Many of you sent me this video for Batman: Ashes to Ashes, a French fan-flick by Julien Mokrani and Samuel Bodin that… well, let me run down the list:
? Uses that same Frank Miller/Sin City/Spirit-style ? Is mostly focused on one low-level thug ? Is in French ? Is very much R-Rated ? Features Batman killing people ? Is French
…and yet, this is still somehow very, very awesome. Just let go and enjoy it as a very well-made fan flick that’s uncharacteristically dark (yes, even for Batman — more than one Bat-pal dies) and doesn’t pay strictest attention to Bat mythology. If you can do that, I think you’re in for a pretty neat time (although Batman does first appear 8 minutes in if you find yourself bored).
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