Here at Screen Rant, we love movie mash-ups. Whether it’s an epic preview of things to come (Ultimate 2011 Summer Movie Trailer) or an imaginative twist on a couple of blockbusters (Inception/Toy Story 3 Mash-Up), it’s always fun to see someone take a fresh look at film footage and come up with something new and unique.

That’s why we were so excited when we came across this new mash-up video called The Batman Complex. The video, structured as a full-length movie trailer, comes from YouTube user themanbatman. Using footage from an array of movies, including Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception, Batman (1989), and more, The Batman Complex poses an interesting question: What if Batman was a figment of Bruce Wayne’s imagination?

Check out The Batman Complex for yourself below. Some of the other films featured in this mash-up include Shutter Island, The Machinist, and The Prestige (he really dug into the Nolan film canon). I should also call special attention to the haunting choice of music, which comes from Darren Aronofsky’s excellent film, The Fountain.

On YouTube, themanbatman offers an explanation of the video and what his intentions were for the trailer. Check out his explanation below.

Here we have a full length (well, a bit longer than the norm, but hey, what can you do…hahaha) theatrical trailer that delves a little deeper into the story behind The Batman Complex. As explained in the teaser, the gist of the idea revolves around a few fun topics, mainly the whole “what is real?” train of thought, and also every fans desire, deep down or upfront, to be Batman at least once in their lives. LOL. And so, I tried to craft a story where we see what happens when someone takes their dream of being Batman a little bit too far. An idea, after all, is a truly resilient parasite. ;)

While some of it is still left a bit ambiguous (both unintentionally and intentionally – while there’s only so much that can be strung together, I often like to leave a little bit open so as to see what fellow fans are able to imagine/create), I believe it offers a bit more than the teaser. As you might be able to tell, the theatrical trailer takes on less of a “horror” vibe than the teaser. For this extended look, I wanted to focus more on the character aspects (and a bit of the tragedy as well), and attempt to move past the initial shock of the psychological twist. One aspect I tried to hint at was the paralleling descent of both Bruce and Cobb. As Cobb and the team go deeper into Bruce’s mind, they start to encounter the truly dark issues that his subconscious houses. As a result, Cobb himself gets caught up in the obsession of all that lingers in the mind of a Batman.

The reason I think that The Batman Complex works so well is because it taps into a plausible narrative. Some mash-ups succeed because of their silliness, but this one succeeds because it works as an actual story. An Inception-style journey into the mind of a man who believes he’s a crime-fighting bat? That sounds pretty cool to me.

From a technical perspective, the editor did a great job of maintaining continuity between the different movies (of course this is partly due to the fact that the editor used four different Nolan movies with nearly identical casts). The only thing that took me out of the narrative was the sudden inclusion of Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman, but even that was relatively smooth.

All in all, I would call this a tremendous effort from a very talented editor. Here’s hoping we see more from him in the future. What did you think of The Batman Complex?

BONUS: For fun, try and list all of the films featured in the trailer.

Source: YouTube – Very Special Hat Tip to Kyle Coley for pointing this our way!