 2008, 9:47 a.m. CST

    My apologies, I was thinking of a different film than Skidoo

    by Trazadone

    I've never seen Skidoo.

  • July 8, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Gotham Knight was for hardcore Batman nerds

    by David Cloverfield

    I don't care that much for Bats, and I found it as boring as static. It wasn't exciting or captivating in any way. There was no idea behind it, other than: Hey, let's throw something together with Batman. It doesn't matter what. They'll buy it.

  • July 8, 2008, 12:04 p.m. CST

    That was quick

    by Cyridel

    Less than three and a half minutes and the Buffy box set is done.

  • July 8, 2008, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Stunt Sales like that refresh my believe in piracy ...

    by caipirina

    how many did they set aside for that ??? 10 ?

  • July 8, 2008, 12:18 p.m. CST


    by closeencounter

    3 MINUTES?!?!?!?! How many sets of Buffy did they put up for sale? Ten? 20? Fammit.......

  • July 8, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST

    "lightish on story"

    by oisin5199

    I don't know what you guys are talking about. I saw Gotham Knight at the Wizard convention in Chicago, and it blew me away. I'm a fan of the animated series, but I felt like these shorts took things to a whole different, visually slick, adult and mature, and thematically interesting bunch of shorts that flesh out the Nolanverse Batman. Especially the themes of guns and pain. The final line of "In Darkness Dwells" - 'I can't!' is incredible. These are not kids' movies. They're violent, dark, and disturbing. This is the kind of thing that adult Batman fans should love.

