The Dark Knight Returns – An Epic Fan film



Adapted from Issue #1 of Frank Miller’s seminal 1986 comic series, filmmaker Wyatt Weed (“Shadowland,” “Four Color Eulogy”) offers his unofficial fan’s take on the Batman mythos. Following the death of Robin at the hands of the Joker, Bruce Wayne (Weed) hung up the cowl and cape 10 years ago. But now Gotham City is in the grip of a violent crime wave, and the venerable 55-year-old billionaire has to decide if the time is right for the Caped Crusader’s return.

The Dark Knight Returns filmed for 24 days over a 17-month period from June of 2015 through October of 2016. Shot on a shoestring budget of $2500, it features locations in and around the St. Louis metro area.

This production is non-profit and is for entertainment purposes only. The production is in no way associated with DC Comics or Time Warner.

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Main Cast:

Bruce Wayne/Batman – Wyatt Weed
Jim Gordon – Rick McGougan
Alfred Pennyworth – John Contini
Bill – John Reidy
Dave – Robert Lee Davis
Carol Ferris – Taylor Pietz
Ellen Yindell – Amber Eslow Winingham
Spike – Bill Finkbiner
Victim – Catherine Dudley-Rose
Psycho Killer – Mike Dowdy
Silk – Reggie Reese
Joannie – Bryanna Gilomen
Young Bruce Wayne – Liam Gallagher
Taxi Driver – Jason Contini
Carrie Kelley – Ava Osthus
Michelle – Maya Tunstall
Sean Lee Smith – Spud
Roc – Brock Roberts
Don – Oliver Sparton
Rob – Sebastian Lee
Keith – Keith Nussbaum
Murray – Nate Nguepsi
Joe – Joe Hammerstone
Brian – Skully Shemwell
Rookie – Kevin Eaton
Bullock – Nicholas J. Hearne
Dr. Wolper – Kent Martin
Dr. Willing – Christopher Bruemmer
Joker – Carlos Antonio León

Associate Producer
Gayle Gallagher

Lead Grip/Gaffer
Robert Clark

Music
Kevin MacLeod

A Pirate Pictures Production

Cameras:
Panasonic AF-100
Panasonic Varicam
Sony PMW-300
GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Editing:
Final Cut 7

FX:
Practical miniatures
Photoshop, Final Cut composites, real photo elements

Batman Costume:
Cowl – custom sculpted, molded, and cast in latex

Chest logo – created in Photoshop and laser-printed onto iron-on sheets

Cape – custom made, fabric from Jo Ann

Boots – painted “Super Hero” boots, commercially available online

Gloves – blue leather fencing gauntlets with extra vinyl cuffs and custom latex spikes added

Utility belt – custom sculpted pouches cast in latex attached to a white web belt dyed yellow

Body suit – gray Starter brand compression pants and shirt, with dark blue bikini underwear

All pieces painted with Liquitex Basics phthalocyanine blue, from Hobby Lobby. Paint was selected first, then cape and trunks were matched to paint. Chest logo was created first, then utility belt was painted to match, using Liquitex cadmium yellow medium.

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  • 26:49 Batman hits bad !! 🦇

    Code E July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • The actor who plays Spike looks distractingly like Joe Rogan

    Always watching July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • It's a real movie

    Brandon Vananden July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • The costume is actually pretty good, maybe if you had the help of a big budget design team you've could fixed the white eyes and make them look like they were made in Black Panther and Deadpool. Besides that, I love the fact that fan films are so comic accurate. The films should be more faithful (this is why I also love Ben Affleck's portrayal minis the killing) to the source.

    Jason Raicov July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • This is what happens when Adam west gets pumped up to do his job…ha ha ha love this short panel for panel based on the graphic novel even his eyeless mask. Better than the 2 part cartoon with Peter Weller. Please keep up the great fan work. See Hollywood this is what we want….

    Joseph Contreras July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Me gusta mucho el maquillaje del Joker y los disfraces son muy fieles al cómic y la película. Además de los efectos es uno de los mejores fan films que he visto.

    Ian Gandara Gtz July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Not perfect but so much fun to watch.

    kono July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Really Good Man!!! When's Part 2??? Thanks

    Eddy Sandland July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • perfect besides the costume from 60s and the extremely bad acting of the somehow very nervous Bruce

    isim soyisim July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Low budget movie going straight to Youtube.

    KhmerD0g July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • That Bruce was outstanding!

    Martin Ghiena July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • This is honestly one of my favorite Batman fan films I've seen. I don't have any problems with it. The casting is perfect and the acting and choice of actor for Bruce was perfect. The PTSD and psychological effects of being Batman that are effecting Bruce is a fresh take on the character as well. The fighting choreography could improve, but that's not a huge deal.

