What does $27,000 buy these days?  How about the means to make one of the best fan films ever?

Directed by Aaron Schoenke, Batman: City of Scars is latest and perhaps awesomest Batman fan films to hit the inter webs. The 30 minute short film tells the story of Batman, who is  “pushed past his psychological limits to the point of focusing only on revenge for all who stand in his way.”

When the Joker escapes from Arkham and murders the parents of a young boy, Batman recalls the pain of losing his own parents as a child. He is pushed past his limits to the point where his focus becomes revenge on all who stand in his way, including many of Gotham’s underworld. Finally, Batman is forced to look at the psychological profile of his own mind and except the consequences of his life to find resolve.

City of Scars is a superb film. The story is compelling, albeit a little slow. The acting is a big choppy but surprisingly good for a fan film. However, the direction and the visual, are on spot on to what the Batman movies should be.  It’s a perfect illustration of what exactly comic book companies can do with their characters.

Aaron Schoenke shot the movie on a 21 day schedule using HD cameras and a $27,000 budget. Huh, The budget for Christopher Nolan’s 152-minute The Dark Knight? An estimated $185 million. It’s funny what few thousand and a whole lot of fan ingenuity can do.

Category: Film, Nerd Culture


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