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Batman: Caped Crusader Edition (WIP)

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This project is intended to improve, as well as slightly update Tim Burton’s original Batman movie to be a little more in line with how these characters have been portrayed throughout their incredibly long legacy.

While I personally like this movie for what it is, I can’t exactly say it’s great, nor can I say that it is a true representation of the Batman character, as Tim Burton took a number of liberties with the character. There are many things I do love about this movie, such as its visual design and Danny Elfman’s iconic score, but I do think the story, and even the characterizations of the characters aren’t the most engaging.

This edit seeks to trim any elements that are either not the strongest, or a bit outdated by today, as well as restructuring the flow of sequences to play out better. Any elements that are out of character, such as Batman murdering criminals or Alfred letting Vicki Vale into the Batcave have been eliminated. Bruce Wayne and Vicki Vale’s romance has also been trimmed away, as it doesn’t exactly need to be there in order for the mystery behind his backstory to play out. The arc of the Joker being the murderer of the Waynes remains, however, since the film is built around an emotional tie between the hero and villain, and trimming it away would weaken the narrative. I also lovingly used Double ‘O’ Productions’ VFX work to fix up any errors found within the film, as it’s done to such a professional standard.

I present the first of my Batman edits, which still remains mostly the same to the original film.

The primary video and audio source will be the original Blu-ray release. The entire film has been color corrected.

Added in my name as an editor during the opening credits, as well as lovingly borrowing Double ‘O’ Productions’ addition of Bill Finger’s credit.

Lovingly borrowed Double ‘O’ Productions’ touch ups to all of the matte painting shots throughout the film.

Moved Gotham’s press conference and Jack Napier and Alicia Hunt’s conversation to before Batman stops the two muggers.

Trimmed away Knox further questioning Eckhardt after walking away.

Removed Vicki telling Knox that she likes bats.

Replaced the 80s funk music during Bruce Wayne’s fundraiser with “In a Mellow Tone.”

Removed the sequence of Bruce starring at Vicki as Alfred cleans up after his messes.

Removed Knox calling for Gordon as he and Vicki view Bruce’s gallery.

Removed a shot of Batman behind Napier after running up some stairs.

Trimmed away Jack hanging from the railing before falling into the vat of chemicals, as it raises the question whether Batman let him go or not.

Moved the surgery aftermath scene prior to Vicki’s date at Wayne Manor.

Lovingly borrowed shots from Double ‘O’ Productions’ touch ups during Napier’s surgery aftermath with red blood and correcting his hair and skin color in the dark.

Removed the entire sequence of Vicki staying at Wayne Manor and sleeping with Bruce.

Lovingly borrowed shots from Double ‘O’ Productions’ touch up to removing a makeup smudge on the Joker’s neck during his reveal.

Trimmed away the Joker’s line, “What a day” and some more laughing to bridge two scenes together better.

Moved the scene between Vicki and Knox on the Wayne file prior to the Joker’s mob meeting.

Moved Alicia Hunt’s reaction to the Joker after Bruce looks at Jack Napier’s criminal files.

Muted Joker repeating “I’m glad you’re dead.”

Moved the Joker’s reaction to the news report on TV prior to him monitoring the toxins at Axis Chemicals.

Moved the scene of the Joker cutting photographs after Harvey Dent on the phone.

Lovingly borrowed shots from Double ‘O’ Productions to fix the continuity error with the red handprints on one of the paintings.

Lovingly borrowed shots from Double ‘O’ Productions to remove the wire from Batman as he glides down into the Flugelheim Musuem.

Mute Vicki screaming as she holds onto Batman on the line launcher.

Mute Vicki’s screams as her and Batman run through the alleyways, as well as grappling upwards.

Removed Bob telling his guys to check Batman’s wallet.

Lovingly borrowed shots from Double ‘O’ Productions to fix the continuity error of bullet holes next to Vicki Vale.

Lovingly borrowed a shot from Double ‘O’ Productions to fix a match cut with Batman having his arm up.

Removed the scene in the Batcave of Alfred advising Bruce to tell Vicki the truth.

Removed the entire scene in Vicki’s apartment between her, Bruce and the Joker.

Trimmed away Alfred letting Vicki into the Batcave and her conversation with Bruce.

Removed Batman destroying Axis Chemicals, as well as adding in a shot of Gotham City to transition better to Joker’s parade.

Removed Vicki saying, “Smylex gas.”

Trimmed away Batman shooting missiles down upon the Joker’s parade.

Lovingly borrowed shots from Double ‘O’ Productions that fixes some of the miniature effects as the Batwing crashes.

Trimmed away Batman leg throwing Joker’s goon down the cathedral.

Used the 2019 audio mix, which improves the sound recording of Batman’s line, “Excuse me. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?”

Muted Batman telling the Joker he’s going to kill him.

Lovingly borrowed shots from Double ‘O’ Productions that fixes the color of the Joker’s jacket on the edge of the cathedral, as well as Batman’s symbol.

Lovingly borrowed a shot from Double ‘O’ Productions that fixes the overhead shot of the Joker falling.

Lovingly borrowed two shots from Double ‘O’ Productions that improves the shots of the Batsignal in the sky.

Lovingly borrowed a shot from Double ‘O’ Productions that fixes the final shot of the film.

Added an acknowledgement credit to Double ‘O’ Productions, replaced Prince’s song in the end credits with more work from Danny Elfman, and updating the Warner Bros distribution logo at the end.

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

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Fullmetaled said:

Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

I’m planning on making edits of Batman Returns and Batman Forever as well.

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

I’m planning on making edits of Batman Returns and Batman Forever as well.

