Batman vs. The Terminator is a 5-minute short fan film that mashes up a Frank Miller Dark Knight Batman with the future dystopian world of the Terminator franchise. It’s done by “amateur” animator, Mitchell Hammond, who took 4 painstaking years to create this all by himself, frame by frame. It’s based on the original concept of Tony Guerrero, and features the music by Noir Deco.
Here’s the synopsis:
30 years have passed since Bruce Wayne survived Skynet’s nuclear blasts in August of ’97. Iron demons now roam the planet, and without the requirement to defend the innocent against crime and injustice, Wayne has seeked refuge in the bomb shelter that saved his life; the Batcave.
This conceptual short works more like a teaser for a larger production, than as an actual stand alone, complete, story. Plot points are left dangling. All of them intriguing, and all of them–to the dismay of many fans–will never benefit from having the thorough treatment and exploration that can come from expanding on this work as a full length animated feature.
The style has an anime feel to it, both in character design and animation, with a mix of digital effects reminiscent of the early 2000 flash animations… but expertly done, through and through.
The colours are muted, and the sound production is eerie and subtle, which supports the bleakness and grittiness of both the Frank Miller, Batman: The Dark Knight future, as well as the post-Judgement Day, Skynet ruled world.
There’s little dialogue, and none is needed. The short captures, and grounds, this aged Batman and his Batmobile tank, in the shattered war-torn world of the future. He’s always on a mission, he always has a plan that works, and he’s always being awesome: Batman.
You can get more updates from Mitchell Hammond’s blog. Here’s a great interview between Mitchell Hammond and Fights, Tights and Movie Nights website. Also, you gotta love this poster! “Mankind’s exterminator has a new pest.” LOVE IT!