Batman Fan Film: City of Scars


Ah, fan films. How can you ever get enough of them? At their best, they remind us why we love the character in the first place, and make us wonder why the studio can’t get anywhere close to their quality. At their worst, they feature bad actors reciting bad dialogue. Most fan films fall somewhere in-between — a combination of wonderful visuals mixed in with community theater-level scripting and acting. “Batman: City of Scars” is one of those. I would recommend watching it with the sound turned off, because the running voiceover is insufferably tedious.

MTV says the fan film is from Aaron Schoenke and his father Sean, and took 21 days to shoot, the production spaced out over 16 months. The whole thing cost $27,000 to make, and runs a whopping 30 minutes, an eternity in terms of fan films. Batman is played by Kevin Porter, a working actor in Hollywood (he had a bit part in “Daredevil”), and Paul Molnar is the joker. Madelynn Rae plays Harley Quinn, the Joker’s jailbait sidekick.

What do you think?

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  • Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Thanks for the Heads up on the sound. I'll be watching it on You-tube on my lunch and post my thoughts. Hope it's good.

  • Lorekeeper

    I thought it was well done the voice over did not bother me all that much. Loved the cameos by zzazz and scarface as well as the others, all in all I would give it a solid 8/10

  • n1dcfan

    it was very well thought out, really enjoyed the ode to the original joker and batman. really impressive.

  • Dedpool aka Jiinx

    It was pretty good. I didn't mind the voice over so much (reminded me of thought captions in a comic or old noir films). I liked the guy playing Batman, and the suit they came up with, But the Bat symbol was too small and looked weird except when it was on his bike screen and headlight. Zzazz was cool, and Scarface was a well done cameo. Harley was different but it worked. My biggest gripe was the Joker. Something was just off too me. I dunno if it was the fact that he had lipstick but no smile lines extending from the ends of the lips (Even Caesar Romero had the smile painted fully on ), and he was just too clean cut and slick. The Joker should look somewhat chaotic even when he's dressed at his best. ANd I couldn't get passed the laugh. The late Andrew Koening (Boner from Growing Pains and son of Walter Koening, the original Chekov) was a better Joker in Sandy Collora's “Batman: Dead End” in my opinion. But all in all not a bad little film.

  • Armend Durguti

    Thnx this is better then Batman and Robin

  • Dmh1031

    The voice over played nicely through the project, I'm confused by the criticism of it. The story posed great open ended questions about the entire premise of Batman, very well done.

  • Ivo_monte

    Veryyyy Veryyyyy Amazingggg!!!!

  • Master_debator921

    the joker was a fag

  • d o

    i like these fan films. thought it was good but like a previous commenter said, joker’s makeup was off and it should have been as it always has been.

  • d o

    i like these fan films. thought it was good but like a previous commenter said, joker’s makeup was off and it should have been as it always has been.