Before the Dark Knight was a household name in cinemas all across the world, the character was known for his appearances in old noir serials, which in time have become cult favorites. Now you can add a new film to that category, the 1939 serial Mystery of the Batman: Chapter 1 - The Case of the Chemical Syndicate.
The short film and its trailer are both loving homages to the original Batman story The Case of the Chemical Syndicate, created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. The film plays up the oddball charms of serials from that era perfectly, and it was originally marketed as an unearthed film from the past, but later people caught on that it was a parody.
Still, it's an impressive one, and the team at Big John Creations really went all out in making it feel genuine and from the era. The custom Batman costume from Fairy Godmother's Cosplay goes a long way in helping establish that.
The film was created by Ryan Bijan, who also starred as Bruce Wayne. Other well-known Batman characters like Commissioner Gordon (Michael H. Price), Barbara Gordon (Marisa Duran), and Detective Bullock (Matthew Bret Ham) make apperances, as does Clark Kent, who is played by Paul Bisnette.
In addition to the cast, the film included Paul Bisnette (associate producer), Connie Jeri and Reza Jeri (executive producers), Hunter Wayne (cinematography), Branigan Contreras and Ashley Watson-Rihel (Hair & Make-up), Sarah Bisnette, Jonathan Hardin, and Kimberly Shamshoian-Sakamoto (production assistants).
You can view the short film above, and you can check out the trailer for it here.