London. 1888. Blood, gore, and more: Jack the Ripper is terrorizing the town with a flurry of gruesome murders. Too bad there’s not a hero to save the city! Or is there? (Queue dramatic music!)
This week I watched and reviewed a Batman themed fan film by James Campbell called Ripper. Combining elements of classic Italian horror, historical monstrosities, and good ol’ fashioned comic book super heroes, Ripper has it all! Made by fans for fans, this project was made possible by enthusiastic IndieGoGo supporters and premiered February 1, 2016. At the time I watched the short (just a few days after it was released), it had already garnered over 31,000 views!
Do I recommend Ripper to you, GeekGirl World? Find out in my video review below:
The project was based on Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, a collection of tales based on a Victorian era Batman written by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola with inks by P. Craig Russell. One of the things I love about historical fiction mash ups is that it makes the impossible seem possible! Considering Batman is the most realistic of all the heroes in the DC universe (he doesn’t have super powers, he’s just a skilled rich guy with epic resources), the story’s concept wasn’t far-fetched at all, and I was pleased to see Campbell’s team bring the story to life!
Watch Ripper and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!
Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!
In 2013, GeekGirl World debuted a feature known as Fan Film Friday (or FFF). Though the segment only included 5 episodes, it celebrated the passion behind fan-made short films that were inspired by all things geeky and wonderful, from Batman to Wolverine. Flash forward to present day! We are going to re-share the old Fan Film Friday videos each week, and new episodes will start up April 10, 2015. If you would like us to review your favorite fan film or perhaps submit a project of your own for consideration, please contact Nicole in the comments section.
Patient J is the Shawshank Redemption of fan films… only with Batman characters. Even if you haven’t seen it, its reputation and longevity in the genre are so powerful and mighty, that even the casual fan film watcher or lazy YouTube browser knows of its greatness. Heck, it even has its own IMDB page! That being said, it was a natural pick for the second edition of Fan Film Friday.
After covering the film, two great and unexpected things happened. First, Josh Quevedo Reviews shared it on his YouTube page, and it subsequently received over 10,000 views (more than any other video we’d made to date)! GeekGirl World could not be more thrilled that people were seeing our video, caring about what we had to say, and visiting our site. (Thanks, y’all.)
Second, Paul Molnar (who played the Joker in the film) messaged us on Facebook! I remember trying to play it cool, but I was squeeing with fan girl joy. Molnar was humbled that so many people were still excited about the project, and unlike the Clown Prince of Crime, he was very much a gentleman and thanked us for our feature. (You’re a million times welcome, Mr. Molnar.)
Watch Patient J here!