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Friday, July 11, 2008

A Bat-Suckhole

posted by on July 11 at 13:00 PM


I’m pretty excited about The Dark Knight. Maybe not excited enough to take part in all the ‘viral’ shenanigans, but still pretty excited.

I rented and watched Batman: Gotham Knight a couple days ago. Like The Animatrix that came out between the Matrix movies, B:GK is comprised of animated short films made by anime studios.

Though they can be watched separately, the six short films are linked, both by story elements and by the fact that they are all incredibly boring. There was a very good Batman cartoon in the 1990s, and I dearly missed it while I was watching this terrible mess. If, like me, you’re so excited for the Batman movie that you’d consider renting this thing as a kind of placeholder, please don’t.


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WRONG! They're not all boring, Constant. The Dead Shot section is pretty cool, as is the training-in-India section.

It's not great, but it's not as unwatchable as you make it sound.

Posted by Jonah S | July 11, 2008 1:02 PM

The animated series was good, not least because of Mark Hamill as the Joker.

Posted by Greg | July 11, 2008 1:03 PM

The only thing worse than renting it? Needing a Bat-fix so bad you go to three different stores to buy the damn thing and having it suck exactly as bad as Constant said it did.

I have never been so bored in my entire life. Awful, awful, awful. The only redeeming quality was using the same actor from the animated series for Batman. Not that it mattered, since the pacing was so goddamn excruciating.

Posted by Karla | July 11, 2008 1:11 PM

One of my favourite episodes of Batman: TAS was the Grey Ghost story. To have Adam West guest-star was awesome on too many levels.

Posted by Gloria | July 11, 2008 1:14 PM

This was the only time I've regretted getting stoned before watching a cartoon.

Posted by Skip | July 11, 2008 1:16 PM

The cover art looks like warning enough of a suck-fest to me.

(The relationship between cover and content is indirect, granted, but it is not non-existent [popular aphorism to the contrary].)

Posted by lostboy | July 11, 2008 1:24 PM

@5 almost made me spit tea all over my keyboard.

And @3: Kevin Conroy is the awesomest Batman ever, and clearly the best thing about this awful movie.

Posted by Paul Constant | July 11, 2008 1:28 PM

Ouch. That sucks to hear. Then again, I'm never too crazy about tie-ins across multiple media anyway. I want my canon to be consistent across one format, dammit!

Posted by laterite | July 11, 2008 1:34 PM

Can't believe you skipped the animated series to watch this stuff. The 90's show was dark, funny, touching, and terrifying, for being a cartoon, anyway. The sheer craziness that was the Mark Hamill Joker (stalking the guy who simply yelled at him during a moment of road rage) was horrifyingly delicious.

Posted by Marty | July 11, 2008 1:36 PM

Batman: TAS is probably my favorite superhero cartoon of all time (I really like the old X-Men series too, but it takes 2nd place due to inconsistent animation). I remember back when I was a kid, my entire family would watch it together.

Posted by Hernandez | July 11, 2008 1:36 PM

Yes, well and good, but did you enjoy the Wonder Woman animated preview? Or were you that disgusted with the Batman stuff to not even bother?

Posted by Dave | July 11, 2008 1:41 PM

On the upside, Star Wars Clone Wars looks like it may be better than the canon prequels.

That's some faint praise, though.  And I remember the first trailer for Episode I being pretty exciting, too.

Posted by lostboy | July 11, 2008 1:42 PM

@10: I loved X-Men too. I'd put the 90s Spiderman cartoon at third for all-time favourite superhero shows.

Posted by Gloria | July 11, 2008 1:44 PM

I have to watch this now that Jonah said something about dead shot being in it.

Posted by Little Red Ryan Hood | July 11, 2008 1:45 PM

Sad pants...I was looking forward to this. Sigh.

Posted by j4zz3rgrl | July 11, 2008 5:28 PM

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