It’s not exactly the card or flowers you may have been expecting, but directors Harry Kirby and George Kirby have debuted their short film “Batman: The Bloody Valentine” just in time for the holiday.
Described as “a dark and twisted take on the Joker’s love affair with the Batman and how he will go to any length to get the Bat’s attention,” the nearly four-minute film owes much to the tone of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and the Arkham video games, with a Joker that’s part Heath Ledger, part The Killing Joke.
Mind you, judging by the way he swings that crowbar, I’m tempted to say “A Death in the Family” (sorry, Jason).
“Joe Galiina, who plays our Batman, put on 15lbs just to get the physically imposing look that we wanted,” Harry Kirby writes. “Nicholas Anscombe sat through several hours of make up to be transformed into the Joker and has given a really creepy performance. Patrick Girts voiced the Joker and went for the Mark Hamill style from Batman: The Animated Series as that is still our favorite Joker of all time!”
Indeed, Girts may end up being the star of “The Bloody Valentine” for the haunting rendition of “When I Fall in Love,” which plays throughout.
Watch the full short and the behind-the-scenes video below.
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