Batman faces eldritch horrors and an ancient entity in the animated film Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham. Directed by Christopher Berkeley and Sam Liu, the movie follows Bruce Wayne on an expedition to Antarctica where he discovers mutated creatures and the undead assistant of Professor Cobblepot. His return to Gotham sets off a plot by Talia al Ghul to resurrect Ra’s al Ghul and bring about the arrival of an ancient entity. In order to stop this, Batman must uncover the true origins of Gotham and his family’s fortune.
The film packs a lot into its 88-minute runtime, leaving some characters and backstory feeling rushed and disconnected. The animation is good but lacks the spark of a human animator. Despite these flaws, the film’s well-staged action set pieces and unique version of “I am Batman” make it an enjoyable B grade movie-style experience. Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham will be released on 4K, Blu-ray and digital platforms on March 28th by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham may not satisfy every Batman fan, it certainly offers a unique and entertaining take on the character and his world. The fast-paced plot and numerous characters may leave some viewers feeling a bit overwhelmed, but the film’s exciting action sequences and unexpected twists make up for any shortcomings. The Lovecraftian influences add an intriguing layer to the story and the demonic penguins are a fun and memorable addition to Batman’s rogues gallery. Fans of animated Batman movies and Lovecraftian horror will likely find much to enjoy in this film.
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham - voice acting performances
The voice acting performances in Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham are a mixed bag. While some, like David Giuntoli as Bruce Wayne/Batman, deliver solid performances, others, like Emily O’Brien as Talia al Ghul, come across as rather flat and unengaging. This can detract from the overall immersion in the story and make it harder to fully invest in the characters.
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham final verdict
Overall, Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham is an interesting but flawed addition to the Batman animated universe. Its unique take on the characters and Lovecraftian mythos may appeal to some fans, but its rushed pacing and lack of character development may leave others feeling unsatisfied. Nonetheless, for those willing to overlook its flaws, it offers an entertaining and dark adventure into the depths of Gotham’s supernatural history.
Who is Lovecraft?
H.P. Lovecraft was an American author known for his contributions to horror and science fiction literature. He was born in 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island and lived there for most of his life. Lovecraft began writing at a young age and he is credited with creating the sub-genre of weird fiction, which combines horror, science fiction and fantasy elements. He is best known for his works of horror, including The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow Over Innsmouth and At the Mountains of Madness. Lovecraft’s works were not widely recognized during his lifetime, but they gained popularity after his death in 1937. His influence can be seen in the works of many other writers, filmmakers and artists.