It’s a great time to be a Batman fan – The Dark Knight Rises is still kicking butt at the box office, we’ve got the first installment of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns coming to DVD and Blu-ray this September, and there are lots of really cool fan films chronicling Gotham’s dark savior turning up online.
Today, we bring you a new short – from director Bryan Nest – entitled Batman: Puppet Master. It’s not hyperbole when we say this might be the best of the fan-made Batman spin-offs we’ve seen to date.
Written by Chris Wiltz (who brought us the hilariously awesome zombie webseries Semi-Dead a few years back), Puppet Master picks up after The Dark Knight. Batman, having taken the blame for Harvey Dent’s demise, is a wanted man. When the Gotham PD can’t track him down, they turn to the FBI – who send in special agent Edward Nigma (who fans will recognize as the Riddler). Nigma’s determined to find Batman – so determined that he’s not above freeing Victor Zsasz from Arkham Asylum and teaming up with crime boss Scarface to bring the Dark Knight out of hiding.
What follows is 15 minutes of really impressive filmmaking. The short makes the wise choice to focus less on Batman and more on Nigma and Scarface’s henchman, but the caped crusader does show up to dispense justice on more than one occasion. The acting is great, the action scenes are well choreographed, and the whole thing looks very professional.
If you’re yearning for more Batman action, check out Puppet Master below – then swing by the short film’s official website for more insight on how the project came together.