  • July 8, 2008, 1:03 p.m. CST

    My thoughts about Gotham Knight

    by Johnno

    I'll repost 'em here rather than repeat myself: <br><br> Alright I downloaded and watched it, twice now. Here's the bad... The biggest reason the shorts suffer is because of time. Everyone seems to have noticed this, they end too soon, in fact you might even say the biggest problem is that they end JUST when it's getting good. Like you're about to reach the first portion of a grand climax and then suddenly they just fizzle out because time's up... However... if this is a taste to what animated Batman can be... then SON OF A BITCH I WANT MORE!!!! <br><br> The film can be divided up into two portions, the first 3 and last 3 episodes. The first 3 episodes are mediocre and just passably interesting. The final 3 episodes just scream moments of brilliance off the screen! It's such a stark contrast to the earlier 3... In fact this project would've been truly fucking awesome if they just cut out the first 3 eps and used that time to extend the story of the latter 3, or better yet given the latter 3 about 30 mins of run time the same as an average half hour TV episode! <br><br> The first short "Have I got a story for you" is a copy of one from the recent animated TV series. It was probably deliberate and maybe could've functioned as a nice intro, where all these rumors of Batman are flying around, people are talking about him and we finally get to see the reality of it. At best it ended up being merely serviceable... Perhaps this can be chalked up to the animation style which followed that of Tekkon Kinkreet. Now I loved Tekkon Kinkreet and I thought the style was great as well even though initially I was turned off of it from still images and a lot of other people also aren't digging it too much. But however you feel about Tekkon Kinkreet, the style just doesn't suit the Batman... The background work however was a different story as there are some incredible backgrounds in that short! The other reason is also that a portion of it was in the daytime which was also a bit weird for Batman even for children's stories about him, but I could overlook it. There are also some shots in it that seem, well... amateurish, or not interesting enough which perhaps hints that a new guy was put in charge of boarding this. So there are some weak moments even visually. I wasn't digging this episode the first time I saw it, but upon second viewing I did enjoy it better. There are some moments of cool visuals there and animation fans might enjoy watching it simply to look at it. <br><br> The second episode, 'Crossfire,' seems like something akin to what American cartoons are like, or can be if taken into a more mature direction. The art style definitely seems to suit that aesthetic. Some have pointed out poor dialogue here and they are right, but it's not something that's really that bothersome... The other thing the short can be accused of is not being that clever... there's a set up between villains that is just done so half assed it's comical instead of intimidating and dangerous. Batman makes a cool entrance here, and there are some cool references to Begins such as the Narrows entrance bridge. There's also a nice atmosphere going on in this episode that would be great to translate over to a children's cartoon of Batman (sans the more violent content) for the effect of the dark world of Gotham, however it's a shame that kids shows can't show situations too dangerous or threatening or any blood despite that it's never intense in this short, you see people getting shot and people getting hurt and watching them twist from every blow the Batman delivers but it’s never overdone, but if I saw this as a kid it would be the best cartoon ever! With a longer run time you might even say it could even fit well into the spirit of the original WB series. <br><br> The third episode 'field test' is where we really see a typical anime style used. Unfortunately the biggest downfall of this episode is Bruce Wayne's appearance... It's not that this couldn't have worked were it a Japanese show voiced by a Japanese guy who suited the role, but adding Kevin Conroy's voice to this character design just doesn't seem believable... at all! Otherwise, this short is pretty good if also suffering from lack of depth due to run time but would make an interesting episode if they pushed it a lot more and fully utilized the new gadget Batman has that allows him to stop bullets. Maybe this little gadget might even feature in the Dark Knight... I don't know but I have an inkling particularly seeing as how the episode had Fox trying to equip it to the Batmobile... Perhaps this is what the Batpod uses to flip over trucks? I don't know... but I can't help feeling it was underutilized in this short and that perhaps it is there simply to tie into the Dark Knight at some point in a different form... <br><br> Now here's where Gotham Knight takes a turn for the brilliant side of the spectrum! It starts off with the 4th episode 'In Darkness Dwells.' It is this episode, rather than 'Have I got a story for you' that should have been used to introduce and open up Gotham Knight! (Although considering the flawed first 3 episodes perhaps their decision for the order of episodes is best this way). The art-style of this episode uses a very exaggerated and unique style that is simply badass! I love it! Even the direction and framing of each shot here is just so awesome! This is anime when it's at its most creative! When Batman is in flight dropping down from a height, his cape aloft as that of a bat, or whenever he is moving about wildly, it's as if his cape and costume is a remarkable character in itself! You'll find yourself wondering where the man ends and where the bat begins without any need for a 'man-bat.' One scene