this the Batman equivalent of Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock, except Dark Knight fans will be totally flummoxed by its severe,
avant-garde aesthetic. There is no ambiguity about Batman and Robin’s sexuality
here, but there is hardly anyone left to worry about it after an apocalyptic
virus swept across the world. However, they still manage to do a spot of
cruising in Tavinho Teixeira’s Batguano (trailer here), which screens as
part of MIX NYC: the 28th Queer Experimental Film Festival.
is not getting any younger. In fact, he is already considerably dependent on
the younger Robin after losing an arm. The caped crusaders are still famous
thanks to the Adam West TV show, but they are living in a trailer somewhere in
the Brazilian provinces instead of stately Wayne Manor. Still, they are lucky
to be alive, after a mysterious disease carried in bat guano wiped out a good
portion of the population. Yet, somehow the communications infrastructure has
apparently held up pretty well and there are still anonymous hook-ups to be
is hard to believe Warners and DC sanctioned Batguano, but it is equally tough to imagine they will even notice the
grungy upstart. Presumably, it must count as protected parody if the same
applies to X-rated knock-offs. Speaking of which, sheltered Batman fans should
be warn there are a number of full monties in Batguano.
is some genre playfulness in Batguano, particularly the rear screen projections
deliberately visible during driving scenes. Cinematographer Marcelo Lordello also
gives it an evocative noir look. However, the overriding vibe of the film is
one of listlessness. There is just not a lot that happens, which is downright
perverse for a film that plunks down an iconic superhero in a post-apocalyptic setting.
To put things in perspective, Batman spends way more time reading Schopenhauer than
fighting bad guys.
is not intended as an actors’ showcase and
Teixeira gives himself even less to work with as Robin. At least Everaldo
Pontes has one substantial scene as the Dark Knight. Frankly, the film is more
lulling than titillating, but anyone curious should probably see it now,
because boutique distributors are not likely to pick up a film that could
potentially inspire major studio wrath. On some level, it is just interesting
to know Teixeira’s film exists. It even screens this Sunday (11/15) during MIX NYC.
Labels: Batman, Brazilian Cinema, MIX NYC '15