Sunday, August 12, 2012

[Short Film] Batman: Puppet Master

There was a time when Edward Nigma aka The Riddler was mooted and rumoured to be the villain for the Batman film after The Dark Knight, but that remained unfulfilled with Christopher Nolan opting for Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Still, that doesn't stop fans from picking up on that intent, and making one of the better, if not the best short film right now, about the Batman.

Done under similar settings and treatment to entrench their short film in between the events of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Puppet Master has a number of positives going for it, such as bringing back Victor Szasz from Batman Begins and giving him an expanded role, and introducing The Ventriloquist / Scarface into the Nolan Bat-universe. And of course there's Edward Nigma himself, never addressed as The Riddler (perhaps not yet), and having something of an origin going on to address his need for a cane, as well as giving his character a new spin.


Someone's been letting inmates out of Arkham Asylum...

In the months following the death of Harvey Dent, Batman, still a wanted fugitive, is pushed to his limits as a new crime wave hits Gotham. Batman's search to find who's responsible leads him to a showdown with the masochistic serial killer Victor Zsasz.

Meanwhile Gotham's newest crime boss, a mysterious figure known as Scarface, has an meeting with Edward Nigma, an FBI agent, sworn to bring down Batman at all costs.

You can watch the short film here, and see if you'd agree with me that this is a very well made, tightly scripted, short film that should deserve some recognition for the effort put in. Perhaps then we can also see a logical follow up in the story as well, because of the potential it had set itself up!

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