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The Bat Whispers Trailer Mashup

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Published on Aug 4, 2012

The Bat Whispers Trailer - Cut in the style of "The Dark Knight Rises"

A few days ago, I read a post on iheartchaos.com about "The Bat Whispers', a 1930 noir thriller that was possibly Bob Kane's inspiration for Batman.

The plot, as summarized by wikipedia, goes something like this. A mysterious criminal by the name of "The Bat" eludes police and then finally announces his retirement to the country, while a wealthy Cornelia Van Gorder takes up residence in the estate of a famous banker. Along with her maid Lizzie, her niece Dale, and a bank teller disguised as a gardener, she is terrorized by a series of strange events seemingly set in motion by the mysterious bat. Possible suspects include a doctor, an elderly police lieutenant, a butler, a handyman, and a big-city cop.

An early talkie, this film is the second film version of the 1920 hit Broadway play "The Bat." The first film version of the play, "The Bat" (1926), was also directed by Roland West. Just as in the play and the first film, people explore an old mansion looking for a hidden treasure while a caped killer picks them off one by one.

There was a clip from the film on Daily Motion. I watched a few minutes of it and I was knocked backward. I searched on youtube and found the entire film.

Incredible.

Yep, it's safe to say, if Bob Kane never saw this, we would never have had the Batman. Kane often cited the film a one of the influences for the character. he didn't seem to shy away from that. But, so many elements of Batman and Gotham City spring from this film. The German expressionist lighting, the double life storyline, the aerial acrobatics, they're all there. There's even a Batmobile.

After checking this out and being floored by the beautiful filmmaking of Roland West, i decided to stay up all night and cut together a trailer for the film in the style of "The Dark Knight Rises." I used clips that I found on youtube and Hans Zimmer's music from several DKR trailers.

So, I hope you like this (yet another) Dark Knight trailer mashup. If you do, you may want to check out the entire film. It will be well worth it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bat_...

"The Bat Whispers" - Full Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYOzmM...
This version features a re-scored soundtrack by Pol Symtas

"The Bat" - Full Movie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEIaQ4...
The original Roland West silent film.

A short lecture on Bob Kane and "The Bat Whispers"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veYNCh...

Cheers!

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