What if The Dark Knight Rises took place in 1930s Shanghai?

We saw a snippet of this DC Nation cartoon come out of Comic-Con, but that was only the tip of the alternate reality iceberg. From Wolf Smoke Studios, here's an extremely gee-whiz animated short featuring Batman, Catwoman, and Bane running amok in 1930s Shanghai. Hopefully this means more short animations in the style of DC Comics' Elseworlds line are on the way. (Bring back Batman Hamlet!)


[Via Topless Robot]

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If you had pitched that as "Catwoman cosplaying as Amaterasu is the least insane thing in this Batman short", I would've looked the other way and missed out...

That said, while the style is cool, I'm not sure it's all that well served by 1930's Shanghai Batman being some sort of cyberpunk vampire who literally transforms into a cloud of bats.

And for the love of all that is good and holy (and dark and terrible, and cowardly and superstitious) can we NEVER, EVER, AGAIN see Bane treated as "generic strong Batman villian"? Batman's got one of those. His name is Killer Croc. Bane's a schemer who just happens to juice like a madman when he's about to fight Batman. Croc's the one who's an animal all the time. I hesitate to use the term in regards to a fictional character, but it's kinda insulting to see Bane hanging off a building like King Kong. If you want a gorilla supervillain, y'know what? The DC Universe also has one of those. Stop using Bane when all you need is a big ball of angry muscle! Save him for when you need an intelligent villain who can put aside his own zany antics (sorry, Joker) to lay down a long, rational plan to wreck Batman's shit!

I'll admit, maybe there was something to Bane's inclusion here. He certainly seemed to be kinda sneaky about it at the beginning, but the fight scene and his method for getting around was just the absolute opposite of what I can tolerate from Bane...