Last night was the end of the CFB countdown, as two live video feeds were posted to the Citizens for Batman website and crowds gathered at the two locations in New York and Chicago. Fans that turned up for the event received Gotham Times newspapers and a collection of CFB goodies, including T-shirts.
Participants were given Domino’s pizza boxes that contained code words and clues to a locked box in a secret location. At this box more clues were uncovered, leading to a 2-way radio, with which directions were given to a specific spot for the perfect view of The Dark Knight bat signal, projected onto the Woolworth building and Sears tower.
/Film have also posted their report, relaying some off the bad feelings and hindrances that surrounded the poorly executed Chicago event.
Poster: BriDog72 — Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 at 00:12
Seems there’s been a bit of a slipup with the project me and Batfan73 have been working on. BatFan’s in jail and I need everyone’s help. He left me a voicemail, it was kinda garbled, but he said he was picked up by the cops for trespassing, so he needs some help getting everything activated. He’s not sure when he’s going to be able to extract himself from his situation.
He said he needs someone to get some sort of key off of an invoice, number 38272899 (geez, I hope I copied that down right), but he got cut off before he could tell me what this invoice is or even where to find it. We need this key to activate everything.
Can anyone figure this out? We’re going to need to fix this or the whole thing’s ruined! Anyone?
In an email to Glenn Barhyte, Jim Gordon made reference to Maroni Imports, leading us to a new viral site, www.maroniimports.com
With the invoice number from the forums post and the sruname “Craston”, which appeared in a small news update to the Gotham City Rail website:
ALERT: The STCS will undergo initial fine-tuning of its software on the evening of July 8th. This routine maintenance may result in temporary intermittent system delays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. — C. Craston, Sr. Elec. Engineer, GCR
With this information the aforementioned invoice can be downloaded, at the bottom of it there is a key for a signal booster, Key: 5D45C08AA6C3638D7829C0D5183FDB14B0CDBF1DCB12. With this key, the signal booster was activated and CFB was updated to show two sets of co-ordinates in New York and Chicago. Hence the two locations for the big event this July 8th are now known:
CFB has since been updated to include a new mission statement:
Sometimes, you have to take a stand. You have to fight for respect. You have to let the entire world know you’re here.
On July 8th, nobody will be able to ignore us. Gather at the above coordinates at the appointed time, and help us take a stand in support of Batman!
If you can’t join us on the ground, we’ll be providing a way for you to watch what goes down, live on this website.
Defend Gotham! Defend Batman!
Signal Booster status: ON
Why So Serious have updated their front page for the first time in what seems an age — it now covers the entire Viral marketing campaign complete with Joker checklist on tasks, a list of Gotham city web pages and assorted items that can all be clicked for part of the viral adventure. For example, bowling shoes, a personality quiz, the trailer clippings, letters from a ransom note, etc.
Three future tasks have yet to be ticked off:
12. Be good to my guests
13. Gather all my fans
14. Leave a big mark
Some of the viral links on WSS contain reports on the viral event, with date, a list of occurrences, the end result, pictures and the aftermath — providing a succinct review of how we’ve got this far:
Citizens for Batman
Where a page originally stood we now find a countdown, heading ominously towards July 8th. CFB have also been sending out their propaganda to lucky Gotham citizens,
Including the letter:
Citizens for Batman!
It’s time to go public. To really defend Batman, we have to show the world how big our movement is. So check out the goodies inside and show your pride in CFB!
And get ready for a MAJOR show of force July 8th. (check out citizensforbatman.org for the latest.
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Why We Fight:
I’ve been patrolling my neighborhood for several weeks now. I’ve seen crime happen in front of me. It’s obvious City Hall doesn’t care, so why should we? I think that’s an important question to answer before we set out to DO SOMETHING about crime in Gotham. The answer might be different for each of us. For me, I want to fight because I lost my sister to violent crime. She was attacked and brutally assaulted when she was leaving a group of friends at a restaurant early one Sunday night. Someone was waiting for her by her car. She screamed and yelled “fire,” but no one came to help. Unlike many victims, she went to the police, but they didn’t do anything. They gave her the runaround for months until she found her own peace. I fight for my sister. I fight so bad things don’t happen again to anyone. I fight because the police won’t. I fight to take back the city I used to be proud to call home.
