Footage Shown of Cancelled ‘Gotham By Gaslight’ Batman Game

Siliconera has a video featuring some early footage of a Batman game that was being pitched by Day 1 Studios in 2009/2010.

Using the ‘Gotham by Gaslight’ comic as source material, it would have seen Batman in a 19th century setting, tracking down Jack the Ripper.


The first thing that springs to mind is how swooshy that cape is! It’s a shame the pitch was unsuccessful, because Batman vs. Jack the Ripper does sound pretty awesome.

Source: Siliconera



  1. Wow. I would have played the crap out of that game, what a shame it didn’t take.

  2. Kickstarter anyone?

    • Lol I think they’d need a lot more money than Double Fine were asking for!

  3. The video made me think of Assassin’s Creed, which mixed with Batman sounds like a decent proposition. I suppose coming after ‘Arkham Asylum’ publishers didn’t see the room in the market for a different Batman franchise.

  4. Batman in an era where most of his technology just couldn’t exist?
    Just a man in a cape, would be pretty boring.

    • If only there was room for fiction in the world of comics and video games…

      • You can stretch it too far.
        What’s the point of a Batman game if you dilute him so it’s not Batman?
        And what’s the point of putting him in another era if you change nothing?
        Why not make an original game set in that period?

    • judging by the stuff he has in the comics and games, this is an era where most of his technology couldn’t exist.

      anyway, you’d be surprised what kind of technology could have been possible in that era if things had gone just a little differently.

      there’s a fantastic book called The Difference Engine, by William Gibson i think it was, set in the victorian era but one where Charles Babbage actually built his mechanical computer.

      it’s one of those great alternate history books, the one’s that make you wonder what the world would be like if it had actually come true.
      imagine if computers had been around for over a century by now instead of a few decades.

    • Steampunk isn’t it?

    • Its like Da Vinci in Assassins Creed he never finished his “Flying Machine” they still put it in there though or Coal powered detective vision maybe?

  5. I dunno why, But I don’t think that would have been a very good game, No doubt Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were two of the best games I’ve ever played, but Gotham By Gaslight looked like something that would have been hyped a lot by all the game websites and magazines, then when it came down to the final product, all the reviews would have just slated it

    • Agreed. Though the comic may have been decent, I don’t think the story would translate to a good game. Plus, all Batman fans wanted a good game to play and this would have been ridiculous considering all the modern day stuff they could have used.
      Maybe Rocksteady could include this premise as a side story in an upcoming game.
      Minus the cape physics because that was just overkill.

  6. I know it was only a prototype but I don’t really get why there is a stationary batman with the controlled batman just wandering past.

  7. Batman vs Jack the ripper, and they said no?
    WHY? >_<

    they could reconsider this after rocksteady showed that an open world Batman game can work.

    if not, maybe this could be resurrected sans Batman.
    maybe use Sherlock Holmes instead, Sherlock is popular these days, there's the movie ones with Robert Downey Jr, the BBC one and the americans are doing one with Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Lui as Watson.
    turn Sherlock into a batman type figure.
    another fictional character who could claim to be the worlds greatest detective.
    it'd be an interesting new take on Holmes.

  8. I’ve got the Gotham by Gaslight comic (or graphic novel), from, I think, the early 90’s stashed away in my loft. Bloody good read. Probably would have made an awesome game.

  9. I would have loved to have played this! The era itself is very fascinating and to throw Batman into the mix would have been great.

  10. Cool style game…

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