DC Entertainment is working on releasing a new animated feature called Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, featuring the caped crusader going head-to-head against Jack the Ripper. It’s set during the 19th century London, England, borrowing heavily from the one-shot comic book by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola.
A recent featurette was posted up online, featuring an eight minute behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming animated cartoon. They talk about how Batman during the Victorian depiction has him with loser fitting clothes, the cool cloak instead of the traditional cape, and the steampunk-inspired goggles and thick belt.
You can check out the featurette below, courtesy of YouTuber Mr. Marbles.
The one-shot is an Elseworlds story that contains many of Batman’s famous characters recreated in the Victorian world, including Selina Kyle who is portrayed as a female enforcer with a whip, Poison Ivy as a burlesque performer, and Commissioner Gordon working as the chief of Scotland Yard.
The whole thing looks pretty cool and appears to be bloody and violent – obviously so considering the source material.
Batman’s industrial-themed gadgetry and lo-fi equipment should prove to make for an interesting juxtaposition of how he deals with criminals tracks down Jack, and having some of the characters from the standard series appear in the alternate history take of this classic event could prove to be fairly entertaining.
Fans are kind of excited about this possibility given that they’re hoping this one does well to spark a few more tales from the Elseworlds one-shots.
Fans are also a bit skeptical because after Flashpoint Paradox DC has been resting on their laurels, getting lazy with their outings and not necessarily putting in the time and effort that they were once known for in the animation department or the storytelling department.
This looks inventive enough to warrant a viewing… whenever it releases. It obviously can’t be any worse than the DC Cinematic Universe’s outings.