Batman: Revenge (The Batman LEGO Film) is a 2003, non-commercial, independent stop motion brickfilm created by director and animator Jonathan Markiewitz. The film has been credited by BatmanFanFilms.Com and TheForce.Net as the production which brought Batman fan films into the art of stop-motion animation and sparked a Batman LEGO MOC (My-Own-Creation) phenomenon. It is notable for being the first Batman LEGO fan film in history. Infuze Magazine stated "It might just be the ultimate fan made film!" Within its "opening weekend" on the Internet, the download number spiked to the multiple thousands, and according to Stop-Motion Online, "made legos cool again." In 2008, Total Film Magazine ranked it #3 in their top 50 coolest viral videos.
The Riddler escapes from Arkham Asylum with the sole purpose of exacting revenge on the Dark Knight, doing so by placing one of Batmans closest allies, Commissioner Gordon, in jeopardy. With the use of the Batmobile and the Batplane (Batwing), the Caped Crusader must again defend the people of Gotham City against the question-marked villain and his gang of henchmen.
How it Relates to the Batman Anthology
The films neo-gothic tone is largely reminiscent of Batman and Batman Returns, ranging from the design of the inner-city skyscrapers to the gritty alleyways to the look of the Batmobile, the Batwing, and Batman himself. Even the newspapers in the film read "The Gotham Globe", which is the newspaper seen most often in Batman and Batman Returns. The plot features Doctor Burton, the psychiatrist from the Batman Forever film, and it also uses the fate of the Riddler from Batman Forever as the springboard for the story.
The film was rated "E for Everyone" by BatmanFanFilms.Com, the equivalent of the MPAA rating systems "G". The director stated in an interview with Brick Journal Magazine, "Many parents have told me they appreciate having a film they can watch with their children, and I love hearing things like that."