    JondiceTV July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Okay. Who else found themselves laughing alongside the joker…or eat least chuckling?

    RuralTowner July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Hi wyatt Thank you for your version of the Dark Knight Returns great job I'm hoping to see more

    Justin Harrison July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Darker and color grading, then it’s official.

    Calon Rocker July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • part 2 please.

    rerison ricardo July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Carol is nice lookin. Just sayin

    Bitethe Book July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Great, but I think the suit is too cartoonish. Also I didn't like the action scenes that much, but that's just my opinion.

    Arfo July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Part 2??

    JgTV July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Fantastic work, great conception, great visualization on a tight budget. In the area where it was most at risk, the presence of the Batman, was well done.

    Michael Prenez-Isbell July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Greetings from Brazil

    Maykon Rodrigues July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Amazing good job!!! Except for the Adam West’s suit 😉

    alberto bastia July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Excelent work guys. a film made with respect and love. Greetings from Argentina ♥

    Darío Ochoa July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • This is REALLY good!

    I know the story yet I’m still compelled to watch – great job

    johnpinna July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • "Hey Bats good to have you back" I never left …

    HCR -10-03-00 July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Great! Good job!

    Harley Bergo July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • The news reporter kinda over did it other than that amazing film

    HamStick July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • for the budget this was pretty well made, decent. this feels like a concept film. Kind of gives us an idea of what the flow might be if they could ever make this a feature length and with a bigger budget. Great Job 🙂

    TheGrimRipper15 July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Absolutely Amazing stuff👏
    The script,acting camera work are all brilliant you guys have a great future ahead off you😊👍

    King Underbelly The No1 Australian Crime Channel July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Great acting, script, sets, etc. I'm not a huge Batman fan, but MAN this is good!! Hollywood needs to take notes!!

    Brian Herron July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Love the Show, Thanks to you and your film CREW for, making this Great film! I would like to see more of your movies! Please post a link to with a Patron Account. Im sure more batman fans would love to sponsor

    Bennie Gant July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Who's making these movies

    Lamin Touati July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Wow!
    I don't know what's more impressive – this production or the fact that Youtube only took 4 years to put it in my recommendations! Great work everybody!

    Observer FX July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • i enjoyed this, sadly it was just getting good, we need a part two!

    Gerald Cortez July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Wow! Wow and Wow!
    SUBSCRIBED!

    This is Awesome Stuff!

    It's strikingly made with serious details which gets the feel of Big Budget movies!

    Wyatt you look good as Batman/Bruce Wayne! Perfect!

    Can't say the same for Gordon though…I think you need someone older.

    The Joker…hmm…his voice is OK but…his face not frightening enough.

    Umm…the Jason Robin costume was perfect! But I can't say the same to the Batman costume…really…it should be BLACK…the bluish color we see in comics are used because of shading purposes in drawings…

    Umm…one more thing,…

    Please, please do lose the YELLOW circle for the Bat icon and the belt for your costume…pleeasee!
    It does makes the costume cheesy. Sorry.

    You will definitely get a much better Batman look if you take out the bright yellow colors…at least paint your Utility Belt dark gold…but again please lose that yellow in the Bat insignia and use a Big Black Bat like the comics use instead.

    Just my two cents.
    All in all…AWESOME!!!

    ricoF July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • “Subway killings have reached an all time high”

    Arthur fleck: …

    TheDirtyRoom _ July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • No lie,this was better than most cw/dc shows of the last five years,,,

    Omega Mark July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • GREAT

    VIC HERNA July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • suddenly everyone is commenting here or what?

    The Rabbit Behind The Memes July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • I liked everything, the acting of psycho killer gave me chills. We need more “slice and dice” from spike. The angry face of the Batman looks cool. The whole scene of the rookie and the old police was awesome.

    PoluxCastor July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • #ReleaseTheWyattWeedCut

    Shoko July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Shoot in 24p and study lighting a little for your next project. It'll look WAY more professional.

    Peter Wright July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • I'ma sub cause of good content

    MINEPUCHINO 7828 July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • downtown st. louis

    thevizkid July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • I'm from st. louis!

    thevizkid July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • Please tell me there's going to be a sequel

    Sky Xylo July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • For $2500, this is frigging amazing!!!

    Jon Serkspawn777 July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • this was really good.

    Scott Herren July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply
  • That costume tho 🤣

    Mr. Greedy Man July 4, 2020 8:20 pm Reply

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