UPDATED! First Look at Eric Gable as ‘Batman’ in BATMAN EVOLUTION

Real-life ninja Eric Gable and Hollywood’s premiere stunt team 87eleven are currently in production on a Batman fan film that promises to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!
UPDATE: The villain revealed!

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By Brent Sprecher - 8/28/2012
As any true Batman fan knows, Bruce Wayne is, among many other things, a highly trained martial artist with badass ninja skills. So why, pray tell, does the movie Batman always rely more on body armor and gadgets than on his fighting skills ? Don’t get me wrong, I love Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, but his Batman is depicted as more of a boxer/brawler than a true martial artist. When are we going to see a live-action Batman perform more like his comic book counterpart, jumping, punching, kicking, and flipping his way into combat, relying more on his speed, strength and agility to win a fight than on his Bat-suit and gadgets?

Well, apparently I’m not the only one dying to see Batman in action the way Batman is supposed to look in action because actor, MMA trainer and real-life ninja Eric Gable — first profiled right here on CBM as my choice to play Iron Fist in a Marvel Studios production — has decided to take on the role of Batman in a new fan film called Batman Evolution. Not only is Gable putting his highly sought-after fighting skills to the test in this short film, but his Batman will beat up on the guys from 87eleven , the most elite stunt team in Hollywood, whose skills you’ve seen demonstrated in The Avengers, 300, Ninja Assassin and other kick-ass action flicks.

The movie went into production today and Eric, knowing what big comic book fans we are here at CBM, agreed to share with us this first-look photo of himself in costume on the set.



Photo by LJ Kim


If you like what you see so far, please leave supportive comments below and Eric might just agree to share more of Batman Evolution with us as the production continues.

UPDATE: 8/28/12

Eric called me up as soon as he got off of the set of Batman Evolution to thank everyone at CBM for all of the support and to clarify a few things. So, here's the short Q&A between us, followed by a behind-the-scenes set photo that reveals the "big bad" in the short:


Brent: So, how did Day Two go?

Eric: Oh, really great, thanks! Those guys at 87eleven are the best!

Brent: Many people have been wondering about the title of the movie. Can you elaborate on it or give us a short synopsis?

Eric: Well, there's a lot of gritty, badass action in this, obviously, but it also has a parody element to it. I want to show how Batman — in a somewhat funny way — transforms from the '60s look into the "Dark Knight" as we know him today. Hopefully, the fans will be okay with a little Adam West-style fun — with a nod and wink — before we break bad with a truly dark, modern Batman fight. Then a bit of comedy as the Dark Knight runs into the yet-to-evolve, old school—

Brent: Wait, wait, don't give everything away!

Eric: (Laughs) Yeah, okay, just really, really excited about this and all pumped up from beating on the Black Mask's goons all day.

Brent: Aw, you went and gave it away!

Eric: (Laughs) No, I actually didn't! There's more!

Brent: Well, let's save that for next time. What can you tell us about the suit?

Eric: Oh, well, as I mentioned, Batman will "evolve" in this movie from the old Adam West Batman to the modern Batman.

Brent: What about the lack of a cape and utility belt?

Eric: That's actually part of the plot. Black Mask challenges Batman to fight his way through a...through his goons without using his bullet-proof cape and belt full of gadgets — just his fighting skills!

Brent: Sweet! Well, thanks! And thanks for the pic! Can I share it with the crew?

Eric: Yes, absolutely! It's just a behind-the-scenes shot of our villain on the set. He's obviously not going to be wearing those clothes in the movie. The actor is a buddy of mine, a really fine actor named Joel Hebner, who has actually read for a lot of really big comic book roles recently.

Brent: Thanks, Eric!

Eric: You bet, man! Thanks CBM! Lots more to come!









