After reading the reviews for Batman and Robin De-Assified, I’ve long been curious as to whether or not a full length Batman & Robin edit could be salvaged from the original source. I fired up the DVDs and sought the answer myself.
I believe it was Akiva Goldsman that said it best in the documentary/retrospective for the movie, “there are different lenses with which to see the world”, and likened Batman and Robin to one of the more traditional silver age stories where good overcame evil and there was a modest and wholesome message as well as a true feel of family.
This is not a hard edit by any means, I’ve left the third act completely intact, but I’ve scaled back the more farcical aspects of the Batman and Robin arguing, the trust issues are more prominent than the bickering over Ivy, and both fights dovetail into one another with organic ease. No, there’s no bat-credit card, no there’s no Robin being thrown into a vat of goo either. No “Mr. Frosty” singalong, there is an attempt to scaling back Freeze’s ice puns etc.
We also open the movie with Batman and Robin already in pursuit of Freeze, avoiding the dreadful museum clash
Lastly, there’s an amusing post-credit scene I added