Batman: Gotham by Gaslight & Batman Ninja
Directors: Sam Liu (“The Killing Joke “) & Jumpei Mizusaki (“Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure”)
Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Koichi Yamadera, Jennifer Carpenter, Tara Strong
Details: Two very different direct-to-video animated films based on the Batman comics hit this year and offer ‘Elseworld’ takes on the Caped Crusader that vastly differ from the usual run of the mill DC animated universe films. “Gotham by Gaslight” adapts the Mike Mignola comic about a Victorian Era Dark Knight in pursuit of Jack the Ripper.
“Batman Ninja” on the other hand uses CG-enhanced anime (designed by “Afro Samurai” creator Takashi Okazaki) to tell its story of Batman and other key members of Gotham City finding themselves thrown through time and landing in feudal Japan – only to discover Joker has become the most powerful man in the country and is leveraging his power to alter Japan’s history.