Not long after we got our first look at the Star Wars: The Clone Wars trailer, Yahoo has debuted the first preview for Batman: Gotham Knight (watch it there or above via YouTube). Unlike the Clone Wars look, this one comes with better quality and it won't be pulled in a matter of minutes (at least not from Yahoo). In the spirit of the Animatrix, Batman: Gotham Knight is very similar in that it utilizes several acclaimed directors (Yasuhiro Aoki, Futoshi Higashide, Toshiyuki Kubooka, Hiroshi Morioka, Jong-Sik Nam, Shoujirou Nishimi) over the course of six interlocking stories that are meant to serve as a bridge between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.
Kevin Conroy will once again don the voice of Batman, and some of the villains rumored to be making an appearance include Deadshot, Killer Croc and the Scarecrow. Batman: Gotham Knight will be released directly to DVD on July 8. I totally dug the Animatrix when it came out, and the animation on Gotham Knight looks pretty ridiculous based on this trailer. Of course, I have to ask: What do you think about this one? Is this a DVD you simply must own?