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Batman: The Killing Joke-The DCAU Cut (WIP)

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…Or The Kitty Kitty cut if you prefer.

Yes, this is a bit of a different type of Killing Joke edit…I’m merging it with a small percentage of the Catwoman romance from Batman: Hush to replace the entirety of the Batgirl sub-plot from the original.

Here’s the timeline

-Bruce talks with Nightwing and meets Selina and Thomas Elliot at the party

-Battle with Bane. We cut the beginning of Bruce’s investigation into Ivy as she’s not in the cut

-Bruce and Selina attend the opera. Harley Quinn attacks, Thomas is killed by A ‘Joker’ (who pleads innocence) who Batman almost kills, but is ultimately incarcerated. This Joker indeed turns out to be an imposter (Killing Joke) and doesn’t desire another Bat-beating

-Killing Joke plays out as normal

-After the Joker’s song and dance number, we find Bruce and Dick in the Batcave, Selina calls Bruce

-Bruce rendevouz with the cops and aqquires the final clue to Joker’s lair. Remainder of Killing Joke plays out

-New mid-credits scene is Bruce and Selina sleeping together.

As a bonus, I’m also putting together a two-part 20 to 25 minute version complete with the intro and outro of Batman: The Animated Series. The TV cuts will have a few things omitted that you can find in the feature version.

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Thanks for the interest.

I’ll probably have to sort out the boarder differences between the Hush and TKJ footage, maybe crop the whole thing to widescreen.

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I’ve made a few little tweeks to the latest draft

-Replaced an awkward music transition that felt too abrupt and was building to something more dramatic when the very next scene is something more composed

-The Joker no longer professes his ‘innocence’ and doesn’t make reference to being in a ‘basement’, after Batman calls his name, he now goes straight into beating him up. I’ve still left it a bit ambiguous as to whether or not this is the actual Joker or not due to what happens in the KJ footage, but at least now it’s less clear to the audience until the reveal comes a little later

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In DCAU canon, Batgirl never gets crippled (as Batman Beyond shows Commissioner Barbara walking without a wheelchair).

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CourtlyHades296 said:

In DCAU canon, Batgirl never gets crippled (as Batman Beyond shows Commissioner Barbara walking without a wheelchair).

I figured someone would bring that up, might as well be an oppertune time to say I haven’t considered Batman Beyond canon since the end of JLU, my headcanon is that future was altered when John Stewart rejected Hawkgirl and chose Vixen. That, plus Bruce had advance foreknowledge of that future also so he’d have changed a few things about himself.

I find Tom King’s recent Batman/Catwoman book, which is itself a sequel to Mask of the Phantasm but has an alternate future involving Helena Wayne, a big help in this regard.

Hell, even if you want to consider this ‘pure’ DCAU, it doesn’t necessarily contradict Batman Beyond if you don’t want it to, because Barbara ends up walking again in the main DC comics anyway

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This sounds great! The actual adaptation of the Killing Joke story in the animated film was great but that first half was painful. I’d love to see your version!

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Excited for this

I’m just a simple man trying to make my way in the universe.

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Just realised I left in one extra sequence in the Bane fight…but, rather than cut it out, I’m going to add the remainder of the scene that played out after the Bane fight as a post-credit scene (there’s already a mid-credit one)