Get ready for an Elseworld adaption! We have our first look at Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, a story that was originally published by DC in the late 80s which saw the saga of Bruce Wayne re-imagined. Our caped crusader is set to take on Jack the Ripper near of the end of the 19th century and it looks like the upcoming movie absolutely nails the Victorian era. This is the next feature to come home following the recent release of Batman and Harley Quinn. With an interesting setting, solid narrative and a good voice cast we’re all excited to see this!
Gotham by Gaslight is a DC Comics one-shot by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola, with inks by P. Craig Russell. It spawned a sequel, Master of the Future (1991), also written by Augustyn, but with drawings by Eduardo Barreto.
Although not originally labeled as such, Gotham by Gaslight is considered to be the first Elseworlds story, where DC Comics heroes are taken out of their usual setting and put into alternate timelines or realities. Subsequent printings have included the “Elseworlds” logo.
My gut reaction to this: I like it. It’s always fun when you get to see a character you dig dropped in a different era. It pulls out the basic elements that make the icon in question successful, while trying to deliver something different than the norm. Its a game that pushes any creative team, if they want to make a good arc, to figure out what works without cheapening the journey. If handled well the results can be spectacular.
But what do you think? Do you even really want to watch Batman: Gotham by Gaslight? Or will you just avoid it come 2018?
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