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
RELEASE DATE: 7/18/17
- Video - 90%90%
- Audio - 88%88%
- Film Score - 95%95%
The Plot Thus Far
Director and Writer Eric Dow (“Honor in the Valley of Tears”) brings us his second documentary as he goes behind the scenes of the fan fiction short film, “Batman: Dead End.” In the winter of 2003 commercial director Sandy Collora and some of his friends set out to make a low-budget short film for his demo reel. What they wound up actually doing was making one of the most elaborate, most watched, most talked about and most controversial short films ever made: Batman Dead End. Considering the amount of press and admiration Batman: Dead End garnered, everybody expected it to quickly propel director Sandy Collora into the Hollywood stratosphere, but instead his career failed to launch. Now, we get the inside look at the legend of the superhero and the people who help create it including Collora, comic book legend Neal Adams, and convention all stars Sean Clark, Shawn Reeves and Jordu Schell. Behind The Mask: The Batman Dead End Story is an incisive look at the making of the short film, and what it takes to make it as a Hollywood A-lister.