With 78 years of history behind him, the character of Batman has been through various interpretations, some lighter in tone and some much, much darker. While fans love to argue over exactly where The Batman falls in that spectrum, perhaps the only answer that can be truly “right” is how a kid sees him.
Yes, The Lego Batman Movie was a fun romp that poked fun at every iteration. Yes, it was arguably (emphasis) nice to see the Bruce Timm version return in Batman & Harley Quinn. Yes, it was actually cool to see Batman assemble the Justice League in their first silver screen gathering. However, I argue this production starring the kids of a friend of mine is the best Batman movie you’ll see all year.
I had the good fortune to be invited to lunch recently with Tallahassee local Billy Penn. Billy is an artist and has drawn comic books for several years. His art even appears in the first episode of Nerd Lunch: The Web Series. When I met him for the first time this past summer, he was telling me about this project and showed me his list of sound effects he was trying to track down. Having a video production background myself, I know the amount of effort that went into this and I can’t do anything but applaud it. I look forward to seeing what comes next from Penn Productions and am secretly hoping he thinks of a way to invite me to be a part of it.