Saturday, May 9, 2009

26 Capes Later: Day Eight

Movie: Batman: Gotham Knight
Release Date: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Animated
Synopsis: "Batman Gotham Knight is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy®-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation.

Six standalone chapters, each with stylish art from some of Japan’s greatest anime visionaries, weave together into a larger story that follows Batman through his transition from beginner to The Dark Knight."

Chapter-by-Chapter Synopsis
"In “Have I Got a Story for You,” Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (“A History of Violence”) tells the story of how chance encounters with Batman by a group of youngsters leave each kid with a very different impression of the Dark Knight."

In "Have I Got a Story for You" the way the kids each describe their encounter with Batman is quite funny, none of them get it right. Plus they tried to make it seem like they played it cool in the face of danger (yeah, right). I think the portrayal of Batman was okay, but I didn't really care for the way he was drawn in this installment (kind of flabby). 

In “Crossfire,” acclaimed novelist/comics writer Greg Rucka tells the story of Gotham City police having to get over their distrust of Batman – while under fire from the mob.
"Crossfire" I think was excellent. 

In “Field Test,” writer Jordan Goldberg showcases the incredible high-tech arsenal Batman commands and reveals that there are some things even Batman won’t do in his pursuit of justice.
"Field Test" is by far the best segment in Batman: Gotham Knight. Especially the end when he tells Mr. Fox that he's only willing to risk his life not someone else's. 

“In Darkness Dwells” takes Batman into the Gotham sewers to face “Killer Croc,” a deformed thug who seems even more monstrous after the Scarecrow, and his fear toxin, makes a resurgence, in a story by David S. Goyer, co-screenwriter of “Batman Begins.”
"In Darkness Dwells" was pretty good. Although that my number one favorite from the movie, but that's all right. 

Award-winning comics writer Brian Azzarello explores an early chapter of Bruce Wayne’s training in “Working Through Pain,” showing how a mysterious and exotic Indian woman named Cassandra introduced Batman to techniques that would help him to conquer the physical and spiritual consequences of what he does.
"Working Through Pain" is good. In the end when Batman has all of those guns that he found in the sewers, he reminds me a bit of lost little kid.  

Finally, in “Deadshot,” four-time Emmy Award-winning writer Alan Burnett ties together threads from all the Batman Gotham Knight chapters, as Batman must thwart an unerring assassin whose love of guns and disregard for human life lets him cross lines that even a Dark Knight shies away from."
"Deadshot" he's like the complete opposite of Batman. They're both rich, but Batman chose to help people while Deadshot kills them.

Highlights of the movie: It was a Batman which makes it awesome in my book. Dame Orchid

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