UPDATED! First Images from Hollywood Fan Film BATMAN EVOLUTION

Actor and real-life ninja Eric Gable offers Brent Sprecher and CBM an exclusive first look at 'Batman' in action in the fan film made by Hollywood professionals, Batman Evolution! UPDATE: New high-res fight still!

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By Brent Sprecher - 9/9/2012
A Batman fan film titled Batman Evolution went into production in Hollywood last month. "What's the big deal," you ask? "Fan films are being made all the time and they usually suck." True, true, but few fan films can boast a Hollywood director behind the camera, a rogues gallery of thugs played by Hollywood’s premiere stunt team 87eleven (The Avengers, 300), and an actor playing Batman who also happens to have black belts in jujitsu, tae kwon do and ninjutsu. Yeah, that’s right. This fan film can claim an actor playing one of comicdom's greatest ninjas who is actually a ninja!

Actor Eric Gable — first profiled right here on CBM as my choice to play Iron Fist in a Marvel Studios production — not only stars in the short movie, but he also wrote it and choreographed all of the fight sequences. He also happens to be a big fan of the CBM community, which is why he shared with us the very first look at Batman Evolution the day it went into production. The movie is now in post-production and Eric has once again offered CBM an exclusive first look at ‘Batman’ in action in a trio of new still images.








UPDATE: 9/9/12

So...Eric was stoked by your comments about the images he released to me, but he wanted to clarify that the images above were not actual stills from the movie, but screen captures he took during editing, which is why they're pretty dark. He sent along a true still image so you can see how crisp and vibrant the final film will look. Dig it!









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bsprecher - 9/8/2012, 5:30 PM
Since many of you will inevitably (especially, now that I’m mentioning it) pose questions that have already been answered, I’ll just let Eric answer those questions (again):

CBM: What’s up with the title?
Eric:

Batman will "evolve" in this movie from the old Adam West Batman to the modern Batman. …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.

CBM: No cape? No utility belt? What’s that about?
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!

thetrojan - 9/8/2012, 5:46 PM
I think it looks good.
It reminds me of The Game Of Death,bruce lee.
santoanderson - 9/8/2012, 5:49 PM
So why is Black Mask a Filipino stuntman in a halloween mask? Am I missing something?
RedNTheHood - 9/8/2012, 5:50 PM
I love it!
GUNSMITH - 9/8/2012, 5:51 PM
COOL, CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT.
jimpinto24 - 9/8/2012, 5:59 PM
Cool. It's good to see Batman (Eric) doing martial arts in this film since we didn't get to see a lot of it in Chris Nolan's TDK trilogy.
REDSTORM - 9/8/2012, 6:17 PM
Hey what's with the title? And where's his cape?


:P
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 9/8/2012, 6:19 PM
Sh!t, dude. This is looking bad@$$. I'm liking this more and more everytime I see it. Cannot wait for this!! :)

@bsprecher - Dude, this is looking sweet. True, there may be some fan-films of Batman out there that weren't as good as Batman: City of Scars or Seeds of Arkham, but from what I'm seeing with Batman: Evolution, this might trump both of those films. Thanks for sharing this with us, man.
TheAmazingSpidey63 - 9/8/2012, 6:25 PM
@ToDandy - Indeed, dude. Now we get to see Batman's skills and fighting technique without any assistance from his arsenal of gadgets. I've always wanted to see that on film. :)
Ranger14 - 9/8/2012, 6:33 PM
Hmm...interesting. I will keep an open mind and for a fan film the expectations shouldn't be that high so it may surprise.
MisterMagurlypse - 9/8/2012, 6:52 PM
Yeah, looking really good. That pic before of Black Mask was INSANE!! Can't wait for the finished product. Keep 'em comming!! BTW... Batman had a cape? News to me:)
thewonderer - 9/8/2012, 7:04 PM
@earzmundo

Except Nolans Batman was essentially the comic Batman in heart, motivation, and importance/influence
bemond - 9/8/2012, 7:05 PM
Looks badass... Not digging the no cape, no belt though.
subzero1077 - 9/8/2012, 7:17 PM
Would be nice if I could make out what was going on.
bsprecher - 9/8/2012, 7:20 PM
@TheAmazingSpidey63: You bet! That's what CBM is for: fans sharing the fan experience with other fans!
azn197 - 9/8/2012, 7:24 PM
fan film with passion always deserves a thumbs up! especially if people put their sweat and blood into it
GizmoEl - 9/8/2012, 7:26 PM
this looks absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see it. Everything looks so professional, I hope the direction and camera work is well done.
thalidomide - 9/8/2012, 7:41 PM
Robin John Blake is very comic book accurate

