Batman: Gotham Knight (2008, animated)
Plot: Six separate stories involving the Batman (Kevin Conroy) and his journey to rid Gotham City of crime and corruption.
The film is broken up into six different segments, and the first one is absolutely horrible. It got me really worried for what the hell I was getting myself into. I must say though, after that initial storyline, the film got pretty damn good. It takes forever to get going, but once the real Batman actually shows up, it’s a worthy representation of the character. It’s definitely got a different feel than other Batman animated movies, but the character is still there and better than ever. I guess this connects loosely to Batman Begins, taking place right before the Dark Knight, but I don’t buy it. They make references to Scarecrow’s attack on theNarrows, and Lucius Fox’s voice sounds identical to Morgan Freeman, but Bruce Wayne and Alfred are living in Wayne Manor hanging out in the Cave. Yea, weren’t they re-building it? The animation is quite impressive, especially in the actual settings. I love the ‘Working through Pain’ storyline as Batman deals with a devastating wound while at the same time thinking back to his training and learning how to endure pain. We get a few Batman villains, but Killer Croc is really short changed. Deadshot was pretty awesome though. I love when he takes out his victim while moving around on a Ferris wheel. I’d recommend this for any Batman fan, but just keep in mind: it’s a little jarring at first.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10 (Very Good)
Category Rankings (Spoilers Throughout):
Best Performance: Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne/Batman
-It’s Kevin Conroy as Batman. What else is there to say?
Worst Performance: Jim Meskimen as Lt. James Gordon
-There was just something about his voice that sounded really terrible and completely un-Gordon like.
Best Line: “Because of him…I’m not ashamed of being a cop anymore.” –Anna Ramirez on Batman
-That’s a pretty bad ass line, and sums up Batman perfectly.
Worst Line: “I never seen him before but I’m like, ‘I so know who this is.’” –Porkchop
-The way he says it is just really annoying, and I just hate the ‘I so know who this is’ when talking about Batman.
-Batman Vs Deadshot on the train was pretty cool. I wish I could say it was Batman and Killer Croc, but that lasts for about 2 seconds…lame.
-Why does Bruce Wayne look like he’s 15 when talking to Lucius Fox? Why does he look older in flashbacks? And why the hell does he look completely different at the end with Alfred? What the hell is going on?
-Batman fighting for the first time surrounded by all the fire was beautifully depicted. He has this intense stand-off with a mafia thug that is just perfect Batman.
-The entire first segment entitled ‘Have I Got a Story for You’ just sucks. It’s these street kids who talk in blatant stereotypes as they talk about their separate encounters with Batman. I guess it’s from the perspective of the kids’ imagination, and what they interpret Batman to look like, but it’s always just Batman being depicted as a weird creature. Screw this! I want to see Batman! And then Batman shows up at the end of the segment looking fat and completely different from the later segments. Honestly, if you see this movie, just skip the first storyline. It’s a complete waste of time.
-I love how in the middle of this intense mob war, Batman just shows up in the middle of a gun fight, grabs the two mob bosses, and settles their conflict, telling them what territory they each get until he finds something on them. They agree to it immediately. Batman is such a bad ass.
Bad Ass Moment:
-Deadshoot flicking his toothpick and killing a bumblebee was pretty nifty.