of Batman and the kidnapped O'Fallon standing atop a ledge with pipes falling around them evoked me back to a moment in Akira where Tetsuo brings Akira's frozen tomb to the surface and witnessing the nitrogen filled pipes waving around wildly... If one could describe the visuals here it would be a colorful kind of gothic... Killer Croc makes an appearance here as being on of the Scarecrow's experimental freaks, and they make Croc in such a way that he really could fit into Nolan's universe. Scarecrow's toxic gas also features heavily here and could have some significance in Dark Knight. This episode was simple and two the point, Batman tracks down the kidnapped Cardinal O'Fallon, beats up everyone and escapes... and perhaps that's just what we want in a short, a digestible simple story presented extraordinarily well! This is a Batman I've never seen before and that I will always want to see more of! <br><br> Now while I have been saying that the shorts largely suffer from being too short and not having enough time to flesh themselves out... but there is one that's an exception to this and it is the 5th short 'Working through pain.' Here we have a story that does a lot with its short run time and begins, tells and ends its story very effectively. It is the most well balanced and even perfect Batman short with good story, good characters and great animation that did well with the length it had! The story features Batman, badly injured and trying to reach the surface and in the midst of this we flash back to a young Bruce Wayne traveling the world trying to learn new skills to eventually become the Dark Knight. This one acts as both an intermediate between Begins and Dark Knight and a prequel to Begins. Bruce finds himself in India and seeks training that will help him overcome pain. However Bruce Wayne's pain goes far beyond that of what he physically finds himself up against, his scars run deep and this is explored as an underlying theme in this episode. The story of this one is something all Batman fans will adore. Its animation style is more straightforward and works beautifully! I could easily picture a whole TV series of this being done even at a reduced budget and it would work! I don't think I need to elaborate more on this one. If there's any short in this collection that will linger with you, it's this one! Frankly it would be an awesome idea if Nolan played it as a feature before Dark Knight sort of like Pixar does before their movies. Out of all the shorts, this one fits in with Nolan's world the best and anyone seeing it in a theatre before Dark Knight might even be very interested in check out the rest, that's marketing that would work and given the movie's length already I doubt anyone would complain. It is a great short! And I found it's ending to be quite poetic. It made me feel for Bruce Wayne in a way no other Batman cartoon or movie has ever made me feel and I'm guessing that it's unlikely that even Dark Knight will evoke this sense of feeling... <br><br> This brings us to the last short 'Deadshot.' Arguably everyone loves this one and if we were to vote on what animation style would be best the majority would choose this one (I'm actually torn on which of the last three shorts I'd prefer to see become a full length series). The style basically put is that of 'Ninja Scroll' meets Batman. It's devilishly close to how we'd picture the good Batman comic art come to life. And in terms of Batman facing off against one from his supervillian's gallery, 'Deadshot' shows off a taste of how animation can fulfill our dreams of what a new hardcore animated Batman TV series could be! This short suffers from not being long enough to further develop characters and take the action much much further, but the plot is simple and effective enough to work. However it gets over right when it starts getting good... But what you see will delight you and you know you want more, much much MORE of it! <br><br> So is Gotham Knight worth your purchase? I'll say this much... If you want a really good Batman TV series, IF you love what you've seen and truly want more... You will pick this up on DVD, The cheapest option is worth it, and if you want to wait to get it at a discount later on then that's probably what's best for many of you. But please, for the LOVE of ALL that is GOOD... Buy this sometime! The last 3 shorts totally make it worthwhile for anyone with an interest in animated Batman. Then get together on forums throughout the internet community and raise your voices about which of the last 3 shorts you liked best and let DC know you want to see a full length Batman Series in one of those styles! Vote with your money, write your letters, get them to hire the best Japanese studio to make a full 13 or even 26 episode series that stands on its own without needing to tie itself to Nolan's storyline and bring Batman to life!!! Also I should point out my concern to the crummy voice acting job done on Dark Knight. The lips don't seem to synch and someone has pointed out reasons as to why that is... I know Conroy's iconic and all, but either get one of the local anime dubbing and distribution places to do this right with a new actor or get Conroy to receive direction from them. Hell I'm sure even if done originally in Japanese and subtitled will also be awesome, maybe that guy who plays Batou or Solid Snake could do it with a deep voice. But good dubs exist and can be done and Batman deserves a good english cast. <br><br> The last 3 eps of Gotham Knight have made me salivate at the thought of a full length no holds bar full 25-30 min running 26 episode series done in either one of those 3 styles. Hell I'd even settle for 3 full-length Mask of the Phantasm type OVA movies in each style! There's amazing potential here folks I ain't kidding!

