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Spoilers: This article contains details on Batman v Superman that some readers may wish to avoid.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will feature an iconic scene from the Dark Knight's origins.
During filming in Chicago last week, Zack Snyder's superhero blockbuster recreated the moment when Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents being murdered after an alleyway mugging.
The scene first played out in the November 1939 issue of Detective Comics, with Joe Chill identified as the killer.
Subsequent films, TV shows, comics and video games have replayed the murder, although Tim Burton's 1989 Batman changed the killer from Chill to Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, who eventually became The Joker.
A photo posted by Dan Marcus (@danimalish) on Nov 11, 2014 at 2:48pm Pst
Everyone knows that Bruce Wayne was first spurred to become Batman following the murder of his parents when he was a young boy - but sometimes it feels like there is some unwritten rule in Hollywood that says every feature adaptation of the comics must have their own version of that scene. Tim Burton did it. Christopher Nolan did it. And now it's looking pretty definitive that Zack Snyder is doing it too. As we've been reporting these last few days, the production of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice recently moved to the city of Chicago - but while the location is expected to largely stand in for Metropolis (as it did in Man of Steel), new set photos have seemingly revealed that the Midwestern city will also be used for at least one sequence set in Gotham. The shots were taken by Instagram user Dan Marcus, and Batman »
Why Watch? This short film from Dan Marcus deals with memory, but it feels more like a dream. In Streamline, a man in a suit is being chased through a traumatic series of events in his past while attempting to come to terms with a horrible father and a mysterious woman who has access to his mind. This isn’t the first time Marcus has looked at both 1) strained father/son relationships that cropped up because of 2) the mother dying. We featured his short film Wake a few years back, which boasted stirring camera work that highlighted the strength of that theme, and Streamline is no different. Fortunately it comes with a tilted take on a standardized sci-fi setup — not that it’s a mindblowing twist or anything, it’s really just a deft move of shifting expectations at the right moment. Unfortunately, the film is mellowed by amateurish, hollow acting that takes some of the hyper-real »
- Scott Beggs
Change the way you remember. If you're looking for something a bit different than all those Hollywood movies in theaters right now, then spend 12 minutes watching this short film titled Streamline. Directed by Fs contributor Dan Marcus, the sci-fi thriller is about a man haunted by traumatic memories who's also being pursued by guys in grey outfits. It borrows a bit from Eternal Sunshine and the Spotless Mind, and has some Chris Nolan/Inception vibe going on, but it's a solid thriller with some sleek camerawork. It moves swiftly, and while the VFX aren't perfect, it's an intriguing indie sci-fi short to make you think. In full below. Synopsis for the short from Vimeo: A man haunted by traumatic memories must confront his past while eluding mysterious pursuers. Streamline is directed by Dan Marcus (follow him at @Danimalish), with a script written by by Dan Marcus, David Hammond & William Coffey, »
- Alex Billington
4 items from 2014
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