Johns & Frank Aim for 'Surprising and New' in Latest "Batman: Earth One" Volume
Considering that DC/Marvel crossovers appear to be a thing of the past even in comic books, it seems unlikely we’ll see Thor face Superman on the big screen in our lifetimes. Undeterred by any corporate differences, a certain Alex Luthor (no relation, presumably) has assembled an epic trailer that gives us a taste of what such a live-action crossover might look like. And it’s pretty glorious.
Using footage from sources ranging from The Avengers and Iron Man to The Flash and the rejected Wonder Woman pilot — you’ll even see Injustice: Gods Among Us — Luthor crafts a teaser that pits Batman against Iron Man, Hawkeye against Green Arrow, Black Widow against Black Canary, Loki against The Joker … the list goes on.
We come to expect some inter-franchise face-offs in fan films, whether it’s Batman vs. the Terminator or Batman vs. Wolverine. However, it’s unlikely anyone saw this coming: Dexter Morgan vs. the Dark Knight.
Directed by Mike Donis, “Batman vs. Dexter: Crossing Over” brings the vigilante serial killer to Gotham City to abduct Oswald Cobblepot in an effort to draw out the Caped Crusader, simply to find out whether he actually exists. It’s a solid enough premise that actually comes off pretty well, despite, as Topless Robot notes, the decidedly low production values (Batman’s costume is particularly rough, and we’re left to wonder why one of The Penguin’s henchmen is wearing a Court of Owls mask).
The roughly seven-minute short is labeled “Episode 1″ and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which certainly suggests we’ll be seeing more of “Crossing Over.”
It wasn’t all that long ago that a Lobo movie seemed like a very real possibility, with Dwayne Johnson and director Brad Peyton poised to bring the Main Man to the big screen before Wonder Woman, The Flash and any number of better-known DC Comics characters got their shot. Alas, the adaptation “went away,” with Johnson moving on to a long list of other projects, including the now officially announced Shazam!
Still, fans of the intergalactic bounty hunter can still hold out hope for that Lobo feature. However, until it’s resurrected (again), they’ll have to make do with this gory fan trailer from Jesse V. Johnson that delivers enough quips and over-the-top violence for a full-length film.
Writer/director Richard Reynolds and Waking Dream Studios have a simple message for DC Comics and Vertigo: “Bring back Hellblazer.”
To that end, they’ve produced “John Constantine: Hellblazer — Soul Play,” a short film described as an “all-swearing, all-smoking, all-grifting tale of John Constantine is set in the Vertigo Hellblazer continuity, months after Peter Milligan’s final issue.”
Although the teaser trailer is, naturally, brief, it may be just intriguing enough to draw fans of Zatanna to the Kickstarter campaign page for Theo Brown‘s fan film. And once there, the story pitch may just seal the deal.
The writer/director proposes a retelling of Zatanna’s origins, with the magician grappling with both “a villain greater than anything she’s ever faced” and her own inner-conflict about the loss of her father.
Fans of Batman: The Animated Series undoubtedly fondly recall the 1992 episode “Beware the Gray Ghost,” which guest-starred Adam West as the voice of Simon Trent, the pulp hero of the black-and-white television series loved by a young Bruce Wayne. You remember: “Those with evil hearts beware, for out of the darkness comes … The Graaaaay Ghost!”
Well, now the Gray Ghost has inspired his own fan short, directed by J.L. Topkis from a script by Matt Landsman, and presented as a stylish episode of an almost-forgotten serial — complete with a nod to Batman’s own origin.
While we’ve certainly seen a number of fan films featuring Superman, Judd Dredd and the Bat-family (the Dark Knight, Batgirl, Nightwing, the Gotham villains, etc.), I think this is the first one I’ve seen starring Black Panther.
The brainchild of D.A. Jackson, who wrote, directed and starred, Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed is an extremely violent — as “Storms of Carnage” may suggest — “real-world” take on the Marvel character that’s part political/crime thriller, part no-holds-barred martial-arts film. (Seriously, the last half isn’t safe for work, or possibly for the squeamish.)
