Even though the DC universe is vast, characters like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman often steal the limelight regarding live-action adaptations. Yet many remain in the shadows, waiting for their moment on screen. One such character is Stephanie Brown, the Spoiler. And now, thanks to a passionate team of fans, her story will be brought to life. A new fan film titled The Girl in the Mask is set to explore her origin story, and we’ve got all the details you need.
Who is Stephanie Brown?
Introduced by writer Chuck Dixon, Stephanie Brown began her journey as a foil to her villainous father, Cluemaster. Over time, she evolved over various comic arcs, taking on the mantles of Spoiler, Robin, and, eventually, Batgirl. Her character’s resilience, optimism, and determination have made her a popular figure among the DC fanbase. While the character’s journey in the comics has been multifaceted, this film promises a fresh take on her transformation and the challenges she faces in Gotham’s complex landscape.
Who is involved?
The project brings together a diverse ensemble of talent. Adrianna Mazurkiewicz steps into the shoes of Stephanie Brown/Spoiler, with Kevin Porter donning the cape as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Porter, renowned for his portrayal in the fan film Dying is Easy – which has garnered over 10M views on YouTube – brings depth and gravitas to the role, promising an authentic take on the Dark Knight.
The cast also includes R.J. Cecott as Tim Drake/Red Robin, Drew Martyn as Arthur Brown, Timothy J. Cox as Commissioner James Gordon, Carolina Hilderbrand as Detective Renee Montoya, and David Bergquist as Detective Harvey Bullock, among others.
Behind the scenes, the film is steered by Timothy Kou, the director, co-writer, and co-producer. Christopher Kou, the co-writer and co-producer, also brings his knowledge of Batman lore.
Notably, the film’s score will be composed by W. F. Smith Leithart. With an impressive portfolio that includes Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning and the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, Leithart’s involvement promises a captivating soundtrack that will elevate the film’s ambiance.
About the project
Set against the gritty backdrop of Gotham, this film delves deep into the origins of Stephanie Brown, blending heart, humor, and high-octane action.
The Girl in the Mask is structured into four distinct acts. The first, titled Call Me Spoiler, is anticipated to run approximately 35 minutes. Once all acts are combined, the film will span around 2 hours. The creators target an early 2024 release for Act 1, with subsequent acts to follow. The film will be accessible on their YouTube channel.
For those interested in supporting this endeavor, there’s an active crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo running through the end of August. Their base funding goal is $40,000, which will cover the production and post-production of Act 1. Stretch goals, ranging from $55,000 to $100,000, promise enhanced visual effects, superior cinematography, and grander sets.
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