In June 2012, Brady Roberts and JD Buzz began pre production on a fan trailer for a series based on the comic book character Nightwing- aka the first Robin, Dick Grayson. Titled "NIGHTWING: PRODIGAL SON", filming began in October 2012, and wrapped in January 2013, with the full trailer being released in February. Through the pre production phase, ideas began to surface amongst the team for an actual Nightwing television series- of course, copyright issues prevent this from happening, but we want to produce a non profit pilot episode of Prodigal Son to show the studio executives that there is a huge demand to see this cult character come to life on screen, in the proper manner. We have yet to see a great live action Robin- Chris O'Donnell in the nipple suit? No thanks. John Blake in the Dark Knight Rises? Come on, really?!
We want to produce a 22-25 minute episode of a show that focuses on Nightwing, taking place in both Bludhaven and Gotham City, without Batman. Appearances from other cult characters in the Batman universe will take place. The storylines will be true to the source material, focusing on the comic books, Arkham City, and pulling inspiration from Batman: The Animated Series as well.
The pilot will be available to be seen by the general public online for FREE.
Please donate to our show guys, it would be a dream for us Batman fans to be able to create something set in that universe, true to the original source material!
Are we legally allowed to do this?! YES- this is a non profit 'fan film', and here is the official statement from WB prior to Comic Con 2005-
Warner Bros. wrote:"Warner Bros. definitely appreciates the enthusiasm and respect of its fans. We will continue to monitor the use of Warner Bros. properties as used in fan films. However, we will only consider taking action against such films that are either commercial in nature, are commercially exploited or otherwise engage in or depict inappropriate activity. Further, we will try to work with the comic book conventions, such as Comic-Con, to develop fan film screening programs that do not conflict with Warner Bros. rights in its properties. "
What We Need & What You GetWe need YOUR help to produce this- why do we need this amount of money?
-Shooting on the RED camera, the same camera used to shoot "The Hobbit"
-Professional film crew
-CGI/Green Screen post production
-Travel expenses to bring actors in
-Food for the large crew and cast
-Costume upgrades- upgrading the Nightwing costume to look more like armor, more functional for live action film
-Marketing/advertising when the episode is complete
Joleen Ceraldi as POISON IVY - Joleen Ceraldi is a total babe- and an accomplished theatre actor. She graduated in 2009 from Playhouse North School of Theatre, and has since incorporated her own theatre company "The Janes", which will play at 3 different venues in summer 2013.
Peter Durrett (Pete Powers) as BANE - Bane is another character who has yet to have a TRUE live action incarnation- the Dark Knight Rises was not true to the comic book version. We are bringing in a real, jacked up luchador to play the role of a jacked up luchador. Pete Powers has competed for AAA Wrestling in Mexico, one of the biggest pro wrestling companies in the world, and has a background in film and stunt work. He also has a huge Justice League sleeve that covers his entire arm. Bad ass.
Stuart Bentley as ALFRED - Stuart is an incredibly talented actor based in Calgary, having just shot the lead role in the short film "32". He was chosen for his close resemblance to Alfred in Batman: The Animated Series, his tuxedo, and his great British accent!
The initial pilot episode also includes Harley Quinn, the Riddler, Oracle, Red Hood, and more.
JD Buzz - Director/VFX - As seen in the trailer, JD is a CG whiz. At only 18 years old, he already has a feature film under his belt (he directed the upcoming "Incursion"), and a short film ("Warehouse on Fifth"), and LOTS of CG experience. His demo reel can be seen here-
Other Ways You Can Help
If you're unable to contribute, there are other ways you can help!
- Share the project on Facebook, blog about it, tweet about it, etc.
- Ask friends and family to get the word out by telling others about this project.
- LIKE our Facebook page - search "Nightwing : Prodigal Son"
- Watch and share the original trailer on YouTube and funding campaign on IndieGoGo