I had almost forgotten that the Batman anime, Gotham Knight, was being released this week. Fortunately MTV.com posted an extended preview on their site, featuring Batman-san in all of his glory. I’ve been trying to embed the clip here, but WordPress is giving me all types of problems. Lame.
To be honest, I’m not really blown away by the style of this piece, but it did have some pleasant surprises. It looks like Gotham Central’s Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya are in the stories, and Kevin Conroy is back as the voice of Batman! (Thank God!)
Also of note is a cool new book collecting Batman manga produced in Japan during the 1960’s. Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan is the first collection of its’ kind, and features Batman and Robin comics created specifically for the Japanese readership. Unfortunately it isn’t being released until fall, but this lengthy and informative interview should hold you over until then,
Whenever I hear about Bat-Manga or Bat-Manime I always think back at the old World’s Finest comics where Batman and Superman are slapping around offensive Japanese caracitures for 45 pages, then spend the rest of the book urging people to buy war bonds. I know that those older books were simply a product of their time, but I can’t help but enjoy the cosmic irony of it all.