Batman: Haunted Knight Review
A series of dark and twisted tales which let’s the reader into Bruce’s deepest fears.
Batman: Haunted Knight is a collection of three Halloween specials; Fears, Madness and Ghosts. The collaboration being so popular it led to Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale coming together again to create The Long Halloween, Catwoman: When in Rome and Dark Victory, both of these I have already read and thoroughly enjoyed which made me purchase Batman: Haunted Knight. Haunted Knight is a part of the Legends of the Dark Knight series.
Although it’s questionable whether Haunted Knight is a part of the continuity, Haunted Knight is set during the early years of Bruce Wayne’s quest to rid Gotham City of crime in Gotham as the Dark Knight .
There are three separate stories in this collected edition with Fears, Madness and Ghosts all being released at Halloween in ’93, ’94 and ’95.
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Jeph sets the tone as he describes what Halloween means to different cities in America including what it means in Gotham City which is “All Hell breaks loose” accompanied by an image of the Scarecrow riding on horseback. Of course, it wouldn’t be Halloween without the character who’s caused so many nightmares to its citizens.
It doesn’t take long for some action to start as Bruce raids a potential meet up of thugs waiting for Jonathan Crane. At first they plan to try and take him on before being pounded mercilessly by the Batman. He tracks him down and prepares to take him in while commenting on his lack of sleep. Being so early in his career and without a partner at this time this happened a lot.
The artwork’s dated which is to be expected from an early nineties book, it’s hard to say if I was reading this when it came out if I would be saying the same thing. It doesn’t detract from the experience however as Tim Sale always had a way to make the most of the lack of colour and made the whole scene darker. The Legends of the Dark Knight as always more focused on the ‘dark’ aspect of Batman.
There’s a short scene where Gordon finds Batman apprehending Scarecrow. He tries to make small talk with Bruce. It doesn’t work.
Bruce has a gala which he makes an appearance, during that time Crane manages to use his feargas while being detained. Perhaps he had planned to be caught. During the gala Bruce meets a woman who intrigues him…before he can get anywhere with her though the bat signal is on in response to Scarecrow’s escape and further destruction of Gotham’s relay stations.
Fears I sets the tone of what kind of Bruce we’re dealing with. He’s extremely tired and knows it, he managed to allow a thug to get close enough to slash his suit. Scarecrow is causing havoc around Gotham and Bruce seems to be lacking patience to deal with. Full of intrigue and an original story to get stuck into.
Fears II opens up with a Bruce inner monologue about his excuse to have to leave Jillian and what he wanted to say if he could. He also questions why he does what he does. Bruce isn’t as open as this in later books and it’s good to revisit old books from time to time to remember how far Bruce and Batman have
come. Jeph Loeb has a mastery of knowing how to write young Bruce and making him vulnerable without compromising on his mastery.
There’s a sweet moment where Bruce is on a date with Jillian and she probes him about his life. This section is drawn in black and white and personal I thought it was done brilliantly and gives another glimpse of Bruce’s loneliness. Even when he really wants to enjoy life as Bruce Wayne he doesn’t and instead dons the cape and cowl and heads out. Really sad.
Batman chases Scarecrow down again and into a maze filled with poison barbs, Batman is thrashed and collapses from the poison and the tiredess. He should have taken his time off like how he really wanted to.
It’s a sad an melancholic chapter where Bruce’s sadness really comes out and his total determination gets the better of him. It’s a great, well written story so far with Bruce’s conflict between the light and the dark sides in the spotlight.
Alfred follows his suspicions about Jillian Maxwell and finds she is with Interpol, FBI and CIA. Meanwhile Bruce finds his way back home but is in horrific shape which puts him in a toxic shock presented with a nightmare. Jillian comes to visit him before Alfred gets a chance to discuss who she really is. In Bruce’s
absence Scarecrow is allowed to get around a bit more and manages to get at James Gordon.
