Mash ups are a constant favourite with fandom fans far and wide. If it’s not Freddy and Jason knocking seven bells of hell out of each other its then Superman and Spider-Man teaming up to set the world to rights.
Now Batman and The Terminator are no strangers to this genre either. Batman has had many exploits involving both Predators and Aliens, while the Terminator has gone toe to toe with both Superman and Robocop. But strangely, these two power houses have never squared up against each other. Now, thanks to animator Mitchell Hammond, they have.
His five minute animated short entitled Batman Versus The Terminator shows us a world where this meeting did indeed take place. Humanity still suffers under Skynet’s wraith, but in this world it has two saviours. Below gives us a little look into this different timeline where Conner meets Wayne.
30 years have passed since Bruce Wayne survived Skynet’s nuclear blasts in August of ’97. Iron demons now roam the planet, and without the requirement to defend the innocent against crime and injustice, Wayne has seeked refuge in the bomb shelter that saved his life; the Batcave.
Having scavenged the wasteland for resources, he discovers the radio of a dead soldier. There is static over a frequency. Flesh and blood is rising up to the west. With The Stinger; a riot control vehicular unit built before the apocalypse along with a refitted bomb blast vest, Batman makes his way across what remains of the United States to join forces with the man determined to neutralize the electronic menace – John Conner.
The poster for this alternative Earth shows how this new combination of Bruce Wayne and Terminator really looks.
Mitchell’s short has exploded across the internet like Skynet itself. Here is the video that is causing all the fuss:
The video hooks you with its version of an older, bearded Batman. The armoured design has visual links to both The Dark Knight Returns and Kingdom Come, while the new Batmobile looks like something Christian Bale’s Batman would have been right at home driving. The animation style felt reminiscent of anime films like Ghost in the Shell. The two universes gel incredibly well, with a haunting soundtrack tying everything together, itself sounding like it jumped straight out of the original The Terminator movie soundtrack.
It’s good to know that whatever universe he’s in, Batman still manages to kick some ass. The only downside is that the video just gives such a brief taste of what could be a great new adventure.
This short was originally conceived as a comic book idea, and you can see below how Mitchell took the best elements out of this concept and translated them straight to screen.
Though this video is Mitchell’s only upload on YouTube so far, it shows tremendous promise for future videos from this creative mind. Whether he decides to expand this new universe merger or whether he goes in an entirely new direction is unknown right now. It will certainly be fun to find out either way.