A short, fan-made film called Batman Dead End hit the web like a meteor in 2003 and the shock waves are still being felt. Though it was low budget and independently produced, many felt that Dead End was the treatment on the Batman character that they had been waiting for. A string of imitators has followed, including most recently a Mortal Kombat fan film that has been picked up by Warner Brothers to be produced as an official web series. Perhaps buoyed by that success, the next, “that looks cooler than anything the studios have done” fan film has been made and released via FightTheFoot.com.
This film seems to be inspired more by the darker, grittier, original TMNT comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird than it does the cartoon series or live action films of the late 80s/early 90s. Like the Batman and Mortal Kombat films before it, this one looks slick and professional, the turtle effects seem beyond the capabilities of a mere fan, and I’m sure it will probably make a lot of fanboys smile. I’m not sure I want to live in a world where every comic book movie has to be a real world approach to some gritty series from the 80s though.
Do we really need a Foot Clan that looks like some sort of psychotic SWAT team? What was wrong with them being a bunch of kids who lived in a warehouse with skateboard ramps, stand-up arcade games, and all the cigarettes you could smoke? That’s the sort of gang that I would want to join.
Check out the short for yourself:
What do you think?