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Mark Hamill will forever be known as Luke Skywalker; there is no changing that fact. However, for comic fans, he is also known as the best actor to ever portray The Joker.
While Heath Ledger portrayed The Joker in The Dark Knight to chilling success, Mark Hamill has been lending his voice to “Mr. J” for years, starting with the incredible Batman: The Animated Series. If you have played a recent Batman video game, or have seen an animated Batman movie in the past 20 years, there is an extremely good chance you have heard his iconic vocal performance.
Shockingly, it wasn’t always going to be this way. Before Mark Hamill swooped in and gave the Joker a lasting voice, a different actor was set to voice him in Batman: The Animated Series: veteran actor Tim Curry. As initially reported by Comicbook.com, during a 20 year anniversary for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm »
- Jordan Jones
Outside of playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise, The Joker is perhaps the character that Mark Hamill is best known for. After voicing the villain to much critical acclaim in Batman: The Animated Series, he’s reprised the role on almost countless occasions, including in the popular Arkham video games and many, many animated efforts from DC.
In fact, some even consider his version of the Clown Prince of Crime to be the definitive one, and while we still think Heath Ledger holds that title, we fully admit that Hamill’s portrayal of the iconic character is downright fantastic and it’s always a treat to hear him bring Mr. J to life. Though it’s difficult to imagine anyone else doing the voice of the Joker now, the actor wasn’t actually the first choice for the role.
As ComicBook.com notes, it was Tim Curry who »
- Matt Joseph
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, Venom, Silver & Black, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man, The Defenders, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Fantastic Four, Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman 2, Justice League, Gotham City Sirens, Aquaman, The Flash, The Batman, Batman and Harley Quinn, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Watchmen, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Titans and more…
There’s less than a fortnight to go until the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Sony and Marvel have released some new promotional material this week, including a couple of clips and TV spots [see here and here], a new one-sheet [see here], and character posters for Tom Holland’s wall-crawler, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Michael Keaton’s Vulture [see here], while Sony also unveiled the official cast list, which revealed a number of surprise additions and villains [read it here, but beware of spoilers]…
…In other Homecoming news, we also got a look at promo »
- Gary Collinson
Although Warner Bros. have found much success in recent decades when it comes to animated films based off DC Comics properties, very few of them have gone beyond the direct-to-video market. Maybe it’s because when Batman: Mask of the Phantasm debuted in theatres nearly 20 years ago, it unfortunately didn’t pull in much money despite being a critical darling and one of the best movies to ever feature the Dark Knight. Period.
In the time since, dozens of stellar flicks have materialized, and the mainstream popularity currently being enjoyed by superheroes has certainly helped the cause. In fact, just last year, both Batman: The Killing Joke and Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders were released in theatres as limited engagements. Now, to the surprise of not very many, Batman and Harley Quinn is following suit.
Seeing as how this is WB Animation’s first 2017 offering to get this treatment, it quickly becomes apparent that they’re going with whichever ones they believe will be the biggest moneymakers. Sure, both Justice League Dark and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract included either the World’s Greatest Detective himself or related characters, but anything featuring him as the headliner – let alone sharing the bill with the white hot Harley Quinn – is going to take top priority.
As it turns out, Batman and Harley Quinn will arrive in theatres on Monday, August 14 for yet another “one night only” engagement, which happens to be the very day before its home video release. Tickets go on sale on June 30, so be sure to follow the source link to Fathom Events, and to keep watch as to which cinemas near you will be taking part. »
- Eric Joseph
While most of the Internet will have you know that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight or Tim Burton’s Batman is the greatest DC film of all-time, I’m here to tell you that they’re wrong. Yes, come at me, Internet bros, because the title of the best belongs to the 1993 masterpiece known as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
Helmed by the same incredible team that brought us Batman: The Animated Series, this feature film has become a cult classic over the years. In fact, no other DC movie has come close to matching this 76-minute extravaganza’s down-to-the-nail depiction of both Bruce Wayne and Batman.
