Batman: The Man Who Laughs

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Batman: The Man Who Laughs
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Why So Serious?
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Original Release Date:
2008
Original Running Time:
152
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
140
Time Cut:
12
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Brief Synopsis:
Batman: The Man Who Laughs tries to amplify the strengths of The Dark Knight while omitting some of its weaknesses. Pacing is tightened up, some scenes are restructured, rescored, reordered, or omitted altogether. Lines of dialogue and humor that seemed out of place omitted as well. I usually fanedit awful movies. Here I wanted to take a very good movie and make it the best it could be (IMO).
Intention:
Why edit The Dark Knight which many think is a modern classic? Believe me, there are numerous things I absolutely love about the movie but a few things that never sat well with me. Many of the lines delivered by bit players were so poorly done that it always took me out of the movie. I've also always felt that there were some pacing issues that took place whenever The Joker wasn't on screen. My goal was to tighten up the run time while eliminating the more cringeworthy moments or humor.
Other Sources:
- Supersonic by Brand X Music
- V for Vendetta soundtrack by Dario Marianelli
Special Thanks:
Special thanks definitely goes out to jswert123456 for offering to create what ended up being an outstanding looking bluray cover!
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MP4/M4V/MOV
Cuts and Additions:
1) Letterboxed all IMAX scenes so the aspect ratio does not change back and forth.
2) Cut scenes with Wertz talking about Batman and Ramirez and Gordon on the rooftop.
3) Reordered first few scenes. After the bank robbery Gordon is now immediately investigating it. This is then followed by Batman on the parking deck.
4) Gordon and Batman talking in vault scored with "I'm Not a Hero" by Hans Zimmer from The Dark Knight soundtrack.
5) Cut "Pity there's only one of you."
6) Cut the tumbler's loiter and intimidate mode.
7) Scarecrow now gets away, prompting Bruce to say he needs to be faster in the next scene. This leads to his new costume.
8) Alternate audio take used for The Joker's "kill the batman" line.
9) Cut Bruce talking to Lucius about wanting to send him to Hong Kong.
10) Cut Bruce and Alfred talking about Sky Hook.
11) Cut Harvey and Rachel seeing that the ballet is canceled.
12) Cut boat scenes with Bruce, Alfred, and the ballerinas.
13) Cut all daytime Hong Kong scenes. Lucius no longer travels there. Because of this, Lucius no longer creates the mapping Sonar. Later in the cut we see that Bruce did.
14) The phone that Lucius left no longer exists and no longer causes the lights in Lau's building to go out. Lights now go off as Batman targets the building.
15) Cut cops "Have a nice trip. See you next fall" line.
16) Cut puzzled look on court stenographer's face.
17) Cut Bruce and Alfred talking about fundraiser.
18) Cut Dent talking to Lau in the jail cell.
19) Cut Alfred and Bruce talking about the bandit.
20) Cut Alfred telling Bruce I told you so.
21) Cut "He should turn himself in" and "give us the Batman" lines from Dent's press conference.
22) Rescored beginning of the armored car chase with "Why So Serious" from The Dark Knight soundtrack.
23) Cut cop yelling "obstruction ahead, obstruction ahead."
24) Cut armored car passenger saying "get us out of here, lets go."
25) Cut cop saying "He's going to need something a lot bigger to get through this."
26) Rescored tumbler and batpod chasing the armored car with Supersonic by Brand X music.
27) Cut editing error that made it look like the tumbler should've landed on its head after being shot with missile launcher.
28) Cut armored car passenger saying "We gotta get topside. We need air support."
29) Cut tumbler self-destruct.
30) Cut batpod driving between cars and destroying rear view mirrors.
31) Cut all helicopter scenes during armored car chase.
32) Armored car chase shortened overall to give more of a race against time feel.
33) Cut Batman blowing up empty cars.
34) Fixed editing error. When Batman shoots the glass doors, he now immediately drives through them instead of having a random parking garage clip inserted between the two shots.
35) Trimmed batpod driving towards Joker's semi.
36) Batpod now drives up the wall before the semi flips instead of after.
37) Trimmed batpod driving towards Joker.
38) Alternate audio take used for The Joker yelling "HIT ME!"
39) Cut Dent's "You do like to play things close to the chest."
40) Cut cop saying "Is that a... phone" line before explosion.
41) Cut Alfred telling Bruce how he caught the bandit.
42) Cut Lucius's "You took my sonar concept" line.
43) Cut "We should be on that boat" and "You want to ride with them? Be my guest" lines.
44) Cut "Why would they give us the detonator to our own bomb?"
45) Cut "let's put it to a vote" line.
46) Cut Gordon's son yelling for Batman to come back.
47) Reordered final scenes.
48) Cut Batman and Gordon narrations during closing scenes.
49) Rescored closing scenes with "Evey Reborn" from the V for Vendetta soundtrack.
50) Added custom closing title card.
51) Rescored closing credits with "See You... in Hell" from The Dark Knight Returns soundtrack.
Cover art by jswert123456 (DOWNLOAD HERE)
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I will openly admit I did not like the original movie when I first viewed it in 2012, due to many annoyances I experienced while immersing myself in the film. This edit turned a movie I felt was highly overrated into an enjoyable experience I will now see as the true, definitive Dark Knight film. The editor did a fantastic job on this project and his work here is nothing short of stellar.

