There is a lot of Batman fan films out there. Some are good, but most of them are Mckayla Maroney meme face worthy. Now a new bat fan-flick rises. And, I’ll tell you, it’s the single most incredible fan film you’ll ever see. Batman: Puppet Master, directed by Bryan Nest, takes place between Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and the recent Dark Knight Rises.
In the months following the death of Harvey Dent, Batman, still a wanted fugitive, is pushed to his limits as a new crime wave hits Gotham. Batman’s search to find who’s responsible leads him to a showdown with the masochistic serial killer Victor Zsasz.
Meanwhile Gotham’s newest crime boss, a mysterious figure known as Scarface, has an meeting with Edward Nigma, an FBI agent, sworn to bring down Batman at all costs.
All I can say is “Wow”. And for me, that’s saying something. I’m just as bad as Mckayla Maroney, nothing impresses me. 15 min fan film? Fuck, usually my A.D.D. kicks in and well basically, one sheep, two sheep, cow, turtle, duck Old McDonald had a farm…HEEEY Macarena! This fan-film, however, held my attention from start to finish.
The makers of this short nailed the mood, setting, writing, acting, directing, lighting, and tension perfectly. Believably set in the Nolan-verse. Oh, and those villains? Perfect rendition of Edward Nygma (aka The Riddler). Scarface and the Ventriloquist was a great reveal. Both felt organic with the Dark Knight Trilogy.
Honestly, I wound up forgetting this was a fan-film.
I’m sure the haters out there will find loads of quibbles to pick at. IMO, though, I don’t think couldn’t have gotten a more believable fan-film. I consider this an actual piece of the Dark Knight franchise.