City of Scars

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City of Scars
City of Scars.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Aaron Schoenke
Produced by Aaron Schoenke
Sean Schoenke
Written by Aaron Schoenke
Based on Characters 
by Bob Kane
Bill Finger
Starring Kevin Porter
Paul Molnar
Christopher Parker
Guy Grundy
Narrated by Kevin Porter
Music by Sean Schoenke
Cinematography Aaron Schoenke
Edited by Aaron Schoenke
Bat in the Sun
Release dates
  • June 17, 2010 (2010-06-17)
Running time
30 minutes
Language English

City of Scars, also known as Batman: City of Scars, is a 2010 fan film produced by Aaron and Sean Schoenke, based on the Batman franchise. The film had a budget of $27,000 and was shot in 21 days.[1] The 30-minute short film is partly set in Arkham Asylum.[2]

City of Scars was followed by the 2011 sequel Seeds of Arkham.


The Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum, causing a nurse to be taken to intensive care after spraying some of his lethal gas in her face. Upon arriving in Gotham City, he kidnaps Councilman Johnson and his son shortly after brutally murdering the Councilman's wife. Determined not to let his archenemy murder anyone else, Batman hunts him through the city. After Councilman Johnson is found dead while his son remains in The Joker's captivity, Batman questions whether his crusade against evil does more bad than good. Batman tracks The Joker to a carnival, where he thwarts the villain's plot of bombing a ferris wheel. He then races to the location of The Joker and the councilman's son, but when the young boy kills The Joker with his own gun, Batman debates if his greatest nemesis' death is a step toward Gotham's peace, or rather a sign that things are getting worse.[3]



Filmmaker Aaron Schoenke is a long-time Batman fan, having earlier created two fan film shorts about the subject: Patient J in 2005[4] and Batman Legends in 2006.[5]


  1. ^ Boucher, Geoff (22 June 2010). "Hero Complex". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Frenette, Brad (29 June 2010). "Batman fan film ‘City of Scars’ plays to its audience". National Post. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Pantozzi, Jill (21 June 2010). "Batman Fan Film 'City of Scars' Leaves Its Mark". Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Steve (August 2, 2006). "PATIENT J". Film Threat. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ Runzo, Noah. "Patient J". November 4, 2005. Cinema Crazed. Retrieved April 27, 2012. 

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