Bruce uncharacteristically wants to just leave on holiday with Jillian, at this point Alfred finally gives over the information he has on Jillian on a 3 and a half floppy disk!
Batman finds Scarecrow (again) and beats the absolute daylights out of him saving the day. Meanwhile, Jillian’s plot as a goldigger turns out to be true and she leaves only to be on a beach with a message to confess about her previous murders of wealthy single men – Bruce was meant to be the next husband on her list if it wasn’t for Alfred.
Fears III brings Fears to an end and I have to say it was brilliant. Jeph Loeb leads us down a fairly tragic tale into Bruce’s personal life and his loneliness. Yes, Scarecrow was about causing havoc but to me “Fears” was about Bruce’s fears about what lies ahead for him and Batman and how he is likely to be lonely and incapable of a normal relationship. He believes he is serving a purpose to Gotham City and giving up his potential happiness and normality is a sacrifice he has to make rather than on he wants to.
Madness begins with a monologue from Barbara Gordon (I presume) and James Gordon. He mentions adopting Barbara, I did not know that! It turns out it is true and was retconned after Crisis on Infinite Earths. Anyway, we swiftly move on to the subject matter during this years Halloween celebrations – the Mad Hatter and Batman.
The artwork is pretty much identical to Fears as it probably should be when helmed by Tim Sale. Batman thinks of the Mad Hatter and how he disturbs him even above Joker, Scarecrow and Two-Face because of how he perverts his childhood memories of ‘ Alice in Wonderland ‘. When you think about it is a bit weirder than the other named villains and in Madness he has kidnapped some children. After a brief chase Mad Hatter gets the better of Batman on a one v one which is a bit of a surprise considering Mad Hatter isn’t the most combat gifted villain. Then again, we are still in Bruce’s early days…
We get to see a bit more of the Gordon household and James’ strained relationship at times with Barbara. We also get a glimpse into Bruce Wayne’s childhood the night of his parents murder, they were reading Alice in Wonderland before they left to watch The Mark of Zorro. Now we know why he doesn’t like the Hatter so much.
Following the argument with her Dad, Barbara flees the house and lands herself into trouble with some thugs in skull costumes, she manages to get away only to be found by the Mad Hatter. At this stage she had clearly not donned the cape of Batgirl or had any training as she appears to be a weak and defenceless girl. The scene with the thugs is a bit grim and unless I’m mistaken they were possibly going to rape her. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale do have a habit or producing dark scripts and images but never quite like this. I’m not complaining, it does give it a sense of realism and that Gotham City is a real city with real crime.
Struggling to get up from the clash with Hatter, Batman is delusional and slips into madness which I assumed would be the theme of the book anyway. So far, Madness is turning into a really gripping dark tale with a lot of inner monologues and dark thoughts by all involved. Mad Hatter exemplifies the madness with his really odd and nasty presence.
The weirdness continues as Barbara is invited for tea with The Mad Hatter. Despite being terrified she stands her ground and doesn’t accept the tea – she just doesn’t like tea (who doesn’t like tea?!). Batman’s found in a bad state by Leslie Thompkins , a very old friend of Bruce and the Wayne family and one I’m quite familiar with.
Batman is patched up just in time to join James Gordon before they raid the tea part. Batman analyses the situation methodically trying to figure out the best approach to keep the kids, and Barbara, safe before James Gordon steams in. Together, they take Hatter down and Barbara is safe. Batman goes home and rather than avoid his problems takes them head on and starts to read Alice in Wonderland.
It’s not a short issue in particular but many of the scenes were drawn out and explored in depth. A good story if not a little slow. Much like Fears, Madness explores what Batman is thinking rather than what Batman is doing. Haunted Knight is especially good for those who want to know what’s going on in Bruce’s head.
Ghosts starts the night before Halloween and a gala Bruce is attending is targeted by Penguin who looks more like an actual Penguin than I’ve seen in any book. A bit more action than Fears and Madness as we watch Batman beat the living daylights out of Penguin before an awesome mid air chase begins. Batman, as he often does saves the day and captures the villain which brings about an end to a bit of welcome action after some bleak storylines in Haunted Knight.
