Gotham by Gaslight began the Batman Elseworld storylines and was published back in February 1989. Essentially, the idea is that Bruce Wayne becomes Batman in 1889 and faces down against Jack the Ripper. If you missed the announcement, this storyline is being adapted into an animated film and it looks pretty good. Warner Bros. released a new clip that introduces some familiar faces to us earlier this week. If you want to know more about the story, here’s a synopsis:
If you want to read the story before watching the movie, you can pick up a copy of Gotham by Gaslight over on Amazon. It’s only 48 pages, so it shouldn’t take too long to get through. Because it’s only 48 pages, DC has stated that the movie will expand on the story to get the runtime to around 80 minutes. If handled well, the additions could prove great. If done poorly, it could kill the film (I’m looking at you The Killing Joke). Are you excited to see this great story come to life?
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight will be released digitally on January 23 or on Blu-ray and DVD February 6. Pre-orders are available now.