Gotham City Pizzeria has updated for its 16th June special promotion. There is now a map of the US with locations marked out in green and red — green means that there are free pizzas to be grabbed, red means they’ve all been taken. The “order your free pizza” link takes you to a dominos page with a store locator. 245 pizzas available in total!
The Joker has sent out this message to all the active cell phones:
OK clowns, are you ready for some laughs (y/n)? You put a smile on my face. Hope you’re not superstitious
Superstition relates to the day — Friday 13th June. We already know that’s when “Gotham Tonight” will premier, maybe The Joker has something in store for them?
Other Viral Updates
A new email from Harvey Dent:
It’s been an incredible last few weeks. Ever since the vicious smear campaign collapsed and Harvey Dent’s remarkable courage at the hostage crisis at Rossi’s Deli, our campaign has ridden a wave of support I have never seen in all my political life.
Our Headquarters reopened and thousands of volunteers show up here every day, every night, fighting for change. Fundraising has reached incredible heights, with over 100,000 Gotham citizens contributing their hard-earned money in support of Harvey Dent’s vow to take back Gotham.
We’ve expanded our reach, opening branches in neighborhoods that haven’t seen political campaigns take them seriously for decades. And we’ve harnessed the incredible grassroots support by sending volunteers to knock on doors throughout the city. Amazingly, we will achieve our two millionth door knock sometime in between now and Election Day.
Harvey Dent has committed himself to lead the charge to take back our city, face down the criminal and corrupt and restore hope for our future.
Now, we need your help. We need to get out the vote!. And we need you to vote yourself. If you can’t make it to the polls, go to http://www.gothamelectionboard.com and find out how you can vote online. Working together, we will take back Gotham!
Gotham City Rail Announces Satellite Tracking and Communications System
To better serve our customers, GCR has completed its transition to a satellite tracking and communications system (STCS). Using cutting edge ultra high frequency technology, STCS will give GCR the real-time ability to track exact positioning of all its trains. This will allow for more accurate scheduling and should increase GCR’s already impressive safety record.
Pierre informs us that the viral website “Citizens for Batman” has just updated, adding a link to a set of forums on the right hand side, beneath the news column. This is not a forum you can sign up to — rather a forum posted to by citizens of Gotham city with their Batman experiences. Welcome their new acronym, “WWBD” or, “What would Batman do?”
Poster Reddy-Steddy has started a topic “I got a picture”, which contains a blurry Batmobile shot taken by him at “5th street”:
And here is an interesting extract from the topic “Garcetti is wrong”:
I support Batman but Garcetti, as a representative of the established civil authority really has to take that position. Batman exists outside the established authority and is therefore a threat to it. Think about it, there are over four hundred citizens for every cop, so the system works only if 1. the police are the only ones to enforce order and 2. most of us follow the rules and the police only have to deal with a few people who deviate.
The alternative is a world where anyone who has a grudge takes care of it themselves. That means that a person who feels wronged deals directly with his neighbor, shoots them if they feel its necessary. You get feuds and lawlessness and a survival of the fittest. The strong dominate the weak. By taking the law into his own hands, Batman threatens the police monopoly on maintaining order and could be seen as taking the first step towards that kind of lawlessness.
The problem is that the police are not keeping their end of the civil contract. We give them power with the understanding that they will maintain order. But anyone who lives in Gotham can see that order and safety are breaking down. We are already in a state of lawlessness. Batman is responding to the increasing disorder. And so are we by joining Citizens For Batman.
Pierre has also spotted that the name “Larry” posted in the Neighborhood watch thread refers to Larry Coniglia, entering this name in the record search at St Swithuns reveals his marriage certificate — which we have previously discovered by searching for Salvator Maroni (he is the witness)