Bruce retires home to an empty and dark looking Wayne Manor, consistent with the darkness and loneliness explored in Haunted Knight.
Bruce is visited by the ghost of his Father while in bed and you can see that it is the first of three visits much like A Christmas Carol . Bruce tries to make sure he is aware this is poisoning and not his actual mind playing tricks on him. The second visit from Poison Ivy makes him think that she caused it but she swiftly reminds him she is locked up at Arkham. Ivy shows him a vision of his younger days at Halloween dressing up as Zorro – another throwback to that fateful night his parents were shot. Ivy shows him his days before Year One while in Paris and stumbling upon and saving Lucius Fox. We see how abrupt and already committed to Batman he was back then, to honour his parents.
The last visitor, as you’d expect is the Joker. Joker reminds him that people are as scared of him as they are of the villains he catches and the two of them are not as different as they make out to be, a theme Joker brings up a few times in Batman books. The vision ends with Bruce Wayne seeing his own grave and how little of a legacy he left – making us think that the Batman’s biggest fear is to have not made a difference and forgotten. We see Batman taking heed of his visions, calling Lucius Fox to start the Wayne Foundation. Is this a selfish act? Does he want to make a difference or just be remembered? From this Halloween night one things for certain – Bruce Wayne has to change.
Batman: Haunted Knight is a GREAT collection of stories surrounding Halloween. It’s fairly old and you can see that in the art but the writing is magnificent. If you like books about what makes Bruce Wayne who he is then you’re going to love this book as he delves very deep into Bruce’s deepest fears and thoughts. However, Fears, Madness and Ghosts are very slow and there isn’t much action so if you prefer the blockbuster fights and showdowns you’re going to be disappointed.
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This paperback collects the following comic books:
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1 ( Fears from 1993)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #2 ( Madness from 1994)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #3 ( Ghosts from 1995)
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Batman: Haunted Knight Continuity Breakdown
Batman: Haunted Knight , by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, is a series of independent comics that connect thematically. Each follows Batman on the night of Halloween, as he takes on one of Gotham City’s criminals. Each encounter examines an aspect of Batman’s personality and calls into question what he is doing.
This continuity breakdown is going to take a look at the references in Batman: Haunted Knight to other comics in the franchise. We’re looking at Haunted Knight ‘s collected contents, what to read before reading Haunted Knight , and what to read after reading Haunted Knight .
What Comics Does Batman: Haunted Knight Collect?
Batman: Haunted Knight collects Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special, Batman: Madness – A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special, and Batman: Ghosts – A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special . These three issues are the only issues in this series, making this a complete collection of these stories.
What to Read Before Batman: Haunted Knight?
Batman: Haunted Knight is an independent collection of stories. Because of this, fans can easily read this volume without having read anything else first. However, it does help to be somewhat familiar with Batman’s general history before starting this book.
What to Read After Batman: Haunted Knight?
Batman: Haunted Knight is independent and doesn’t directly start any specific stories. Because of this, there is nothing that should be read directly after reading this volume.
However, Haunted Knight is notable for being the collaboration between Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale that inspired them to work on other Batman books in the future. Specifically, it inspired them to create Batman: The Long Halloween ( Continuity ), their most famous and critically acclaimed work. The Long Halloween also connects thematically to the stories in this volume, making it a good follow-up read for anyone who enjoyed this book.
References in Batman: The Long Halloween
- There are a few vague references to Batman: Year One within this book. This includes Batman’s updated origin story and the existence of James Gordon Jr. However, these references are very general and not very direct.
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The Multiverse of Horror: “Batman: Haunted Knight” by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale
By christopher egan | october 31st, 2020 posted in columns | % comments.
