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Aug. 17, 2012by: Paul Shirey
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We've seen a hundred fan-made films that chronicle the adventures of many of our beloved characters, oftentimes with less than stellar results.  Not so with the case of BATMAN: PUPPET MASTER, a fan-made Batman film that lives within the Christopher Nolan Bat-verse.  The filmmakers of this little opus have set the film after the events of THE DARK KNIGHT, which is probably the coolest thing about it, aside from being rather clever.  The short is about 15 minutes long, so set aside some time to catch the whole thing.

Take a look:

One of my biggest complaints about THE DARK KNIGHT RISES was that they chose to send Batman into hiding after the events of THE DARK KNIGHT, never to be seen again, effectively destroying the ending for that film.  I doubt anyone walking out of THE DARK KNIGHT thought, "Well, that's it.  Batman drove off into retirement."  For me, I felt like it was the catalyst for Batman, which would propel him even further into his journey as the Caped Crusader.

BATMAN: PUPPET MASTER employs some really solid technical skill, weaving the gadgetry, tone, and mystery of Nolan's Bat-films into a short that fits nicely into that universe.  These are the types of things I'd imagine Batman would've gone through to become a seasoned superhero vet, rather than early retirement as a recluse.  The short has some issues, sure, but I think the concept trumps the weaknesses for the most part. If you're going to put time and energy into a fan-made short, this is the way to do it.

Check out the official site here.

Extra Tidbit: I think these guys did a pretty good job. What type of Nolan Bat-verse short would you like to see from them next? My vote is for Black Mask or Mr. Freeze.
Source: Official Site

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7:34PM on 08/18/2012
Wasn't a huge fan of the way the dude played the Riddler but I dug the story. Awesome to hear the reference to Black Mask and an interesting choice to go with Scarface and Ventriloquist.
Wasn't a huge fan of the way the dude played the Riddler but I dug the story. Awesome to hear the reference to Black Mask and an interesting choice to go with Scarface and Ventriloquist.
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2:03PM on 08/18/2012
Hell yeah! Christopher Nolan would be proud.
Hell yeah! Christopher Nolan would be proud.
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12:24PM on 08/18/2012
Great video. Usually don't care much for fan films but this one was very well done. As far as the whole Batman retiring after that night with Harvey, I thought it was implied he did stay on for abit after that. The police were the only ones that said that was the last CONFIRMED sighting of the Batman. Doesn't mean that he wasn't still going around for awhile after cleaning up the Joker's mess. Also when Alfred saw Bruce in the batcave he said "I haven't seen you down here in quite some time"
Great video. Usually don't care much for fan films but this one was very well done. As far as the whole Batman retiring after that night with Harvey, I thought it was implied he did stay on for abit after that. The police were the only ones that said that was the last CONFIRMED sighting of the Batman. Doesn't mean that he wasn't still going around for awhile after cleaning up the Joker's mess. Also when Alfred saw Bruce in the batcave he said "I haven't seen you down here in quite some time" This implies that at one point he was in there alot. The batcave wasn't finished at the end of TDK, so obviously Bruce kept being Bats for a while after TDK. I think just the heat from the police and the physical demands of the job is what made him eventually quit. Not to mention the Dent Act cleaned the streets up pretty well so there was no use for him. Plus I would imagine the Joker's reign of terror would deter people from a life of crime for awhile atleast.
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1:26AM on 08/18/2012
Great little short and I like how both the well known RIddler and not as well known Scarface are created here. Riddler seems more natural, much like the villains of Nolan's Batman films. Altogether a very well done fan film.
Great little short and I like how both the well known RIddler and not as well known Scarface are created here. Riddler seems more natural, much like the villains of Nolan's Batman films. Altogether a very well done fan film.
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10:24PM on 08/17/2012

Bravo...

Very, very good. I like this. The fellow who plays the part of the Ventriloquist should get a frickin' Oscar.
Very, very good. I like this. The fellow who plays the part of the Ventriloquist should get a frickin' Oscar.
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8:35PM on 08/17/2012
Well done and proof positive that Nolan's Batman universe doesn't have to end.
Well done and proof positive that Nolan's Batman universe doesn't have to end.
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2:25PM on 08/17/2012
That was pretty cool, and I am with you Paul I would like to see Black Mask.

That was pretty cool, and I am with you Paul I would like to see Black Mask.

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1:19PM on 08/17/2012
Wow, yeah. As far as fan films go, this is topnotch.
Wow, yeah. As far as fan films go, this is topnotch.
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1:14PM on 08/17/2012
That was quiet good.
That was quiet good.
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