Batman Beyond: The Movie

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Original Release Date:
1999
Original Running Time:
80
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
76
Time Cut:
5
Time Added:
1
Subtitles Available?
Available in HD?
Brief Synopsis:
Fueled by remorse and vengeance, a high schooler named Terry McGinnis revives the role of Batman. Under the supervision of an elderly Bruce Wayne, he fights crime in a harsh, futuristic Gotham.

This is a TV to Movie edit of Batman Beyond.
Intention:
My intention was to take the Terry McGinnis vs. Derek powers arc from the TV show and make it into a movie.
Additional Notes:
Episodes used: Ep. 1 "Rebirth: Part 1" Ep. 2 "Rebirth: Part 2" Ep. 5 "Meltdown" Ep. 13 "Ascension" + Surprise ending (taken from season 2)
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
Most of the fan edit is small trims to make the story flow as a single movie.
Some instances of fade-to-black were removed.

User reviews

3 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(3)
Visual Editing
 
9.0(3)
Audio Editing
 
9.3(3)
Narrative
 
9.3(3)
Enjoyment
 
9.3(3)
(Updated: August 15, 2022)
Overall rating
 
8.2
Audio/Video Quality
 
7.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
8.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
A/V Quality
Pretty good quality, but the blacks and shadows looked overly pixelated for a file of this length and size. Since this show is very dark visually, it's a bit distracting.
I'm basing this area and score with the assumption that the source comes from the Blu Rays.

Visual Editing
The editor chose to crop the image to create a more modern friendly look. It's done tastefully and creates that cinematic feel they are going for. The cuts made to the source are well hidden and support the editor's intention to streamline and focus the story.

Audio Editing
For the most part, the audio is exactly what you'd expect. There are some audio transitions that are abrupt when the fade to black visuals were cut. I think a simple extending of the audio in those scenes could help those shots feel a bit smoother.

Narrative
The combining of the source materials feels like it should and doesn't detract from the narrative of the source.

Enjoyment
I'm not the biggest fan of Batman Beyond due to the technopunk look and feel, but it's a part of the Batman TAS universe so I can't help but try and enjoy it. Belgarath did a great job at combining the story into what I'm surprised WB didn't create seeing that they made the Return to Joker version. I'd personally liked to see a different or excised show intro as it kind of steals from the cinematic intention of the edit. Aside from some audio transitions and some overly crushed shadows, This was just as enjoyable as the source, if not more so as it streamlines the story for the viewer. Great execution on the idea. If you like Batman Beyond, you'll like this edit.
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Overall rating
 
9.7
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
I will say that seeing these four episodes strung together works very nicely and editing for the most part works. However, I did notice two things I feel could be improved/added. I feel the transition from Terry discovering the bat cave was very quick and jarring which I know had a commercial break back then at that point. So I don't know what else could be done there to make it transition easily. I do feel the use of a time card and transition shot after the Rebirth episodes, can help establish time and help transition it better to the next episodes. As for the other transition into the last episode, that I feel works fine. The ending I feel the original ending to Blights Last Episode should have been left since He isn't really dead, least to the comics and plus the ending feels a bit too quick.

Overall, still a nice idea to put these episodes all together to make a movie. Least while we wait for WB to make a live action version.

User Review

Do you recommend this edit?
Yes
Format Watched?
Digital
Owner's reply August 03, 2022

Thanks for the positive review.


"I feel the transition from Terry discovering the bat cave was very quick and jarring which I know had a commercial break back then at that point. So I don't know what else could be done there to make it transition easily."

Indeed. I thought about keeping the fade-to-black at this point, but it didn't work for me. I thought it was even more jarring that way.

"I do feel the use of a time card and transition shot after the Rebirth episodes, can help establish time and help transition it better to the next episodes."

I considered adding a time card, actually. Later, I decided the audience should themselves realize that there's a time skip there. However, I may add a "One month later" somewhere at that transition point.

"The ending I feel the original ending to Blights Last Episode should have been left since He isn't really dead, least to the comics and plus the ending feels a bit too quick."

I was adamant about the last scene of the edit being between Bruce and Terry and that scene fit the best. It's all fast in the cartoon, so not much to do here. I didn't care about the comics while making the edit. I want one to go watch the Return of the Joker movie after this one ;)

"Overall, still a nice idea to put these episodes all together to make a movie. Least while we wait for WB to make a live action version."

Sign me up to write the script. My version will be very Akira-esque.

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Overall rating
 
9.9
Audio/Video Quality
 
10.0
Visual Editing
 
9.0
Audio Editing
 
10.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Batman Beyond has succeeded where very few alternative futures have in comics. The only other one I can think of with as much cultural reverence is Spider-Man 2099, and there are a great deal of similarities with both properties. Batman Beyond however got into millions more homes via the medium of television, and for three seasons and one movie, very much entertained and inspired millions of young audiences into becoming creators as well as fans.

This edit takes us back to those days spent watching Kids WB and Cartoon Network, a unique and daring vision of a more advanced Bruce Wayne recruiting a teenager with a similar tragedy to his own, though not someone entirely disconnected from a family and social life. Terry shows what Bruce could have been if he had not let the mission become him.

The use of the four episodes here makes for a very straight forward edit, the thrust of the narrative needn't be altered too much, heroes rise, villains fall, it's a classic bit of Saturday morning storytelling, with the right amount of trims to make it all flow cohesively, it doesn't feel like you're watching a stitched together compilation tape.

It's been a while since there was an DCAU Batman edit listed on IFDB, it's nice to have one more recent and one that is of impeccable quality both visually and structurally.
Owner's reply July 27, 2022

Nicely written review. Thanks!

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