Even though Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is animated, it should be no surprise that a film about the Caped Crusader racing through the shadows to stop 19th Century slasher Jack the Ripper earned an R rating.
The MPAA cited “some violence” for the reason Gotham by Gaslight is really a cartoon for adults. When the trailer starts with a mysterious hand lunging a knife into human flesh, you know this is not a movie you’ll be able to buy without ID when it is released by Warner Home video next year. This is the third DC animated movie to be given an R rating after Batman: The Killing Joke and Justice League Dark, and the fourth overall R-rated Batman movie.
Gotham by Gaslight, which is based on the DC Elseworlds comic of the same name, puts Batman in a crime-infested Victorian alt-verse outside the regular DC universe. If only the Dark Knight actually was chasing the era’s most notorious serial killer. He becomes the prime detective in the Ripper case, which leads him into shady back alleys and a blood-spattered butcher shop where a suspicious figure may or may not have blood on her hands.
This is hardly the first animated film that is definitely not for kids. Think Beowulf, Princess Mononoke and Watership Down (which brought some really enraged parents to the internet last year after they showed it to their preteens around Easter because bunnies). Epic battles, disembodied deer heads and scenes smeared with blood and gore are definitely not something you want underage eyes seeing.
Batman is voiced for the second time by Bruce Greenwood (Gerald’s Game, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), who previously wore the proverbial Batsuit in Under the Red Hood. Jennifer Carpenter is the voice of shifty Selina Kyle, with Anthony Head as Alfred, who clearly doesn’t get that Bruce Wayne is not looking for a tuxedo when he asks for his suit.
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(Via Dread Central)