Now, if there's one thing that decades of merchandising, cinematic adaptations, future-set animated series' and near-endless streams of fan-created awesomeness have proven, it's that Batman is pretty much awesome no matter what situation you put him in. Sure, that whole ice-skating, nipple-centric phase he had around the time of Batman & Robin wasn't the coolest, but even then, the goofy merchandising seemed pretty cool at the time (yes, I had a Batman action figure with attachable ice skates as a kid. Feel free to point and throw things).
Heck, even existential bear-fighting Batman is inherently awesome, and he's fighting a bear on a Christmas tree.
With that in mind, then, it's worth noting that when you actually combine Batman with things that are near-universally considered awesome, the result tends to be pretty darned remarkable.
Case in point?
This New Fan Film Pits Batman Against Jack the Ripper in Predictably Awesome Fashion
So much so, in fact, that I'm not actually going to talk about it in all that much detail, for fear of ruining what is most likely the greatest 19th-century set Batman short-film you've ever seen.
Written and directed by James Campbell, Ripper: A Batman Fan Film was produced by Adam Bouabda, and stars Bill Fellows, Donald Standen, Jacob Anderton, Kris Saddler, Sally Collett, Victoria Gibson, Eilidh Talman and Bruce Payne, and... well - it's well worth watching.
After all - this is the pitch:
"London - 1888, the Jack the Ripper murders are gripping the nation and the people of Whitechapel are growing increasingly scared... Chief Inspector Abberline is struggling to figure out who the killer is and with added pressure from above to catch the murderer his own demons begin to get the better of him. But there is someone out there who wants to help... Watching... in the shadows... waiting to strike."
That's right - it's Batman...vs Jack the Ripper. In Victorian London. Meaning we're essentially talking Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola's acclaimed Gotham By Gaslight come to life, but with added 1980s-style sound effects.
In other words? Nicely played, James Campbell and co. Nicely played indeed...
What do you think, though?