Batman: Dead End

TheForce.Net has a QuickTime version of the Batman short film, Batman: Dead End, that generated quite a buzz at the San Diego Comic Con. And after seeing it, no wonder. Amazing what someone with on a very low budget can turn out these days — and with an excellent twist that features another film project that fanboys have been dying to see happen (but likely never will).

Get it quick, though, because this violates the intellectual property of several companies and will certainly be cease-and-desist-ed at some point.

Bruce Wayne on Smallville?

About the only two shows I absolutely must watch every week are Cartoon Network’s “Justice League” and the WB’s “Smallville” (though, as far as I’m concerned, the best show on television at the moment is hands down “Sponge Bob Square Pants,” which I watch obssessively).

Anyway, the latest issue of Wizards has an interview with Alfred Gough, the co-creator of “Smallville”, who say they want to do an episode or two with a guest appearance by a young Bruce Wayne — the only issue is whether or not DC will permit it.

It looks like Gough has some good ideas on how he would handle the young Batman,

I think at that age Bruce Wayne would be very much the opposite of Clark. I think he’d be brooding. Hed be at a point where he’d gone through some of his training. I don’t think he and Clark would really get along. I think maybe the last line of the meeting would be Clark turning to Bruce saying, “You should really seek some professional help.”

How about Bruce kicking Clark’s butt a la Dark Knight 2. Now that would be cool.

Since When Does Marvel Own Batman?

This UK Guardian story is all messed up unless things have changed drastically in the past few months.

The obvious problem is that although Mark Millar does indeed work for Marvel, where he is responsible for the Ultimate series of books, Marvel doesn’t own Batman or Superman. Marvel and DC are planning a JLA/Avengers crossover book, but there’s been no mention of Millar’s involvement that I’ve heard of.

On the other hand, a Soviet Superman would be a great idea, though DC has already went through several reinventions of its characters. Didn’t the Guardian reporter read Kingdom Come?