Batman: Gotham By Gaslight

 (2,197)6.71 h 17 min2017R
It's Batman vs. Jack the Ripper in an Elseworld's adventure that imagines the Dark Knight over a hundred years ago in a turn-of-the-century Gotham.
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Sam Liu
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Bruce GreenwoodJennifer CarpenterScott Patterson
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English [CC]
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Anthony HeadYuri LowenthalJohn DiMaggioWilliam SalyersGrey DeLisle Griffin
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Bruce Timm
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WARNER BROS.
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R (Restricted)
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J. WoodReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Gaslight Has Officially Gone Out
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I don't like being negative about anything Batman because I am a huge fan (except for the movie Batman & Robin but that is a story for another review) and I love the Gotham By Gaslight comic book, but this thing wasted an hour and eighteen minutes of my life that I will never get back. For those who think that the story from the comic book wouldn't have translated well I'm afraid I have to disagree on that, yes it would have. I can't use any spoilers but I can go to basics here, by comparison the book was way better because it contained the origin stories for both Batman and The Joker of this continuity, successfully established a connection to the Ripper's murder spree in London, serves as a sort of Batman: Year One - Victorian Edition in the parts about the budding partnership between Batman and James Gordon and was also a two-in-one of sorts as Batman's defeat of the Ripper doubled as revenge for his parents courtesy of Gordon. The movie on the other hand completely skipped over both character origins from the book so Batman just is because...reasons, and apparently Joker no longer exists here, other villains are introduced however including Catwoman, Poison Ivy and Hugo Strange which I didn't mind so much and even all three would be Robins: Dick Grayson, Jason Todd and Tim Drake are here and become Batman's new helpers at the end plus it also mixed in some elements from the sequel comic Master of the Future in order to make it more interesting as well as giving it a proper running length. (Spoilers end here...I hope). The part that got me steamed about the movie was the huge change that was made for Jack The Ripper: all I will say is that he turned out to be someone who would never do such a terrible thing - IN A MILLION YEARS, had no connection to the murders in London and had a really STUPID agenda in Gotham. Over all, I would stick with the book because it is way better and it's plot is much more significant to Batman himself. The movie is just utterly brainless.
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Monica J.Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A dark gritty mystery where the Batman and Sherlock world's collide!
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Seeing as how i never read the original comic, I watched the movie with a unbiased fresh perspective.

I honestly enjoyed this movie a great deal. I am a huge fan of both Batman and Sherlock Holmes, so seeing the two world's collide was quite a treat.

The characters were all likable, still keeping the base components of their original personalities intact but also fitting their different time period and circumstances well enough to evolve into their new roles. The voice acting and story were solid, and i enjoyed trying to deduce the story right along with the characters (why I love mysteries and detective stories).

My biggest complaints probably fell on the animation. I was fine with the art resembling the old Batman Animated series I knew and love, but the backgrounds often felt cheap and the random bits of CG that were poorly integrated were eye catching and not in a good way. At least I loved the character designs. Seeing everyone in the Victorian garb was great and the fight scenes where nicely done and surprisingly graphic and violent which I think perfectly fit the movies mood and kept things moving at a nice exciting pace.
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Christian RomeroReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A dark and gritty Steampunk Batman
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Batman Gotham by Gaslight is an animated movie based on the elseworlds story of the same name Gotham by Gaslight. Where Batman is taken to the late 19th century Gotham to fight one of history notorious killers Jack the Ripper. The Animated movie is not a direct adaptation of the comic, so the identity of Jack the Ripper has been completely redone from the comic as well as the overall stories. Gotham by Gaslight does an excellent job incorporating many of the Batman characters who weren’t in the original comic. They fit in well with the source material, especially the three Robins Dick, Jason, and Tim. With them being cleverly designed as these street beggars. On the opposite you have Catwoman, Selina Kyle who felt ham-fisted throughout the plot. Catwoman is the replacement of Julie Madison who was the original love interest in the comic. I understand the replacement as Catwoman is the more well-known love interest but the way they shoved her in at times that felt force and killed the pacing. Aside from that Catwoman is incorporated well to the plot. Voice Acting was well done Bruce Greenwood returns as Batman does a great job, Jennifer Carpenter played a great Catwoman. The film is not shy about showing blood as the Ripper scenes are straight out of a horror film earning it a rated R rating. The Animation is the biggest flaw of the movie that holds it back while I can praise the Art style for nailing the Steampunk Batman look especially at night. The animation leaves more to be desired awkward movements and bizarre transitions to 3D animation left me disappointed on how far DC has become lazy. The look and style are great as mentioned before it does nail down the comic book aesthetic but in motion not so much. At the end Batman Gotham by Gaslight was enjoyable. It did the Jack V. Batman better than the original comic. It incorporated most characters in an organic fashion. It brought a 19th century Batman and his Steampunk inspired tech. One of DC’s better Batman films not as great as the older ones but not as bad the newer ones. It’s a Steampunk Batman fighting Jack the Ripper! A must watch for fans of The Batman.
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CourtReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Mature Elseworld Story
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A "fun" Elseworld story, good quality animation and good voice acting with an entertaining story to boot. This story knows what it wants to be, the characters are complex and likeable, reminds me alot of the "Batman the animated series" in tone with a bit more violence and cursing. I think just about any murder mystery lover 13 and up would enjoy this one.