As a life long fan of all things horror, it seemed right to come up with a mini-column for the month of October, leading up to Halloween, with some of my personal favorites from the world of horror comics. I want to discuss the works through all of their components – the writing, the art, the ideas and themes; to interrogate what makes this particular comic book series or graphic novel a standout in the horror genre. I really want to delve into titles that maybe haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve, or simply have had some years out of the spotlight. For the final entry this month, I decided to go with a book that is Halloween themed with “Batman: Haunted Knight” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. Mild Spoilers Ahead
Cover by Tim Sale Written by Jeph Loeb Illustrated by Tim Sale Colored by Gregory Wright Lettered by Todd Klein Chapter Separations Designed by Android Images
The first time Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale teamed up on Batman was for three Halloween specials for “Legends of the Dark Knight.” It was later reprinted as “Haunted Knight” to make for a fun and creepy anthology series inspired by Halloween and classic horror stories. Using some of the key villains from Batman’s Rogues Gallery, Loeb sets them against The Dark Knight in ways meant to excite and terrify. A great read for this time of year, it may not have the recognition of the creative duos other outings, but it is a must for fans of this team, and of this era of “Batman.” It is because of this that fans were graced with “The Long Halloween,” “Dark Victory,” and “Catwoman: When in Rome.”
The first story ‘Fears’ has, you guessed it, Dr. Jonathan Crane – The Scarecrow causing mayhem throughout Gotham City. Over the course of a week, leading up to Halloween, Scarecrow has been blowing up power relays. Allowing pockets of Gotham to go dark, he has used the chaos to commit a slew of crimes. Between his endless hours of his dual life as both the Caped Crusader and as Bruce Wayne, Batman is noticing that he has been over tired lately. Feeling not quite himself, and almost to the point where he isn’t on top of his game as the Batman. However, he quickly dispatches of Scarecrow’s goons and tracks down the madman and puts an end to his crime streak, or so he thinks. Crane sprays Batman with his most recent Fear Toxin and it seemingly has no effect. Scarecrow gets carted away, and Bruce must return to Wayne Manor for the Halloween Costume Ball he is throwing. During the party, the Scarecrow is able to escape by using his toxin on the cops holding him. At the same time Bruce has met a mysterious woman named Jillian who seems just as intrigued by him as he is of her.
‘Fears’ sprints through this possible budding romance between Bruce and Jillian, Batman hunting down the Scarecrow, and facing his own fears that stem from the night of his parents’s murder. The Halloween theme aside, what sets this story firmly into this horror anthology is a nearly pitch perfect use of Scarecrow and the effects of his toxin. It is never over done. We get some great imagery that would go on to inspire future iterations of both the villain and Batman lore as a whole. Loeb really allows us to see Bruce/Batman at his most vulnerable. He also leaves us with a bit of a mystery. What is making Batman deal with these issues at this moment in time? Is it a delayed effect of the Fear Toxin? The possibility of a real relationship with a woman? Guilt over how he must split his life right down the middle? It’s a solid little mystery without over explanation and a satisfying resolution. It even has some old school Alfred quips.
Of the three stories this is the most Gothic Noir and Sale does an excellent job with both the environments and emotional set pieces to differentiate it from the other stories in this volume. His placement of characters within the frames is genius. His work captures both an action epic style with the quiet subtlety of old detective movies. It feels both modern and like something ripped out of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Gregory Wright’s color work is what truly gives this story its gothic tone. Without his stark shadows and high contrast lighting this story would not achieve the level of beauty that is on display throughout. Every page is stunning and his palette choices call back to decades of different styles of Batman. An interesting mystery with exciting action moments make for an excellent “Batman” special and it was a perfect choice for opening up this book.
Next up is ‘Madness.’ One of the more unsettling and uncomfortable “Batman” arcs. The story really goes in for a closer look at who Jervis Tetch aka The Mad Hatter really is underneath the silly portrayal and costume. Other the other side of this creepy coin we get a really nice exploration into a pre-Batgirl Barbara Gordon. As some fans may not know, Barbara is actually Jim’s niece who he and his wife, also Barbara, have adopted. We follow young Barbara who is new to Gotham City really getting accustomed to her new surroundings and her new family. Aside from the dialogue the story moves back and forth between narration from both Batman and Barbara as they are dealing with battles of two very different kinds on the night before Halloween.
