Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, based on the 1989 graphic novel of the same name, is widely considered the first of DC Comics’ elseworld tales. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s basically when they place their characters in alternate timelines and settings. This particular story asks the question: what if Batman were around during the Jack the Ripper murders?
I won’t be getting into many spoilers because I feel that this movie is worth viewing at least once, unlike Batman and Harley Quinn.
The story is similar and also completely different from its source material. Which to be honest, I’m fine with. I don’t know why people want adaptations to be exact all the time. We have the graphic novel which we can read anytime. And now we have a somewhat fresh perspective. We’ve been given a way to enjoy two stories!
There are plenty of familiar characters. Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, Selina Kyle, Jim Gordon and a bunch more. If you’re familiar with DC Comics, you’ll know almost everyone.
The animation looks nice, if not a little rushed. It definitely has the same feel as the animated series so not too many complaints there. I thought the music was well placed and really added to the tone of the film.
Overall, it may not be for everyone and I’m sure some die hard fans will be crying foul. But it’s a fun movie and if you’re like me, you’ll get exactly what you want to see. Batman and Jack the Ripper going toe to toe.