DC Films, film

Movie Review: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

This is the Batman movie that the other ones are all measured up against, yes the live action and animated as well. I know that seems odd, but it is true; whenever I look up best Batman movies this 1993 movie based and using animation and voices from the very successful animated series is always in the top 5, usually in third or even first place. Despite it being a box office bomb, the decision to put in in theaters was kinda last minute, the critics loved it and thankfully it was still a success. If for some reason you haven’t seen the movie spoiler alert as always. I DO NOT OWN THE PICTURE.

Batman (Kevin Conroy) has been accused of killing crime boss Chuckie Sol, but in actuality it was a mysterious person dressed in a very creepy outfit, the Phantasm. Corrupt City Councilman Arthur Reeves (Hart Reeves) demands the capture of Batman, much to Commissioner Gordon’s annoyance (Bob Hastings) but Detective Bullock’s (Robert Costanzo) delight. Bruce decides to clear his name by investigating Sol’s death, but when Buzz Bronski another gangster is murdered by the Phantasm, he finds there is a connection between them involving another gangster, Reeves and Andrea Beaumont (Dana Delany) a woman from Bruce’s past that in a way forced him to become Batman. I probably shouldn’t say too much more other than The Joker (Mark Hamill) is involved.

It was definitely interesting seeing this movie for the first time when I was younger, if you may recall my brother loves Batman. Seeing Bruce at a point when he thought he had life figured out and then here comes this woman who changed everything for him. We almost would not have gotten Batman if this woman did not break his heart, possibly. The writing and voice acting in here is incredible, which did not surprise me as Batman the Animated Series is considered to be one of, if not the, best superhero series (animated or live action) of all time. If you like Batman, or the animated series at least, this movie has to be on your watch list. It is not must see, unless you absolutely love Batman, but I would say watch this movie if given the chance.


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