Let me begin by telling you this isn’t the best produced or acted flick in the fan film universe. Batman: Black & White has more flaws than you can shake a batarang at. When most people think of fan films that aren’t really familiar with fan films they may hold this up as their shining example of why these things shouldn’t be made.
Then how did this make it into the Fan Film Follies picks category? Like a lot of fan films I have in the “picks” category there wasn’t really anything out there in 2009. Believe it or not, this film was pretty fresh and inventive when it was originally put online. It had a story and in my opinion had something to say. Yes. The acting is pretty bad. Yes. The production values can be painful at times. But back then it was one of the few kids (or should I say bats?) on the block and to me that makes it pretty special.
The dynamic duo is no more. The last Robin, Tim Drake, has become a detective for the GCPD and is working feverishly to bring down Rupert Thorne’s criminal syndicate. Lately, he’s been getting some help from an unexpected ally… Selina Kyle. Even still, their efforts have not had a devastating enough impact on the operation.
Then the murders begin. Members of Thorne’s hit squad are being butchered by a mysterious serial killer. The evidence points towards Batman. Now, the Dark Knight must put his strained relationships with Tim & Selina aside so that the three of them can track down the real killer. But each has their own idea of justice and their own ulterior motives
The deeper their investigation goes, the more they begin to blur the lines between good & evil, right & wrong, and black & white…
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not bashing this fan film. In essence this is what fan films were at the time on the most part. They’ve really grown sophisticated in the past few years. I think that is large in part to the films that came before them. Batman: Black & White is worth a look see and some love. Check it out.
UPDATED MAY 2017