The moments between Jim and Barbara aren’t always comfortable or happy. As both try to get used to one another their fears and their sensibilities clash. Both are from different worlds and it is going to take some time for them to bond. An argument about going out on Halloween comes to a head and Barbara decides to sneak out. With the Mad Hatter out on the loose things go from bad to worse. The Hatter gets the upperhand on Batman and uses this time to become…acquainted with Barbara. As Batman is out of it we see a bit more into his psyche – ties to his parents throughout. Their deaths, the first time Martha Wayne read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to Bruce, and so on. The entire story really captures some deeply unnerving elements of both Gotham on Halloween and the inner workings of Jervis. Loeb’s script really plays around with sexual abuse, pedophilia, and drugging a minor. Overall, probably due to when it was published, it plays it safe more or less, but it’s covers some big concepts that should be tackled. Especially with the character of the Mad Hatter. We have seen him kidnap young women in various stories, attempting to fit them into the role of Alice, but this is possibly the first time we see it used in a much more sinister fashion. It is so much more than just kidnapping someone due to unrequited love/interest.
As for the artwork, it is another slam dunk from Sale & Wright. There isn’t really a push for the Gothic outside of a briefly seen park bridge. The style takes the story to a more traditional cityscape in terms of Gotham and its buildings. We mostly see the inside of the Gordon home and Wayne Manor. Wright’s colors are magnificent. For being so bright and really bringing this world to life, he still goes for more muted tones except for the main sequences with the Hatter. It is all beautiful even when crawling under your skin. LIke ‘Fears’ this is a must read in the grand scheme of “Batman.”
This volume wraps up with ‘Ghosts.’ Probably my least favorite of the bunch, but only because it is a Halloween spin on “A Christmas Carol.” It is still a very well done story and some of the most iconic panels in recent Bat-history – especially of Sale’s take on Poison Ivy. At a Halloween bash, Bruce has to swing into action when the Penguin crashes the party with death and destruction. After that situation is handled Bruce makes his way home, immediately passing out in bed. He is then visited by the ghost of his father a la Jacob Marley, who tells him the burden and obsession of being Batman will cause him to have a terrible afterlife. He is then visited by the Ghosts of Halloween Past, Present & Future in the guises of some of his most famous Rogues. It’s filled with beautiful art and a sad Bruce Wayne. In terms of storytelling it’s nothing too incredibly deep. As I said it is just a Halloween mashup of the famous Dickens story, but the presentation is so nice to look at, it’s hard to bash it too much. It also makes for enjoyable, slightly lighter fare to close this book out with. And again, the art team simply kills it once again.
Like most books with Loeb and Sale at the helm, “Batman: Haunted Knight” feels like a warm blanket on a chilly stormy night. It will wrap you up in its scares, nostalgia, and well told Batman stories. This is a must read this time of year and it makes for one of the best Halloween comics ever produced.
These volumes have been re-released more than once, sometimes alone, sometimes included with “The Long Halloween” and “Dark Victory.” Any are easy to find anywhere you buy comics. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I have and let us know what you think. Do you enjoy this October outing, or is the Dark Knight better left to non-holiday tales?
Chris lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, two cats, and ever-growing comic book and film collection. He is an occasional guest on various podcasts, writes movie reviews on his own time, and enjoys trying new foods. He can be found on Instagram . if you want to see pictures of all that and more!
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ABSOLUTE BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT
In this new Absolute edition by the team of writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale, Batman faces off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Dark Knight confronts his deepest fears as he tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and The Joker. This slipcased hardcover collects BATMAN: MADNESS #1, BATMAN: GHOSTS #1, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1 and CATWOMAN: WHEN IN ROME #1-6!
