Written and Directed by Matt Garman and Neal BarlowBased on the DC Comic Characters Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger
Adapted from the Comic Story Arc by Chuck Dixon
Cinematography by Matt Garman and Neal Barlow
Make-Up by Michelle Barlow and Neal Barlow
Costume Design by Neal Barlow
Original Motion Picture Score Composed by Mike Baltz
Scott Huizenga … Dick Grayson/Nightwing
Neal Barlow … Reynard
Matt Garman … Detective Dudley Soames
James Barton … Police Chief Redhorn
Nicole Dabulewicz … Tandy
Suzanna Russell … Mrs. Minh
Daniel Pagan … FalseFacer 1 (Horatio)
Eric Olsen … FalseFacer 2 (Enoch)
Scott Russel … Minh Bodyguard 1
Mike Potiere … Minh Bodyguard 2
Chad Boucher … Van Driver
Dustin Jantz … Teen 1
Matt Jantz … Teen 2
Daneil Pagan … Clown FalseFacer
Neal Barlow … Bruce Wayne/Batman
Jason Comfort … Police Officer 1
Eric Olsen … Police Officer 2
Matt Garman ... Black Mask (Voice)
When Black Mask dispatches members of his Falseface Society to begin seizing control of Gotham’s sister city from crime lord Freddie Minh, Nightwing takes up the case to prove his ability as a solo vigilante.
As with the rogue’s gallery, Batman’s pantheon of allies has been met with their own foray into the realm of fan film.
A nearly-strict adaptation of the 1998 comic of the same title by Chuck Dixon, the story finds Batman in the middle of a turf war that’s spilt out of Gotham and down to Bludhaven, its sister city.
Wanting to prove himself to his longtime mentor, Dick Grayson (Scott Huizenga) takes up the case on his own and ventures out to the town, stumbling upon an operation to dismantle crime figurehead Freddie Minh being conducted by a group of Falsefacers; the devout followers of the notorious criminal Black Mask. Nightwing soon realizes he has his hands full fending off the Mask’s efforts to muscle in on Bludhaven while working to keep himself out of the handcuffs of Detective Dudley Soames (Matt Garman).
Neal Barlow’s Reynard is the clear standout; he’s genuinely threatening in several of his scenes and he has authority over his subordinate Falsefacers for sure. I loved the motif of his desire to prolong Nightwing’s suffering in situations.
“Make it look convincing and, uh, mind the bridge work.”
There’s no production design to speak of here; Bludhaven looks like any-moderate-sized-city USA and there’s not a whole lot going with that. The idea to have the final confrontation take place in the middle of a car theft ring in a chop shop is charming though.
1: It’s broad daylight that this ‘mugging’/whatever is occurring.2: The duo of goons look like they rolled out of (and off of) a bed and stumbled into the shot, which might’ve been how they got the roles. The head goon has even less presence than Grayson and THAT’s saying a lot.
3: Grayson’s eye work when he delivers the Shatner-esque line “You didn’t say...please” is almost biblical in its lameness.