''Batman: Gotham Knight'' (2008) is an AnimatedAnthology film consisting of six-interlocked short episodes set in ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' (between ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnight''). An {{Animesque}} series in the vein of ''[[Film/TheMatrix The Animatrix]]'', ''Gotham Knight'' was produced by a gathering of some of the best in the business, including writers David Goyer and John Olson; animation studios Creator/Studio4C, Creator/{{Madhouse}}[[labelnote:*]]with Creator/DongWooAnimation for "Deadshot"[[/labelnote]], Creator/BeeTrain, and Creator/ProductionIG; and voice actor Creator/KevinConroy (who reprised his role as [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]]). The film is part of the ''DCUniverseAnimatedOriginalMovies'' line.

''Gotham Knight'' included established characters from ''Batman Begins'' (Batman, Jim Gordon, Alfred Pennyworth, Lucius Fox and The Scarecrow), introduced characters from ''The Dark Knight'' (Detective Ramirez and Sal Maroni), and did its best to fit other Batman characters into the Nolanverse (Crispus Allen, Killer Croc, and Deadshot).

The six animated segments include:

* "Have I Got A Story For You" -- Several teenage skateboarders discuss their encounters with The Batman as he fights a Firefly-like criminal; each of their respective stories imagine him as a LivingShadow, a BatOutOfHell, and a KillerRobot. Batman and the criminal appear in the skating building, and one of the kids helps take out the crook with his skateboard.
* "Crossfire" -- Detectives Anna Ramirez and Crispus Allen escort the captured criminal from the previous segment to the fortified Arkham Asylum whilst discussing their views on Batman. They're eventually caught in a shootout between mobsters (Sal Maroni and The Russian) until Batman arrives to break up the turf war.
* "Field Test" -- Bruce Wayne investigates the possible murder of a charity worker and a corrupt businessman's involvement before moving to end the ongoing fight between Maroni and The Russian (using a Wayne Enterprises gadget to deflect small firearms using magnetics), but his actions come with bloody consequences.
* "In Darkness Dwells" -- Batman travels into the sewers of Gotham to rescue a cardinal after he is kidnapped by The Scarecrow and Killer Croc, but after being bitten by Croc, Batman begins to hallucinate, which makes the rescue attempt twice as difficult.
* "Working Through Pain" -- While trudging through Gotham's sewers, Bruce flashes back to his training under a woman named Cassandra, who helps him learn how to withstand harsh pain.
* "Deadshot" -- Gun-for-hire [[ColdSniper Deadshot]] is on an assignment to assassinate Jim Gordon, and both Batman and Alfred are pushed to their limits as they work to protect their ally.
!! ''Batman: Gotham Knight'' contains examples of the following tropes:
* {{Animesque}}: The film's shorts were created by several studios, which each lent their own style to their respective short.
* ArtShift: Each segment has its own style of animation; ''Field Test'' is often referred to as "the most anime-looking" short.
* BadassNormal: In ''Have I Got a Story for You'', a kid knocks out the Man in Black with his skateboard just as the villain is about to stab Batman, saving Batman's life.
** Batman himself, as that story shows. He's not a robot or someone with superpowers, but just a man doing a job at great cost.
* BarefootSage: Cassandra.
* {{Bishonen}}: ''Field Test'' featured a far more "{{animesque}}" Batman, whose appearance fits this trope. Bruce Timm was concerned that Kevin Conroy might not be convincing as a very young looking Bruce Wayne, although Kevin certainly pulled it off. The Japanese version had the younger sounding Creator/ShinichiroMiki voice that particular segment.
* BroadStrokes: Since several different directors handled the shorts, little consistency (artistic or otherwise) exists with each short or the Nolan films.
** One of the shorts involves a trio of kids telling urban legend stories about Batman; while the artwork varies widely, the characters themselves (including Batman) stay pretty consistent.
** The Batman costume varies wildly throughout all six shorts.
* ComplexityAddiction: Deadshot is noting for liking to make his shots as needlessly complex as possible. His shot at Gordon involves firing from a moving train, ''through'' another moving train, and across a bridge, at a target in a moving car.
