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SHADOWS OF THE BAT
In 2008, indie Chicago filmmaker Jerry Vasilatos wrote, produced and directed "DARK KNIGHT PROJECT". Set in between the events of "BATMAN BEGINS" and "DARK KNIGHT", the short film was released online a week before "The Dark Knight" hit theaters and grew into a fan favorite on YOUTUBE and it's own dedicated website at DARKKNIGHTPROJECT.COM.
Rated 4 stars by FILM THREAT ("If this short was an extra on "THE DARK KNIGHT" DVD as a real canonical bridge between Begins and Knight, it wouldn’t be out of place at all. It works. There’s great attention to detail here to try and match the mood and pacing of Nolan’s Batman films...") and featured as SHORT OF THE DAY at FILM SCHOOL REJECTS ("this Batman short film has got a lot going for it simply because it’s a different take on the character"), "DARK KNIGHT PROJECT" utilized the same Chicago neighborhoods "The Dark Knight" filmed in while creating a new Batman story that captured the imagination of fans. Produced on a shoestring budget by a crew that pitched in their services shooting five nights in June of 2008, the film was readied for release and presented online to the delight of fans already anticipating the release of "THE DARK KNIGHT" in theaters.
"SHADOWS OF THE BAT" will take place within a year after "THE DARK KNIGHT" and before events of "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES". Batman is underground, but as a dire set of circumstances that once again threatens the safety of Gotham City, he is forced to resurface and extinguish it, without the benefit of GPD on his side and truly operating in the shadows. This "bridge story" is also meant to shed light on why the Joker won't be seen in "THE DARK KNIGHT RISES" for story reasons, as well as give Batman one last adventure before he disappears "underground" for 9 years until the new film begins.
You can be directly involved in helping produce this new Batman film with a donation towards production, and receive a pledge incentive based on your level of support. We can't make this film without the support of fans and the indie community. Your dedication will work hand in hand with ours in producing what we hope to be one of the greatest Batman short films EVER.
Shadows of the Bat -- Indiegogo
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