Would you spend $27,000 to make a Batman fan film?

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Filmmaker Aaron Schoenke did — and his City of Scars does look impressive; it's moody and evocative, with great locations and a star that looks like Jon Hamm's thicker older brother.


If only it didn't rehash so many old Bat-tropes and lean so heavily on cliched voiceover. Check out the "official" synopsis:

When the Joker escapes from Arkham and murders the parents of a young boy, Batman recalls the pain of losing his own parents as a child. He is pushed past his limits to the point where his focus becomes revenge on all who stand in his way, including many of Gotham's underworld. Finally, Batman is forced to look at the psychological profile of his own mind and accept the consequences of his life to find resolve.


Which is all well and good, except for one thing: Batman is crazy. Seriously, that insanity is a defining characteristic of the Dark Knight. It may manifest itself in a manner that proves beneficial to the people of Gotham, but he's still crazy. And crazy people don't "look at the psychological profile" of their own minds. Or talk about it so damned much.

(Via Spinoff Online)

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You know, for all this time and money he probably could have gotten a girlfriend. Or made something original that might get him a job. Or a girlfriend.