Title: Batman Dead End
Release Date: May 2003
Runtime: 8 mins
The Joker has escaped from Arkham and Batman must once again bring him in – once and for all. Unfortunately for the bat, there is something even more sinister than the Joker waiting in the alley for the dark knight detective..
Directed & Written by: Sandy Collora
Cast: Clark Bartram, Andrew Koenig, Kurt Carley, Jake McKinnon, Dragon Dronet, Patrick Magee.
Posted by The Ultimate Predator on December 16, 2006
You all may well know of this film, it is generally hailed as the greatest fan film ever to be created. Why? I won’t go into all the details, but it has great acting, a great concept, great director, great effects, need I say more? It was made in just 4 days, with a reported budget of $30,000, and premiered on July 19th 2003. It was directed by Sandy Collora, who has worked as a design artist on films like Jurassic Park, Men In Back, The Crow, and believe it or not, was also an uncredited design artist on Predator 2. He has also directed and written two independent films, the most famous being Archangel, and has created two fan films, this being one, World’s Finest being the other.
The story revolves around Batman (Clark Bartram) suiting up as the viewers hear that the Joker (Andrew Koenig) has escaped from Arkham Asylum. We see Joker fleeing down an alley, with the Batman close on his tail. The Batman catches up with Joker, and the Joker with all his luck drawn out, tries turning the situation on Batman, claiming that Batman is the real culprit. Suddenly, out of the blue, an Alien pulls Joker up the side of the building. Then, behind Batman, another Alien surfaces, and lunges at Batman, pushing him to the ground. In the action, the Alien gets shot, and Batman pushes the Alien over, and looks up to see who fired, to see a Predator. The Predator jumps down, and Batman and the Predator fight to the death in an awesome sequence. I won’t spoil the ending, but it is a brilliant cliff-hanger.
I have to say, this film is worth being hailed as the greatest fan film. Not only does it have what a good film needs, quality acting, director, effects, and script, it stays true to what the fans want. Some of the scenes are breathtaking; consider when Batman jumps down and slowly draws his cape around him, or when the Predator jumps down to Batman. Ok, the film isn’t perfect, the Aliens appear to be slightly clumsy, and the Joker gets on my nerves a tad, but you don’t expect absolute perfection from a fan film, for a fan film, this is the best it can get. I would also recommend people watch the Making Of Featurette, it reveals some interesting information about the film.