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01.04.2008

With the insane levels of marketing saturation for THE DARK KNIGHT, another upcoming Batman movie seems to be getting overlooked, namely BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT.

Wizard's 2008 movie preview has a few details, informing salivating Batfans that the "movie" will actually be a collection of six stories from different writers, directed by Bruce Timm (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES). The new stories, done in anime style by three Japanese studios, will apparently bridge the gap between BATMAN BEGINS and THE DARK KNIGHT and explore "different facets of Batman often seen in comics but never really explored in animation and film." The stories will link together thematically but also be independent, each with a different appearance, particularly in regards to Bruce Wayne and his nocturnal alter ego.

The writers include comic scribes Brian Azzarello and Greg Rucka and BATMAN BEGINS screenwriter David Goyer, and the animation studios (Production I.G., Studio 4C and Madhouse) have been responsible for work like STEAMBOY, GHOST IN THE SHELL and NINJA SCROLL. It's believed that Christian Bale will provide his voice to the project. The DVD is expected to hit shelves sometime before THE DARK KNIGHT's July release.

Extra Tidbit: Rumor has it that anime director Satoshi Kon (PAPRIKA, PERFECT BLUE) may also be directing one of the segments.
Source: Wizard

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11:58AM on 01/07/2008
I'm hip. The way they're describing it sounds pretty cool. Production I.G. did some fantastic work on Kill Bill and I expect them to do the same.
I'm hip. The way they're describing it sounds pretty cool. Production I.G. did some fantastic work on Kill Bill and I expect them to do the same.
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3:33AM on 01/07/2008

Awesome

Not an anime fan at all. But this sounds cool. Will definatley be checkin this out. Batman: the animated series was awesome, so i expect this one to be too.
Not an anime fan at all. But this sounds cool. Will definatley be checkin this out. Batman: the animated series was awesome, so i expect this one to be too.
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7:57PM on 01/06/2008
Nice!
Being the Bats one of my favorite comic book heroes...this is great. Will own the DVD for sure.
Nice!
Being the Bats one of my favorite comic book heroes...this is great. Will own the DVD for sure.
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6:44PM on 01/06/2008
sounds great!!!

I still watch the animated series every night on toon disney(only channel it comes on guys) at like 10:30 at night. Still love Danny Elfman's openeng and the shows score itself none of this elctro/techno shit newer ones have had.

I hope this project delivers sleek animation which it looks like it will with who's involved.
sounds great!!!

I still watch the animated series every night on toon disney(only channel it comes on guys) at like 10:30 at night. Still love Danny Elfman's openeng and the shows score itself none of this elctro/techno shit newer ones have had.

I hope this project delivers sleek animation which it looks like it will with who's involved.
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4:16PM on 01/06/2008

Sweet

Is it just my vivid imagination or does Batman have some vampire teeth happening?
Is it just my vivid imagination or does Batman have some vampire teeth happening?
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3:39PM on 01/06/2008

Be Kind Rewind - Best Comedy of 2008

I have just seen the trailer for [link]Be Kind Rewind[/url] and now I'm obsessed and have become a movie maven!
I have just seen the trailer for [link]Be Kind Rewind[/url] and now I'm obsessed and have become a movie maven!
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1:33PM on 01/06/2008
I've always, ALWAYS wanted to see a Batman anime. With Bruce Timm aboard AND studios like Production I.G., this should be nothing short of incredible. I'm stoked. And as others said, if Satoshi Kon is involved...OH BOY.
I've always, ALWAYS wanted to see a Batman anime. With Bruce Timm aboard AND studios like Production I.G., this should be nothing short of incredible. I'm stoked. And as others said, if Satoshi Kon is involved...OH BOY.
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1:01AM on 01/06/2008
I thought Begins led pretty much straight into Dark Knight... I am curious how much they have to work with in so little of a timespan. I kind of wish this was its own separate entity.

I miss The Animated Series... lets get that shit back
I thought Begins led pretty much straight into Dark Knight... I am curious how much they have to work with in so little of a timespan. I kind of wish this was its own separate entity.

I miss The Animated Series... lets get that shit back
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11:21PM on 01/05/2008

Satoshi Kon!

If Kon does one, I'll FLIP OUT. These are the best of the best in Production Houses. Warners is taking the Animatrix to the next level here. Having Bale on board makes it a must buy.
If Kon does one, I'll FLIP OUT. These are the best of the best in Production Houses. Warners is taking the Animatrix to the next level here. Having Bale on board makes it a must buy.
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8:34PM on 01/05/2008

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i TOTALLY agree. i would love to see satoshi kon take on the batman universe. it would truely be fucked up (in a good way)! especially if we're dealing with joker stories. satoshi kon + joker = infinitely crazy possiblities. Also, as mentioned earlier by robstar, having shinichiro watanabe direct one of the stories would be an otaku's wet dream.

great studios btw.
i TOTALLY agree. i would love to see satoshi kon take on the batman universe. it would truely be fucked up (in a good way)! especially if we're dealing with joker stories. satoshi kon + joker = infinitely crazy possiblities. Also, as mentioned earlier by robstar, having shinichiro watanabe direct one of the stories would be an otaku's wet dream.

great studios btw.
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7:24PM on 01/05/2008

Bruce Timm's involved!?

That's all I needed to hear, I think I may be anticipating this more than TDK now!
That's all I needed to hear, I think I may be anticipating this more than TDK now!
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7:13PM on 01/05/2008
Any chance to see a Satoshi Kon movie and Im there...with bells on.
Any chance to see a Satoshi Kon movie and Im there...with bells on.
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6:30PM on 01/05/2008
As stated before this sounds a lot like The Animatrix, but without sucking. Very cool. If the Matrix did anything right, it was show how to incorporate your franchise into a through-and-through experience...I'm glad they're doing that with the new Batman films. It's never felt so good to be nerdy...

Maybe if we pray enough they'll dedicate a whole segment to The Joker and...maybe...his origin...?
As stated before this sounds a lot like The Animatrix, but without sucking. Very cool. If the Matrix did anything right, it was show how to incorporate your franchise into a through-and-through experience...I'm glad they're doing that with the new Batman films. It's never felt so good to be nerdy...

Maybe if we pray enough they'll dedicate a whole segment to The Joker and...maybe...his origin...?
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3:54PM on 01/05/2008
Bruce Timm and David Goyer involved? Freakin' sign me up, this will rock.

Bruce Timm and David Goyer involved? Freakin' sign me up, this will rock.

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1:52PM on 01/05/2008

We'll see

Batman in anime seems about as odd as G.I. Joe in the style... But I knew Bruce Timm was involved from the start, and I trust his judgement... I also liked most of The Animatrix, so we'll see.

*cringes at the thought of long-winded, hardly animated dialogue*
Batman in anime seems about as odd as G.I. Joe in the style... But I knew Bruce Timm was involved from the start, and I trust his judgement... I also liked most of The Animatrix, so we'll see.

*cringes at the thought of long-winded, hardly animated dialogue*
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12:33PM on 01/05/2008

Let Shinichiro Watanabe do an ep!

The director of Cowboy Bebop would be the perfect cnoice to helm an ep. Hes aready got some animatrix stuff under his belt too.
The director of Cowboy Bebop would be the perfect cnoice to helm an ep. Hes aready got some animatrix stuff under his belt too.
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12:32PM on 01/05/2008
this looks like it could be quite interesting. i'm pretty much for batman anything. except for poorly directed sequels with george clooney.
this looks like it could be quite interesting. i'm pretty much for batman anything. except for poorly directed sequels with george clooney.
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11:46AM on 01/05/2008
"Batmanime", lol, very clever. I am very intrigued by this concept and hope that they're great. But they better not have story elements in Dark Knight from them, because that will be too confusing for the average movie goer who would not watch this.
"Batmanime", lol, very clever. I am very intrigued by this concept and hope that they're great. But they better not have story elements in Dark Knight from them, because that will be too confusing for the average movie goer who would not watch this.
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11:30AM on 01/05/2008
the dvd sounds great but is it just going to be released in the US or will it be released in the UK aswell??
the dvd sounds great but is it just going to be released in the US or will it be released in the UK aswell??
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10:38AM on 01/05/2008
With the level of talent that they are saying is involved with this project, I can't help but be excited. It sounds a lot like the Animatrix, which rocked. Of course, the Matrix flicks started sucking after the Animatrix, so let's hope the trend doesn't continue.
With the level of talent that they are saying is involved with this project, I can't help but be excited. It sounds a lot like the Animatrix, which rocked. Of course, the Matrix flicks started sucking after the Animatrix, so let's hope the trend doesn't continue.
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