Monday, August 13, 2012

Puppet Master

Now that Christopher Nolan has effectively dashed Batman-fans' hopes of seeing any more favorite characters turn up in the "Dark Knight" universe; we're probably going to be seeing A LOT of fan-films popping up that mainly exist to imagine "Nolan-ized" versions of fan-filmmakers' favorite bad guys. Case in point: "Puppet Master" plays out as basically the first-act of a nonexistant "in-between-quel" centered around Riddler and The Ventriloquist. I dig it:


What I appreciate most about this is how plausible it is as an actual part of the series, warts and all - Edward Nygma as an obsessive FBI agent teaming up with "Mister Scarface" is a solid pitch, and everything from never calling either of them by their supervillain handles and giving Nygma's use of a cane an origin story absolutely nails the overly-expository "realism" of Nolan's Bat-films.

I would definitely rather watch the movie being suggested here than sit through TDKR again.

13 comments:

Dominic said...

Not bad! It's crying out for sweeping helicopter shots of Pittsburgh, though. And we maybe could have done without the bizarre frog-face at 9:06. But not bad at all.

whiteandorrnerdy said...

You know what else is a really good Nolan fans-series? "The Joker Blogs". Basically a sequel to TDK focusing on the Joker and his attempt to turn Harley Quinn crazy. It's found footage, which usually I hate, but is used quite well here, and the acting at first is a little suspect, but by the end its absolutely awesome.

ANImaniac said...

As far as Batman fan films go I think City of Scars is the best one I've seen so far, its doesn't try to work itself into the Nolan Dark Knight trilogy canon buts its still really good.

Having said that I am really glad the Nolanverse Batman series is over. the hyper realism thing was an interesting novelty back 4 or 5 years ago but now its just tedious.
I think there has to be a happy middle ground between the realistic and the fantastic.

Also and this is spoilers but in what stretch of the imagination is it realistic to punch someones broken spine into being un-paralyzed?

Anonymous said...

I get the feeling Bob was and probably still is one of those guys crying about The Joker wearing make-up instead of being perma-white.

Also isn't Catwoman the only villain in the Nolan films to not be referred to by her supervillain name? And it's not like she's the only one....Iron Mongor, Doctor Octopus, Venom, Whiplash....I don't even think Black Widow was ever referred to as such.

People really make too much of a big deal of what Nolan did and it's funny how one flawed film (as much as The overrated Avengers) has everyone butthurt and pretending superhero films are doomed now. I hope in a few years people realize TDKR isn't nearly as bad as people make it while The Avengers is fun but pretty generic.

Eduardo said...

The russian gang at the beginning of the Avengers call Natasha "the Black Widow". And Jeff Bridges character in Iron-Man did call himself an "iron monger" at some point.

Taylor said...

There was a whole scene in Spiderman 2 where JJJ and his crew dubbed Otto "Doctor Octopus"

Anonymous said...

Just watched City of Scars. Man, that was pretty awful.

TheAlmightyNarf said...

I'd watch it.

Though, what I really want to see is a "Nolan-ised" version of Mr. Freeze.

Phil said...

As usual Bob, every time you post anything regarding your opinions about Nolan and his take on the genre, you'll have more than one Nolan fanboy claiming you prefer superficial fluff over the "art" that is Nolan.

Some people, eh?

Anonymous said...

It looks like they are trying to come up with a more palatable reason for Bruce not being Batman for 8 years than "he was sad about rachel." And tying it to what a wreck he was physically. I can dig it. Also, I always thought Scarface and the Ventriloquist would be a good Batman villain for a movie. But Burton would have the best sensibility for it though. Oh, if only I could lure him back for one more!

And a "nolanized" mr. freeze would still involve a cryonics scientist who got screwed over by a ceo and lost his wife. But instead of "walking frozen man" and Ice laser beams, He would just have a muted, "cold" personality, and have a penchant for torturing people by flash freezing their body parts with a tank of liquid nitrogen and then shattering them with an ice pick.

Anonymous said...

I thought some new entry to the Puppet Master series was in the works, or that you hadd made a big picture about them. How DARE you deceive me so?

Aiddon said...

and I'd rather watch TDKR again than any one of Marvel's tepid, self-congratulatory films.

Gordy said...

I'll be glad to see some more fantastical Bat-movies in the future but I've really enjoyed Nolan's take on the franchise. I regard the trilogy as a live action "Elseworlds" Bat-series and overall a pretty excellent one, despite the final movie's flaws.

It'll be fun to see people's "Nolanised" interpretations of characters and I enjoy the clip above. The guy playing Wesker was spot-on.

Riddler could have done with some nifty purple shades, though. Would have made him appear a tad more villainous.