Batman: Puppet Master is a Batman fan film set in the universe of The Dark Knight Trilogy. Set in-between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the video is intended to explain why Batman went into hiding after the end of the former, but the actual content of the video and a Sequel Hook at the end imply that it will actually be part of a series.
After Batman becomes a wanted criminal for the purported death of Harvey Dent, the FBI sends its greatest secret agent, Edward Nigma, to catch him. However, that isn't enough for Nigma; he wants to prove his greatness, and for him that means unmasking the Batman and revealing his secret identity. To do this, he works with the mob, led by a mysterious figure known only as "Scarface", and becomes increasingly obsessed with his prize...
Since its release (to tie in with the release of The Dark Knight Rises), the video has been praised by numerous bloggers and reviewers for its high production values and great storytelling.
Provides examples of:
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Scarface and Nigma, for what it seems.
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Similar to Catwoman (Selina Kyle) from the films proper, neither "The Riddler" nor "The Ventriloquist" are used, only "Edward Nigma" and "Arnold Wesker".
- Demonic Dummy: Scarface. But you knew that if you knew anything about him from the comics, didn't you?
- Dirty Coward: Arnold Wesker but you probably know what it hides.
- Expecting Someone Taller: Riddler says this when he first meets Wesker.
- Gollum Made Me Do It: Guess who?
- Guttural Growler: Scarface
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Peyton Riley.
- The Man Behind the Curtain: Scarface/Wesker.
- Peek-a-Bangs: Peyton Riley, briefly.
- Scary Black Man: One of Scarface's goons who might be Rhino.
- Sequel Hook: The Riddler and Scarface/Ventriloquist make a deal to work together: Scarface gets the city while Riddler gets the Batman.
- Series Continuity Error: The Victor Zsasz seen in the video is different from the one in Batman Begins.
- She Knows Too Much: Peyton Riley.
- Shout-Out: Scarface's henchwoman is Peyton Riley, who was the second Ventriloquist in the comics during Wesker's Comic Book Death. Scarface even calls her "Sugar".
- Nigma mentions rival crime lords Galante and Sionis aka Black Mask.
- Too Kinky to Torture: Batman hurls Zsasz against a table, to which Zsasz says "That tickled"
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: RiddlerBatman: You don't have to do this.Nigma: Sometimes you have to get a little dirty when digging up the truth.