1989’s Gotham by Gaslight stands as one of the more influential Batman stories of its era. Set outside of the mainline continuity and setting, it’s considered DC Comics’ first “Elseworlds” story, and is one of the most high-profile comics of Mike Mignola’s pre-Hellboy career.
This week sees the Blu-ray/DVD release of the Batman: Gotham by Gaslight animated feature, adapting Brian Augustyn and Mignola’s story. Directed by Sam Liu and written by Jim Krieg, the animated Gotham by Gaslight expands the original story, adding more characters and keeping the premise of Batman tackling the Jack the Ripper mystery in Victorian era Gotham City.
CBR has an exclusive clip from Gotham by Gaslight, featuring Bruce Wayne and Dr. Hugo Strange having an awkward encounter at a funeral — with Strange, after singing the praises of lobotomies, hinting rather heavily at a connection between Bruce and the Batman.
“Because it was such a short length, the identity of who Jack the Ripper was, there was really only one suspect, really,” executive producer Bruce Timm said this past October at New York Comic Con. “Some of them are red herrings, and maybe one of them actually is the Ripper.”
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight stars Bruce Greenwood returning to the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jennifer Carpenter as Selina Kyle, Anthony Stewart Head as Alfred, John DiMaggio as Chief Bullock and William Salyers as Hugo Strange. It’s available now on digital download, and Feb. 6 on Blu-ray/DVD.
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