Miguel Mesas from Spain is no stranger to Fan Films. His previous works includes Captain Harlock and Bad Boy currently available for viewing right here on the Fan Film Follies. His follow up to these films involves a certain guy that dresses up as a Bat. The name escapes me. Bat Person or Bat Guy or something like that.
Batman: Arkham Asylum shows a moody, haunting depiction of the DC Comics mythos giving us a gothic Joker, Two-Face, Scarecrow and of course the Bats himself. The mood is set with a nostalgic tone as Danny Elfman’s theme music plays in the background. Not to be confused with the video game of the same name this Fan Trailer takes place 100 years from now in Gotham’s future.
The production is based on the original graphic novel written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dave Mckean. I sit back watching this trailer trying to figure out how the heck he put this together. It looks to me to be a lot of green screen, some funky costumes and oodles of imagination.
The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham’s detention center for the criminally insane on April Fool’s Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to live and endure the personal hells of Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s own sanity is placed in jeopardy.
– DC Wiki
The original version of the short posted in these pages was of poor quality. I was surprised and happy to find a much better quality version posted on Vimeo. What a difference it makes being able to watch this again in 720p HD almost a decade later.
Make sure you also check out Miguel’s follow-up Fan Film, Slaine: The Horned God.
UPDATED APRIL 2017