The Quarantine Stream: Long Before ‘Justice League’, ‘Grayson’ Featured a Collision of DC Heroes and Villains
Posted on Monday, March 15th, 2021 by Ben Pearson
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Grayson
Where You Can Stream It: YouTube
The Pitch: The year is 2002. An aspiring filmmaker named John Fiorella has written a script for a feature film called Grayson, which explores what happens to an adult version of Robin (A.K.A. Dick Grayson) in the aftermath of Batman’s death. The script features a ton of significant characters from the world of DC Comics, but the filmmaker knows it’s an incredibly long shot that WB would ever be interested in actually making the movie. So Fiorella decides to shoot a trailer for the project himself, and thus was born one of the greatest fan films ever made.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: I’m generally not a big admirer of fan films, but what Fiorella was able to accomplish in this one is pretty stunning – especially when you think about it in the proper context. When the Grayson trailer/fan film was completed in 2004, YouTube didn’t even exist yet. Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins had not come out, so the most recent Batman-related movie to come out was 1997’s Batman and Robin. Read More »