Stephanie Brown looking in the mirror. Image from the Stephanie Brown Fan Film titled "The Girl in the Mask".

Image from the The Girl in the Mask fan film by Method 2 Madness Films

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If you are new to following us you may not have known that we here at Nerdgenic have a special place in our hearts for indie comic book creators, writers, and filmmakers. There is something inspiring about people combining their expertise, talent, and resources to create something fun and entertaining for the world. This brings us to the topic of this article. I had the pleasure of being approached by Method 2 Madness Films an independent film studio based in Chicago. They are producing a fan film titled “The Girl in the Mask”, which is based on the character of Stephanie Brown from the DC Comics Universe.

As I learn more and more about not only the film but the crew behind it, I become increasingly excited to see their hard work pay off. In this article, I’m going to share what I know about the project, the team, the actors, what it takes to bring something like this to life, and let you know how you can support this work, and watch it when it releases.

What is The Girl in the Mask

The Girl in the Mask follows Stephanie Brown, played by Adrianna Mazurkiewicz, a young and ambitious freshman at Gotham University. Outside of her academic pursuits, Stephanie is intrigued by the heroics of Batman and Robin as she is also an aspiring vigilante. Her father, Arthur Brown, played by Drew Martyn, is a Navy Seal and has a series of frequent and extended absences. In the film, you’ll follow Stephanie as she finds out the conflicting and heartbreaking truth about her father. She’ll question her own identity and her place in the larger fight against crime in Gotham City.

How to Watch The Girl in the Mask

The Girl in the Mask will be produced in 4 separate acts, with Act 1 being released later this year. Act 1 has a runtime of around 35 minutes, and since this is a feature fan film, you can expect the entire 4 acts to have a total run time of about 2 hours.

You can watch The Girl in the Mask when it launches on the Method 2 Madness Films YouTube channel, and I highly recommend that you do.

What Does It Take To Bring Something Like This To Life?

A on set photo of Adrianna Mazurkiewicz as Stephanie aka Spoiler. She is in the back of a limousine.
Adrianna Mazurkiewicz as Stephanie aka Spoiler, in a limousine, credit: Method 2 Madness Films

You may be thinking, all of this seems really cool, but why should I take time out of my day to watch a fan-made film? Well, there are quite a few reasons why I think supporting and watching this film are highly important. To start, I’d like to mention that Method 2 Madness Films did not compensate me or promise me anything at all to write about their work. When I was first approached I really didn’t think much of it, until I saw the trailer and learned more about the team behind the project.

The Team

3 actors on set: Carolina Hilderbrand, Timothy J. Cox, and David Bergquist.
(Left) Carolina Hilderbrand, (center) Timothy J. Cox, and (right) David Bergquist. Credit: Method 2 Madness Films

Gathering a team of people who all share a passion for what you are creating, having them work on it with you, and deal with a lot of the stresses and pressures it takes to complete a work like this is no easy feat, and Method 2 Madness seems to have put a production together that is well above what I’ve come to see from many fan-made films of this nature.

The team is comprised of individuals that have worked on numerous short films, and even some major works that you may know. One stand out for me is one of the writers by the name of Christopher Kou. From what we learn about Christopher he chronologically read through every Stephanie Brown-related panel in DC Comic’s history to ensure the story would be faithful to the source material.

Alongside Christopher is Timothy Kou, who co-wrote and even directed the opening episodes of a Red Hood Fan series that you can watch now on their YouTube channel. This is a great watch if you’d like to get a feel for their work prior to the release of The Girl in the Mask.

The Actors

Adrianna Mazurkiewicz on set with Timothy Kou, Credit: Method 2 Madness Films
Adrianna Mazurkiewicz on set with Timothy Kou, Credit: Method 2 Madness Films

It’s impossible to create a work like this without some awesome talent in front of the camera. Stephanie Brown aka Spoiler will be played by Adrianna Mazurkiewicz. Adrianna is building up her resume as an actress, but from the trailer, it seems like she’s really into the character and is enjoying herself throughout.

Kevin Porter is playing Batman, and if you’ve seen the City of Scars, and Dying is Easy fan films then you’ve seen Kevin dawn the cape. Kevin has experience playing the character, and it will be nice to see how this portrayal will differ from the previous iterations. R.J. Cecott will be playing the role of Tim Drake aka Red Robin. R.J. has a ton of acting experience under his belt and is certified in both armed and unarmed stage combat.

These are just a few of the talented cast members you’ll see in The Girl in the Mask. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to cover each one, but I’m just as excited for them as I am for these three.

Indiegogo Campaign

It’s impressive to see a project like The Girl in the Mask come to life, and this can only be done by fans like us who help make it happen. There isn’t a huge studio that’s swooping in to ensure a project like this gets made. It’s created by people that are passionate about not only what they are doing, but also why they are doing it.

Currently, The Girl in the Mask has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Act 1, and they are at 33% of their goal. If you are excited about this project and would like to like to support it, funding their campaign or sharing it with others is a great way to start.

I’ll include the links below for those of you who are interested:

The Girl in the Mask, Act: 1: Call me Spoiler

Final Thoughts

Filming of Batman's cowl in The Girl in the Mask, Credit: Method 2 Madness Films
Filming of Batman’s cowl in The Girl in the Mask, Credit: Method 2 Madness Films

The Girl in the Mask fan film is an inspiring body of work, and my heart goes out to the team at Method 2 Madness Films. I wish them all of the best with this work and really hope the finished product meets their expectations and is received well.

I do plan on producing more content around this film, and the upcoming acts. So stay tuned for more updates on that if you’re interested in learning more about this film. If you’d like to follow Method 2 Madness films you can do so by using any of the links below.

Thank you for reading!

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