Warner Brothers has released a few images from the upcoming direct to DVD release, “Batman: Gotham Knight,” which will be bridging the gap between the last live action Batflick and the next. An interesting experiment, and I wish them well with it – it’d be interesting to see it succeed and generate similar projects for other franchises.
As always, bigger, better images are online in the KFR gallery and the complete press release is after the jump.
PRODUCERS OF BATMAN BEGINS AND THE DARK KNIGHT BRING YOU THE DC UNIVERSE ANIMATED ORIGINAL MOVIE BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
ON DVD FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO
ON JULY 8, 2008!
The Title is the Third DC Universe Animated Original PG-13 Movie and will be timed for release with the much anticipated theatrical release of The Dark Knight
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, (February 25, 2008) â€“DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation have collaborated to create a unique Batman experience in Batman: Gotham Knight. The all-new, original movie will arrive July 8, 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The original movie will also be available OnDemand and Pay-per-View as well as available for download on the same day as release date, July 8, 2008.
Batman: Gotham Knight is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the EmmyÂ®-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation. A cross section of distinguished creators, award winning producers, and acclaimed writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Wayneâ€™s journey to Dark Knight, each with stylish art from some of the worldâ€™s most revered animation visionaries.
Batman: Gotham Knight was headed by an impressive list of directors who have brought their distinctly different anime styles to the classic Batman character. The production was divided among three renowned studios â€“ Studio 4ÂºC, Production I.G and Madhouse â€“ and included the truly inimitable visions of directors Shojiro Nishimi, Futoshi Higashide, Hiroshi Morioka, Yasuhiro Aoki and Toshiyuki Kubooka. With stories written by several of the most talented writers of film, comic books, and animation, including Academy AwardÂ®-nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence), David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), EmmyÂ®-winner Alan Burnett (Batman: The Animated Series), Jordan Goldberg (Associate Producer, The Dark Knight), and award-winning comics writers Greg Rucka and Brian Azzarello, Batman: Gotham Knight presents thrilling new adventures of Batman that spotlight several of Gotham Cityâ€™s most dangerous villains, including the fearsome Scarecrow, the freakish Killer Croc and the unnerving marksman known as Deadshot. Batman: Gotham Knight is produced by Emma Thomas (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Michael Uslan & Benjamin Melniker (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Toshi Hiruma and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).
Batman: Gotham Knight will be available on DVD for $24.98 SRP. There will also be a 2-disc Special Edition DVD available for $29.98 SRP which contains additional bonus features. All the content from the 2-disc Special Edition DVD will be available on Blu-ray Disc for $34.99 SRP.
Batman: Gotham Knight DVD will feature incredible extras including:
â€¢ â€œA Mirror for the Bat: The Evil Denizens of Gotham Cityâ€? – A stimulating documentary covering Gotham Cityâ€™s most nefarious of characters, combined with a look into the symbiotic relationship Batman shares with his enemies.
â€¢ â€œSneak Peek: Wonder Womanâ€? – DC Universe animated original movie
â€¢ Audio Commentary – Featuring the filmmakers of Gotham Knight.
â€¢ Widescreen (1.78:1)
â€¢ 5.1 Dolby Digital
The 2-disc Special Edition DVD will feature even more incredible extras including:
â€¢ â€œBatman and Me a Devotion of Destiny: The Bob Kane Storyâ€? – The comprehensive chronology of the remarkable life of the creator of Batman.
â€¢ â€œBatman: The Animated Seriesâ€? Bonus Episodes – Bruce Timm selects his favorite episodes from Batman: The Animated Series.
â€œBatman: Gotham Knight explores an exciting moment between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight,â€? said Paul Levitz, DC Comics President and Publisher, â€œand takes our fans on a very different visual trip through Gotham and Batmanâ€™s life. Weâ€™re extremely proud of this project, and look forward to adding to the momentum our DC Universe Animated Original Movie program has been building.â€?