"Seeing Batman and legos together is a childhood dream." -Aaron Schoenke, Bat in the Sun Productions
"Slick recreation of the batmobile, and the lighting is pretty reminiscent of the Burton films."-Spite Your Face Productions

With official LEGO Batman sets years away as of 2003, constructing a custom Gotham City was brick by brick. While the film uses the closing sequence from Batman Forever as a springboard for its story, the look of the film closely resembles the Gotham City seen in Batman and Batman Returns. From the neo-gothic architecture, lighting, and the batsuit itself, the film pays homage to those on-screen environments.

The first screening of the completed film was on Dec 12th of 2003, which was an 18-minute presentation showing the 14-minute film along with several minutes of batmobile animations, raw footage, and deleted scenes.

Three cuts of the film were made, each having the same narrative. The original 14-minute film, which was made without sound effects, was followed by the 12-minute "Director's Cut" which trimmed selected parts of the film, color-corrected numerous scenes, and added sound effects to accompany the score. The 6-minute "Special Edition" followed, a version specially cut to meet specific short-film showcase guidelines.

Filming began on October 17th of 2003, though pre-production began much earlier with the construction of locations and vehicles. Much in the same fashion as live-action films using storyboards and animatics prior to filming, two stop-motion animations were made as part of that process, which helped pave the way for principal photography.

(Above) Photos taken of the pre-production animations. While some builds from pre-production changed for the final film, several aspects from those animations made it in, notably Gotham street architectural elements, various minifigures and vehicles.

Producing the important illusion of the batsignal for the film was accomplished by digitally creating a custom image composite, printing it on glossy photo paper, lighting it by three flashlights at particular angles and each with different intensities, and placing the paper with enough distance between it and elements in the foreground to create the effect. This, along with the natural lighting also being used, created the batsignal in the night sky as Bruce Wayne looks out before suiting up as the Caped Crusader.

This particular shot was one of the most challenging to get right, but became one of the director's favorite scenes.

(Above) The actual composite graphic used in filming and a screencap from the film where it was used.

(Above) In addition to the batsignal, creating Batman's vehicles was another important part of the production process. Both the batmobile and batwing are featured in the film.

The brilliant score by Danny Elfman was used to create the musical connection with the 1989 Batman and Batman Returns, a vital aspect for the pacing in Batman: Revenge. Although the Riddler's final diagnosis in Batman Forever was used as a springboard - and while some music from 'Forever' was almost used in Batman: Revenge - because the fan film is styled similarly to the environment seen in Tim Burton Batman films which influenced it, specific music tracks were used to help create that continuity and mood.

Music in this fan film is used under the allowances by Warner Music Group / WMG licensing for independent, non-commercial productions which adhere to specific guidelines as listed.

Although new characters were introduced in the film, in addition to Batman other characters were also brought over from the live-action films. Doctor Burton, seen at the close of Batman Forever appears in the beginning of the film in Arkham Asylum. Commissioner Gordon plays a critical part as a victim of the Riddler's vengeance, and while not a substantial role in the film due to the specific story, Alfred Pennyworth appears in the closing sequence while driving one of the Wayne cars. Robin is not featured in the film, but that absence serves to highlight that the Riddler's revenge on Gotham had become a duel between he and Batman.

(Above) The Riddler's costume was a blend of styles from depictions of the character in comics, film and television.
(Below) Custom newspaper props of "The Gotham Times" for minifigures to hold in certain scenes of the film, made with custom prints affixed on 2x2 plates.
The "wardrobe" of the minifigure citizens of Gotham City was chosen as formal wear for a specific look and feel, a style also seen in Batman: The Animated Series, which similarly took influence from the Tim Burton Batman films in various areas. Similarly, the goal with the set design - like the minifigures - was to create a timeless look which gave the film its individuality.

A special cameo is that of a minifigure batsuit the director had created with his brother in the early 1990s, seen behind the Batman: Revenge batsuit when Bruce Wayne prepares for the final confrontation.

This non-commercial fan film is not associated with LEGO, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Studios or the Batman franchise in any official capacity and cannot be bought or sold. Rated E for Everyone by BatmanFanFilms.Com.