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Batman lurks in shadows in ‘Gotham by Gaslight’ fan film ‘Ripper’

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Nearly six months after revealing the first glimpse at the shadowy Victorian world of Ripper, writer/director James Campbell has debuted his Gotham by Gaslight-inspired Batman fan film.

In what could very easily be mistaken for a BBC period drama, we’re introduced to Chief Inspector Abberline, who’s is desperate to catch the killer behind a string of grisly murders in 1888 London. But unknown to him, there’s someone waiting in the shadows, and he wants to help.

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Batman vs. Ripper in trailer for ‘Gotham by Gaslight’ fan film

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A steampunk-infused comic that pitted the Dark Knight against Jack the Ripper, 1989’s Gotham by Gaslight was DC Comics’ first — and, some would argue, best — Elseworlds story, inspiring a sequel, merchandise and nods in at least three video games. The alternate timeline created by Brian Augustyn, Mike Mignola and P. Craig Russell even rated its own world, Earth-19, within the DC Multiverse (last glimpsed in May in Convergence: Shazam! #2).

And now it’s the basis for a fan film.

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Wish This Was Real | Jeremy Bastian’s Batman

Everyone should start contributing to my secret island base and henchman pension fund, because as soon as I take over the world we’re getting a Victorian Batman series by Jeremy Bastian, in addition to Cursed Pirate Girl.

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