Batman: Year Two (Miniseries), The

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The Graphic Novel Experience you have been waiting for...
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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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If someone had showed me this and told me this is an HBO show, I would have no reason to not recommend this. Absolutely amazing edit which made rewatching this a treat!

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First off thanks DonKamillo for making this a thing as this mini series was what The Batman movie should have been. I had difficulty seeing the movie through to its end even after a second determined viewing finding it much to slow to get any enjoyment out of the way the story was being told. DonKamillos 4 part series makes The Batman much more accessible narratively as the dark detective uncovers more about the situation around him per episode you find yourself more invested in the characters.

The editing and episode intros are floorless, nice work DonKamillo. The only thing I would say though is I found there to be some on scene artefacts and colour banding around a few of the darkest scenes as well a green tint to the series which gave an unnatural light to the shadows (also found in the original film!) when watching through the intended 16-235 limited colour range setting.

As DonKamillo only has 4k HEVC versions I needed to convert the files into 1080p h264, as I'm not able to play 4k HEVC without films stuttering. While converting I played around with colour grading to remove the green tint which removed most of the colour banding and the results are subtle seem more natural, comparison image examples here: https://forums.fanedit.org/threads/the-batman-year-two-miniseries.24857/post-399813

I spent a bit more time then most with DonKamillos The Batman: Year Two Miniseries when converting and colour grading and so was able to enjoy every bit of his quality edit, Well done DonKamillo look forward to your other projects.

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Before I begin it should be said that I haven't seen the original film in it's entirety.

Since Covid struck, my friend became something of a recluse, so I too stopped going to the cinema. When The Batman came out I heard mostly positive things, one being that Batman was actually a detective in this film, that was enough of a selling point for me it was the one thing I'd wanted in a batman movie. When the film hit home release I rushed to buy a copy and I sat down to watch it aaaaaand that's where it fell apart, for some reason I couldn't sit for that length of time and take in the story. I made it 2 hours in and took a break (that I never resumed on)

In Don's edit I saw the opportunity to give the film a second chance and I must say I'm glad I did. 4 easy to watch episodes that have the classic tv episode structure, if I hadn't watched some of the film to know better, I would have swore it was made with a miniseries in mind. Each 'episode' has a classic TV format structure. All the exposition and following the breadcrumb trail, the big spectacle event per episode, and even the cliffhangers, that ironically, had me wanting to watch the next episode. But I continued to limit myself to one chapter per night. There were a few times I noticed that some scenes felt like they were out of sequence, but I understood this to be a creative decision and it didn't really mar my enjoyment or affect my ability to follow the story.

If you're an idiot like me, who purchases films blindly when you maybe should have rented them. Then give this edit a watch. If you thought the pacing of the original film was unbalanced, then please consider watching this.

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I am personally a big fan of extended versions of films, but I also felt like the Batman could have been shortened to improve some pacing issues. This edit satisfies both check boxes for me and turns the Batman into a premium HBO series that would fit nicely into future Gotham tv series like the Penguin. I didn't have much time to sit and rewatch all of Batman in one sitting so it worked out when I watched the first two episodes in one night and the other two in two consecutive weeks. It felt like it was supposed to be released that way. And when the intros are cut in, they are cut in so organically it feels like it belongs there. The inclusion of the joker scene as a cold open work wonderfully. I will be only watching this edit for rewatches and recommend others to do so.

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This is my preferred way to watch The Batman.

Which is crazy, because what I wanted most from a fan edit of this film was for it to be shortened and this series is essentially the same length as the original film.

But just about everything is improved in my opinion. If there's one thing I like in my TV series it's a good intro and DonKamillo obviously agrees with the sentiment because every episode starts off so intriguingly. Seriously, the fact that the intro of the movie wasn't Batman's monologue and him beating down the subway thugs is crazy.

I couldn't notice any issues with the editing. Every episode has a great pace that neither over stays its welcome nor feels too chopped up.

This is a great fan edit. I'm very interested to see if DonKamillo decides to recut this series with the new deleted scenes from the Blu Ray release.

But mostly I'm just interested in whatever they decide to edit next.

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