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Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker

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Release: Jan 25, 2010 - Author: Scat - Translator: Victor - external link: IMDB
Comparison between the Regular Version und der Original Uncut Version


"Return of the Joker" is a feature film among the series "Batman Beyond". Due to a political uproar against violence in animated movies at that time Warner Bros. canceled the release and edited the movie to a version that was then released worldwide. In the beginning of 2001 the original and uncensored version was released in the USA, on top of that in Anamorphic Widescreen while earlier releases had been presented only in Fullscreen
Not only has the movie been cut in terms of violence but it has been severely censored as well. Also, white "flashes" were often put in to cover up the cuts. This effect is present in the uncut version as well but less excessively and not for censorship reasons. Also, the death of the Joker is completely different in both versions details in the report itself. The Uncut Version gives the fans a real run for their money. The previously censored bits turn the movie into something much darker and more mature.

0.25
The guard takes another hit from the monster.
1 Sec



2.15
Batman hits the scarecrow in the stomach.
0,5 Sec



2.19
Bonk too takes a hit in the stomach before Batman delivers a Spinning-Kick. In the censored version the two kicks have been merged together and provided with a white flash.
As mentioned in the intro, the white flashes are used to cover up the cuts. This will be listed only once as an example.
1 Sec


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2.21
The thugs are beaten up severely.
6 Sec



2.28
Batman takes two hits.
2,5 Sec



2.34
The scarecrow takes a devastating punch, wobbles and goes down.
2,5 Sec



2.38
Another punch.
0,5 Sec



2.40
The Dee-Dee's are holding each other, scared of Batman. One of the mutants wants to get up and Batman turns around. One of the girls attacks him from behind with her stun gun but Batman slaps it out of her hand.
12 Sec



2.54
Batman gets beaten up by the Dee-Dee's.
9 Sec



3.08
Batman is kicked in the face.
1 Sec



3.13
One of the girls clobbers Batman before he is able to grab and throw her away.
2,5 Sec



5.04
Batman punches Bonk.
1 Sec



5.06
Bonk delivers a head butt.
2 Sec



8.14
In the Regular Version Bruce Wayne catches a Bat-Ring and says "I still got it.". In the uncut version we see the Bat-Ring decapitate a Two-Face mannequin before Bruce catches it.
2,5 Sec



12.25
After Bonks "I think you're a fake!" the Joker answers "Ah, brave new world. It has such yutzes in it." In the Uncut Version he says "Ah, brave new world. It has such putzes in it." The English subtitles read "putzes" in both versions.
2,5 Sec

13.01
In the Regular Version the Joker poisons Bonk with gas from his toy gun. In the Uncut Version he shoots him with the little flag from the toy gun. When the frightened goons of the Joker are shown Bonks corpse has been cut in between again also as the Joker throws his gun away.
As he throws the gun away the regular version is slightly longer: We see the gun landing on and falling off Bonks body.
Altogether 1,5 Sec


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13.12
In the Regular Version we hear Bonks maniacal, poison-induced laughter in the background.
No time difference

13.32
A longer dialogue of the Joker is missing. He asks everyone if they're still with him including the deceased Bonk. Then he asks the Dee-Dee's to "be a lamb and sweep out the trash".
35 Sec



18.50
Only in the Regular Version are Bruce and Terry wearing seat belts in the car.
No time difference

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27.41
Terry is beaten up
11 Sec



27.56
The scarecrow grabs Dana's hair.
1 Sec



27.58
The chubby dude takes a punch.
1 Sec



28.40
The scarecrow takes several.
3,5 Sec



29.33
Chubby takes another punch. If we look at the frames separately we see the sloppy editing: Terry gets ready to punch with the right but actually punches with the left in the next shot.
0,5 Sec



31.09
The red "HA HA" has been changed to purple in the Regular Version so that nobody gets the impression that it could be blood.
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32.38
During the cartoon on TV the dog says "I wish i were dead! I wish i were dead!" in the Uncut Version while in the Regular Version he says "I don't deserve to live!"
No time difference

35.12
As Batman and Batgirl are looking for Robin (Tim Drake) they're showing a photograph of Tim to two prostitutes. In the Regular Version they show it to an ordinary couple.
No time difference

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38.47
In the Uncut Version Batman frees himself with a knife and throws it at the Joker who ducks away. In the Regular Version the knife has been edited out. Batman throwing the knife is missing. However, the Regular Version also shows the hole in the curtain caused by the knife. Also, the knife is heard as Batman cuts himself loose.
3 Sec


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39.37
Batgirl clobbers Harley.
1 Sec



39.42
Dito.
1 Sec

41.23
The Joker saying "Then I'll provide the narration." is followed by his movie in the Regular Version (in which he describes what he has done to Tim). In the uncut version he says it before turning the lights off.
No time difference

41.37
The Joker shows Batman how he tortured Robin. In the Regular Version he says: "I'll begin how I affected young Robin's makeover." In the Uncut Version he says: "I'll begin with how i peeled back the layers of the boy's mind."
No time difference

