Running time: 8 mins
Director: Sandy Collora
Starring: Clark Bartram, Andrew Koenig, Kurt Carley
Genre: Comic book, Action, Adventure, Short
It’s now 2003. The Batsuit has been inactive (in live action cinema) for six years. Several attempts to reboot and repair the damage of Batman and Robin have failed…
Gotham is quiet. Until the release of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins many critics called Batman: Dead End the best live action
incarnation committed to film. A
remarkable compliment and feat, even more remarkable when you consider the film
is only 8 minutes long.
The Joker (Koenig) has escaped Arkham Asylum and is on the loose on the rain soaked streets of
. Hot on his trail is the Dark Knight (Clark
Bartram) who is about to discover he’s got more things in the shadows to worry
about than the “Clown Prince of Terror”.
To explain anymore would be to spoil a first encounter with this
film. Collora’s use of lighting, shadows
and the camera is remarkable. Somewhere
between Film Noir and Horror, living in the corners of imagination and fear, truly
exceptional work. Bartram as Batman is
great. He has an intensity that had never
been portrayed on film before, a dark, menacing gravel spitting tone. He fills every inch of the Batman: The Animated Series
inspired suit. Koenig makes a strong Joker,
again a nod to the great work of Cesar Romero with a mix of The Killing Joke or Arkham Asylum and he looks remarkable. Gotham
The score and sound editing are critical to the film, a short film has little time to develop an atmosphere. The film’s aesthetic does this immediately. A truly phenomenal film and if you don’t believe this review watch it for yourself below.