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An Interview with Chris R. Notarile, Director of Batman: Dante

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2016

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Your upcoming fanfilm Batman: Dante - in a few words, what's it going to be about?


It's a fan film that will show Batman in a way that I have yet to really see on film. I want to make Batman scary. So we are going to give him the horror treatment.


Why a Batman-movie? And is any of Batman: Dante based (in whole or parts) based on any Batman comicbook stories?


I've always wanted to do a Batman short. The closest I came was having him in my 2010 short Knight Waltz where he gets fight-seduced by Catwoman. But that short was really about her and how she likes to toy with him. As for this story, I don't believe it's based on any previous storylines. There might be some similarities that a hardcore fan could find, but I did not intentionally base my story off of any previous Batman arcs.


Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up Batman: Dante?


Horror movies were a definite source. I just want to take Batman somewhere many filmmakers have not dared to go, or have stopped short from taking all the way.


You've told me you intend to direct Batman: Dante like a horror movie - care to elaborate, and what can you tell me about your movie's intended look and feel as such?


Batman will be filmed like Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers. No heroic shots. No heroic music. Nothing familiar apart from the name and the design of the costume. I want people to see Batman in a way we have not seen him before. Fingers crossed that it works.


I'm just supposing a Batman-movie needs quite some elaborate sets, costumes, props and special effects - so how do you go about those aspects of your movie?


Well actually, like most of my movies, this one will be shot on site to achieve maximum realness. I honestly do not need much to make this one happen. The suit was built by David Mosser, and will be worn by Zack Cloud Santiago, an amazing cosplayer from Orlando FL. Everything else will be created on site.


Anything you can tell us about your movie's cast yet, and why exactly these people?


I've known Zack for a while and have always admired and respected his work as a cosplayer. He is also a bodybuilder and martial artist. We've talked over the years about teaming up one day, but distance has always played a factor. It wasn't until I saw him in David's Batsuit that I decided to take action and find a way to get Zack out to California. Like Roberto Lombardi [Roberto Lombardi interview - click here] as Freddy Krueger, Zack has an uncanny resemblance to Michael Keaton when he dons that cowl. Once I saw him in that suit, I had a Tony Stark moment and said "I need it."


So what's the schedule for Batman: Dante? And any idea when it might be released onto the general public yet?


It will go public at the end of July. Definitely before August. Once I wrap a project, I want to release it as soon as possible. This is largely due to my love of sharing my films and disdain for having to wait to release something.


You have made movies about other characters of the Batman-universe in the past (most notably Catwoman and the Joker) but never yet about Batman himself (at least according to my knowledge) - why is that, and what urged you to do a Batman-movie now?


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Batman fan films are incredibly common. Almost EVERYONE has done, or wants to do a Batman fan film. Titles are often bloated, and the costumes are often pretty terrible. The last thing I ever want is to be associated with poor quality. And since I did not have a Batsuit I was ever truly proud of, I just decided to not do anything with Batman as the main character. Thankfully, after 12 years of filmmaking, I finally stumbled across one and now I feel comfortable enough to do my take on Batman.


Since the 1940's, Batman has been brought to the screen many times - so what are some of your favourite and least favourite adaptations?


As a kid, I loved the 1989 film, but I believe the animated series is the definitive Batman. Nothing has superseded that in my opinion. I did like Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but the 3rd film did not do it for me. But those are definitely my favorite on-screen incarnations.


Likewise, some of your favourite Batman writers and artists?


Paul Dini and Bruce Timm have written some of my favorite stories. But also Jim Starlin, Frank Miller, Alan Moore and Jeph Loeb. Can't forget them.


Any future projects beyond Batman: Dante you'd like to talk about?


I am also working on a Frankenstein short titled The Weary Traveler, which is a pseudo-sequel to actual book by Mary Shelley. It will star Sid O'Connell as the Monster and Ciprian Cosma as the traveler. After that, I plan to revisit the world's first basher, the Dollman, in a new Methodic short film.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?


You can find me on all social media @Blinky500


Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers!


Thanks for the interview!


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