Batman: Year Two (Miniseries), The

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Original Release Date:
2022
Original Running Time:
176
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Fanedit Running Time:
184
Time Cut:
3
Time Added:
11
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Brief Synopsis:
This fan edit splits up The Batman (2022) movie into a four episode miniseries, making the 3 hour epic more digestible and providing a Graphic Novel type experience. The narrative changes slightly with little cuts here and there, some rearranged and re-scored scenes, a deleted scene added back in and a new ending.
Intention:
Despite its flaws, I liked the movie quite a lot. However to me the structure of the movie didn't feel like a traditional three act story but more akin to a graphic novel. Like a collection of multiple comic issues, each chapter tells a complete little story in of itself, while simultaneously adding more and more pieces to the bigger puzzle which makes up the overarching story. That's why I felt splitting up the movie into four episodes would enhance The Batman Experience.
Additional Notes:
This edit contains a couple of easter eggs to stuff a specific plot hole which will be revealed in the forum thread at some point. Stay tuned...
Other Sources:
- The Batman (2022)
- The Batman OST (by Michael Giacchino)
- The Batman - Deleted Arkham Scene
- Ambient Sounds and other SFX from the Batman Arkham City Video Game
Special Thanks:
- To the fanediting community for their encouragement and constructive criticism
- To my wife for tolerating this little obsession of mine
Release Information:
Digital
Special Features
- Episode Runtimes & File Sizes:
Vol.1: "Vengeance" - 44:24 min (6 GB)​
Vol.2: "The Rat" - 49:41 min (6,7 GB)​
Vol.3: "Sins of the Father" - 42:09 min (5,6 GB)​
Vol.4: "Into the Light" - 46:48 min (6,2 GB)​
- Video Specs: 4K (3840x1600)
- Bit Rate: ~17-18 Mb/s
- Codec: HEVC/H.265
- Audio: 5.1 Surround Sound
- File Format: MP4
Editing Details:
The following software was used to make this edit:
- Adobe After Effects
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Audition
- Adobe Lightroom
Cuts and Additions:
CHANGES:
- Format changes to a Miniseries with 4 Episodes:
Vol.1: Vengeance​
Vol.2: The Rat​
Vol.3: Sins of the Father​
Vol.4: Into the Light​
- Batman Intro is now the first scene.
- Studio Logos serve moved from Beginning to after we see the Batman beat up the thugs at the subway station as the Vol.1 Intro and reused as part of the episode intros.
- The murder of the Mayor moved to right after the Batman Intro.
- There is no prior observation of the Mayor and his family by The Riddler anymore, which makes his sudden appearance behind the Mayor more surprising and menacing.
- New Music when Batman enters the Crime Scene of the Mayor Murder.
- The Abduction of the DA by The Riddler is trimmed slightly, omitting specific shots and enhancing the suspense of the scene
- New Music when Bruce visits his old room at Wayne Manor
- Selena saying Good Bye to Batman is not the last scene anymore, moved to Beginning of Vol.4 and trimmed slightly.
Falcone is dead and there's nothing left for her in Gotham.​
There is a scene later on, where she is stopped by a policeman, preventing her from leaving the city because of the flood, which fits nicely with this change.​
- Daytime in the Selena Goodbye Scene changed from Dawn to Dusk to make it fit better into the timeline.
- Aerial shot of Gotham City moved to the Beginning of Vol.2 to serve as an Episode opener (Daytime changed to Night).
- There's and obvious attraction between Selina and Batman but they don't have to throw themselves at each other right away.
The flirting is still there but there is no kissing in this edit:​
Batman/Selina kiss on the rooftops replaced by Vol.3 Intro.​
The Bad Guys are more impatient in the final scene. Gone is that longish moment between Selina and Batman after she saves him in the final act and tells him that everything is going to be fine before kissing a half conscious Batman. Now they just exchange looks for a brief moment before one of the thugs drags her away and the action continues.​
- Hospital Scene with Alfred moved to the End of Vol.4 and closes out the miniseries as the new ending. I chose this scene for multiple reasons:​
Solves the problem of the immediate Retcon after Falcone tells Bruce what his father has done. Now Bruce has to go on fighting all the way through to the end with the knowledge that his father was not the white knight he thought him to be.​
It's not particularly dramatic to have Alfred hospitalized after the bombing of Wayne manor just for him to wake up shortly after. Now he is out for longer.​
Even though Vengeance has become Batman at the end, there are still issues to work out for Bruce, which become apparent in his talk with Alfred. The two of them remembering his parents, talking about loss and (re)bonding provides a bitter sweet end to the series.​
That whole exchange at the hospital between the two is mostly absent of music. Therefore I remixed some of Michael Giacchino's great score to accompany the scene and make the ending hit you in the feels.​
- To plug some plot holes without having to change too much of the narrative, I added three little Easter Eggs, one in each of the first three episodes. Props to those, who spot them. If not discovered, they will be revealed at some point in the forum thread.
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CUTS:
- The Riddler observing the Mayor's Family from afar
- The DA Abduction slightly trimmed
- Batman kneeling down to look at the Penguin after the Car Crash
- Batman/Selina Kiss on the rooftops
- Batman and Selina looking at Bat Signal during Good Bye
- Batman and Selina riding their bikes together slightly trimmed
- Batman/Selina Kiss after she saves him in the Final Act
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ADDITIONS:
- Vol.1-4 Intros with Title Cards and Custom Music (remixed from OST)
- Vol.1-4 Credits with Custom Music (remixed from OST)
- Deleted Arkham Scene featuring The Joker
- 3 Easter Eggs
- Emotional Score during final scene (-> Hospital Scene with Alfred)
Intro Clip

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Let me preface by saying I loved the original film and while it can be slow at times I typically prefer "detective batman". That being said, I felt like it would work in a series format and then after a random search I ended up finding this edit. I should also add that outside of Star Wars edits, this is my first real viewing of a fanedit.

