The Batman comic books debuted in 1939 and Batman remains one of the most beloved comic book characters almost 75 years later. With 2014 the 75th anniversary of Batman, Screen Rant reported on Oct. 7 that a new documentary called “Legends of the Knight” is in the works.
The film will be directed by Brett Culp and, instead of looking at the origins of Batman, will look at how Batman has changed human lives in profound ways. Culp said that Batman is no longer just a fictional character, but is now a symbol in the real world.
“Legends of the Knight” filmed across 15 American cities and spoke to 64 different people. Some of the more famous interviews were with former “Batman” writer Denny O’Neil, “Batman” movie producer Michael Uslan and author Gotham Chopra.
Culp also follows the stories of about a dozen different adults and children to see how the story of Batman influenced them. One story is of a young boy with leukemia who finds strength through the stories of Batman. The trailer for “Legends of the Knight” focused a lot on the young boy’s story.
Culp said that the big difference between Batman and a hero like Superman is that Batman is broken, born in pain, and fought to make the world a better place. There is no distribution for the documentary yet but Culp said he wants to keep “Legends of the Knight” a non-profit charitable documentary.