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Excellent fanedit that cuts out the extraneous/unneeded elements and pares the story down to its essentials, thus focusing the narrative and highlighting the key motivations, themes, and characters (esp harvey's arc) much more effectively. Highly recommended.

A couple of things however, that IMHO prevent this from being 'perfect' (in my eyes):

-Not entirely sure the batman copycat concept works here, esp since the beginning sequence is now purely focused on setting up the narrative elements re the mob, the joker, DA harvey, and batman's mission-- the copycat concept just detracts from 'setting the stage' especially as the dialogue from the copycat has been cut from the beginning sequence -- these copycats could certainly be cut from the scarecrow scene, which would then simply have batman + the tumbler intrude on scarecrow's meeting w the russians before scarecrow gets away. This obviously would necessitate cutting the copycat's dialogue about batman being a symbol in the joker's torture video, and narratively have the joker just dress up a poor random guy in a batman suit before torturing, killing him, and putting a noose over the corpse before tossing it over the side of the mayor's office (which would be a surprise for the audience while still fitting into the 'chaos' aspect of the Joker's MO and how he's causing all this chaos due to batman's presence and how batman should unmask himself to stop this senseless violence and death)

-Would've left the scene w Gordon + Ramirez + batsignal in to 1) provide context re how batman has changed gotham's criminal activity, 2) foreshadow Ramirez's betrayal (mother in the hospital etc), 3) use the batsignal instead to underscore the 'batman as a symbol' theme (which is essentially the purpose of the copycat story component anyway) which then 4) makes the 'gordon taking an axe to the batsignal' shot in the end more poignant and meaningful.

Aside from the above two elements, all the other judicious cuts were extremely well done, as Ryantology jettisoned scenes and elements that weren't really essential to the story and which took screentime away from the main players and the conflicts playing out in the narrative. Everything's much clearer and focused now, and the film's all the better for it. Great work!

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Pretty good. Most of the changes seem pretty necessary. Don't know if it's just me but this feels more like a Batman movie than just a crime drama. I prefer this over the original.

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Nicely done!

No eye-rolling lines throughout gets this movie closer to perfection. It's funny to see what some people think is good vs bad though. There were more things I would have liked moved/cut/mixed, and there were some things I would have left in (like Alfred's "but I did tell you so"). Also, it may just be me, but I've always hated Morgan Freeman's voiceover during the fight at the end. "See those bad guys above you? They're about to ambush the swat team." Sounds like he's doing a really bad videogame voiceover, and it's also twice as loud as anything else in the scene. I'd love a version without the voiceover at all if possible. Fox doesn't even need to know the sonar exists, then it's just Batman using it and kicking ass.

There are so many edits, it's hard to generalize the quality. Most were flawless, but there was some audio clipping, and a few cuts not matching. I think most of the noticeable ones were during the action scenes, which are obviously harder to cut around. But the cuts in those scenes were greatly appreciated. Joker's "Hit me!" always sounded bad to me, the cops' unrealistically doofed up lines, unnecessarily explanatory dialogue from extras. Lots of little things that eat away at this movie's greatness, and a lot of them were cut.

The narrative was solid, for the most part the plot went largely unchanged. Reordering of the end was nice cause that final voiceover is shit too.

I wouldn't replace the original with this version because for as much as it fixed, I missed too much. But I would definitely recommend for 2 hours of fun and entertainment! Good job

ps: Now if someone could only edit around Christian Bale's dogshit acting when he's talking to the Joker at the end, we'd be in business!

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Bravo my good man. You improved a classic! There have been many TDK edits, and I believe this is at the top of that list!

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