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When does Haunted Knight take place? (NO SPOILERS)
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And no spoilers please as i haven't read long halloween or dark victory or Haunted Knight.
Do i need to read LH and DV before i read Haunted Knight?
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@hauntedgraveyard : Haunted were 3 Halloween specials made by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale. They can be read on their own. With the success of those Stories Jeff Loeb / Tim Sale and DC decided that they could do a mini-serie. The Mini Serie is The Long Halloween , it is a story retelling how Harvey Dent became Two-Face. Then with the success of this mini, they decided to make a follow-up mini-serie Dark Victory , about Two-Face and the origins of Robin. There is also a tie-in about Catwoman wich won multiple prises, Catwomen: When in Rome .
Those stories where not meant to be canon, but just retellings of events. They are none the less concidered as canon.
To read Long Halloween, Haunted Night is not needed (and not that good). Dark Victory should be read right after as well as When in Rome.
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Batman: The Long Halloween Haunted Knight Deluxe Edition
By jeph loeb illustrated by tim sale, category: graphic novels & manga.
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About Batman: The Long Halloween Haunted Knight Deluxe Edition
On All Hallow’s Eve, there’s no telling what will haunt the Dark Knight. This haunting collection contains the tales of three Halloweens— Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Madness – A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, and Batman: Ghosts, A Legends of the Dark… #1. One Halloween during Batman’s early years, the Scarecrow is on the prowl in Gotham City, forcing the Dark Knight into a furiously frightful game of cat and mouse. In another, all Hallows Eve has come ’round again…and the Dark Knight of Gotham City has a midnight appointment with terror when he faces the twisted genius of the Mad Hatter! And in yet another, Bruce Wayne’s tortured sleep is violated by four specters: the spirit of his murdered father, the Ghost of Halloween Past, the Ghost of Halloween Present and a mysterious Ghost of Halloween Future. But what do they want of the Dark Knight?
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About Jeph Loeb
Jeph Loeb is an Emmy Award-nominated and Eisner Award-winning writer/producer living in Los Angeles. In television, his many credits include Smallville, Lost, and Heroes, and in film, Teen Wolf and Commando. In comics, he is best known for his work with the supremely talented artist and partner-in-crime Tim… More about Jeph Loeb
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Tim Sale is the Eisner Award-winning artist of Batman: The Long Halloween, Superman for All Seasons, Hulk: Gray, and more. His art was prominently featured on the hit NBC series Heroes.
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When Does The Batman Take Place?
The Batman doesn't bring attention to the year it happens, but a little detective work reveals when the Dark Knight's latest outing takes place.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Batman , in theaters now.
Batman films have always been incredibly detailed, with some of the best examples being found in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. That said, Matt Reeves' The Batman takes things a step further in detail, to the point that any questions that may be asked can be answered somewhere within the film. However, one thing the movie doesn't make entirely clear is when it takes place.
Aesthetically, Gotham City has always looked outside of any established architecture and aesthetic from most modern cities. For example, in Bruce Timm's animated Batman universe, Gotham mixed 1930s art deco and a more modern aesthetic. The iteration of the city in The Batman is a mixture of Tim Burton's gothic architecture and modern takes from New York City and Chicago to create something familiar yet totally original, but it makes it hard to pinpoint the exact year the film is set in. Thankfully, Twitter user BrandonDavisBD has given a hint thanks to a photo he took on set.
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While the film operated like an old detective story from the early years of cinema, its vehicles and technology have a huge modern influence that keeps audiences engaged. For most of the movie, it's established that the story is set over six days, starting on Halloween. But the first hint to the timeline is established with the timeframe from the death of the Waynes to the present day. Early in the film, it's explained that the murder of the mayor took place on the 18th anniversary of the Wayne murders, which established that Gotham has been in turmoil for close to 20 years.
