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
ONE OF THE BEST BATMAN FAN FILMS I EVER SEEN, MUST WATCH!!!!
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
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/batinthesun
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
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