What does former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Batman have in common? A lot more thanks to the DC animated films. For the upcoming adaptation of Gotham by Gaslight, actor Bruce Greenwood will be reprising his role as the Dark Knight after voicing him in Young Justice and Batman: Under the Red Hood. Greenwood also took on the role of JFK in 2000’s 13 Days and opened up about playing the two iconic parts.
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Greenwood first spoke on the lore of Batman and how much knowledge he had of it prior to voicing the character.
“Before I did Batman I didn’t really realize how deep the lore was,” Greenwood said. “I wasn’t really acquainted with how big the role was until I was suddenly in the shoes.”
After a screening of the animated film, Greenwood was asked if he preferred playing JFK or the Dark Knight. To that, he joked “if we’re doing a sequel,” then Batman it is.
Though at first he was unsure why he was picked to play Batman again for Gotham by Gaslight, he did note that the script is what sold him on the project.
“I read the script and I went, ‘ooh, this is kind of a different vibe,’ right?” he said.
The only thing that would really bring this full circle is another period piece where Batman meets JFK — it sounds like Greenwood would be game for that.
Directed by Sam Liu from a script written by Jim Krieg, Batman: Gotham By Gaslight stars Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Scott Patterson, Anthony Head, Yuri Lowenthal, John DiMaggio, William Salyers, Grey Griffin, Tara Strong, Bob Joles, David Forseth, Chris Cox, Lincoln Melcher and Kari Wuhre.
In an age of mystery and superstition, how would the people of Gotham react to a weird creature of the night, a bat-garbed vigilante feared by the guilty and the innocent alike? The very first Elseworlds tale re-imagines the Dark Knight detective in Victorian times and pits him against the infamous murderer Jack the Ripper.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight will be available on Digitial HD January 23, 2018, followed by the Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray DVD release on Feb. 6.
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Batman’s been on the big screen a handful of times, but he still has so many enemies who’ve never been in a movie. I love the Joker, but man-oh-man am I tired of seeing him. Batman’s got one of the most impressive, deep rogue galleries in all of comics, and I think it’s time more of them were given the love they deserve!
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