DC has been making a killing on a series of direct-to-DVD, R-Rated, animated Batman movies exemplified by 2016’s The Killing Joke. Next on the roster is Batman and Harley Quinn, which arrives in physical form and VOD on August 29th. If that doesn’t quite tickle your fancy, we just got word this weekend that an animated version of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is officially in the works.
A fan favorite from 1989, Gotham by Gaslight sees Batman battle the infamous Whitechapel Slasher, Jack the Ripper himself!
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight was originally released by DC Comics in 1989. The story was written by Brian Augustyn, drawn by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, and inked by P. Craig Russell. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight reimagines Batman as a Victorian era vigilante-detective investigating the serial killer Jack the Ripper.
Official Comic Book Synopsis: In an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike? The very first Elseworlds tale re-imagines the Dark Knight detective in Victorian times and pits him against the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper.
Gotham by Gaslight was the inspiration for a recent live-action short; Ripper: A Batman Fan Film was released in February 2016. Give it a whirl below.
Official Synopsis: London, 1888 and the Ripper murders are gripping the country. The people of Whitechapel are afraid to walk the streets at night and the police are no closer to cracking the case. Chief Inspector Abberline leads the investigation and with pressure from above to catch the killer, his own demons start to get the better of him… What Abberline doesn’t know is that there is someone out there who wants to help. Someone in the shadows…. watching…. waiting to strike.
Tagline: “There’s worse things out there than Jack the Ripper.”