* ContinuitySnarl: ''Gotham Knight'' is said to take place between ''Batman Begins'' and ''The Dark Knight'', but one of the segments shows an undamaged Wayne Manor, which snarls with the mansion's fiery destruction in ''Begins.''
** Additionally one segment portrays Ramirez as having an adamant, unwavering faith in Batman. In ''The Dark Knight'' she's outspoken about her scorn for Batman, and she is even [[spoiler: the one who betrays him in the end]].
*** The novelization refers to Ramirez as Renee Montoya instead.
** The segment ''Working Through Pain'' features the Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton film, rather than the Tumbler from Nolan's films. ''Field Test''- meanwhile- features a vehicle very similar to the Tumbler, and the others don't show the Batmobile.
* {{Expy}}: The Man in Black from ''Have I Got a Story For You'' is obviously one of Firefly. He's a jetpack-wearing psychopath whose design resembles one of Firefly's more recent costumes. Also, the animated episode this segment was inspired by, "Legends of the Dark Knight" from the New Batman Adventures, has Firefly as the villain, so here the Man in Black fills his role. The only thing he's missing is Firefly's name and pyromaniac tendencies.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Probably coincidental, Batman trains himself to FeelNoPain in ''Working Through Pain''. Later on in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', he encounters a villain who too [[FeelNoPain does not feel pain]]. Though a notable difference is that Batman trained himself to do it, while Bane requires his mask to keep pumping him with anaesthetic that numbs out the pain.
* GoneHorriblyRight: In ''Field Test'', Batman uses the bullet deflector until it accidentally injures a mobster. Batman says "it works too well" and gives it back to Lucius Fox.
* GoodShepherd: Father O'Fallon becomes the latest victim of a series of abductions, to his own confusion, not because he's done anything ''wrong,'' as it turns out, but because his efforts to help the poor take them away from Gotham's underbelly of crime and desperate poverty, where Dr. Crane has set himself up after escaping in ''Batman Begins''.
* GratuitousEnglish: The on-screen English in "Deadshot" is... odd.
* GunPorn: Even Batman can appreciate the attraction of firearms in ''Deadshot''.
-->"The heft...the sleekness...the cool steel...the precision...and the power. The power to change lives, history. The power of God."
* HopelessWar: In ''Field Test'' a criminal disposes of his gun by throwing it in the sewers. In ''Working Through Pain'', Batman is staggering wounded through the sewers, only to find an endless number of firearms thrown down there, after being used in crimes he could not prevent.
* JustFollowingOrders: Deadshot states this when he realises Batman has him outmatched. Seeing several scenes of him relishing both his killings and the lavish lifestyle his job offers show just how weak this defense is. Big cheers when Batman punches his lights out.
* OhCrap: ''In Darkness Dwells'', Scarecrow is completely frozen in fear as he sees the Batman effortlessly beat up his cultists. Justified, as he [[Film/BatmanBegins previously]] had a rather [[NightmareFace freaky]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard run-in with him]].
** In ''Deadshot'', when the title villain had his ArmCannon cut off by Batman, leaving him powerless.
* RashomonStyle: ''Have I Got a Story For You'', where the kids all tell their own stories of seeing Batman, is an example of this.
* SceneryPorn: With the studios making this, what did you expect?
* SinisterScythe: [[ScaryScarecrows Scarecrow]] and his gang of escaped [[BedlamHouse Arkham]] inmates and CrazyHomelessPeople wield scythes and sickles in the "In Darkness Dwells" segment.
* StrayShotsStrikeNothing: The deflector in ''Field Test'' turns every bullet fired at Batman into a stray shot that no one has any idea where it's going. When a mobster gets hit, Batman realizes how dangerous ricocheted bullets are and refuses to use the deflector again.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: Jacob Feely, despite one of the kids remembering him as a well-spoken AffablyEvil stickup robber, sees Arkham Asylum as a looming terror with monstrous, distorted smiling handlers waiting to welcome him.
* TotallyRadical: Everything that comes out of the mouths of the skateboarders in "Have I Got a Story for You."
* TrashTalk: "Shoot your mouth off ''now'', Deadshot!"