The R-rated animated Batman film Gotham by Gaslight zips the Dark Knight back in time during the Victorian era as he takes on Jack the Ripper with the help of a few familiar faces. The basis for the film, Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola’s one-shot 1989 graphic novel of the same name, was a groundbreaking step in forming alternate histories and reimaginings of famous characters.
Batman has to catch the serial killer, prove Bruce Wayne’s innocence, and protect would-be victims. The tale’s violence, language, and feminist themes, all woven into its historical setting, have made the mature tale a perennial fan favorite.
Fans have been eagerly anticipating the animated adaptation, which was teased at New York Comic Con back in October, and we’ve got an exclusive clip below:
This chase in the Sam Liu-directed film shows off some of the more realistic violence and the steam-powered gadgets Batman’s using to hunt the killer. Riding a blimp slowly in pursuit of a fleeing Ripper is a great setup for an even cooler action set piece that shows off the period and the technology of the time.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 6.