Hello, there world!
My name is Brian J. Patterson, and I am a San Francisco Bay Area based commercial, film, and theatre actor. Yes, that is actually what I do for a living. And like so many actors or performers, no, you probably have never heard of me.
Today I’m here to talk with you about my directorial debut project entitled Batman: Battle for the Cowl, or online is known as the #BFTCProject.
In 2009 DC Comics shocked readers with the death of one of the most influential characters in comic book history…Batman. The title of the story arc known as Battle for the Cowl, (written and illustrated by Tony S. Daniel) in March - May of 2009, followed all of the Batman supporting characters in their quest to bring Gotham City back to ‘business as usual.’ The city had fallen into chaos after the loss of their care-taking caped crusader and needed to be returned to its normal state. Normal for the “bat-family,” as they are called, not only meant keeping crime in check, but also choosing another to take up the mantle of Batman. Hence the name, Battle for the Cowl, as many would duke it out to don the bat-shaped cowl the Dark Knight used to wear while fighting crime.
The #BFTCProject is an homage to one of our favorite superheroes, and marks my (www.brianjpatterson) directorial debut. The #BFTCProject is an idea, a vision, a pitch proposal, and a statement all in one. The #BFTCProject is an independently produced collection of scenes. Which can be considered a SPEC of a short fan film adaptation of the 2009 DC Comics story arc covering the death of Batman & the search for a successor. The #BFTCProject ‘s collection of scenes depicting an idea for a real life look at the emotional journey on which many of the Bat-Family embark. The vision is to make them much more relate-able characters for mass audiences without taking away from the core or essence of the comic book character. The pitch proposal is to DC Comics & Warner Bros Entertainment, to hopefully show that a lot of special effects aren’t needed to make a good film. Last but not least, is the statement…With 70% of the roles that come out of Hollywood being written for Caucasians actors, there is a chasm of inequality in the entertainment industry, and a clear need for diversity. Hoping to remind Hollywood that all characters can have more than one incarnation, the film includes some bold choices by going the route of non-traditional casting, & even putting to question the sexuality of an established main character.
What you’re about to watch is the inaugural, world premiere clip from the #BFTCProject. You will be brought into the world of the Bat-Family, by viewing the very first draft of the opening scene for the #BFTCProject. This particular scene takes place at the very private funeral gathering for the few that knew Bruce Wayne’s dual identity; those that were closest to him. It immediately sets the tone for how the #BFTCProject will play out. To summarize… It’s a very small portion of the #BFTCProject which gives you an idea of how we think the death of Batman film should be handled. Giving special emphasis on drama, characterization, diversity; and less on special effects, and Hollywood big budget gimmicks. This film is for you: the public, Batman fans, Comic Book and Sci-Fi fans, the LGBTQ community, under-represented minorities, minority actors, etc….you get the idea. ;)
We hope you enjoy this first clip from our project, and really look forward to bringing you more clips as the project unfolds.
Brian J. Patterson
PS-Please tag us on social media with #BFTCProject #BattleForTheCowl #BBFTCFilm
PPS-Since it’s just a spec film, we would love to receive feedback from as many of you as possible so please feel free to make comments in the comment section.
PPPS-I get to be Jason Todd in future clips…YEEAAAAAGGGHHHH!!! ;)
Joseph Smith as Alfred Pennyworth
Jennifer Taylor Lawrence as Selina Kyle
Dawson Montoya as Damian Wayne
James Bailey as Dick Grayson
Aaron B.W. Collins III as Timothy Drake
Tiffany Liu as Barbara Gordon
Christopher Goodwin as Clark Kent
Directed By Brian J. Patterson
Director Of Photography Aaron B. W. Collins III
Written By Brian Rosado
Casting By Denison Entertainment
Executive Producer Brian J. Patterson
Produced By Alan Carpenter
Produced By Alexander Winter
Graphic Designs by Matthew Moore
Lighting By Azzrinna Kadri
Makeup By Krystal Rodriguez
Storyboards by Jim Allison
Editing by Azzrinna Kadri & Brian J. Patterson