For the past 10 years, DC and Warner Bros. Animation have adapted many of the most seminal and popular comic book stories of the last several years, including The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, and Flashpoint. Next year, however, they will will be dipping into into as as-of-yet untapped resource of stories: DC’s Elseworlds.
To kick off the journey into this new realm of animated tales, DC and WB will be starting with non other than the original Elseworlds adventure, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight. Trading Gotham for Victorian London, this new feature film will pit the World’s Greatest Detective against the world’s most infamous serial killer, as Batman takes on Jack the Ripper. Actor Bruce Greenwood (Batman: Under the Red Hood) returns to the role of Batman and is joined by Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) as Selina Kyle in a period piece that looks to be the first of many Elseworlds tales to be translated to animation.
At New York Comic-Con, Warner Bros. held a panel with producers Bruce Timm, James Tucker, and Jim Krieg to discuss this new and very different take on the Dark Knight.
We had a chance to interview the panelists and find out what prompted the venture to this side of the DCU and what to expect in the future.
Producer Bruce Timm
Director Sam Liu
Screenwriter Jim Krieg
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is slated for release on February 6, 2018.