  • July 8, 2008, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Look for those Buffy sets on eBay for much more..

    by tonagan

    Just a hunch.

  • July 8, 2008, 1:25 p.m. CST

    THANKS HERC! Got me mine!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

  • July 8, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Floyd Lawton

    by Geekgasm

    was my favorite character on The Andy Griffith Show.

  • July 8, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Huge Bat fan

    by MattmanReturns

    and I hated Gotham Knight. I especially don't like that it claims to exist in Nolan's Batman film universe. Did anyone inform Nolan of that? Very truncated and unsatisfying, with mostly sloppy animation styles. I never wanted to see Batman punch a sniper's bullet. Not ever.

  • July 8, 2008, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Brilliant if you ask me

    by Campion

    We're already starved for Batman, 3 weeks until TDK. Why not release a bunch of Bats cartoons and make some quick money? I'm not buying it though.

  • July 8, 2008, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Star Trek Alternate Realities

    by jim

    Anyone know what episodes are on this? These sets pissed me off so much I only bought 2 (Borg & Captain's Log). I would have bought them all but I discovered they were duplicating episodes. Why in the name of all that is holy do I need the Voyager finale twice? Answer: I don't! No one does. To make matters worse, not only did they duplicate episodes but many of the duplicates were 2-part episodes. So that's 2 spots on a disk they could have used for another 2 episodes instead of including one 2-parter that was already on another set.

  • July 8, 2008, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Star Trek Alternate Realities Episode List

    by Hercules

    Mirror, Mirror (The Original Series) <br>Crossover (Deep Space Nine) <br>Through The Looking Glass (Deep Space Nine) <br>Shattered Mirror (Deep Space Nine) <br>In A Mirror Darkly,Part 1 (Enterprise) <br>In A Mirror Darkly, Part 2 (Enterprise) <br>The Alternative Factor (The Original Series) <br>Parallels (The Next Generation) <br>The Enemy Within (The Original Series) <br>Turnabout Intruder (The Original Series) <br>Frame of Mind (The Next Generation) <br>Shattered (Voyager) <br>Yesterday's Enterprise (The Next Generation) <br>The Inner Light (The Next Generation) <br>The Visitor (Deep Space Nine) <br>Before And After (Voyager) <br>Timeless (Voyager) <br>Course: Oblivion (Voyager) <br>E2 (Enterprise) <br>Twilight (Enterprise)

  • July 8, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Thanks Herc.

    by mrfan

    Wondering what was on that list.

  • July 8, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Here's the theme of those "Revelations" X-FILES episodes

    by SpyGuy

    Scully's gradual shift from skeptic to sort-of believer and the deepening relationship between Mulder and Scully. <p>That's it. If anything else thematically connected these episodes, I sure as hell didn't see it.</p>

  • July 8, 2008, 7:29 p.m. CST


    by Underdogthe3rd

    It was about time!!!!

  • July 8, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Working Through Pain

    by LaserPants

    Was the best of the Gotham Knight shorts, totally agree. I also really loved the whole dvd.. I think the people who 'hated' it probably don't like anime and can't accept the idea of Batman done in an anime style. Too bad for them.

  • July 8, 2008, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Thanks Herc - that's quite the collection of episodes

    by jim

    I might have to put aside my animosity for this series of DVDs and pick this one up.

  • July 8, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Herc, no special mention of Sopranos box set?

    by GaryDellabate

    I know how much you love that show. In any event, you really need to read this. It's the definitive interpretation of the end that's been all over the internet the last few weeks. It's brilliant. Thank me later.

  • July 8, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Not sure if I'm just in a shitty mood,

    by samsquanch

    but I just watched Gotham Knight, and I don't remember any of it. Can't believe that these were some of the same minds behind the Animatrix.

  • July 8, 2008, 9:39 p.m. CST


    by mtoast

    Kane was a savvy businessman, however, and he signed a lucrative agreement with DC Comics that stated he be given sole credit. He blatantly screwed over his co-creator -- writer Bill Finger. Kane's vision of "The Bat" was a Superman knockoff in red tights who wore a domino mask and sported a pair of wings. Finger came up with the look for Batman, the origin of the character and about 75 percent of the elements that define the character to this day. Bob Kane used ghost artists for most of the art credited to him (the stuff that looked good wasn't his) and made millions in his life. Finger died a penniless alcoholic. Only after Finger's death did Kane ever admit that his "friend" got a raw deal. Bob Kane was a gigantic ego who loved to take credit for the work of others. I wince every time I see his "Batman created by..," credit in a comic or movie. Shameful.

  • July 8, 2008, 10:13 p.m. CST

    So Bob Kane was just like ...

    by Geekgasm

    Gene Roddenberry

  • July 8, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    OVER THE EDGE is one of the best Batmans ever

    by Charlie Murphy

    when i saw it i was younger and it was a pretty powerful episode... that shot where batgirl falls onto the police car is so fucked up i can hardly believe it was actually animated. as for Gotham Knight, I watched it on youtube like a bad little boy and i didn't go nuts for it. i saw it at the store today and chose against picking it up.