And I am so glad this is one of the first ones I've watched. This edit may just be my definitive way to watch moving forward. Now if I hadn't watched the film multiple times I may not have noticed some of the smaller edits such as removing the kiss scenes and the bat signal at the end. The little cuts and edits were so unnoticeable that I would have sworn the movie was mostly just cut into four parts. It wasn't until I would watch an episode I would realize I enjoyed the flow and continuity that this edit had to offer versus the original.

The only edit I would say was noticeable were the title shots. I didn't have a problem with them but they did seem somewhat drawn out or at least obvious. I think if I hadn't known this was a movie first I wouldn't have noticed. They seemed pretty natural but since I've watched the movie several times I did notice it.

Overall I loved this edit. Loved the original and this gives me a version that I can watch in doses and lengthen the experience over several days versus setting aside several hours. Only thing I realized as I typed this is that now I have to watch the movie version of the sequel when I think I prefer the show format. As you can tell, I definitely recommend this version and I cannot thank DonKamillo enough for taking the time to do this edit.

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An amazing edit of this incredibly long film. It's way more digestible in this series form. I can't recommend this enough. Thanks for all the hard work.

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If you're going to watch The Batman, this is a very cool way to watch it. Potentially better than just pausing the original halfway through and finishing later. It certainly is an unwieldy film that lends itself to being broken up.

My review of the film itself, what works and what doesn't, is in full here: https://boxd.it/3rve8x For this edit, it's not really about fixing any issues I had, and indeed most of my complaints are script and casting, not very fixable. What this does better though is in trying to give the story a flow and sense of progression rather than make it feel like a slog. I think it mostly succeeds.

The chapter breaks mostly work very well, especially in the first two episodes. The titles do feel a bit abrupt when they come on each time; a slight fade-in on each would work better. The beginning of the third episode felt a bit odd to me... it would be more natural to cut in titles when leaving the asylum instead of in the middle of a conversation. The beginning and ending of the final episode really didn’t work for me, though. We left off on a tense cliffhanger confrontation at the end of episode three, but then we start this finale with a long, slow scene, then flash backwards to the cliffhanger. It’s a weird choice, and when I looked back at the editor's change list, I saw that this scene was moved to there. Explains why it didn't fit for me. Then the ending is again, a really long, quiet conversation. Checked the change list... yup, another move in the edit. TBH, it really made the film feel like it went out on a whimper, so it may be the biggest barrier to rewatchability.

The other issue I had here was that honestly, Batman and Selina not acting on any attraction in this film kind of created a plot hole for me. It just felt like there was no substantial reason for them to say some of the things they do and to go out on a limb for each other several times. They weren’t anything to each other yet, so they should be making more objective judgments. This is partly a weakness of the original movie, where the relationship just felt a bit forced to me in general, but it felt even worse here.

I should also mention that while the audio and video edits felt quite good to me, I had persistent audio sync issues with some of the dialogue. Usually, altering the sync by about -.3 seconds fixed it, but it was not always off with that consistency.

Overall, I do recommend watching this way and making up your own mind. And I'd also recommend that any fans of this go check out Batman: The Animated Series, which has the best Batman of all time, and is basically where this version of Penguin started. RIP Kevin Conroy (1955-2022)

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BRILLIANT & AMAZING are the two words I would use to describe this edit. I only watched "The Batman" once a few months ago, so outside of the added "Joker" scene, I'm not really sure what was added or removed in the edit. If you didn't know this was a full length movie, you would absolutely think it was a mini-series. I watched vol 1 & 2 one night and 3 & 4 the next night... it was nice/cool to be able to stop after the 2nd episode and pick back up the next night & not have it feel like I just paused the movie and continued. I really loved the opening & ending credits as well, which really gave it that miniseries feeling. This is probably the best "miniseries" of a movie I've seen since the "Back To The Future: Hill Valley Chronicles"... I would def love to see Don take on some of the other "bit too long" movies (Justice League) and/or trilogies (Dark Knight) and turn em into miniseries as well... Thanks for all yr hard work, Don!!!

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I absolutely loved this edit. This is exactly what The Batman should have been, a HBO series about Batman. I think Batman works better if it was show similar to Daredevil, putting Batman in a detective drama works very well for the character. And making it like a 4 issue miniseries just like Batman Year One is absolute genius. It's the only comic book movie that feels like a comic book.

I really like some of the small changes as well. In the original cut Batman bends over at the car crash to see if the Penguin alright, with I think ruins the scene considering Batman is trying to look intimidating in that moment, But you fixed it. the cuts you made were greatly integrated. One thing that I didn't like was how you did the opening titles at the beginning of each episode. I think they covered up the scenes too much, I think instead of using the whole background you could of overlaid the text on the scene so none of the shots lose any detail.

But goddamn, I loved watching this cut of the movie. I think you should do it again with the next batman or any other film. keep up the good work Don. Thank You

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