I PMed Drake Retro on that message board about this edit. Here is what he had to say.
Hmmm, Interesting that another edit has popped up online. I did notice this on ebay, (because I still do keep an eye on fan edit sites from time to time) and while it looks interesting. It's not the dark knight edit. Well not the one I saw at least. Here is why. (I will rundown the info you gave me.
-30 minutes removed
The first thing that caught my eye. The DKE didn't have this much footage removed. Infact it didn't have much removed at all. Scenes were trimmed not removed. I can't think of one "whole" deleted segment at all.
-New scenes (Bruce in the Cave with the Giant Bat, Bruce thinking about quitting, Bruce talking to Dick in the Weight room) etc...
I don't remember every detail, since it has been awhile since I have seen this BUT The Bruce in the weight room scene was NOT added back into the DKE that I saw. It seems like I would remember that.
-Danny Elfmans score is back in the movie! His classic dark theme for Batman has returned!
Yes it was, Goldenthal's score was also still in the film. As I said before, the less campier tracks were left intact.
-The Vegas like Gotham is gone!
Where did it go? Maybe the city shots are gone and that's where the 30 or so mins went. TDKE still has gotham as is.
except for some color tweeks..
-Added some filters on the video to removed pink and red colors and replaced with a dark bluish tint
TDKE desaturated the color a tad, and then put a slight blue filter ontop of that. This discribtion and the screencaps
you provided show something alot more drastic than that.
-Lots of the corny dialogue from Riddler and Two Face is removed
TDKE does remove some of this.
-New Opening (Two face escapes arkham)
TDKE has this aswell
-New Credits, matching Batman (1989 and Batman Returns)
Matching? Not really, that would require new footage. In the same vein, TDKE uses the credits over blue fog/Smoke/Clouds. Similer to the title seq in The Crow City of Angels.
-New Ending: A view of Gotham City with Batman at the top of a building, ala the previous two batman films.
Really? Where did this footage come from? Dropping Batman 89's ending in there? That wouldn't work at all.
TDKE uses a shot of the Batsignal egniting the sky as the last shot.
So if the question is, Is this the same fanedit you saw?
Then the answer is no. Although it sounds interesting the descriptions sound like the editor took the project a little to far. You still have to work within the film you have. Batman Forever will never be a Tim Burton film, but it can be a better 3rd and final entry into the original film series. Coincidently, I've recently come upon someone who is helping me in my search. I will keep you posted. I am hesitant however to post anymore info on a forum, because I don't want to get people's hopes up. I learned my lesson last time.