Review: Legends of the Knight – Showcases real-life superhero stories
Last February we told you about a very cool Kickstarter project for a film documenting real people who have been inspired by Batman to triumph over adversity and live heroically in their everyday lives. Last Sunday afternoon the Amazing Arizona Comic Con screened the finished film, Legends of the Knight, which has turned out to be as inspirational as the “caped-crusader” himself.
Written and directed by Brett Culp, Legends of the Knight interweaves the stories of a dozen people, from all walks of life, who have been motivated by the comic book story of Bruce Wayne and his transformation into the Batman, whose only real power is his humanity.
The cast of real characters in this film includes Lenny Robinson, a successful businessman who, under the guise of Batman, uses his wealth to cheer-up children in hospitals; a young leukemia patient and his mother; a journalist with muscular dystrophy; and a mysterious teenage do-gooder who roams the streets of Petaluma, Ca, dressed in a homemade bat-suit.
The recurring theme of this heart-warming film is that anyone can do good, and everyone has it in them to be a hero. In addition to the true stories of real people using Batman as the catalyst to help them overcome adversity, the narrative also interjects thought-provoking commentary on the modern mythology of superheroes and the fundamental human desire we have to be heroic.
The interviews in the film include insight from legendary comic book writer, Denny O’Neil; Batman film producer, Michael Uslan; superhero psychologist, Dr. Travis Langley; author of Wisdom from the Batcave, Rabbi Cary Friedman; and co-author of Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes, Gotham Chopra.
Because Batman is one of the few superheroes without any actual “super-powers,” his story resonates with so many fans as someone who never gives up and lives his life to serve a purpose greater than himself. He teaches resilience and ironically, as an orphaned character, has served as a positive father figure for many a young reader.
Considering that this film is the result of a crowd-funding project, I was very impressed by its very good production values. Brett Culp knows how to tell a moving story and I suggest you bring along a box of tissues for the tears that are certain to well up during parts of this movie.
For many, Batman symbolizes much of what’s good in the world – and Legends of the Knight pulls off that same feat. If you’ve ever tucked a towel into your collar with the intent of saving the world, you need to see this movie. This is one of the most uplifting films you’re likely to see this year and it is highly recommended.
You can attend a local charity screening of Legends of the Knight on February 20, at AMC Ahwatukee 24, with proceeds going to benefit the Phoenix Children’s Museum. Get tickets at Tugg.com and learn more about this provocative film and other opportunities to view it at WeAreBatman.com.