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Christopher Berkeley, Sam Liu
David Giuntoli, Tati Gabrielle, David Dastmalchian
Writing Credits:
Jase Ricci, Mike Mignola, Richard Pace

An ancient evil awakens and only Bruce Wayne can save 1920s Gotham City.

Rated PG-13.

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
Spanish Dolby 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 90 min.
Price: $29.98
Release Date: 3/28/2023

• Audio Commentary with Co-Director Sam Liu, Writer Jase Ricci, DC Creative Director Mike Carlin and Producer Jim Krieg
• “Shadows of Gotham” Featurette
• 2 Bonus Cartoons
• 2 Previews


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Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham [Blu-Ray] (2023)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (March 26, 2023)

In prior DC animated direct-to-video flicks, we got iterations of the Dark Knight set in the 19th century and located in feudal Japan. With 2023’s Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham, we see the Caped Crusader in the 1920s.

After decades away, Bruce Wayne (voiced by David Giuntoli) returns to Gotham City. While in the Arctic, he learned a fatalistic cult intends to stage a massive violent event in his hometown.

To combat that this, Bruce adopts the mantle of Batman. However, he encounters surprises, as he finds a secret source of the attack that enters the magical/fantastical realm.

Doom originally sprang to life in late 2000 as a three-issue comic. It came under the “Elseworlds” aegis, an imprint that allowed DC to place its characters in non-canonical tales.

I think sagas of this sort come with obvious intrigue, as the idea of DC characters in “fantasy” situations sounds fun. However, these projects run the risk that they’ll focus more on the unusual settings/circumstances than story and feel like gimmicks without much substance.

Unfortunately, that becomes the case with the semi-limp Doom. Too much of the time, it turns into little more than an excuse to depict “Jazz Age” versions of DC characters.

At times this can seem vivid and clever. I like the altered versions of various Robins, and Oliver “Green Arrow” Queen gets a good twist.

However, most of the movie just trots out these roles without much real purpose. Doom simply hopes the basic premise will carry the day.

It doesn’t, and the absence of a particularly coherent or compelling plot doesn’t help. The core narrative leaps around too much and never comes together in an especially taut manner.

Doom also wears too many influences on its sleeve. The opening feels too reminiscent of 1982’s The Thing, and we get clear allusions to the work of HP Lovecraft as well.

The basic premise – and all those 1920s renditions of characters – keeps the viewer with Doom for a little while. However, these elements fail to become enough to make this a consistently enjoyable 90 minutes of superhero material.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B+/ Bonus B-

Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham appears in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This turned into an appealing presentation.

Sharpness worked fine. A little stylistic softness emerged, but the movie offered good delineation and accuracy as a whole.

Jaggies and moiré effects also remained absent, and the image lacked edge haloes or artifacts. In addition, print flaws were a non-factor and didn’t appear at any point.

In terms of colors, Doom went with a subdued palette that favored moody greys, greens, reds and ambers. The tones looked solid, as they showed positive richness and vivacity.

Blacks were deep and tight, while shadows showed nice clarity. Across the board, the image worked well.

I thought the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Doom opened up the comic book material well. The forward channels brought out the majority of the audio, but the entire package added a lot to the movie. Music presented strong stereo imaging, while effects cropped up in logical spots and blended well.

The surrounds also contributed good information. For the most part, these reinforced the forward channels, but they also contributed a fair amount of unique material.

These instances mainly occurred during bigger action scenes. The back speakers brought out a nice sense of space and environment.

Audio quality always satisfied. Speech was warm and natural, without edginess or other issues.

Music sounded lively and full, while effects displayed good definition. Those elements seemed accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a positive presentation that deserved a “B+”.

As we head to extras, we open with an audio commentary from co-director Sam Liu, writer Jase Ricci, DC Creative Director Mike Carlin and producer Jim Krieg. All four sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the source and its move to the screen, visual design, influences, music, casy and performances, and related domains.

In general, the commentaries for DC direct-to-video animated movies tend to feel mediocre, and this one follows that pattern. On the positive side, the participants remain active, engaged and lively throughout the chat.

However, they simply don’t give us a lot of strong information about the movie, as they mostly praise it. While we get occasional insights, the end result frustrates more than it educates.

Shadows of Gotham runs 13 minutes, 12 seconds. It brings remarks from Liu, Ricci, clinical psychologist Dr. Drea Letamendi, and voice director Wes Gleason.

“Shadows” examines the source comic, story/characters, visual design, themes and influences. A few insights emerge but the featurette lacks a lot of good information.

Two Previews appear, the first of which covers Gotham By Gaslight. It features Krieg, DC Entertainment Animation Creative Director Mike Carlin, and executive producer Bruce Timm.

They tell us about the source comic and aspects of the film’s story and character areas. It’s a promo piece but it’s an effective one.

We also find a look at Superman: Red Son that spans 11 minutes, 21 seconds. It involves Timm, Krieg, Gleason, DC Entertainment VP Ames Kirshen, and actors Diedrich Bader, Amy Acker, Paul Williams, Sasha Roiz, and Jason Isaacs.

This preview details the same sort of territory heard in the promo for Gaslight. Expect another ad on steroids.

Under From the DC Vault, we get two episodes of Batman: The Animated Series. Here we find Part One (22:18) and Part Two (22:14) of “The Demon’s Quest”.

Here an adult Robin (voiced by Loren Lester) gets abducted by the same party that kidnaps Talia Al Ghul (Helen Slater) so Batman (Kevin Conroy) must team up with foe Ra’s Al Ghul (David Warner).

Back when I read the comics regularly, I always thought Ra’s was a lackluster, unexciting villain. That attitude hasn’t changed with Ra’s as a character in the animated series. He lacks the panache or glamour of the better Bat baddies, and that factor makes this two-part episode average.

Note that these two episodes just appeared on the Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons release a few months before Doom hit the shelves. With hundreds of animated shows out there, can’t DC avoid recycled shows on the home video packages?

Although I hoped the 1920s setting of Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham would act as something more than a gimmick, I found disappointment. The film comes with a limp story and feels like little more than an excuse to trot out DC characters in a different era. The Blu-ray comes with very good picture and audio as well as a few bonus materials. This turns into a lackluster adventure.

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