A new Batman movie starring both Adam West and Mark Hamill? And it’s animated? We’re there! The graduating class at Dave School of Digital Animation and Visual Effects in Orlando, Florida, have put together an entertaining, 11-minute short film titled Batman: New Times, a CG-animated romp set in a Gotham City that looks like it was built entirely with LEGO’s Batman C3 toyline.
Batman: New Times was co-written and co-directed by Dave School instructor William Vaughan and school founder and director Jeff Scheetz. Featuring tongue-in-cheek dialog and harrowing action sequences, the film has Batman squaring off against old adversaries The Joker (Hamill) and Catwoman (Courtney Thorne-Smith of Melrose Place fame). Dick Van Dyke rounds out the all-star cast as Commissioner Gordon, the Dark Knight’s longtime ally on the police force.
Released in time to capitalize on the theatrical success of Warner Bros.’ Batman Begins, Dave School’s Batman: New Times can be downloaded from the school’s web site at www.daveschool.com, along with other student projects.