Now this looks pretty damn cool.

Amidst our somewhat crazed anticipation for The Dark Knight, I bet most of you forgot we were getting a direct-to-DVD anthology of six animated Batman stories called Batman: Gotham Knight. Much like the Animatrix, Gotham Knight takes place between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, while utilizing several different well-known animators and writers (with Begins' David Goyer being among the bunch). That said, we've seen images, trailers and behind-the-scenes featurettes, but now MTV has debuted a pretty slick five-minute clip that feels dark as all hell. In the scene above, mobster Sal Maroni squares off against a badass figure known as The Russian in a fairly spectacular gunfight which ends with a visit from that Bat-dude. The animation looks fantastic, and I imagine Bat-fans will definitely want to pick this sucker up when it hits shelves on July 8th, 10 days before The Dark Knight arrives in theaters.

What do you think? Are you hip to this new Batman adventure, or what?