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Although the live-action Batman franchise faltered artistically after Tim Burton gave up control, the slack was taken up by the Saturday morning cartoon show, whose creators are responsible for this feature film. Though a cartoon, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is less cartoonish than the popular '60s TV show (which spawned its own movie, Batman: The Movie). Mask of the Phantasm combines the noir of the original comic book, the violence and dark humor of the Dark Knight comic book revision, and Burton's two movies.
In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, everyone's favorite schizophrenic billionaire crime fighter is investigating the murders of several prominent gangsters. Meanwhile, his ex-fiancée and her father are back in town. Through flashbacks, these two death-obsessed kids are shown falling in love (she lost her mother; he lost both parents--of course, they meet in a graveyard), until she leaves quickly and mysteriously. Along the way, there's a short course in the origins of the Batman costume and the origins of the Joker (voice of Star Wars' Mark Hamill!), a big fight with the smoke-enshrouded Phantasm character, who is suspected of killing the gangsters, and an even bigger fight with the Joker at the abandoned Gotham World's Fair grounds. Altogether, a good ride. --Andy Spletzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Mark Hamill plays the best Joker from my point of view! I would suggest this for anyone who likes batman! Good price, good packaging and delivered on time.Published 5 months ago by drew allum
Quite easily one of my favourite Batman movies. If you enjoy the animated series then this is a no brainer. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T. Wittrup
We don't have the movie in region 2 except in UK. The DVD is wonderful.Very good picture and colors. But the wrong thing about it : there's no bonus features except the trailer. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2012 by KOMIKMAN
Many people have seen Batman: the animated series. Well, this movie lives up to that shows potential! Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Jet Black
This is one of the best Batman animated features I have ever seen.The writing was good and Mark Hamill doing the voice of the Joker?G-O-O-D. Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by Willie Montgomery
Although the animation and voice talent was tremendous (even had Abe Vigoda - love that gravelly voice) the story line was so weak and the resolution was not thought through. Read morePublished on March 29 2004 by L. Mintah
This is a terrific movie that is so much better than any of the live action movies! It has a brillant plot,terrific voice overs(especially Kevin Conroy as Batman/Bruce Wayne and... Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by Shane
I really hope WB goes back and makes a 'special edition' of this movie someday. The movie is great, but the picture quality on the DVD leaves something to be desired, as does the... Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004