Batgirl Spoiled is a self-produced web series made by a group of fans who are all passionate about creating a Bat Family story on screen. It centers around Stephanie Brown taking on the Batgirl mantle and meeting the Sirens of Gotham. This past weekend, the Batgirl Spoiled team premiered an almost final cut of the first episode and all I can say is: it was super cool!
This is not your average “fan film” — the quality of this series is incredibly and it’s obvious how much tender loving care was put into it. Although I’ve been casually following the progress of this project online, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The series was created by a collaboration between Sax Carr and Batgirl herself, Marisha Ray.
I don’t want to talk too much about what the first episode of the series is about. If it all goes according to plan, the general public will see it online by this week, but don’t hold me up to that. I will tell you that I got really excited as I watched the ten minute episode with an audience. Normally, we don’t get to watch a web series with other people so it was definitely a unique experience inside the panel room at Comikaze Expo.
The first episode looked great and the actors were all terrific. They introduce new bad guys — the “Cthulhu Gang,” I believe. I was kind of digging them, despite the creep-o factor. The fight choreography was so impressive and exciting to watch. The ending was an appropriate cliffhanger. I will be cliche and say that it had me wanting more.
After the screening, the creators discuss how the series came about. Although there were a lot of money invested into the show by the people who worked on it, they also relied heavily on donations by friends and fans a like. They revealed how important it was to create a Batgirl costume that not only looked super awesome but also battle-ready and can withstand the wear and tear of shooting a bunch of fight scenes. Which never even occurred to me that most costumes would probably just fall apart a few hardcore bad-guys-butt-kicking-spins.
Watch this behind-the-scenes video from The Stylish, which goes into details about the making of the costumes.
It was clear that the creators believe that it’s important to tell Stephanie Brown’s story as Batgirl. They want to showcase all types of characters from Gotham into the series, show how they influence Stephanie and how she will make her choices and decisions. At the same time, I feel that they’ve captured the spirit of the Bat Family and the fun of comic book heroes. There is a lightness and sass to the dialogue that is very funny mixed in with the grittiness of Gotham.
Tara Strand, who is popular for her Harley Quinn cosplay from Gotham Public Works, is taking up the role of Harley again for the series and she is also the lead costumer on the show. I am excited to see her play HQ again for this series. I love her.
I have a feeling this series will be a pretty big hit and will get a lot of the Batman fans out there excited. So get on the bandwagon and follow these guys on Facebook. They also have a website, but for now, it seems to be under construction.
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