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41.46
More shots of the film are missing. The Joker electrocutes Robin.
18 Sec



42.03
Regular Version:
Joker: "But all too soon, the dear lad began to share such secrets with me."
Uncut Version:
Joker: "But all too soon, the serums and the shocks took their toll and the dear lad began to share such secrets with me."
No time difference

42.50
In the Uncut Version the Joker is bleeding from the mouth thanks to Batman beating him up. The Regular Version too shows the blood in the previous shot but it runs so fast that it is barely noticeable.
No time difference

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42.58
Again, the blood has been edited out.
No time difference

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43.23
The Joker pulls a knife from his sleeve and attacks Batman with it. In the Regular Version he only punches him but here too the knife is seen for a brief moment.
1 Sec



43.25
Joker stabs Batman in the leg.
1,5 Sec



43.34
After his fall Batman is bleeding too.
No time difference

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43.50
Jokers death is different in both versions:

Regular Version:
Joker says "Make him one of us." Tim picks up the gun but can't pull the trigger and throws it away before attacking the Joker. After a short fight Tim pushes the Joker into some water containers that break upon impact. The Joker tries to attack Tim, but he slips, grabs a lever, accidentally pulls it and is electrocuted in the off. Batgirl hears Joker scream and runs into the building. Tim laughs but eventually starts to cry.



Uncut Version:
Joker says "Make Daddy proud. Deliver the punch line." Tim aims his gun and laughs maniacally. Then he hesitates until Joker yells "Do it!". Batman whispers "Tim...". Tim shoots the Joker. He is thrown backwards and stutters "That's not funny. That's not..." before he dies. Batgirl comes in and sees what has happened. Tim continues to lugh but eventually drops the gun and breaks down crying.
- Sec



The changes in this scene are taking a good deal of intensity and drama from the movie since Tim Drake was mentally scarred his whole life because he killed the Joker. In the Regular Version the Joker merely dies because of an accident.


44.49
In the Regular Version Barbara Gordon does not say that they buried the Joker deep beneath Arkham.

Regular Version:
"The only other person who knew about this, was my father, the first Commissioner Gordon. For Robin's sake, he kept that night a secret."
Uncut Version:
"We buried the Joker deep beneath Arkham. The only other person who knew what happened this night, was my father, the first Commissioner Gordon. He promised to keep our secret."
No time difference

45.13
Terry asks about how Batgirl/Barbara Gordon has witnessed Harley Quinns death.

Regular Version:
"And you saw Harley fall into the pit."
Uncut Version:
"I'm assuming his girlfriend bought it too?"
No time difference

45.23
In the Uncut Version Barbara says that a doctor helped Tim to regain his sanity. In the Regular Version she says that the doctor helped Tim to find himself.
No time difference

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47.33
Only in the Regular Version is Batman wearing a seat-belt.
No time difference

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47.57
In the Uncut Version we see Pryce enter the room and pouring some wine before he recognizes that one of the Dee-Dee's is lying on his bed. During the cut he says "You? Where is Amy?" in the Regular Version. This comes later in the Uncut Version.
17 Sec



48.17
It comes now.
4 Sec



48.55
The word "kill" has been toned down. Same at 51.01, when Batman replays the recorded conversation.
No time difference

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52.23
Regular Version:
Bruce: "Robin defeated him."
Uncut Version:
Bruce: "Robin 'did' shoot him."
No time difference

55.58
After Batman jumps into the seat the seat-belt comes out and attaches itself in the Regular Version. Also, the seat is visible more clearly
No time difference

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57.07
In the Uncut Version the laser destroys a cinema. In the Regular Version the building has been changed into an unidentifiable something.
No time difference

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57.27
The laser destroys a park.
2,5 Sec



58.43
Ace bites the monsters arm.
1,5 Sec



60.53
Regular Version:
Tim (Robin): "I did it."
Uncut Version:
Tim (Robin): "I killed him."
No time difference

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60.59
Regular Version:
Tim (Robin): "But i still hear his scream, still see his frozen smile."
Uncut Version:
Tim (Robin): "But i still hear the shot, still see his dead smile."
No time difference

61.51
Regular Version:
Tim (Robin): "It's a doozy."
Uncut Version:
Tim (Robin): "It's a killer."
No time difference

64.52
In the Regular Version Joker calls Batman "Batcoot", in the Uncut Version "Batfart".
No time difference

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69.15
Joker chokes Terry a bit longer.
0,5 Sec



69.22
Dito.
0,5 Sec

71.04
In the Uncut Version, the Dee-Dee's grandmother is wearing blue clothes and red clothes in the Regular Version since it is none other than Jokers old girlfriend Harley.
The reason for the change is anyone's guess. In her red clothes Harley is easily identified but her identity is clear in both versions since the Dee-Dee's address her with "Nana Harley". The Regular Version is just a bit more specific because Harley is wearing her usual colors. I assume that it was the intention to make it even more clear in the Regular Version that Harley did not die during her confrontation with Batgirl.
No time difference

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