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This stylish animated adventure is based on the '90s animated television series, which in turn is based on the original comics and Tim Burton's live action "Batman" films. Unlike the campy 1960s version of Batman, this version is half-mad from the superhero's obsession with justice. It is only his unusual sense of ethics that keeps him from becoming a full-blown psychotic. The story describes the origins of Batman as it follows the Dark Knight's attempts to capture the elusive, deadly Phantasm who kills a crime lord and makes it look as if Batman did it, causing a media smear campaign against the Caped Crusader. At the same time, millionaire Bruce Wayne holds a party at his mansion. There he meets Councilman Arthur Reeves, the man behind the accusations. Reeves derides playboy Wayne for allowing his college sweetheart Andrea Beaumont to leave him. Suddenly Wayne flashes back to his pre-Batman days. He remembers how he met her while visiting his parents' graves to renew his vow that he would spend his life fighting crime to avenge their wrongful deaths. He has already devised an early version of his alter-ego Batman, but that is nearly forgotten when he falls in love with Andrea. The story then jumps from past to present and back as the mysterious Phantasm strikes again. Batman continues his investigation and discovers a disturbing link between Andrea, who suddenly shows up after many years absence, and the villain. Meanwhile, the Phantasm, feeling that Batman is too close to learning his/her identity hires the Joker to kill him. But the Joker has his own agenda and much action ensues before the mystery of the Phantasm identity is solved, Batman clears his name, and justice is served. This film was originally made to go straight to video, Warner's studio liked it enough to release it theatrically. Some of the violence may be inappropriate for very young children.~Sandra Brennan
Kevin ConroyBatman/Bruce Wayne
Dana DelanyAndrea Beaumont
Hart BochnerArthur Reeves
Mark HamillThe Joker
Stacy KeachPhantasm/Carl Beaumont
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.Alfred Pennyworth
Abe VigodaSal Valestra
Dick MillerChuckie Sol
John RyanBuzz Bronski
Bob HastingsCommissioner Gordon
Michael E. UslanProducer
Shirley WalkerComposer (Music Score)
Action and Adventure,Childrens and Family,Drama,Thriller
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Year of Release
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
Warner Home Video
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Parts 1 and 2/Mask of the Phantasm [DVD]
Another great DCU movie for the teenage/adult view
Owned for 2 months when reviewed.
I have really been liking the new DC animated movies that have been coming out over the past couple years, I think they do an exceptionally good job on the Batman movies. When this one came out I had to pick it up.
For those not aware, or that savvy, when it comes to the Batman Comics(myself included) this movie is based upon the pivotal and epic graphic novel/run of Batman comics, with the same title, written by the renowned Frank Miller (Sin City, 300, ...etc) . I personally have not read the entire collection, but it is pretty well known that this story, released in the mid to late 1980's, was one of the pivotal works, that brought Batman back into the public eye, and really helped to re-define the character. After this story was released, the "Adam West Batman" of the 1960s was finally set to rest, and the gritty/dark Batman mythos took the forefront in public's mind. This story set the stage for the Tim Burton films, and their dark setting. In addition, this story was released at the time where comic books were making their shift from child to more mature audiences: this story solidified that.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
More good DC animated movies
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Dark Knight returns part 1 and 2 are very good, highly recommended.