DC Comics has decided to bridge the gap between Batman Begins and this summer’s follow-up The Dark Knight with a direct-to-DVD anime styled Batman adventure.
The Gotham Knight will follow six intertwining Batman adventures (from six different writers and animators). Among those writers participating are David Goyer (Batman Begins), Josh Olson (A History of Violence), Greg Rucka (Gotham Central), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Jordan Goldberg (The Prestige), Alan Burnett (Batman: Mask of the Phantasm); with the whole shegang overseen by director Bruce Timm. Timm, who may recall, was responsible for what is revered as the purest incarnation of the Batman character ever – Batman The Animated Series. [opening segment]
The promo below really plays up Batman’s detective roots, which has been sorely lacking in all of the bigscreen adaptations of the character. However, it still makes it a point to indulge in the infamous rogues gallery. Christian Bale will be voicing this animated character.
Difficult to tell from the promo what the stories will be or if they’ll be any good, but the animation looks very cool. I’d actually be in favor of doing a bloody and violent cartoon rendition of Batman with this style of animation.
The animation for this series is being handled by three of Japan’s most popular animation production houses, which will create different looks for each short. These three companies are Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Blood: The Last Vampire), Madhouse (Metropolis, Paprika, Vampire Hunter D), and Studio 4?C (Mind Game, Tekkon Kinkreet, The Animatrix).
The DVD will come out sometime close to the July 18 release of The Dark Knight, but you can look forward to more info on February 26 when DC’s latest animated project Justice League: The New Frontier hits stores. It contains a sneak peek featurette on Gotham Knight.