Dark Knight Ascends, The

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Original Release Date:
2012
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164
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147
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17
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Brief Synopsis:
I noticed there is a lack of TDKR edits and I'm starting to realise why:

The movie isnt fun. It has downright rediculous moments, and it reduces it's main villain to a love interest. On top of this we have a rediculous nuke that goes off in a minute.
Intention:
Because it's not the fanedit we deserve, but the fanedit we need.
Special Thanks:
ArtisDead as always. The real hero.
Release Information:
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  • Blu-Ray
Editing Details:
I completely reworked dialogues for this edit. Bane made this possible, really. Because he wears a mask.
Cuts and Additions:
- Remove the Harvey Dent storyline (Bane now just frees prisoners to create chaos and calls the prison itself a symbol of oppression. Which it kinda is in the usa let's be fair).
- Gordon knows who Batman is. Not the Rookie cop.
- Mess around with the timers at the end of the movie to suggest Batman has 9 minutes to get away with the bomb instead if 1. (this helps you not get annoyed by chit chat).
- Removed Alfred telling us who Bane is immediately. He now first has to do his research
- Remove the doctor punching Bruce Wayne in his broken back.
- Made Bane the child who escaped and not talia. Completely reworked her reveal.
- Remove Robin at the end.
- Moves bruce wayne escaping the Pit to earlier in the film to make it clear he could in fact make it to Gotham in time.
- Remove Gordon's letter being read by Bane.
- Bane now frees the prisoners because he feels like it, not to read aloud a letter he doesn't care about.
- Gordon no longer guilt trips. He is happy criminals are locked up, and knows it was worth it.
- Completely re-edited the child's backstory.
- Completely re-created Talia's reveal monologue
- Bane no longer asks if the doctor can disarm the bomb, because who cares? He has a detonator lol. It also makes Bane far more ruthless.
- Slightly cut Ra's al Ghul coming in a dream to bruce.
- Cut bruce hanging to feel like he hangs a far longer time than the original cut.
- Made the bomb go off in 8 months instead of 5.
- Removed all mentions of the timer, untill the final day.
- Removed the second auto pilot line with Lucius. It's on the nose.
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This is a great edit that serves to streamline a previously slightly slow movie. Additionally, by amending Bane and Talia's backstory this edit removes what I found to be a rather unnecessary complication in an already full movie. (Though that said, this does push Talia's part in the film down, sort of brushing by her as a character in the end.) An excellent edit, when I rewatch the trilogy, I'll be going to this one!

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Some smart re-ordering yields a more straight-ahead story.

UPDATE: The editor has made several adjustments to the audio, and fixed a critical video issue, so I have raised my score on both categories.

I think there are some clever cuts here, but for me the narrative suffers, so I'll begin there.

NARRATIVE

Having Miranda just be Ra's Al Ghul's daughter works, but I think it makes her rather one-dimensional (or maybe 1.5?). Her character takes on significantly more depth as the child that leaves the pit, and she also elevates Bane's character through that revelation as well. As someone who just does a face-heel-turn in the third act, we lose an interesting layer. There's a really touching line near the end where she tells Bane, "good bye my dear friend" as Bane tears up. As her protector it's an amazing moment (in my opinion), but here it feels unearned.

The second narrative challenge I have comes at the very end with the restoration of the bat signal juxtaposed with Alfred seeing Bruce in Paris. This is a critical moment as it signals to Alfred (and us) that Bruce Wayne has hung up the cowl and retired as The Batman, but the restored bat signal that Gordon finds betrays that. It works in the original because the signal is now for Robin, but there's no Robin in this cut. I was left feeling like The Batman is back, but maybe just on vacation.

I was also a little challenged by the narrative switch at 40:25, from the stock exchange back to Bruce. There's a lot of tension in that scene, but we lose some of it by cutting away. It stops feeling like a "realtime" moment.


VISUAL EDITING

Nearly pristine except for an odd frame hitch at 1:36:17 (shot of Selina in prison).

At 28:05 there's a cut that might benefit from an interstitial shot as we zoom closer on Alfred and Bruce.

1:42:35 - I really love the new clip placement for this! It works great.

The black-out at 1:50:37 is really interesting, but I can't help but wonder if it would have worked better against the shot of Bruce leaping instead of the shot of the doctor.

1:59:07 - I think the joke removal works, but Bruce's eye roll betrays it slightly.


AUDIO EDITING

I noticed a few little things here and there.

29:34 - The word "rising" feels a bit too loud compared to the rest of Gordon's words.

1:34:25 - There's a "foom" sound on the cut. I think it might be carry-over from the van doors closing in the previous scene (original movie).

1:35:27 - The music cuts out and it makes the ambient noises sound a little strange.

1:35:45 - There's a hard cut on the audio here; a bit of a pop.

1:36:14 - Bane's line doesn't quite make sense: "...where a thousand men have languished held up to you...". In the original, Bane is talking about Dent being held up as the shining example (lots of words been "languished" and "held up"). I can't tell if you're trying to repurpose it to refer to all of the prisoners, but if so, the picture of Dent (and Bane ripping it) doesn't quite work in my opinion.

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Overall, this is still a movie I really enjoy, and that's true of your version as well. I want to thank you for keeping the shot at 18:16. For me, this is my favourite part in the entire movie and I'm happy you kept it even if we don't hear the conversation between Blake and Mark. The timing and sound on that is perfect.

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Owner's reply June 04, 2023

Thanks so much for this feedback. I've fixed all the audio issues you mentioned. My audio setup is lackluster so it's very hard to pick up while editing. Also the weird frame hiccup is now fixed with Selina. That was 2 video not quite lining up, which I must have missed.

I also removed the Harvey Dent picture in the speech, because I agree that might be confusing to viewers. :)

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This was a very good edit. Made the movie very better. A lot of hard work was put into this masterpiece

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I think this is an excellent edit of an otherwise 'okay' movie. I never loved the third Nolan Batman movie, and this edit goes a long way to fix most of the issues I had with it. The extended time until the bomb goes off helps give more time for Bruce to recover in the Pit is one. While I don't mind that Talia was the one to escape the Pit instead of Bane, I do like that it gives something back to highlight Bane's toughness, while Talia exacting revenge for her father's death and completing his works is enough for her. I really didn't like the "Robin" name drop at the end (that was just silly), BUT I did like that he inherits the Bat-Cave, so it's a shame that's gone. Also while I do like that Bruce survives in this edit, I don't think the scene in the tropics is needed, just keep in the autopilot dialogue and maybe cut out Alfred crying. But that's a matter of personal taste.

Overall it's a really great edit. The other edit I enjoy is Wakeupkeo's TDKR: The Consequences Edit, but I didn't like the added screen text for that one, and I am a sucker for a positive ending, and would rather have Bruce's death be ambiguous rather than final.

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Owner's reply June 04, 2023

Yeah the problem I had with the cave inheritance is that he would probably die his first night as a vigilante lol. There is no league of shadows to train him. It's a nice thought, but in the end I found it better to have batman's story just end. Batman isnt needed anymore, he has become a legend, a symbol.

Cutting out alfred crying feels wrong since it's probably the best performance in the whole movie. But yeah I was considering making it ambiguous but then recalled that I was editing a superhero movie and I could cut it some slack.

Thanks for the kind words!

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While the I found the edits to be small, this edit accomplishes the goal of taking the weakest Nolan film and punching it up a level. While some things I still found frustrating, that's just the fault of the filmmakers. This is the edit I'll use when I watch TDKR. Well done!

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