WHILE Hollywood takes its time to get their adaptation of Batgirl off the ground, two local filmmakers have shot their own fan film about the Dark Knightess in Perth.
Written and directed by Chloe Brown, who recently starred in Kriv Stenders’ Red Dog: True Blue, and award-winning short filmmaker Matthew W Reynolds, the gritty Batgirl Returns was inspired by hit comic books Batgirl Year One and The Killing Joke.
Reynolds says the movie really gets inside the head of Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl.
“Batgirl Returns delves into Barbara’s personal life and how that drives her to be a hero,”
“We’ve mixed drama, humour and a whole lot of heart into our film, which draws on a mix of different comic books along with several notable films and television shows.”
If co-writing and directing Batgirl Returns wasn’t enough, Brown also dons the famous cowl to play the eponymous hero.
“I’m a big fan of the DC Universe and Batgirl isn’t being utilised the way she should be,” Brown told the Voice.
“Matthew and I started working on the script before they announced there would be a possible Batgirl stand-alone Hollywood film and we saw it as a sign to keep pushing forward and get this film made.”
Northbridge and the Swan River were transformed into Gotham City for the shoot, and talented local actors were recruited to play The Riddler, The Joker and police commissioner Jim Gordon.
“We wanted to create a convincing Gotham City right here in Perth and fill it with characters who looked convincing and bring a real cinematic style to it all,” Reynolds says.
“We couldn’t be prouder of the final result and it’s a real testament to everyone involved that we achieved our vision.”
The film is skipping the film festival circuit and instead will be released online, for free, later this year.
In the meantime you can check out the trailer for Batgirl Returns at http://www.facebook.com/batgirlreturnsfilm
• Batgirl first appeared in Batman #139 in 1961
• Batgirl was created by Bill Finger and Sheldon Moldoff
• Barbara Gordon isn’t the only DC Comics character to don the famous cowl with Betty Kane, Helena Bertinelli, Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown also working as Batman’s sidekick throughout
by MATTHEW EELES