My only complaint is that there isn't more to it.
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Craig JonesReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bloody Good!
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Be aware, this is one of the bloodiest animated Batman tales I've seen and therefore appropriately rated R, but it is a story that's well told, with a great assemblage of characters in a mystery that unfolds smoothly and artistically. That is to say, this movie has better quality animation than the typical Warner Bros Batman fare (e.g. compared to Mystery of the Batwoman). The 19th century ambiance in the visuals is painstakingly authentic, with only a few missteps in the dialog to detract.

I'm a big fan of both Batman and the Victorian/steampunk era, so this story is right up my alley. I had high expectations and I was not at all disappointed. Even if you are only a fan of Batman in passing, I dare say you'll still enjoy this movie as long as you have at least some interest in the Sherlock Holmes/Jack-the-Ripper time period.
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Bill II ~ SDMF ~ 5150Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just as good as the trade paperback from 1989!!
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It was weird. I had the trade paperback of Gotham by Gaslight for years and picked it up a couple months ago and read it in one sitting...I loved it!! I thought how cool of a story it would be as a movie but I knew that Warner Bros. would never make this story into a DCU movie. Then I was on Amazon buying the Justice League bluray (what a waste, such a terrible movie) and under it was this, the animated movie of the trade paperback that I loved so much. They captured the good parts of the TPB perfectly!! I own all of the DC "Elseworlds" trades from 1989-2003 and I'm now hoping they make more of them into animated features bc it's a perfect outlet for these cool stories that would not translate into a live action, big-budget film. I'm hoping they do the Batman/Houdini one next!! In case you don't know what the "Elseworlds" stories are from DC, they took modern superheros and put them into different times. This one is Batman looking for Jack the Ripper in 1889 Vienna, such a cool idea and very well done by Mike Mignola (the creator/writer of the Hellboy comics) and written by Brian Augustyn (best known for his work on The Flash). There was also a sequel TPB to this called "Master of the Future" which I hope they animate also. DC can't make a good live action movie but they're hitting homeruns with the animated movies.
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JokerReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Batman in the Victorian Era
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Just some thoughts on this very unique R-rated Batman animated film...

Batman: Gotham By Gaslight (2018) is a fresh new approach (for one film, at least) taken to Batman and works incredibly well. The setting is Gotham City in the late nineteenth century and Batman's foe is the infamous serial killer Jack The Ripper. Even though Jack The Ripper terrorized London, England in 1888, his placement into the Gotham City setting for this film works very well. This film has quite a bit of blood and gore and is quite shocking in some parts. There are even a couple of four letter words spoken. It's a film that is not for children, that's for sure, thus the R rating. One of the strongest aspects of this film is the dark, brooding atmosphere of Gotham City at night and in foggy conditions. This film captures the late nineteenth century extremely well, everything from the clothing the characters wear, to the buildings, to the technology. The Jack The Ripper character is dark and menacing. The fight scenes are excellent, the animation is excellent, the voicework is great and the music is well done.

If you're looking for a break away from the typical Batman formula and want to watch something different with a unique twist that's very effective, then I highly recommend this animated film.
TreetownReviewed in the United States on April 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very good - Elseworld Gaslight era Batman tale.
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This is a animated version of the batman cartoon character. It is set in the Elseworld realm where there is a Edwardian era Batman set in a Gotham City beset by a Jack the Ripper character. In these tales, the classic Batman characters are reimagined in another place and time - the one constant being the character of Batman. There have been medieval batman, pirate batman, 1920s batman, etc.

The animation is pretty good and the voice work is excellent.
The historical bits are also pretty good. Little bits like people being drugged with laudanum, a world's expo, and a serial killer haunting it much as there was a serial killer haunting the Chicago world fair of 1893.

Without spoiling the movie, potential buyers should know the Elseworld stories are usually more adult themed and this one follows that pattern. With a serial killer like Jack the Ripper on the loose the story is a bit gory and graphic. But it is never silly or gratuitous. The plot is actually well thought out. The final reveal of the killer also is consistent and makes sense both in the story and historically. But be forewarned, this is not a kid friendly movie like the Batman The Animated Series - this is definitely a darker Batman.

The movie is well done and moves along and is quite good. It also improves on the source material - fusing two of the comic Elseworld tales of a gaslight era Batman into a more coherent story. Highly recommended for fans just not for kids - definitely a PG-13/R if it were a live action movie. Too bad the recent live action movies weren't as well scripted.
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