We might not be getting another Batman movie from Christopher Nolan, but that doesn't mean The Dark Knight's story is over.
Meet "Batman: Puppet Master," the new fan film directed by Bryan Nest and written by Chris Wiltz. The 15-minute-long short takes place between the events of "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises" and introduces fans to some favorite characters including The Ventriloquist and The Riddler. It certainly does Nolan's films justice, all the way down to Batman's too-raspy voice.
We know that Batman went into hiding after he took the fall for Harvey Dent's death at the end of "The Dark Knight," and this short posits that Gotham City Police Department called in FBI Special Agent Edward Nigma to help find him. But it becomes clear that Nigma, who fans will know is actually The Riddler, is truly out to discover Batman's secret identity.
The short is replete with great special effects for Batman's gadgets, well-choreographed fight scenes and a clever script that brings characters into Nolan's world that fans had wished would have been introduced in "The Dark Knight Rises." We would love for Nest and Wiltz to team up on a follow-up project to "Puppet Master," since it ends on something of a cliffhanger. That, and we aren't quite ready to let Nolan's Batman universe go just yet.
Special thanks to Comic Book Resources for bringing this awesome short to our attention.
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