Independently Produced ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Sequel Comes to Machinima

/ Sep 13, 2013


In the event that the Ben Affleck/Batman/Bat-fleck announcement has left you clamoring for more of The Caped Crusader, tune into Machinima on Monday, September 16 — The Batman is back, well, sort of.

Taking place one year after the events in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” epic, the upcoming independent (“fan-made”) short, “Dark Knight Legacy,” will follow John Blake (Robin) as he attempts to track down the brutal vigilante Red Hood.

The short is directed by Brett Register of “What’s Trending” and features Daniel Vincent Gordh from the Emmy-winning “Lizzie Bennet Diaries” as Blake. Other stars include Maury Sterling (“Homeland”) and Chloe Dykstra (“Heroes of Cosplay”). Stunt team EMC Monkeys were responsible for stunts with costuming and props created by Dan Crawley of “The Dark Knight Rises” and “Star Trek 2” fame.

Woody Tondorf, co-writer and executive producer on the film, said that he used previous Batman story arcs “Under The Red Hood” and “Battle for the Cowl” as inspiration. Both stories, similarly to “Dark Knight Legacy,” focus on Batman’s influence on his partners, enemies, and Gotham City itself.

With the release of the independent short on Monday, the team behind “Dark Knight Legacy” will also launch an Indiegogo campaign, which they hope will provide the funding to turn the film into a web series. If successful, “Dark Knight Legacy” will be another notch on the belt for Machinima, which continues to offer independent filmmakers the chance to incubate future entertainment franchises.

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