This Dark Fan Film Gives Moon Knight A Well-Deserved Live Action Debut

A lo-fi Moon Knight.
A lo-fi Moon Knight.
Image: Caden Butera/Screencap via YouTube

I can’t explain why, precisely, I have such a soft spot for Moon Knight. I’m not really a reader of his comics, and he’s not one of the biggest names in Marvel. But there’s something fascinating about his design, his strangeness, his evolution from a Batman clone to something more distinct.

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With that said, it’s no surprise that I’d love to see Moon Knight get his due in live action. And while this fan film is maybe a bit too Batman for my tastes, it’s still something exciting: a real, honest-to-God live action Moon Knight short. Written and directed by Caden Butera, and starring Tim Altevers as Moon Knight, the movie introduces Moon Knight to audiences with a story of corporate intrigue and superheroic power. It’s heavy on the noir, the ambiance, and the creep factor.

And while I hope the Marvel Cinematic Universe goes a bit less The Dark Knight with their take on the character, I hope we see him sooner rather than later.

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Also, just a tip, for any supercriminals reading this. Don’t confess your crimes while riding around in taxis. It’s a bad idea. Never goes well.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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I love the Moon Knight, and I’m dying want to see him get the live-action treatment, but I couldn’t finish watching this. This is just romanticizing pent-up anger and some kinda pain-driven male power fantasy. This is some Rorschach-level “only I have seen the true face of human nature” bullshit.

There’s more to Moon Knight than just the brooding.