  • And I totally agree with Charlie Murphy... I was shocked when, on Saturday morning television, Dini and Timm had Batgirl fall to her death off a skyscraper and *bounce* off the hood of her father's police car. I can only assume they locked the BS&P rep in a closet or something. Great episode... and the other Batman Animated series ones included are great too.

  • July 9, 2008, 3:20 a.m. CST

    WTF? at the hate for GOTHAM KNIGHT

    by The Guy Who Slept Through Everything.

    I thought it was awesome, half of the stories were great, and the other half were meh. Especially the first one, it was done MUCH better years ago.

  • July 9, 2008, 5:23 a.m. CST

    They should do a Batmanime series...

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    Why not for Adult Swim? It would be great if Warner Animation produced two Batman animated series -- one for the kids (the upcoming The Brave and the Bold) and another one that's definitely for adults.

  • July 9, 2008, 9:10 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    You may have noticed that the individual seasons have just dipped under $20 a piece. That's because a sweet ass new box set is on the way!!!!

  • July 9, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by NoahTall

    Checking the Amazon upcoming deals page it looks like Angel is going to be today's 10am pacific deal.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST


    by Bouncy X

    ok, i didnt realize it wouldnt let me post in the Angel discount article so guess i will here. i got me a copy, i knew if i waited it would eventually dip back down to 60$....sure tis a total waste since i have all 5 individual seasons but im a sucker for box sets and it was so cheap, why not. and since i hate buying a single item from online retailers, it gave me the excuse to pick up Gotham Knight on blu-ray. as for the Batman TAS collection, it figures they finally do this after i bought em all. but i dont love Batman enough to waste money like i did on Angel...but least its nice of them to offer it. So many series get a "complete series" package these days its makign me avoid buying individual seasons now. lol

  • July 9, 2008, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Angel 83% claimed

    by buffywrestling

    Going a bit slower than Buff but I got my new box set too. Now Herc, if they ever have one of these for Homicide: LotS box set you must repeat your ever dilligent duty to let us know.

  • July 9, 2008, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Bob Kane didn't bone Marylin Monroe

    by jim

    He knew someone who did and just took credit for it.

  • July 9, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Working Through Pain

    by Bruce Leroy

    Johnno, you took the words right out of my mouth. Great review. Gotham Knight is an interesting experiment. With a few more tries or indeed a new animated (mini) series it might be Great instead of just good or "ok". Working through pain is indeed the best episode. It's very intimate and funny enough, is the least action orientated.

  • July 9, 2008, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Actually samsquanch

    by Johnno

    The same studios behind Animatrix were involved, but none of the actual director talent... and other than the Wachowski written shorts, the rest were free to do whatever they liked in keeping with the rules of the Matrix that didn't have to tie in directly with the films or any previous incarnation. So there was a lot more freedom in Animatrix. However Gotham Knight may have been too restrictive and I do believe wanting to be tied into Begins and The Dark Knight was an added problem.

  • July 9, 2008, 6:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I was hoping for Japanese voiceovers in GK

    by Stalkeye

    After all it is an Anime OVA.But Kevin (Conroy)hardly disapoints.It's still worth the purchase. Bare bones copy IMHO.

  • July 10, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    DS9 did some fantastic stuff with the Mirror universe

    by CrichtonAstronut

    one of the things that madde it great, and ballsey as the original series. The really took these characters into some wild shit kind of directions. Fun as hell and dark.

  • July 10, 2008, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Gotham Knight looks fantastic too

    by CrichtonAstronut

    I love the episode where Comission er Gordon ges after Batman and anything with Freeze from the animtated series. That alone is worth getting the two disc set. That and Kevn Conroy as the Batman in the features.

  • July 11, 2008, 12:34 p.m. CST

    The Enterprise Mirror episodes were 2 of the best

    by jim

    episodes of the series. That's why I'm considering that set - it does have a lot of good episodes.