Filmmakers Yohan Faure and Vianney Griffo have debuted a teaser trailer for their upcoming fan short Dragon Ball Z: The Fall of Men, described as “an original story of Trunks against the infamous Cell.” Here’s the synopsis:
Following largely positive response to his teaser for a darker take on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Benjamin Eck has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund his short film TMNT: Banished.
In the live-action fan film, Raphael banished by Splinter after his “uncontrollable violence” begins to pose a threat to his family. Accompanied by Casey Jones, he takes refuge in Los Angeles, where “he will quickly discover that he’s not New York City’s only secret hiding on the West Coast.”
It’s been nearly two decades since Batman: The Animated Series went off the air, but it still looms large in the minds of fans and producers alike — so much so that it’s become the gold standard by which all subsequent DC Comics-based animated projects are inevitably compared. Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski created a visual style and dark tone that continues to influence comic books, movies and television series both animated and live-action (including, it seems, Fox’s newly ordered Gotham).
Paying tribute to Batman: The Animated Series, and “the creative geniuses” behind it, fans Tomi Pietilä, Teemu Saarinen and Tommi Tuominen have recreated the show’s classic opening sequence in a blend of live-action and 3D-animated modeling. Watch the video below.
Even as Paramount Pictures begins its promotional push for the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Los Angeles filmmaker Benjamin Eck is offering a glimpse of his own reimagining of the heroes in a half shell in the teaser for TMNT: Banished.
The planned short fan film is considerably darker than what most Turtles devotees might expect, with Raphael banished by Splinter after his “uncontrollable violence” begins to pose a threat to his family. Accompanied by Casey Jones, he takes refuge in Los Angeles, “he will quickly discover that he’s not New York City’s only secret hiding on the West Coast.”
Inspired by The Amazing Spider-Man 2, professional stunt man Ronnie Shalvis dons the familiar red-and-blue costume for an incredible short film in which the wall-crawler runs out of web fluid and turns to — what else? — parkour make his way across the city.
Directed by Cameron Manwaring and Chris Jordan, it’s a beautiful video that follows Shalvis as he leaps across rooftops, scales walls and flips down alleyways.
If you’re curious how they got some of those shots, the answer is drones, courtesy of Sky Candy Aerial Cinema. You can watch the video, along with a look behind the scenes, below.
Viewers are taken inside the fractured mind of Harley Quinn in Red Queen, a dark and stylish fan film that depicts a confrontation between the fan-favorite character, her original personality and a Joker stand-in.
Directed by Salim Tighnavard from a script by Kerryn Williams, Dan Maher and Sheridyn Fisher, who stars also as Harley, the short is billed as “Episode One,” which suggests we should expect more installments.
If as a kid you ever dreamed of viewing the world from Superman’s perspective, you finally have your chance: The good folks at Corridor Digital have created a video in which the Man of Steel finds a GoPro and straps it to his head, recording the journey as he returns the camera to its owner.
It’s a fun piece that not only provides a nice tour over, and through, Southern California, but shows off the talent of Corridor Digital, which has produced some other YouTube videos you may have seen. There’s also a lengthy look behind the scenes at the making of “Superman With a GoPro.” Watch them both below.
Batman has taken on Predator and, with assistance from Superman, both Aliens and Predator. Yet somehow he’s never faced the Terminator — until now, that is.
In this tense short conceived by Tony Guerrero and animated by Mitchell Hammond, we’re reintroduced to Bruce Wayne, 30 years after Skynet’s nuclear blasts, as he tries to make his way across the wasteland of the United States “to join forces with the man determined to neutralize the electronic menace — John Conner.”
Batman Vs. The Terminator feels very much like The Dark Knight Returns meets Akira meets Heavy Metal. And at a little less than five minutes long, it’s far too short.