ThePowerCosmic - 9/8/2012, 7:54 PM
@thewonderer

Nope. That was Nolan's Batman.
BossVersion1 - 9/8/2012, 8:01 PM
Looks awfully dark.
angus666 - 9/8/2012, 8:18 PM
Usually I don't like fan films but this looks high quality. Could be really good.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/8/2012, 8:21 PM
Wish he had a custom suit rather than a dark knight rip off version.
SuperPickle - 9/8/2012, 8:48 PM
For once I'd like to see on film the truest Batman style. That means cape and everything. Nolan's films barely touched on it. Somebody else said that "Begins" was the closest to seeing real martial arts. But to also see, full on, the use of his cape and everything in a fight would be something new. This looks different and interesting. I'll definitely be checking it out.
DarkArts - 9/8/2012, 8:51 PM
@WolverinesZombie Nolan's Batman in Batman Begins was a great Batman.
But Nolan never expanded the character. His Batman became a beat up, broken down fool who lost his health, his money, his arsenal, lost his fight with the Joker, Bane, was rendered helpless by Talia.
He went from Batman to reclusive masturbator for 8 years.
From midway through the Dark Knight until his brief victory over Bane, Nolan's Batman was Kick-Ass. He was brutalized and humiliated, robbed, betrayed, girl friend killed.
Nolan's Batman was like the old Marvel "What if?" comics were the hero makes a wrong move and it all goes wrong.
Ranger14 - 9/8/2012, 8:54 PM
^^^ I concur and that is not the Batman I grew up with.
Action - 9/8/2012, 8:56 PM
It would be awesome if DC decided for Batman to have this type of look in the movies. Maybe having the Batman beyond wings would be a nice change.
Jolt17 - 9/8/2012, 9:09 PM
Looking awesome.
TayDee - 9/8/2012, 9:17 PM
people are against the grey in batman's costume
thebearjew - 9/8/2012, 9:34 PM
ya @wolverinezombie you are a fool batman could take down anyone wolverine with ease batman is the ultimate hero and ya nolans batman rocked was the first time batmans been done justice in film as far as im concerned batman is willing to put it ALL on the line hes selfless he knows just about every martial art known to man and unkown and hes just about the smartest character and without a doubt the smartest strategist ever
I mean heck hes beaten the whole justice league in tower of babel oh also he has let raz die
Knightrider - 9/8/2012, 9:36 PM
Hopefully will be won over by the final film, but the whole Black Mask challenges Batman plot seems a bit weak.

As for people having a go a the Wonderer I would say seeing as Batman has gone from camp, space traveling hero to gritty underground vigilante it would seem tough to tell him to pick up a comic, seeing as the character like all comic book heroes have undergone many interpretations.

So as much as I will agree it was 'Nolan's' Batman, that isn't a bad thing to get another interpretation as it provides us with fresh takes on different characters, which means, much like James Bond, every has their definitive Batman if that be the 60's show, Snyder comics or Nolan movies.

This argument goes both ways, in terms of saying something is faithful too, as so much variation over so many years any CBM has to pick and choose how to translate to film.

Was Hawkeye any less of the character because his suit was different? Nope. Was Black Widow any less the character because she wasn't Russian? Nope.
lokibane2012 - 9/8/2012, 9:42 PM
Why couldn't Nolan hire someone well-trained to do Batman's fighting scenes? It's not like it'd take a lot of effort to differentiate between Bale and the stuntman. All 3 were pretty good films, the action in each and every one of them was complete shit. Never for one second did I believe that Bale's Batman was a trained ninja.
lokibane2012 - 9/8/2012, 9:43 PM
*It's not like it'd take a lot of effort to make the stuntman look like Bale's Batman. The costume covers up almost everything.
thewonderer - 9/8/2012, 10:43 PM
Why do people expect a completely accurate batman film when no CBM has ever been completely accurate. Why are people criticizing Nolan in particular for legitimately doing what every CBM does?

The Avengers isn't comic accurate, TASM wasn't comic accurate, so what's the deal?
Ranger14 - 9/8/2012, 11:18 PM
"Was Black Widow any less the character because she wasn't Russian? Nope."

She was Russian and there were indications of that in The Avengers. Some people said she should have a Russian accent. You wouldn't be much of a Russian spy if you didn't learn to speak fluent English. ;-)

Plus, you could look at each of the characters in The Avengers and you knew immediately who they were. You can't say the same about that with a few of the key characters in Nolan's trilogy. For me...my opinion...Nolan's trilogy didn't feel like a comic book trilogy. The Avengers felt like a comic book on the big screen, whether it was completely comic accurate or not, it felt like The Avengers comics on screen. Different strokes.
SageMode - 9/8/2012, 11:44 PM
Hopefully he'll do more than just throwing punches and tackling people over the edge of cliffs
Jollem - 9/9/2012, 12:05 AM
"Why do people expect a completely accurate batman film when no CBM has ever been completely accurate. Why are people criticizing Nolan in particular for legitimately doing what every CBM does?

The Avengers isn't comic accurate, TASM wasn't comic accurate, so what's the deal?"

schoolyard bully antics :)
HBarnill - 9/9/2012, 12:11 AM
Nevermind the fact that Nolan resurrected the Batman franchise from it's Schumacher grave, let's all throw him under the bus! This film looks fantastic but why bring Nolan into this? Obviously this is just another interpretation. Wonderer is a troll but this time, I actually agree with him.
TheSoulEater - 9/9/2012, 12:48 AM
CAPE!!!

orpheus - 9/9/2012, 2:36 AM
I might be the only one, but I have zero positive expectations for this. The only thing that's been emphasized is "action/fighting/stunts" with no mention of character or story.

For the whiners, Nolans trilogy made Batman human again and was a welcome relief from the trend of Batman being able to defeat anyone and figure anything out. It's his lack of superpowers and human vulnerability that makes him interesting in the first place and more than an "angry/dark" superman.
TheBlackPhantom994 - 9/9/2012, 6:30 AM
They are using RED Epic cameras. That's IMAX quality.
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