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Writing a Batman Fan Film:

 1 Director Cannon, Sun, 18th Dec '11 9:16:12 PM from A cornfield in Indiana Relationship Status: I want you to want me
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So, I'm a huge fan of the B-Man, and since beginning my little movie making hobby, I've wanted to do a fan film. Just one problem. I can't think of a plot. I have some elements I want to incorporate:

-The Joker (Classic version, not Ledger's)

-Batman doing detective work, not just punching things.

-At least one fight scene involving B-Man vs a crowd of goons

-One other member of the Rogue's Gallery

Any ideas?

edited 18th Dec '11 9:16:30 PM by DirectorCannon

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 2 Schitzo, Sun, 18th Dec '11 9:22:30 PM from Akumajou Dracula Relationship Status: LA Woman, you're my woman
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hmm... Perhaps just a small subplot villain. I'd like to see how you handle Killer Croc.

Try to write a scene where Batman has to make due without his utility belt.

edited 18th Dec '11 9:23:22 PM by Schitzo

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Ask yourself what message do you want to give?

If none

Put youself on the side of the villain and think How would I beat batman an gain (insert what your villain wants)
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A scenario: The Joker surreptitiously enters the publishing business, holding two up-and-coming comic authors hostage to write an ongoing series 'The Final Dinoy' under the pseudonym 'Jake Pook'. With help from Hugo Strange, inserting subliminal messages, the readers are suggested to do random acts of chaos for one minute. One minute seems harmless, but when you're managing big stuff like the city's utilities, you could just as well topple over the foundations of Gotham City's order.

In fact, this thing happens when a power generating dam goes kaput, and the waters spill through the barricade flooding a suburb down Eastside. It brings Batman's attention when Batman notices a recurrence of 'The Final Dinoy' issues popping up near the scene of incidence. Following his intuitions, he cross-references the comic's first publishing date with the first occurrences of this minute insanity.

Then.. I'm not sure. I hope though if there's going to be a crowd battle with Batman and mooks, it should take place between ground-level and a high rise tower.

oh no the snack table
I can't think of a plot.

Noodle around with writing exercises, writing small scenes. Don't worry about an overarching plot, just write five- to fifteen-minute scenes and see what feels right and what doesn't work. It seems like you're still at the brainstorming stage, so fiddle around with stuff in your notebook until you're ready to start on a draft script.
It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
 6 Director Cannon, Sun, 18th Dec '11 10:10:49 PM from A cornfield in Indiana Relationship Status: I want you to want me
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Now, please take into consideration that I won't have much of a budget (most will go into film equipment and the Batsuit) and that I live in a small city inbetween Chicago and Indianapolis, and I'll have to film here.

EDIT: Come to think of it, Killer Croc would be interesting if I did the 'scaly black man' interpretation. It would inject some diversity, which I need, as my last short was white as the driven snow, so to speak.

edited 19th Dec '11 6:26:59 AM by DirectorCannon

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[up]Thats an advantage the more limits you have the more creative you will need to be.
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EDIT: Cone to think of it, Killer Croc would be interesting if I did the 'scaly black man' interpretation. It would inject some diversity, which I need, as my last short was white as the driven snow, so to speak.

I am not saying diversity in a cast is a bad thing, nor am I saying that having a black villain is bad either. However, I would advise against having a black person as a villian if all your other works tend to also show black people in a negative light.
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why not tell a story through a bystander's perspective, like in the events of a siege? Maybe have The Joker decide to spend some quality time with the cities' newest ADA or a Legal Clerk? Throw in another Bat Villain who was being trialled and was able to free himself in the confusion (I personally would suggest someone like The Penguin or Two-Face in order to play straight-man to the Joker) and then have Batman try and do his thing.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
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[up] Gotham Central and Astro City are both worth looting for superhero-stories-from-the-sidewalk-view ideas.
It's beautiful and so full of deep imagery that it doesn't surprise me to find that it has gone WAY over your head
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and they're easily the most interesting too. I mean, we know what Batman and The Joker are like, but ordinary people don't. I can see The Joker playing up his image of a lunatic on the edge and constantly making his victim freak out over nothing.
Theres sex and death and human grime in monochrome for one thin dime and at least the trains all run on time but they dont go anywhere.
I suggest looking up Batman Brutality for inspiration.
 
 13 Director Cannon, Mon, 19th Dec '11 6:26:12 AM from A cornfield in Indiana Relationship Status: I want you to want me
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Yeah: Its not that my other works have black people as villains, they just don't have them.

[up] I think I've seen that, actually.

edited 19th Dec '11 6:27:39 AM by DirectorCannon

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I am not saying diversity in a cast is a bad thing, nor am I saying that having a black villain is bad either. However, I would advise against having a black person as a villian if all your other works tend to also show black people in a negative light.

In fact, making your resident cannibalistic monster a black man for the sole purpose of increasing cast diversity is a bad idea, period. I shouldn't have to explain why.

edited 19th Dec '11 6:38:47 AM by Iaculus

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 15 Director Cannon, Mon, 19th Dec '11 7:07:55 AM from A cornfield in Indiana Relationship Status: I want you to want me
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[up] It's less that I want to inject diversity, but I wanted to have a 'muscly' type adversary for Batman to fight, and Bane doesnt seem the type to work with Joker.
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[up]What about this bit, then?

EDIT: Come to think of it, Killer Croc would be interesting if I did the 'scaly black man' interpretation. It would inject some diversity, which I need, as my last short was white as the driven snow, so to speak.

Bane does have a couple of ways he could work with the Joker, though. For instance, he could be selling Venom to Mr. J and his goons in order to (a) make a tidy sum of money, and (b) use the ensuing chaos to distract Gotham's crimefighters from his own operations.

edited 19th Dec '11 8:25:55 AM by Iaculus

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 17 Director Cannon, Mon, 19th Dec '11 11:40:06 AM from A cornfield in Indiana Relationship Status: I want you to want me
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[up] Ok, you got me, but I hadn't really thought that through right there. tongue
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