DC and Marvel may be lodged in an eternal battle for supremacy of virtue signaling and SJWism within the comic realm – with Marvel obviously taking the lead (and the loss of sales) in that department – but in the animated and live-action realm DC actually tries to do a lot of different things with their properties. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight is a perfect example of the DC Universe taking one of their most beloved franchises and turning it on its head by giving fans an alternate timeline of Batman as a steampunk vigilante during a Victorian-era Gotham City.
The latest trailer for the upcoming animated flick has landed on YouTube via IGN, and fanboy fansite Batman-News was quick to point out that the animated adaptation of the 1989 one-off comic book has managed to land the ‘R’ rating from the MPAA for “Some Violence”. You can check out the trailer for the film below.
The minute and a half trailer starts with a chick in an alley who meets an unfortunate end at the butchering hands of Jack The Ripper and his elongated knife.
Selina Kyle and another lady talk about Gotham’s women being under siege by this murderer while Gotham’s finest are said to be “twiddling their thumbs”. Cue the Dark Knight by gaslight.
Bruce ends up being wrongly convicted of the Ripper’s rippings and, thus, is thrown in jail. Selina eventually helps Batman get free so he can fight Jack in a final fight on a blimp.
I kind of feel like the trailer gives a lot away, but at the same time it also seems decently put together.
Kevin Conroy isn’t doing Batman’s voice here, but Bruce Greenwood seems to offer a suitably auricular alternative with his gravely depiction of this steampunk-inspired Batman. I might even go as far as to say that I think it fits more in line with the kind of story they’re trying to tell and the universe in which the events take place.
It’s a real shame that Warner Bros., pulled the plug on the Batman: Gotham By Gaslight video game adaptation. Batman’s cape-jacket physics and Victorian-themed costume looked amazing. Anyway, the animated flick is due for release soon.