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Batman inspires real heroics and a documentary film

Posted by on February 21, 2013 – 8:49 pm
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Like millions of other kids, I used to tuck a towel into my shirt and run around the yard pretending to fight crime as Batman. Since his creation in 1939, the Caped Crusader has inspired untold numbers of people to not only emulate his do-gooder spirit, but also to rise above adversity in their lives.

The upcoming film Legends of the Knight documents the impact that the Batman has had on his fans and society in general. The Brett Culp directed movie includes enlightening interviews with the following well-known Batfans:

  • Michael Uslan – executive producer of Batman (1989), Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises
  • Denny O’Neil – legendary Batman writer
  • Lenny B. Robinson – visits children’s hospitals around the country as Batman
  • Jill Pantozzi (The Nerdy Bird) – Superhero journalist with the spirit of the Caped Crusader
  • Rabbi Cary Friedman – author, Wisdom from the Batcave
  • Dr. Travis Langley – author, Batman & Psychology; teacher of university course in psychology called “Batman”
  • Gotham Chopra – co-author, Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes; son of best-selling author Deepak Chopra

From the Brett Culp Films press release:

“Batman has become contemporary mythology,” producer/director Brett Culp said. “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.”

“Human beings have always been stirred to greatness by the tales of heroes,” Culp said. “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.”

In the spirit of Batman, all revenues generated by the completed film that are beyond production, screening, distribution, and administrative costs will be donated to charitable organizations.

The film’s production team is offering a unique opportunity for supporters to interact and ask questions via a free online video webcast on Saturday, February 23 at 2pm EST. The webcast will be hosted on www.WEareBATMAN.com.

The makers of this film could use some help wrapping up their production, so take a minute to visit their Kickstarter page and consider lending a hand — and remember that all profits from this very cool project will go to charity.

To watch the featurette, The Story behind “Legends of the Knight,” click here.