Your upcoming fanfilm Batman: Dante - in a few words, what's
it going to be about?
It's a fan film that will show Batman in a way that I have yet to
really see on film. I want to make Batman scary. So we are going to give
him the horror treatment.
And is any of Batman: Dante
based (in whole or parts) based on any
I've always wanted to do a
short. The closest I came was having him in my 2010 short Knight Waltz where
he gets fight-seduced by Catwoman. But that short was really about her and
how she likes to toy with him. As for this story, I don't believe it's
based on any previous storylines. There might be some similarities that a
hardcore fan could find, but I did not intentionally base my story off of
Other sources of inspiration when
dreaming up Batman: Dante?
Horror movies were a
definite source. I just want to take
somewhere many filmmakers have
not dared to go, or have stopped short from taking all the way.
You've told me you
intend to direct Batman: Dante
like a horror movie - care to
elaborate, and what can you tell me about your movie's intended look and
feel as such?
will be filmed like Jason Voorhees or
Michael Myers. No heroic shots. No heroic music. Nothing familiar apart
from the name and the design of the costume. I want people to see Batman
in a way we have not seen him before. Fingers crossed that it works.
I'm just supposing a Batman-movie
needs quite some elaborate sets, costumes, props and special effects - so
how do you go about those aspects of your movie?
actually, like most of my movies, this one will be shot on site to achieve
maximum realness. I honestly do not need much to make this one happen. The
suit was built by David Mosser, and will be worn by Zack Cloud Santiago,
an amazing cosplayer from Orlando FL. Everything else will be created on
you can tell us about your movie's cast yet, and why exactly these people?
known Zack for a while and have always admired and respected his work as a
cosplayer. He is also a bodybuilder and martial artist. We've talked over
the years about teaming up one day, but distance has always played a
factor. It wasn't until I saw him in David's Batsuit that I decided to
take action and find a way to get Zack out to California. Like Roberto
Lombardi [Roberto Lombardi
interview - click here] as Freddy
Krueger, Zack has an uncanny resemblance to Michael
Keaton when he dons that cowl. Once I saw him in that suit, I had a Tony
Stark moment and said "I need it."
So what's the schedule for Batman: Dante? And any idea when it might be released onto the
general public yet?
It will go public at the end of July.
Definitely before August. Once I wrap a project, I want to release it as
soon as possible. This is largely due to my love of sharing my films and
disdain for having to wait to release something.
You have made movies about other
characters of the Batman-universe
in the past (most notably Catwoman
and the Joker)
but never yet about Batman
himself (at least according to my knowledge) - why is that, and what urged
you to do a Batman-movie
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Batman fan films are incredibly common. Almost
EVERYONE has done, or wants to do a Batman fan film. Titles are often
bloated, and the costumes are often pretty terrible. The last thing I ever
want is to be associated with poor quality. And since I did not have a
Batsuit I was ever truly proud of, I just decided to not do anything with Batman as the main character. Thankfully, after 12 years of filmmaking, I
finally stumbled across one and now I feel comfortable enough to do my
take on Batman.
Since the 1940's, Batman
has been brought to the screen many times - so what are some of your
favourite and least favourite adaptations?
As a kid, I
loved the 1989 film, but I believe the animated series is the definitive Batman. Nothing has superseded that in my opinion. I did like
Begins and The Dark
Knight, but the 3rd film did not do it for me. But
those are definitely my favorite on-screen incarnations.
some of your favourite Batman
writers and artists?
Paul Dini and Bruce Timm have written
some of my favorite stories. But also Jim Starlin, Frank Miller, Alan Moore
and Jeph Loeb. Can't forget them.
Any future projects beyond Batman: Dante
you'd like to talk about?
I am also working on a
short titled The Weary Traveler, which is a pseudo-sequel to actual
book by Mary Shelley. It will star Sid O'Connell as the Monster and
Ciprian Cosma as the traveler. After that, I plan to revisit the world's
first basher, the Dollman, in a new Methodic short film.
website, Facebook, whatever else?
You can find me on all
social media @Blinky500
Anything else you're
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Baby Buggy Bumpers!
for the interview!