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bsprecher - 8/26/2012, 11:44 PM
I've seen Eric do his ninja thing in person so I can't wait to see what he looks like doing it as Batman!
SkippyJonJones - 8/26/2012, 11:50 PM
Holy Bat-bat, Batman! This looks rad! Is that a painting? I want moooorrree!
bsprecher - 8/26/2012, 11:53 PM
@Skippy: Eric said that it's "just good lighting." I guess that's the kind of look you can get when your fan film is shot by a Hollywood director!
Kevwebsz - 8/26/2012, 11:53 PM
wheres.....his.....cape?
gaikinger - 8/26/2012, 11:54 PM
A street hustler comes up to me one day while i'm walking down the street minding my own business. Well he looks me up and he looks me down and says " What be this and what be that and why you gotta look like that?" so I just look at him right back and I say " I am cool, I am the breeze."
bsprecher - 8/26/2012, 11:54 PM
@Kevwebsz: Lost it in the fight? IDK...we'll have to wait for more!
Oxbow - 8/27/2012, 12:03 AM
hell yay for some real batman moves on the screen at last! I know Im not the only one who has been waiting for a faithful adaptation of the bruce wayne we know and love from the comics, the animated series, etc, etc
bsprecher - 8/27/2012, 12:04 AM
@gainkinger:
Haven't you heard, there's a new revolution
Gotta spread the word - too much confusion
bsprecher - 8/27/2012, 12:04 AM
@oxboxArcher: I hear that!
GoILL - 8/27/2012, 12:08 AM
Sounds cool, I will definitely be looking out for this.
Ichaos - 8/27/2012, 12:16 AM
Don't forget Batman is suppose to also be the worlds best detective and there has been even less of that ever properly portrayed either. Batman = Billionaire + high Tech Ninja + Sherlock Holmes
bsprecher - 8/27/2012, 12:21 AM
@Ichaos: Also a very valid point!
Destroyer7 - 8/27/2012, 12:22 AM
is this a movie?
bsprecher - 8/27/2012, 12:24 AM
@Destroyer7: Yes, it will be a short film.
SkippyJonJones - 8/27/2012, 12:25 AM
Is he going to fight any classic villains?
bsprecher - 8/27/2012, 12:32 AM
@Skippy: Hmm, that's a good question. Eric did not say. We spoke briefly after today's shoot, but he was too tired out to go into too many details. I'll see what I can pry out of him tomorrow.
gaikinger - 8/27/2012, 12:38 AM
Yeah we aint always winners but this is the life we choose and we wont change or rearrange and we aint never ever gonna lose.....
gaikinger - 8/27/2012, 12:39 AM
...you know it aint always easy, when the going gets tough, but when your getting even.....you better strut your stuff
gaikinger - 8/27/2012, 12:41 AM
ALL HELLS BREAKING LOOSE! HEY HEY HAVE YOU HEARD THE NEWS?!?
neopunch - 8/27/2012, 12:42 AM
F I N A L L Y..... Batman is going to break out the Bat Stick.
gaikinger - 8/27/2012, 12:42 AM
sorry....im just feeling very very random this evening
SageMode - 8/27/2012, 12:44 AM
A capeless Batman with a metal bat / steel pipe for a weapon? ...........................
gaikinger - 8/27/2012, 12:49 AM
maybe Rob Zombie should direct this time
IronSpider101 - 8/27/2012, 12:54 AM
FINALLY THE BATMAN I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR.

Because anything other than the thing that's actually good is what I like. Because comics are the best thing ever and everybody should be faithful to them all the time. Unless it's new, anything new is better than anything old, like TASM.
OtakuPapi - 8/27/2012, 1:02 AM
Awesome article i've been saying this about Bats for awhile. Him sucking as a fighter,we have yet to see a movie that encompasses the batman we know and love as a whole, just different aspects of him.This will be good to see, Batman looking like a viable fighter for once
bsprecher - 8/27/2012, 1:08 AM
@OkauPapi: Thanks! Yeah, I like to share awesome stuff with other like-minded fans.

As I mention in the article and as Ichaos pointed out above, Batman is much more than just a dude with $ and fancy toys.
Visualiza - 8/27/2012, 1:24 AM
This may or may not turn out to be good, but for one thing the first paragraph of this article is pretty far off base. First of all, no 'true martial artist' will ever be seen flipping, jumping, and flailing punches & kicks around in a fight. The goal of any savvy warrior, no matter the discipline, is to dispatch your foes with the least amount of energy and movement required. Although I absolutely hated the fights in the Nolan films, that was mainly due to the fact that the guy can't direct a fight scene to save his life, and the nauseating camera work didn't help, either. I will say though, that what Nolan did get right is the raw feel of the brawls Batman gets into. Simply put: take away the emphasis on the suit and gadgets, and you remove an essential characteristic of Batman.