If only the new Batman 89 comic didn’t have Batman kill It would have completely crushed Batman forever.

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Fullmetaled said:

Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

I’m planning on making edits of Batman Returns and Batman Forever as well.

If only the new Batman 89 comic didn’t have Batman kill It would have completely crushed Batman forever.

Didn’t that comic get cancelled, or didn’t get picked up due to copyright and licensing issues?

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

I’m planning on making edits of Batman Returns and Batman Forever as well.

If only the new Batman 89 comic didn’t have Batman kill It would have completely crushed Batman forever.

Didn’t that comic get cancelled, or didn’t get picked up due to copyright and licensing issues?

No it was finished it was six issues catwoman is in it barbera gordon yes as Jim Gordon’s daughter is in it not as batgirl and dating Billy dee Williams Harvey dent we got a new take on robin based on the planned marlon wayan’s version.

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Fullmetaled said:

Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

I’m planning on making edits of Batman Returns and Batman Forever as well.

If only the new Batman 89 comic didn’t have Batman kill It would have completely crushed Batman forever.

Didn’t that comic get cancelled, or didn’t get picked up due to copyright and licensing issues?

No it was finished it was six issues catwoman is in it barbera gordon yes as Jim Gordon’s daughter is in it not as batgirl and dating Billy dee Williams Harvey dent we got a new take on robin based on the planned marlon wayan’s version.

Interesting.

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

I’m planning on making edits of Batman Returns and Batman Forever as well.

If only the new Batman 89 comic didn’t have Batman kill It would have completely crushed Batman forever.

Didn’t that comic get cancelled, or didn’t get picked up due to copyright and licensing issues?

They turned it down initially which was publicized, then came back a few years later and greenlit it.

Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

Looking forward to this is it possible for you to do this for Batman returns as well next? because I hate that he kills in that film as well.

I’m planning on making edits of Batman Returns and Batman Forever as well.

Why Forever but not & Robin? Is this just a question of quality?

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Yeah I think flaws aside the Batman 89 comic is the best version of the live action two faces because even the dark knight two face wasn’t as interesting as this version from what I saw of course the canceled version of two face would crush both of the ones we got batman forever’s and the dark knight’s.

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Personally, I think the definitive iterations of Batman were the Animated Series, the Dark Knight trilogy, the Arkham games and Matt Reeves’ movie. However, this is a discussion that should take place elsewhere.

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Master Lawdog said:

Personally, I think the definitive iterations of Batman were the Animated Series, the Dark Knight trilogy, the Arkham games and Matt Reeves’ movie. However, this is a discussion that should take place elsewhere.

I meant in live action form if we’re talking about animated I’d say the 90s animated dc universe wins hands down and a good amount of the original non dcau animated movies and shows.

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If you all like what you see here, definitly check out my edits I did for Superman (1978), Superman II and Superman Returns. I think the Man of Steel deserves more attention these days than the Dark Knight.

SUPERMAN: ULTIMATE EDITION:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Superman-Ultimate-Edition-Released/id/89016

SUPERMAN II: ULTIMATE EDITION:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Superman-II-Ultimate-Edition-WIP-Workprint-Released-VFX-NEEDED/id/89017

SUPERMAN RETURNS: KRYPTONIAN EDITION:
https://originaltrilogy.com/topic/Superman-Returns-Kryptonian-Edition-Released-DEEPFAKE-VFX-NEEDED/id/89043

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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I have now begun the production on this project!

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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If only there was a way to make Batman returns have more Bruce Wayne and Batman in it. 😦

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Fullmetaled said:

If only there was a way to make Batman returns have more Bruce Wayne and Batman in it. 😦

You can put the blame on Tim Burton for that one.

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

Why Forever but not & Robin? Is this just a question of quality?

Yes. Batman & Robin, while I see it as a “so bad it’s good” movie, it is unsalvageable as a feature film.

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

If only there was a way to make Batman returns have more Bruce Wayne and Batman in it. 😦

You can put the blame on Tim Burton for that one.

Oh I know who’s to blame for that it’s just a shame there’s no way to correct that mistake. 😦

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Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

If only there was a way to make Batman returns have more Bruce Wayne and Batman in it. 😦

You can put the blame on Tim Burton for that one.

Burton didn’t write the script. I guess you could argue he approved it and it was in service of his vision, but clearly he’s not the sole culprit.

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Anakin Starkiller said:

Master Lawdog said:

Fullmetaled said:

If only there was a way to make Batman returns have more Bruce Wayne and Batman in it. 😦

You can put the blame on Tim Burton for that one.

Burton didn’t write the script. I guess you could argue he approved it and it was in service of his vision, but clearly he’s not the sole culprit.

Still it’s odd since he’s a fan of the killing joke though yeah it mostly a joker story and The dark knight which is completely a Batman story but my point is why did he agree to not having enough of the main character in a film called Batman returns it’s in the title. yet Batman and Bruce Wayne are side lined in their own movie. I will never understand that it to me is being blind as a bat pun intended.

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Tim Burton was more interested in the villains than Batman himself. His movies clearly show this. While Joel Schumacher may have been making a studio movie and doing what Warner Bros told him to do at the time, I think he seems more respectful and interested in Batman than Burton was.

The name’s Lawson. Noah Lawson.

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Master Lawdog said:

Tim Burton was more interested in the villains than Batman himself. His movies clearly show this. While Joel Schumacher may have been making a studio movie and doing what Warner Bros told him to do at the time, I think he seems more respectful and interested in Batman than Burton was.

It’s sad that he treated Batman better in Batman 89 than in the sequel. I wonder if there’s a comic of returns that better than the one comic adaptation of returns that exists out there that gives us more Bruce Wayne and Batman?