While a timeframe is given, an exact year won't be shown until The Riddler (Paul Dano) uncovers dirt on the Waynes or himself, with the year 2001 being shown in the top corner of one of the photos. Now, with 18 years following their death, the year the film took place is seemingly 2019. This is further confirmed thanks to the Twitter post of one of Gotham taxis that also showed the year as 2020.
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Despite all that, though, the film's timeframe was still challenging to pinpoint. Gotham City has been in a state of struggle for decades as a result of the corruption and fear that ran it before Batman appeared. That's why its downtown looks like Times Square from the '70s rather than the sprawling metropolis it should be. However, its citizens keep the modern technology alive, whether through The Riddler's streaming or the many gadgets that Batman uses. But with its growth stunted, it still falls behind other larger cities, which made the film feel almost timeless.
The Batman is a unique visual exploration into the lore of Batman and his many rogues. However, it has also given audiences a version of Gotham that feels like a true comic book city. Not only is it reminiscent of real-life locations, but it also has its own energy that exists outside of the normal timestream. Therefore, while its setting is explored in the year 2019, it could take place in any other decade and feel entirely fitting.
To see how Gotham's setting is unique, The Batman is now playing in theaters.
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Batman: Haunted Knight
- 4.3 • 27 Ratings
This graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale—the creative team behind the classic BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—includes three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Darknight Detective confronts his deepest fears ashe tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1, BATMAN: MADNESS - A LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and BATMAN: GHOSTS - A LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. This graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale—the creative team behind the classic BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—includes three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Darknight Detective confronts his deepest fears ashe tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1, BATMAN: MADNESS - A LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and BATMAN: GHOSTS - A LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. This graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale—the creative team behind the classic BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—includes three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Darknight Detective confronts his deepest fears ashe tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1, BATMAN: MADNESS - A LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and BATMAN: GHOSTS - A LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. This graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale—the creative team behind the classic BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—includes three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Darknight Detective confronts his deepest fears ashe tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1, BATMAN: MADNESS - A LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and BATMAN: GHOSTS - A LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. This graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale—the creative team behind the classic BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—includes three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Darknight Detective confronts his deepest fears ashe tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1, BATMAN: MADNESS - A LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and BATMAN: GHOSTS - A LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. This graphic novel by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale—the creative team behind the classic BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN—includes three dark tales of horror and intrigue featuring Batman facing off against his most demented and wicked foes. Taking place on the most evil of holidays, Halloween, the Darknight Detective confronts his deepest fears ashe tries to stop the madness and horror created by Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, the Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Joker. Collects BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1, BATMAN: MADNESS - A LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and BATMAN: GHOSTS - A LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.
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By now, DC characters have become a kind of repertory company. The trick, for comics creators, is to find roles for them that both exploit their trustworthy familiarity and give them surprising things to do. Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween) does his bit by supplying a rapidly unfolding plot in which caped crime fighter Batman battles Killer Croc and Poison Ivy. Simultaneously, he's pursuing and lusting after the lusciously amoral Catwoman, whom he teams with in a rousing (though improbably evenly matched) brawl with Superman. Other familiar characters make cameo appearances throughout. But Batman is actually following someone else's script; a mysterious, bandage-swathed observer is toying with him and the others. Readers can guess who this master manipulator is, but the real puzzle is what kind of game he's playing. Loeb is especially talented at underwriting, not crowding the page full of long explanations and snappy patter; after all, readers have known these characters for years. Penciler Lee and inker Williams also know not to overwhelm the action with fussy details: their large panels give plenty of room to let angular, sweeping lines collide in striking designs. It's beautiful stuff. Catwoman has rarely looked so seductive, nor has Batman's heroic but fearsome image often been used so well. This volume a collection of the first five installments of a 12-part serial doesn't achieve much emotional closure. Nor does it transform the characters, but that would be unlikely anyway. What it does do is make readers look at Batman and his colleagues with a fresh, enthusiastic eye.
Three stories of the bats set around halloween night..
