Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola’s moody Batman “elseworlds” tale is making its way to animation, giving us a Dark Knight prowling the streets of 19th century Gotham. But you won’t actually meet him in the first clip from the movie, which all about Batman’s foe: Jack the Ripper, who apparently vacationed in Gotham in this reality.
The first clip from next year’s entry into the DC animation roster of films sees “Pamela the Plant Lady” (as she’s known here) encounter a strange man in the darkest alleyways of Gotham City... only to find out that he’s actually the legendary killer stalking the city’s streets, hunting down and murdering women. So all in all, it doesn’t look like a great time for Poison Ivy. You know, because of the whole potential murder thing.
The clip likely won’t do much to help cast aspersions against the occasionally questionable portrayals of female characters in the DC animated movie slate recently—especially given that Poison Ivy wasn’t in the original comic, so she’s a new addition here to the Ripper’s targets. But hey, maybe Pamela will show off a few of the powers we’re more familiar with from the comics instead of seemingly falling victim to the Ripper’s blade as this clip hints.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is set to release digitally January 23, ahead of a February 6 Blu-ray and DVD release.