BEHIND THE MASK – THE BATMAN: DEAD END STORY REVIEWED
“Behind the Mask” is so good, that it’s depressing. By that, I mean it’s hard to look at an incredible talent who ultimately failed to connect to the mainstream. Batman: Dead End director Sandy Collora was supposed to be huge. Hell, he raised the bar for fan films with an eye unmatched by his fellow filmmakers. The film is almost 15 years old now, so it’s hard for younger fans to understand what that short meant in a pre YouTube world. Was it pandering to fan favorites? Sure.
But, “Batman: Dead End” also said that fans and low-key productions could mine material that studios were ignoring. Documentarian Eric S. Dow steps back and lets Collora and the footage walk us through what happened. Much like fellow early 00s director Kerry Conran, Collora hit the big time a little too soon. The zeitgeist can be a pain to harness, so it’s only natural that early pioneers would occasionally miss the bus.
That being said, I would recommend this documentary to all inspiring filmmakers. Examine what Collora did and how he began to work in the industry. Study technique and storytelling ability. Then, try to do better.
- 1.85:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 2.0