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Jake T. Austin,
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[handcuffs the Ripper without him noticing]
I paid Houdini three hundred dollars for that trick.
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Similar to "Batman: The Animated Series", but set in Victorian Era. Not enough of a twist to hold it's own.
This movie was certainly a deviation from the recent DC Batman movies. It lacked that epic 'holy sh*t!" feel that we've learned to love in flicks like "Batman: Under The Red Hood" or even "Son of Batman."
The movie is more akin to "Batman: The Animated Series" or at best "Mask of the Phantasm." Entertaining enough to watch but not to rewatch.
I liked the idea of having Batman set in a different era, but ultimately the concept falls short and is used purely for novelty rather than a vehicle to introduce Batman in a new light. There are so many different ideas, characters, themes, etc that could've been used and twisted to make something truly unique... but instead it didn't take any risks. Why even have a movie set in an alternate timeline if you don't do anything unique with it?
In a nutshell: It gives us the familiar Batman from the animated series that we know and love but fails to pass it off as something 'new' by merely changing the setting. If you liked the Animated Series, you'll get some entertainment out of this.
5/10***** - Worth a rent, but certainly not a buy.
(My Own 2 Cents on Rebooting Superheroes):
If you are planning to reinvent The Batman (or any superhero) in a self-contained story, go wild with it and don't hold anything back.
I understand the risk, thinking that changing the storyline and characters TOO much may yield a movie too unfamiliar/unrelatable for existing fans to want to watch/buy. But taking that same risk (especially if the story is already self-contained) may do the exact opposite, 'wow' existing fans and gain new audience demographics altogether.
Example: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
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