Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  25 December 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice)
Andrea Beaumont (voice)
Arthur Reeves (voice)
Phantasm / Carl Beaumont (voice) (as Stacy Keach Jr.)
Chuckie Sol (voice)
Buzz Bronski (voice)
The Joker (voice)
Ms. Bambi (voice)
Jane Downs ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Pat Musick ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice) (as Vernee Watson-Johnson)


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$6,000,000 (estimated)


$5,617,391 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Also seen on the computer screen are the names "Puckett & Peterson." This is a reference to Kelley Pucket and Scott Peterson, writer and editor of comic books based on the Batman: The Animated Series (1992) animated series, including the comic adaptations of both this movie and Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998). See more »


After Batman has left Andrea's apartment she drops a glass. We hear the sound of the glass shattering, but when the camera zooms out we see the glass is still in one piece. See more »


The Joker: Ain't it always the way? You get in the mood and company shows up.
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References The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) See more »


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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User Reviews

Along with Tim Burton's Batman Returns the best Batman movie to date.
27 May 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is easily the best interpretation of Batman I have seen in animated form, and along with Tim Burton's sometimes unfairly maligned 'Batman Returns', the best Batman movie to date. There has been a lot of speculation in recent years about movie versions of Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns' and/or 'Batman: Year One' (the latter being an obvious inspiration for 'Mask Of The Phantasm'), I just hope that if either eventually get made they are as good as this. The popular 1960s campy TV series was an absolute hoot, but unfortunately has permanently coloured a lot of people's expectations of Batman, a character generally a lot darker and more twisted than most people expect. The animation in this movie is excellent, the script isn't a masterpiece but it's very good, and the actors involved include some great talents like Stacy Keach ('The Ninth Configuration'), 'Star Wars' Mark Hamill (as The Joker), John P. Ryan ('Runaway Train'), and Roger Corman legend Dick Miller ('A Bucket Of Blood'). I think most fans of Batman in any of his comic book incarnations over the years will enjoy this one a lot. It's first rate.

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