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World's Greatest True Detective

A video on YouTube mashes up HBO detective show True Detective with the world's greatest detective: Batman.

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A video on YouTube mashes up HBO detective show True Detective with the world's greatest detective: Batman.

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True Detective is unmistakeably an HBO program, with many of the studios hallmarks: gritty realism, a killer story, fascinating interpersonal relationships — and a really long opening credits sequence. Set to The Handsome Family's "Far from Any Road", it goes for a full minute and a half.

That's plenty of time for, say, an enterprising YouTuber to play around with a mash-up. And what is more appropriate than DC's arguably darkest superhero, a man known for decades as "the world's greatest detective"?

This is exactly what Sydney-based filmmaker and Batman fan Josh Newman has done. "I made this for the fun of it, and also because I thought of that title and just couldn't not do anything with it," he wrote on YouTube.

The video itself was made with AfterEffects after Newman watched a couple of Mikey Borup's tutorial videos, along with found images altered to match the visual style of the show's opening credits.

Our favourite part? The "created by" credit. Watch it for yourself below.