The innate humanity in people shows itself in many different ways, but this article mainly concerns itself with one: people want to be Batman. If an alien landed on Earth and looked at the characters of Superman and Batman and had to guess which one Earthlings would choose to be, they would pick Superman, because Superman is an all-powerful alien. But they would be wrong, because Superman is also a putz. Batman represents the apex of almost every human condition, from selflessness to technological advancements to fast cars and a playboy lifestyle and everything in between.
Director/producer Brett Culp’s inspirational documentary Legends of the Knight has released its first trailer, which immediately clues people into the film’s non-profit goals, which don’t involve pop culture references and Mr. Freeze puns. This is a film that lets the fans tell their stories about Batman’s impact on their lives. And not your usual ComicCon attendees, but those who are too impoverished or ill to actively share their fandom at large. These are people who need a hero, not IMAX tickets. Watch the trailer below, which is sincerely introduced by Culp.
"Batman has become contemporary mythology," Culp said in a press release. "We want to show how enduring stories like this shape us. Our goal is to inspire everyone on the planet who loves Batman to embody his spirit, engage with the world, and make a difference. Together, we are Batman." How is this not part of every State of the Union address?
Culp started a Kickstarter fund to raise money for distribution and promotion, and after just one day he’s already raised nearly half of his $31,850 goal. All proceeds from the film that don’t go towards the film itself will be given to various charities. The Kickstarter donation gifts include posters, physical copies of the film, shirts, producer credits, screenings, and a chance to have your photograph put into the film.
"Human beings have always been stirred to greatness by the tales of heroes," said Culp. "We connect with Batman because he is the super hero with no super powers. Just as he has committed himself to making the world better, we can dedicate ourselves to a noble cause and make a difference. This type of inspiration is a core function of storytelling in society."
Click onto the WeAreBatman website on Saturday, February 23 for a chance to ask questions and talk with the documentary’s production team via a video webcast. If you happen to be the guy who asks about Robin, don’t tell them Cinema Blend sent you.