I could list at least a thousand reasons to celebrate this film, but since I know that you’re probably going to head off and watch it now that I’ve mentioned it, I’ve chosen the 9 big ones to keep this relatively short. As always, healthy debate is welcome. So, if you agree or disagree with this topic (or even the reasons), sound off in the comments section down below.
- Sergio Pereira
For many Batman fans, 1993’s Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the greatest animated Dark Knight films ever made. Although it’s been available on VHS and DVD, it never received a Blu-ray release. Until now. Warner Archive took to Twitter to announce that Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will be remastered for Blu-ray shortly (July […]
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- Edward Nigma
At long last, what many consider to be the greatest Batman movie ever made is coming to Blu-ray. That's right! Warner Bros. has officially announced that a 1080p HD remaster of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will be released next month. Previously, the very beloved animated feature had only been available on DVD, but now those who herald this movie as a truly great piece of Batman cinema can own it and watch it in a much better presentation than previously available.
Warner Archive made the announcement that Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, after quite a long period of time of fans requesting it, will be hitting shelves on Blu-ray next month. The new remaster will include versions with both the original theatrical 16x9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) and a version with an open matte 4x3 (1.37:1) aspect ratio. And, for those who really want to do a deep dive on the HD remaster, »
It may very well be the most heavily demanded home video release featuring the Dark Knight since fans clamored for complete volumes of Batman: The Animated Series on DVD about a decade and a half ago, and now we finally have word that yes, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will finally make its way to the Blu-ray format this summer.
For those unfamiliar, this animated film was especially noteworthy because not only was it the first full-length motion picture featuring Batman of its kind, but also because it remains the only one to see a wide theatrical release. Sure, we’ve experienced “one night only” limited engagements put on by Fathom Events for offerings such as The Killing Joke, but that’s far from the same situation.
- Eric Joseph
Following the release of Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989 and the sequel Batman Returns in 1992, Warner Bros. Pictures tried their hand at bringing the animated version of The Dark Knight to theaters with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm on Christmas Day in 1993. As a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series, which is celebrating […]
The post Cool Stuff: ‘Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’ Is Finally Coming to Blu-ray appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Earlier today on the Warner Archive Twitter it has been announced that one of the most beloved Batman stories of all time – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – is finally getting the Blu-ray treatment next month.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm(1993) is coming to Blu-ray next month with a new 2017 1080p HD Remaster! #Btas https://t.co/e5ZE26gZEt pic.twitter.com/l4dRWRVlvR
— Warner Archive (@WarnerArchive) June 19, 2017
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will be getting the 1080p treatment, which is a strong step up from the DVD release over a decade ago. No special features have been announced as yet outside of the theatrical trailer, but surely the chance to watch such an iconic animated film in HD (also featuring one of Mark Hamill’s best performances as The Joker) will be enough to get fans to bust out their wallets.
When the city’s most feared gangsters are systematically eliminated, »
- Robert Kojder
While the fanboys battle it out on Facebook and Twitter about which cinematic universe is better, there’s a whole bunch of animated comic book movies waiting around to be watched. Sure, some of them, such as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, have garnered critical acclaim and legendary status, but many have also gone under the radar in a quiet fashion. I’m willing to bet that there’s more than a handful that you’ve probably never even heard about.
It’s time to change this though, and I’ve taken it upon myself to go through my video collection and pick out some of the best comic book-related films that you might’ve missed over the years. In some cases, these animated showcases are even better than the live-screen adaptations of the same characters. So, put that in your pipe.
All right. »
- Sergio Pereira
Simon Brew Brendon Connelly Feb 14, 2017
If you stick around for the end credits of The Lego Batman Movie, you might notice the names of two people credited as executive producers on the picture. They are Michael Uslan and Benjamin Melniker. Nothing odd there, apart from the small matter of them having absolutely nothing to do with the film. To the best of our knowledge, they had no conversation with director Chris McKay and his team at any time before, during or after the production. But they did pick up a cheque and a credit for their troubles.
Having people listed as executive producers who are ‘hands off’ is nothing particularly fresh, and we looked at just what an executive producer does in this article here.
But what’s interesting »
14 items from 2017
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