Fan-Film Roundup: Batman - Defenders of the Night
As long-time readers may be dimly aware from the one time I've mentioned it--when I unleashed the Seasonal Greetings of Gunther--I have a sort of rule against posting YouTube videos here on the ISB. I'm not sure why I think of posting a video as any more of a cop-out than just scanning a panel from Jimmy Olsen and offering it up without comment, but in general, it's just something I try to avoid.
Tonight, though, I am compelled to make an exception by reader Ralph Burns, who emailed me something that I consider to be the single greatest piece of art ever produced by the hands of men.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...
And now, my commentary:
0:01: If there's one thing we simply do not see enough of in today's modern comics, it's Batman hanging out on a windy suburban rooftop in the middle of the day.
0:55: Little known fact? The Batcave's state-of-the-art training center is actually designed to look like the back lot of a local Hardee's, in order to simulate battle conditions. Seriously, it's in 'Tec #433. Look it up.
1:27: This is the single greatest line in anything, ever:
2:28: Your eyes do not deceive you: This is basically the best fight scene since The Octagon, and it all ends with Batman hugging someone until they are knocked out.
2:25: Oh man. Oh man. Just the way he runs! This is genius.
3:25: Mark my words, folks: In twenty years, the Joker and Two Face are going to seem like also-rans when you stack them next to Hoodie Guy With A Tree Branch. Just listen to the terror in Batman's voice!
3:57-4:09: ...Or as I like to call it, the greatest shot in the history of film.
4:20: Remember, kids! When struck in the head by the twirling cane of a madman in cargo pants, just walk it off!
5:00: Yes, the Riddler is cawing like a rooster. No, I have no idea why. Yes, it is hilarious.
5:15: Whoa! Apparently Robin took that comment about his balls a little harder than anyone expected! Good thing Batman's there to set him straight!
See? In every way, a masterpiece. And on the off-chance that you're still standing, allow me to blow your mind one more time:
There's a sequel. And it involves both the most fantastic Commissioner Gordon ever, Robin stealing a dog, and a few close contenders for the second best line in anything, ever.