In a decision nearly 30 years in the making, it appears that Warner Bros. has chosen the compelling '80s Elseworlds story, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight as the source for their next DC direct-to-video animated film.
Discovered by a leaked Amazon list of special features accompanying the Batman and Harley Quinn 4K Blu-ray release, this intriguing development states that its bonus content includes “A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie: Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.”
The Dark Knight prowling the foggy, gaslit boulevards of Ye Olde Gotham hunting for Jack the Ripper was one of my favorite Elseworlds stories, and I can't believe it's taken DC this long to tap into its atmospheric detective tale.
Written by Brian Augustyn, with eerie art by Hellboy mastermind Mike Mignola, this Victorian Age one-off comic was published in February of 1989 and remains beloved by Bat-fans around the world.
Here's the original 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.”
The closest adaptation of Gotham by Gaslight we ever got was an aborted 2012 video game from Day 1 Studios that left us only with some amazing concept art and test footage to remember it by. Batman and Harley Quinn hits home video on August 29 for your first gloomy glimpse of Batman: Gotham by Gaslight.
Are you prepared for a 19th-century steampunk Dark Knight lured into the historic slaying grounds of the Butcher of Whitechapel as DC's next animated feature project?