Fan Film Corner: "City of Scars"

“City of Scars” by Bat in the Sun productions, the makers of our previous selection “Patient J” is this week’s selection of Fan Film Corner


When the Joker escapes from Arkham and murders the parents of a young boy, Batman recalls the pain of losing his own parents as a child. He is pushed past his limits to the point where his focus becomes revenge on all who stand in his way, including many of Gotham’s underworld. Finally, Batman is forced to look at the psychological profile of his own mind and accept the consequences of his life to find resolve.


A child’s parents are brutally murdered, similar to what happened to Batman. The man behind it is the recently escaped Joker, who, along with Harley Quinn, are treated to one of their most hauntingly creepy depictions ever, and not only of this medium(counting The Dark Knight). Best moment of it? He’s sitting by a mirror, we don’t see his face, and he is mumbling incoherently to himself. You gotta see it to believe how effective it is(and note that this is currently available on YouTube). The performances in general are great, with only brief exceptions. Bruce Wayne’s alter ego has a rock-hard face and a spot-on voice, and his narrations has him questioning if he’s doing the right thing, something too many fan films forget. Unfortunately, those portions do suffer from occasional uninspired writing and bad reads. On the whole, the script is marvelous, if I can’t for the life of me make sense of the moral(best I can tell, it’s frankly a complete betrayal of the canon of the hero, and I can never stand that, if you want something different, make a new one, don’t change something established to fit what you want if it goes directly against it), and the ending is, as someone in this notes, anti-climactic.

The production values are quite high, with several large locations(a carnival, and a totally absolutely in no way not at all utterly gratuitous strip club with tons of cleavage, skin and butt shots), dozens of extras, and nearly flawless cinematography, make-up, props(the one obvious thing is the grappling gun, which might as well be neon colored), filming, editing and lighting. Action is sparse(I’d call this a thriller, genre-wise), well-choreographed, swift and really hits the mark(the hand-held camera is arguably excessive). The tone is relentlessly bleak throughout. There is a lot of disturbing content and a little bloody violence in this.


Being a fan of the Batman films and cartoons since I was a boy, I was happy to find a new chapter in the on-going saga. There is no sense comparing this to Nolan’s work, or indeed any of the films, and it has a very different feel to the cartoons.

I recommend this to comic book readers, as it will satisfy many of them(and it includes a few more well-known characters), without any of them being out of place, forced in or poor adaptations of the source material(suits, personalities and basic appearances).

The direction the whole is not bad and there are some great shots. However the steady-cam or perhaps just plain hand-held crowd scenes and other action scenes throughout are just a little to shaky.

The score was good, as was the grading of the film. I really liked the look they have gone for. The choice of materials for his suit harked back to the Adam West TV show, and after the slick carbon looking suit of TDK and BB is a little hard to deal with.

In conclusion most of the performances are fine and move what is an interesting story along nicely, and there are no major issues in my opinion, fans will enjoy it others might be more difficult to please.

4 templar crosses out of 5




Directed and Written by Aaron Schoenke
Original Music by Sean Schoenke
Kevin Porter as Batman
Paul Molnar as Joker
Madelynn Rae as Harley Quinn
Guy Grundy as Zsasz
-Brian Lansangan
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Fan Film Corner: Patient J

On Our Return to Fan Film Corner..we spent some time with Batman’s greatest arch enemy titled: “Patient J”

LOWDOWN: In the basement of Arkham Asylum, a desperate Psychologist has secretly set up an interview with the mass-murdering Joker. As the Clown Prince of Crime reflects on the key moments of his life, the interview drifts into a game of manipulation that flirts with life and death. Sometimes, the greatest Batman stories don’t focus on Batman at all, realizing that surrounding the caped crusader is a laundry list of intriguing, psychologically provocative characters rich with material to delve into.

REVIEW: Director and co-writer Aaron Schoenke creator of “City of Scars” delivers “Patient J”, a “Batman” fan-film based on the infamous and psychotic villain “The Joker”, the great arch enemy of Batman. And I have to say that it is a Great “batman” fan-film. Even though it has some flaws, mainly due to the cheap production and poor lighting. The film counters with a great story and a well delivered script that is true to detail to the Batman Comic Universe. “Patient J”, Shows flashbacks connecting to a few of Batman’s Greatest Stories such as “The Killing Joke” and “Death in a Family” and Director Schoenke does an amazing job in bringing those scenes to life.

The psychologist is played by Kurt Carley who has arranged to hold an interview with the deranged villain Joker played by Paul Mathew Molnar who does a tremendous job in role, deep in Arkham Asylum. The interview starts off very basic, as Joker explains his past and his various encounters with Batman, but as time passes, it becomes clear that both men have diabolical and possibly deadly ulterior motives.

Mad Kudos to Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke and David Hammond who wrote the script which is the ‘REAL’ star of the film. It is very tight, very tense, the dialog flowing nicely and having me at the edge of my seat. It is very natural and well-crafted and it was a lot of fun to watch.

