Legends of the Knight Blu-rayBefore San Francisco’s Batkid came around and melted everybody’s hearts, filmmaker Brett Culp poured a lot of his life and heart into creating Legends of the Knight, a documentary focused on the power and influence of Batman and his non-superpowered heroism. Don’t get this confused with a doc merely showcasing how popular the film franchise has been, as I don’t even think Tim Burton or Christopher Nolan get namechecked here. Legends of the Knight is about the virtues and ideals invested in putting faith in a masked good guy, regardless of whether or not he’s considered "real" by the world at large. Batman is definitely real to everyone in this movie.
Without injecting his own Batman-loving views into the feature, Culp takes audiences around the country (and briefly the world) and introduces them to citizens of all kinds that share his love for what the cowl and cape represent. On the more flashy side of things, we have Batman franchise producer Michael Uslan talking about the trouble that plagued his dream of making a Batman film, as well as comic book artist Denny O’Neil talking about killing off Robin. But it’s when Culp sets his focus smaller that Legends of the Knight really starts tugging at the heartstrings, bringing to light the college student local legend Petaluma Batman, the Batman university course professor, and young leukemia-sufferer Kye, who was given his own day of crimefighting by the city of Arlington, Texas in 2012.
Those are just a few of the many affirmative and inspirational stories told in Legends of the Knight, which featured behind the scenes work that was nearly as important as everything in the doc. Culp and his team have brought the film to theaters all over the country over the past year or so using the crowd-gathering website Tugg, and the filmmaking team has donated each screening's proceeds to local charities designated by those who hosted them. Everything about this doc is amazing to behold. And though the film was originally released on DVD and Blu-ray through the film’s website, Virgil Films and Entertainment has officially put forth a wide release for Legends of the Knight, which will hopefully get it in front of many viewers who may be incorrectly assuming that their Batman obsession is weird or nerdy. It isn’t.
You can order Legends of the Knight over at Amazon and through the film's official store.
Best Special Feature: The deleted scenes, which give Uslan and O’Neil more time to get into their humorous stories, including one about the Robin’s death comic having a phone-in campaign to see if fans wanted to see Robin die or not.