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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

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Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.

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Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
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Andrea Beaumont (voice)
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Arthur Reeves (voice)
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Phantasm / Carl Beaumont (voice) (as Stacy Keach Jr.)
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Chuckie Sol (voice)
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Storyline

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. Written by J. Spurlin

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The Dark Knight fights to save Gotham City from its deadliest enemy.


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Rated PG for animated violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: The Animated Movie  »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$5,617,391 (USA)
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Trivia

The dummy corporations "O'Neil Funding Corp." and "Adams Tool and Die" shown on Batman's computer screen are references to Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams, respective writer and artist for Batman comics circa 1969. Their somber, camp-free stories have been called "ground-breaking" and are considered a major turning point for DC Comics' Batman titles, which Denny O'Neil currently edits and oversees. See more »

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When Andrea first encounters Batman in her apartment and he asks her about her father, he hands her a photograph with his bare hand. In the very next shot his glove is back on. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Partygoer: Quite a sight.
Andrea Beaumont: [Melancholic] Yes.
Partygoer: I'm sorry. Do - Do you want to be alone?
Andrea Beaumont: I am.
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Soundtracks

I Never Even Told You
Written by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard
Performed by Tia Carrere
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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An absolute classic, the best Batman movie so far
1 January 2005 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Out of all the Batman films so far, including all the live action films, this one is still the only one to really explore the character of Bruce Wayne/Batman and examine what drove him to becoming Batman.

It has a great story that flashes back to just before Bruce took up the mantle of the bat and the woman he was involved with at the time, then skips forward to an unknown assassin killing Gotham City's mobsters, and we see how the 2 story's meet. The writing is top-notch, in no-way predictable and the voice acting by Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as the Joker truly amazing and bone-chillingly scary.

The only complaints is that the animation could have been better at some points, but that is because it was originally meant to be a straight to video release before Warner's saw what a masterpiece they had created, and also it should have run for a little bit longer, but oh well. If you haven't yet seen it i highly recommend it.


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