The Outhouse was contacted today by Alek Gearhart, director of a fan film called Joker Rising, which explores the origins of the classic DC Comics villain in what purports to be a more realistic, grim and gritty take on Gotham City than ever seen before, which is a bold claim following Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy. Needless to say, we were pretty skeptical, but I watched the first scene in the film (a rough cut that will presumably be touched up with visual and audio effects in the future), and it was actually pretty good. The acting wasn't bad, and, aside from some missing polish (I wanted to hear the screech of tires when one of the characters slammed on the brakes, but instead there was a more realistic but less satisfying silence), the production is decent as well. One thing that struck me as odd in the first scene was the palm trees, which I'm pretty sure don't grow in fictional Gotham.
If those sound like half-hearted compliments, it should be noted that what I've seen of the film actually impressed me, and I hav eonly watched the first scene. If it wasn't 1PM on a Saturday afternoon, I'd watch the whole movie right now, but I'm about to take the kids out to the Sonoma County Fair. Instead, I'm going to post it here for all of the Outhousers to enjoy, and we'll discuss it in the comments section below after we get a chance to watch it in full. Sound fair?
I don't know what the legality of a movie like this is. The movie is a fan film, not for profit, and claims to only be interested in telling a great story with these DC Comics characters. Can they do that if Warner takes issue with it? I honestly have no idea and I'm too lazy to research it. But kudos to them for giving it a shot.
The youtube video has over 100,000 views (and over 2000 thumbs up vs. 100 thumbs down), so they must be doing something right.
Check out the full movie (available for a limited time) below, in its rough cut form, and if you like it, you can support the filmmakers in creating a full trilogy of these R-Rated films at their Kickstarter page. Two-Face is promised as a future character in the films.
Here it is. Tell us what you think in the comments: