The Biggest Superhero Films That Didn't Happen, Part 2
Comic Books, Film
Nearly six months after revealing the first glimpse at the shadowy Victorian world of Ripper, writer/director James Campbell has debuted his Gotham by Gaslight-inspired Batman fan film.
In what could very easily be mistaken for a BBC period drama, we’re introduced to Chief Inspector Abberline, who’s is desperate to catch the killer behind a string of grisly murders in 1888 London. But unknown to him, there’s someone waiting in the shadows, and he wants to help.
There have been plenty of Batman fan films, but I can’t recall any that focus on The Phantasm, the killer introduced in the 1993 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, let alone the pairing of Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock. However, “Batman: Death of a City” aims to fix that.
Directed and co-written by Nicholas Kedrock, the short unfolds over one night, as Gordon and Bullock investigate a series of grisly murders, only to uncover the return of the infamous Andrea Beaumont, aka Phantasm.
On the heels of “Rebel Scum” arrives another impressive Star Wars film, set not on the icy wastes of Hoth but on the scorching sands of … Tatooine, maybe? Jakku?
Written and directed by Joe Sill, “Kara” introduces who a father and daughter who come to the aid of a Rebel pilot shot down in a fierce dogfight, only to quickly find themselves on the run from Imperial Stormtroopers. However, they’re not exactly defenseless.
Ash Williams and Gwen Stacy return in the long-awaited sequel to Brian Rosenthal’s impressive 2013 fan short “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness.” However, as we saw in the recent trailer, a lot has changed since that first film: For starters, Ash and Gwen have crossed over into the DC Universe, which is experiencing an undead problem of its own.
The Battle of Hoth in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ended with the Alliance forced to abandon Echo Base and scatter its fleet across the galaxy. Odds are that, in the confusion, at least some Rebels were left behind.
“Rebel Scum,” a new fan film from Blood Brother Cinema, tells the story of one pilot stranded in enemy territory following the crash of his snowspeeder. Cut off from the Alliance, and desperate to return to his family, Echo 12 uses his wits to avoid capture and a frozen death.
After experimenting for the past two and a half years with trailers and test footage, filmmakers Luke Watson and David Sartin have decided to “get serious” about their Red Hood Retcon web series. To that end, they’ve launched a $20,000 Kickstarter campaign to transform the fan project into “a legitimate web series.”
Low-budget remakes of big-budget movie trailers are becoming increasingly common, but few are as well done as this take on Star Wars: The Force Awakens from Matthew Potter.
From the opening shots of “Rey” in the wreckage of a Star Destroyer, you realize this isn’t your typical “sweded” trailer populated by paper towel tubes and action figures on sticks (although there is plenty of cardboard). It’s a bit slicker than that, with attention paid to locations, camera angles and lighting.
Bucky Barnes never looked as adorably brooding as he does in this shot-for-shot animated LEGO recreation of the trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Who’d have guessed a minifigure could emote so much pain and regret, or display such stubble?
It’s produced by the brothers behind the YouTube channel JimA73, who clearly devoted a lot of time to the project, replicating the trailer’s settings — the staircase sequence alone! — and even adding lighting effects and moving mouths. It’s pretty terrific.
Two years ago, writer/director Brian Rosenthal impressed with his fan short “Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness,” inspired by the Marvel/Dynamite Entertainment crossover of the same name (alas, it was greeted by a copyright claim, but you can still find it). Now he’s back with the trailer for another short, in which the chainsaw-wielding Lothario turns his attention to the undead of the DC Universe.
Pop quiz: When the disembodied voice of a space pirate asks “Who are you?,” how do you respond? a.) “I’m no one; b.) “I am Groot!”; or c.) “Star-Lord.” In this stellar Guardians of the Galaxy/Star Wars: The Force Awakens mashup trailer, the correct answer is “C,” Star-Lord, although we’d give partial credit for B.
The work of Alex Luthor, whose mashups should be familiar to regular readers, the video rather seamlessly combines the two space operas, recasting the mysterious Kylo Ren as a devotee of Thanos, placing Peter Quill in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon and an X-wing, and putting a lightsaber in the hands of, well, quite a few people.
If Marvel Studios executives are wondering where to take Captain America after the upcoming Civil War, they need look no further than this incredible — and incredibly bloody — LEGO stop-motion short, in which the Sentinel of Liberty faces off against hordes of zombies. Nazi zombies. Gun-wielding, tank-driving Nazi zombies.
If you’re still smarting from the 2009 disaster Dragonball Evolution (rest assured, we feel your pain), this impressive live-action fan short may go a long way to soothe your pain.
Produced by Black Smoke Films, “Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Man” boasts solid cinematography, and effects that rival a lot of film and television products. As to the story:
There are far worse ways to spend 16 minutes of your time than watching this fun stop-motion fan tribute to Toho’s classic films.
Titled “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla vs. Tower of the Sun Robo,” the short film employs S.H. MonsterArts figures and other Bandai collectibles (some very familiar) to create an epic, explosion-filled kaiju free-for-all of theatrical proportions. The only downside is the video quality isn’t that great.
Fans eager to see The Punisher make the leap from Daredevil to his own television series get a taste of what the Netflix drama might look like in this slickly produced fan trailer.
The work of YouTuber Jor-El of Krypton, the video borrows from several sources, including Daredevil, The Purge: Anarchy and Punisher: War Zone, to craft a convincing teaser for a story of vengeance starring Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the trailer is that it’s surprisingly light on violence, yet it still manages to strike the right chord with the character.
Still haven’t gotten around to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron? Hey, it’s only been five months; we understand. Lucky for you, and your busy schedule, How It Should Have Ended and Brotherhood Workshop have save you the time by condensing the Marvel Studios sequel into a two-minute animated LEGO video.