The acting is pretty good. Molnar is fantastic as the Joker, although he isn’t Heath Ledger, he sometimes feels a little stiff and a bit forced. Carley is does the same as the psychologist, but again, nothing special. And Kevin Porter as Batman is good, although the film doesn’t really feature him too much, asides from a few action scenes where he yells and grunts, Rachel Nicole portrayal of Harley Quinn is very good and the voice reminded me alot of the Animated Series Harley Quinn.

I did not have a problem with the cheap production value, even though you can tell that they used a Haunted House that you see at Halloween Horror Nights at Universal for the backdrop of Arkham Asylum. It is expected for an independent fan film with a low budget.

OVERALL: Hands Down, one of the best Batman Fan Films I have ever seen to date. It has a great script, interesting direction when pertaining to the flashback scenes and a tremendous job overall on cast, production and delivery.I love the filming style, and the writing was excellent, soundtrack was top notch and fitting for the movie. I recommend this movie to all TRUE Batman Fans especially “the joker” in all of us.

5 templar crosses out of 5



If your looking for more insight on “The Joker”, click the link below for our Character Spotlight

Character Spotlight: “THE JOKER”


Directed by Aaron Schoenke

Written by David Hammond, Aaron Schoenke and Sean Schoenke

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Based on the DC Comic Characters Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger

Produced by Sean Schoenke and Aaron Schoenke

Cinematography by Aaron Schoenke

Editing by Aaron Schoenke

Art Direction by Ron Rogge

Make-Up Design by Jeff West

Original Motion Picture Score composed by Sean Schoenke

Paul Molnar … The Joker

Kurt Carley … Henny Youngman; The Psychologist

Robert Tovani … Jason Todd/Robin

Rachel Nicole … Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn

Sean Olney … Arkham Guard

Rusty Locke … Red Hood Thug 1

Vince Adams … Red Hood Thug 2

Allen Harris … Joker Thug

Nicle Klepper … Joker Victim

Sophia Di Ferrigno … Joker’s Wife

Jessica Butler … Barbara Gordon

Kevin Porter … Batman

-Brian Lansangan
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Fan Film Corner: Operation: Red Retrieval

On our return to Fan Film Corner, we bear witness to “Operation: Red Retrieval”
Every fan loves a fan film: a labor of love that presents a unique point of view, pushing the boundaries of what movies are allowed to do.

DISCLAIMER: We don’t own any of the rights to any of the movies shown or the titles/ideas that they are based on. We simply are just showing our support and spreading the word of these great movies made by the people behind it.

Lowdown:  A small special missions team of Joes has been assembled for a priority one assignment: Find Scarlett. With the help of mole agent, the team infiltrates an underground Cobra bunker. That’s when the plan becomes compromised. Someone or something has a different plan…and Operation: Red Retrieval is in jeopardy.

Review: not what I was expecting, some of the scene blew me out of the water but unfortunately there were also cheesy scenes and hilarious acting. Loved the intensity this movie brought to the table and definitely had what it takes to be better the the original G.I. Joe movie starring Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans. Sadly, we have to wait for the sequel starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis that was delayed till next year by Paramount Pictures.

Overall: loved the crossover between alot of shows and video games, entertaining at some points with a little of sub par acting but watchable

†††3.5 templar crosses out of 5
Deserves a Peek if your fan of GI Joe and anything 80’s cartoons



Mark Cheng – director/producer/writer
Mack Kuhr – actor (Zartan) 
Matt Hayek – actor (Flint)
Alex Jones – actor (Road Block)
Joe Barbagallo – actor (Beach Head)
Jae Greene – stunts 
Joey Min – fight choreographer
Jon Truei – fight choreographer & action supervisor
David Campbell – composer
Tim Bennett – sound design

-Brian Lansangan
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Fan Film Corner: "Beyond Black Mesa"

“Welcome to Fan Film Corner” Featuring the first fan film on our list: “Beyond Black Mesa”.

Fan Films are movies based or inspired by anything from movies, tv, and video games created by Fans for the Fans. CHECK IT OUT and ENJOY!!

DISCLAIMER: We don’t own any of the rights to any of the movies shown or the titles/ideas that they are based on. We simply are just showing our support and spreading the word of these great movies made by the people behind it.

Halflife: Beyond Black Mesa

Lowdown: Beyond Black Mesa is a short fan film based on the Half-Life Video Game series. It centers around Adrian Shephard and a band of resistance fighters struggling to get out a warning about the impending invasion.

Review: Great Action, awesome Special Effects, Superb Costuming, acting was so-so but expected for a fan film. Also it was great to see the half-life world from the view of the resistance fighters as they struggle to survive the invasion.

Overall: For only having a $1,200 dollar budget…this movie is pretty amazing, and enjoyable

3 templar crosses out of 5
Worth Checking Out!!!

Directed by Brian Curtin
Producer: Matt Hall, Mat Powell
Actors/Grips: Joy Gravel, Walt Thomas, Andrew Gothard
Special Tracks: Nate Quarterman
Narrator: Taylor Robinson
Audio Mastering: Eric Chapman

-Brian Lansangan