BATMAN BEYOND-PATH OF DESTRUCTION
A FILM BY TRAVIS LANDRY
BATMAN BEYOND:PATH OF DESTRUCTION- This film by Director Travis
Landry, Landry Productions, and WillStudios999 is based on New Gotham's Dark Knight of the future, Terry McGiness. After Terry's
mask is damaged in a battle with the gang calling themselves "The Jokers" He is forced to settle for a rather primitive disguise
while Bruce Wayne, Gotham's original Batman, fixes His original model in the Batcave. While on a routine patrol of New Gotham's
mean streets Terry encounters a powerful new gang, "The Elite".The Elite threaten to destroy Gotham City, only Batman stands
in the way of their fiendish plot. But it seems There is much more to this new Gang than meets the eye when it's discovered
that the Gangs leader (Andrew Mitchell) is the son of a mentally disturbed career criminal BruceWayne fought in the past during
His days as The Caped Crusader. With this shocking realization Secrets will be revealed, and the lives of both Terry McGiness
and Bruce Wayne will hang in the balance. I would like to begin the review portion of this write-up by stating that (in my
humble opinion) ANYONE taking on a Batman Beyond based project has got some serious guts. New Gotham is a Hi-Tech world that's
a far cry from the city's olden days, and pulling off the look and feel of the future in a Fan Film can be quite challenging.
That in mind, Mr.Landry, cast, and crew get some bigtime kudos for their efforts to bring the animated series to life, although
the film definitely needed some work in certain areas. Now, You all know by now that Fanboy Theatre does not believe in bashing
or putting down anyone's work, but we DO believe in offering what We feel might be some constructive criticism if We think
it might help. Since the film is supposed to take place in New Gotham I would have filmed it in a more urban environment,
some tall buildings and busy streets would definitely do the feel of the film some justice, similar to what Aaron Schoenke
did in His Batman Beyond film "Batman Beyond-Year One". I know not everyone lives close by a major city like Me so If You
have to do the best with what youv'e got that's cool too. If not urban, try filming primarily at night, that would give the
film a more "New Gothamesque" atmosphere. Not everyone can do this though, because a really good camera is needed to make
nightime scenes even close to visible. There are several scenes in the film that are shot in dingy lighting and they are quite
hard to make out, proving my point that it's not easy. Now for some well earned praise.."Batman Beyond:Path Of Destruction"
does do a good job in capturing the spirit of the show in several ways..Andrew Harvell, who plays both Terry McGinnes and
Batman in the film does look the part, and most importantly when He's fighting the bad guys He delivers those famous Terry
McGinness wisecracks. That's key, because Terry's Batman is a much more upbeat Dark Knight (think Spideyesque) as upposed
to Bruce Wayne's more mysterious creature of the night type persona, You defintely want to distinguish the two. Batman Beyond
offers a fresh new beginning to the character, and You can really take some creative liberties in your film with that in mind.
The chemistry between Wayne and McGinnes in the film is also well played, but I would have personally went with an older gentlemen
to provide the voice of Wayne. Think over the hill and battle worn Batman, ala creator Frank Miller's version of Bats in "The
Dark Knight Returns". The fight choreography in the film is probably one of it's biggest strengths, featuring some impressive
hand to hand combat that's quite well done considering the films creators are quite young and realitively inexperienced. I'm
really glad to see this growing movement of younger filmmakers in the Fan Film Community. Young Directors like Mr.Landry and
William Phelps show great promise and give Me faith that the best is yet to come in the future of Fan Films. Nicely done!
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