Shannon McDermott, Natalie Gradillas, Tim Wessel, Kaylie McCausland, Emmanuel Murray-Fitzsimmons, Ferande Yvon, Don Manigly, Jorge Aguilar (executive), Chelsey Sedgemore (executive), Marco Pennino (executive), Daniel Gaudiello (executive) for Blinky Productions
directed by Chris R. Notarile
starring Dani Scott, Tom Patrick Propofsky, Skip Pipo, Ryan Kendrick
screenplay by Chris R. Notarile, based on characters created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, published by DC Comics
Batman (sort of), Joker (sort of)
Now I'm pretty sure most know the origin story of Batman, where Bruce's
parents are gunned down before his very eyes in his childhood, which
planted the seed for him wanting to become a masked vigilante.
twists that story inasmuch as it asks what would happen if it was Bruce
who was killed instead of his parents. Wouldn't his father (Tom Patrick
Propofsky) maybe go out to exact revenge? And wouldn't his mother (Dani
Scott) maybe go mad, mad enough to become this reality's Joker?
Pipo plays the Waynes' butler Alfred, Ryan Kendrick Bruce's killer Joe
Comics main rival Marvel
has been has been releasing What if? comics in various iterations
over the years that were literally just that, stories about what would
happen if only one key element of a comic series was changed - which was a
fun concept for sure, but if you weren't into the particular series
(including it's rich history and subtext) that got the What if?
treatment, it was always more likely than not that the joke was lost on
In a way, Martha/Joker follows the What if?
concept very consequently, but only up to a point, as instead on relying
solely on the power of subverting the source material, this film tells an
original story more rooted in the horror genre than its source material
and that's much more about coping with loss or failing to do so, and it
centers on characters instead of superheroics. And Chris R. Notarile's
solid directorial effort and grounded performances totally help to bring
this story to life, turning this into a very cool piece of psycho horror.