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September 29, 2003

Batman: Dead End

Attention Dark Knight fans and Flea-readers everywhere. Run, don't walk (in a finger-clicky way) to IFILM and watch Batman: Dead End. The Ain't it Cool News guys were on to this months ago and were fandom saints for not revealing any spoilers to this short film. Do not... do not... let anyone tell you about it before you get a chance to see it yourself.

Let's make it an open discussion on the film in the comments to this post so hold off on reading comments until you have seen it!

And yes, that is a Superman T-shirt the director is wearing in the interview which follows. There is no accounting for it.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 29, 2003 09:29 AM


1. Fanboy service extreme. Not that there's anything wrong with that, and the movie's well-done within those (and budgetary) parameters.

2. I can't go with Kevin Smith's sentiment that it's "the best Batman film ever made," but it certainly hits all the proper notes.

3. I'm not surprised Alex Ross liked it. The outfit looked straight out of his drawings of Bats.

4. The Superman shirt makes sense -- when you realize it's the Kingdom Come Superman logo, both darker and gritter, as well as older (and, perhaps coincidentally, another Alex Ross creation).

Glad I finally saw it. Folks were raving about it a while back, but I didn't feel like downloading it (then) across my employer's circuit.

Posted by: *** Dave at September 29, 2003 10:52 AM

I agree with the above in relation to the Superman shirt but he left out the critical addition that Superman is capable of making Batman cry with but a harsh look.

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at September 29, 2003 11:54 AM

Oooh... you... you...

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at September 29, 2003 12:21 PM

Well, *that* Batman, at least.

Posted by: *** Dave at September 29, 2003 01:14 PM

As a purely visual, atmospheric piece, that was absolutely fantastic. I've heard people complain about it having no narrative and the inclusion of the other characters being dumb; they obviously don't appriciate the tone of which it was intended. Besides, This director never intended the movie to be put on the net and viewed by so many people, they should just be gratful.

Posted by: Sankra at October 16, 2003 06:25 AM