I'm all for yet another reinterpretation of the character, whether it be this film or the followup to the Nolan-verse, but whatever it is I don't want it to be Crouching Tiger, Hidden Batman.
rebellion - 8/27/2012, 1:35 AM
crap. i've never seen a fan made film that actually looks good.
Guerillas - 8/27/2012, 1:41 AM
is that the dark knight motorcycle suit?
grabass - 8/27/2012, 1:45 AM
Sounds awesome, but...I googled "Eric Gable ninja" and found his kickstarter page, but no video or pics of his stunt work, imdb, or involvement with other films.

I did get a lot of this Eric Gable, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1vBUrcjcgI
bsprecher - 8/27/2012, 2:02 AM
@Visualiza: I get what you're saying, I do. My point was that we never really get to see the ATHLETICISM of Batman the way he is depicted fighting. Yes, less effort/energy/inertia is better in the real world, but it doesn't look that great on screen.

@Visualiza/Guerillas: Eric said that he wears a couple different suits in this short film and that, yes, that suit he is wearing is the motorcycle suit. The reason being this is a (virtually) no budget production, where everyone is putting in their own time and effort for the love of it.

@grabass: Ha! No, that's not him (obviously). He had a demo reel up, but he's working on a new one. Trust me, he's the real deal! Ever heard of the Kōga? How about the Iga? He's trained with both of those ninja clans.
Maia87 - 8/27/2012, 2:05 AM
TDK motorcycle suit? Lol FAIL.
TheSensationalSpiderman - 8/27/2012, 2:31 AM
This looks awesome. Everyone saying fail to this. You think you can do better prove it?
jazzman - 8/27/2012, 2:51 AM
sorry im really bored in see Batman Fan Films. people who does these fan film need to do something different. seen people online doing a Static Shock fan film and some others.

@Brent Sprecher

the guy should of done a Iron Fist fan film not Batman we already seen too many Batman fan film. this fan film might be cool but he is doing the typical character that everyone has done. i rather see him and another guy do a Heroes For Hire fan film.
armagedom - 8/27/2012, 3:01 AM
sir you just describe what we wanna see on a batman movie the real batman the fighter hopefully they will use a bit of his detective and scientific skills as well
JohnTom88 - 8/27/2012, 3:15 AM
With the heavy cape, Batman is never a true Ninja.

Bring on Nightwing or Daredevil.
Orehrepus - 8/27/2012, 3:36 AM
The suit is as crappy as Nolan's. Too armorish as in Nolan's, yet looks a lot cheaper. But the mask looks good and doesn't make his head look big. Eric has good jaw and chin and looks handsome yet badass behind that mask.

But the most important thing is, seeing Batman holding a baseball bat or lead pipe or whatever it is he's holding, ready to fight street dirty, that's bad-fricking-ass!

Let's see more of this!
Grimfoe - 8/27/2012, 3:42 AM
I think this is a very cool idea. Let's see how those that can really fight can put together a fight scene.
DaddyTuesday - 8/27/2012, 4:09 AM
Looks like he's wearing that Dark Knight motorcycle suit made by UD replicas.Not exactly "unlike anything you've ever seen before". But I will give it a chance.
Name - 8/27/2012, 4:12 AM
this should be good, a batman that fights like the comicbook character. If daredevil can do it why cant batman, his bar fight scene was better than all f batmans fights in the nolan films bar MAYBE the first bane fight. About the costume, im sick of armor, the fact he was wearing it played little into each film if you're not counting falling from a sky scraper to a car which was foolish or getting shot by twoface. Basically if they can come up with all the gadgets batman used in the dark knight tilogy they could have come up with a thinner armour that was still protective, they could write something. It could have resembled his actual costume more if its durability wouldnt be much of a factor in design.
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