Japanese Animated Batman Video Gets Novelization, Date

posted on by Mikhail Koulikov
Marvel Comics, DC Comics writer Louise Simonson set to write is reporting that a book adaptation of the upcoming Batman: Gotham Knight anthology of six Japanese-animated shorts will be published before the DVD itself is released. Veteran comics writer Louise Simonson is adapting the scripts of the individual episodes into a novel. Berkeley Publishing Group plans to have the book out on April 29, while Warner Home Video expects to have the Gotham Knight DVD shipping in June.

The screenplay for each of the six episodes of Gotham Knight is written by a different author, including Brian Azzarello, Greg Rucka and Josh Olson. Jordan Goldberg created the overall story, and Bruce Timm is directing the entire project. The anime studios Production I.G, Studio 4°C, and Madhouse Studios are producing the actual segments, each of which will be animated in a unique style.

Chronologically, it is set between the events in 2005's Batman Begins and those of its sequel, The Dark Knight, which will go into wide release on July 18. A preview will be included with Warner Video's Justice League: The New Frontier film, scheduled to ship on standard DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc on February 26.

*The accompanying image is from Kia Asamiya's comic version of Batman. No announcement has been made about his or any invidivdual Japanese artist's involvement in the Batman: Gotham Knight project.

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