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What if Orson Welles Directed and Starred in ‘The Bat-Man’? [Video]

The notion of a Batman film directed by the legendary Orson Welles was first popularized by way of a memorable hoax perpetrated by Mark Millar. In a 2003 column for Comic Book Resources, the Ultimates writer put forth a compelling behind-the-scenes narrative detailing the supposed pre-production and eventual abandonment of Welles’ Batman project. Many were fooled, but for them and those who weren’t, the idea of Orson Welles, in his prime, creating a 1940s-style Batman film is too compelling to ignore.

Among those fascinated with the concept is YouTuber Sirrus79, who compiled and remixed footage and audio from numerous Orson Welles films — including Citizen Kane — as well as other period pieces into an extended trailer-style piece that suggests what Welles’ The Bat-Man might have looked and sounded like in the alternate reality where it really happened.

What do you think? How does Sirrus79’s The Bat-Man starring Orson Welles stack up against whoiseyevan’s Premakes: The Avengers?

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