Monday, November 14, 2011
Batman Gotham Knight
Disclaimer: This was written two days after the DVD was released in 2008, just now being cross posted here on my blog.
Okay, so i just watched, and re-watched the new Gotham Knight animated
movie / collection and here are my thoughts on the shorts.
1.Have I got a story for you So the premise of this short is a group of
kids get together and tell stories of what they think "the Batman" is.
Does this plot sound familiar? It should, it was the very same plot
from an episode of the animated series, except without the frank miller
shout out. Because of this, I already felt like I've seen it, which made
it kinda boring. The animation in this short is a little oddball. The
backgrounds are amazing and realistic while the characters themselves
look cartoon-y and sometimes unfinished. That's a style they where going
for I'm sure, but it just felt odd to me. Overall, this definitely was
not one of the best shorts, but also not the worse.
2. crossfire The story on this short focuses on two of Gorden's
detectives, one of them very unhappy with a vigilante doing crime
fighting in Gotham (batman). There really isn't much to the plot except
for detective Alan complaining about batman pretty much the entire
time. At the end of the short, Alan and his partner get in between a
crime war and batman comes and saves their lives. That's it. It wasn't
anything special, but worth watching for the animation. So, the
animation in this short is pretty good, and the best part is the last
minute when batman shows up. This is the very best animation of batman
in the entire collection, sadly, hes only around for over a minute.
such a waste, awesome while it lasts though. Because of the end, I felt
this was one of the better shorts.
3. Field test Wow, This was probably one of the worst representations
of batman since the campy old TV show. Congratulations to the animators
on this one, I've never wanted to gouge my eyes out so badly before in
my life. The story revolves around a new gadget luscious fox invents to
repel bullets away from batman. Batman tries it out, bullets repel, and
some guy almost dies from one of the repelled bullets. The story isn't
that bad, nothing major, but its there. Its the animation that makes
this short so god damn terrible. You wont know that you're looking at
bruce wayne until he speaks. Why? because Bruce Wayne looks like a
skinny, shaggy haired, Japanese teenager I kid you not. Watching this
generic anime character that anyone at a local high school could draw
use bruce waynes voice disgusted me. I constantly begged for him to
dress up as batman so I could stop watching the monstrosity.
Unfortunately, the animation of batman was even worse. Pretty much
envision Femto from Berserk with pointy ears and you have this shorts
batman. Disgusting. This was easily the worst in all of the shorts and
I wish it never made it past a storyboard.
4. In darkness dwells This short was about batman hunting down a new
urban myth cannibal. The cannibals nickname is "Killer Kroc". Yeah, any
batman fan knows this guy. The story doesn't get too involved in this
one, but I did enjoy it. The animation had great realistic backgrounds,
but the character animation was a little inconsistent at times.
Sometimes the characters look really good and grity, other shots show
them at really awkward angles and they just come of as deformed. It
definitely doesn't ruin this short, but it does catch your attention
more than it should. Overall, i liked this one though.
5. Working through pain This short arguably might have the best story
of the bunch, mostly because its the only one that really shows some
character development in Bruce Wayne. The story focuses on how Bruce
Wayne was trained to ignore physical pain. I really like the story of
this one, and the ending is actually kind of sad. The animation, not as
good. As batman, he looks pretty decent. You definitely know its
batman, unlike in "Field Test". Its the Bruce Wayne animation that's the
weak point of this short. While not half as bad as "Field Test", his
character is breaching on generic anime guy. He doesn't look like Bruce
Wayne, but he doesn't look like a skinny Asian kid either. The story is
what really sells this one, and its definitely worth watching.
6. Deadshot If only one short makes you buy this collection, this will
be it. This was by far the best short of them all. The story is pretty
simple. A very talented sniper is contracted to take out Gotham s
finest, and eventually batman himself. Its all about villain vs batman
here, and its really good. Out of all the shorts, this was the only one
that actually felt like it could be a storyline in the animated series
(besides "Have I got a story for you" which WAS an actual storyline in
TaS). This was the only short in both story and animation that really
made me feel i was watching a batman episode. I loved this, and watched
it several times over. This is not one to skip batfolks, this is
So overall, Id say there was two good ones ( Working through pain and
Deadshot), two okay ones (Crossfire and In darkness dwells), one dud
(have i got a story for you), and one abomination (Field test).