“Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham” was a four-issue comic book mini-series published by DC Comics in 2000. The series was written by Mike Mignola and Richard Pace, with art by Troy Nixey and Dennis Janke.
The story is a re-imagining of the Batman mythos set in the world of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The series is set in the 1920s, with Batman facing off against a variety of Lovecraftian horrors, including the Cult of the Bat, which seeks to summon the Great Old One, Cthulhu.
The series features a number of familiar Batman characters, including Bruce Wayne, Alfred Pennyworth, and Jim Gordon, but they are presented in a darker and more supernatural context than in traditional Batman stories. The series has been praised for its atmospheric artwork and its successful blending of the Batman and Lovecraftian mythos.
“Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham” OAV, like the comic series, is not a favorite of mine. I came in with an open mind and left a bit less disappointed as I was from the comics. I will say that I am not a fan of Lovecraft, his creations are unique and interesting, but I don’t really have any opinion about them. I do know that people like myself were looked down upon by him and his ilk.
The, for lack of a better term, “movie” is entertaining enough. I did enjoy the updates of the supporting characters coming from different ports of call around the world. Some of my other biases stem from the original story and revisiting them over twenty years later didn’t do anything to improve my opinion of them.
While this isn’t one that I’d watch again, my recommendation to any readers would be to give it a shot for yourself. It’s interesting and has some good visuals.