Not to spoil any of the stories within but these tales follow Batman’s adventures on the single most haunted night of the year. Sadly, the first tale with scarecrow was rather disappointing. The story in the middle with the mad hatter was the best of the trio and while the third tale was in the vein of a Christmas carol, it really didn’t add much other than a soft and kinder Bruce Wayne. I guess I was expecting this trio of stories to be as powerful and engaging as the long Halloween and dark victory but it was just simple and pure Batman fun. The drawings are great and set the mood for the night ahead which is the best part of this book. A good fun read but not as dark as should be for the dark knight on Halloween night. Batman is great regardless so I enjoyed it for what it was.
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Gotham Knights , the open-world, Bat-family action-RPG from WB Games Montreal, launches Oct. 25, the studio announced Wednesday morning . The news comes almost one year after Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that the highly anticipated project had to be delayed a year into 2022.
No other details accompanied Wednesday’s announcement. Gotham Knights will launch on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
Gotham Knights was first revealed at the inaugural DC FanDome event of 2020. The game stars Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and the Red Hood as playable characters. They’ll duke it out with longtime Bat-nemeses like Mr. Freeze, as well as the Court of Owls , a plutocratic conspiracy spanning generations of Gotham City’s richest and most powerful families. The game’s campaign will support cooperative multiplayer for two.
Gotham Knights was originally expected to launch in 2021 ; WBIE delayed the game on March 19, 2021, saying developers needed “more time to deliver the best possible experience for players.”
WB Games Montreal developed 2013’s Batman: Arkham Origins , the only game of the Batman: Arkham series not developed by Rocksteady Studios. Rocksteady is at work on Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League , which was also initially revealed at DC FanDome 2020 , and is likewise expected to launch in 2022, on PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X.
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When gotham knights release date is now.
WB only says its forthcoming Batman game Gotham Knights will "launch worldwide in 2022," without mentioning an exact day or even quarter.
Gotham Knights , a Batman action RPG set to be WB Games Montreal's first title in years, has officially been delayed beyond 2021. The decision was announced on March 19 and vague on details, promising mainly that WB is " giving the game more time to deliver the best possible experience for players. " So when can those eagerly awaiting Gotham Knights ' arrival realistically expect it now?
The game was first unveiled during the summer 2020 DC FanDome event, and instead of Batman, concentrates on four or more allies taking up his mantle (following his supposed death): Batgirl, Robin, Red Hood, and Nightwing. Characters such as Alfred Pennyworth have also been confirmed for Gotham Knights . Their primary opponents will be the Court of Owls, a secret society dating back to Gotham's colonial era, which uses trained assassins to further its agenda. Gamers play solo when they're offline, but can add a partner when they go online, offering some flexibility.
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The only other details on the delay come from the official Gotham Knights Twitter account, in which WB says the game will " launch worldwide in 2022 ," without mentioning an exact day or even quarter. The company does say it plans to showcase more content " in the coming months ," which could mean occasional media drops and/or a deeper look during upcoming game conferences like PAX or E3. No major conference is scheduled until June, in part because the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing in-person events.
Why Is Gotham Knights Delayed?
The need to drum up publicity combined with pandemic-related production obstacles suggests the game won't ship until the second half of 2022. This could also give it a boost from holiday shoppers and allow more people to get their hands on a PS5 or Xbox Series X/S - while the game will technically be compatible with the PS4 and Xbox One (as well as PC), the latter consoles have struggled to keep up with demands of modern games.
Indeed there's a strong possibility that the Gotham Knights delay is connected to next-gen updates. Since the PS5 and Series X shipped, game upgrades have been trickling out weeks or months later, leaving people to play mostly unoptimized catalogs while they wait. At some stage WB may have decided it wasn't worth rushing a game that wouldn't take advantage of new hardware, especially for something with the potential to be a blockbuster. WB Montreal is best known for Batman: Arkham Origins , usually considered the black sheep of the Arkham games. The studio was also at one point known to be working on a Suicide Squad game, though that's since canceled.
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