Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Tuesday's Forgotten Film: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
It's Tuesday, and that means another forgotten/overlooked/just plain good TV series, movie, or music. Today, since I've been in a DC Comics mood this month, I present the animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
This was released on Christmas Day 1993, and is set in the same universe as the wonderful Batman: The Animated Series. Here, Batman (voiced by the popular Kevin Conroy) investigates the new villain Phantasm, who is knocking off Gotham's mob bosses. Who is he, and what, if anything, does the Joker (the excellent Mark Hamill) have to do with it? Mix in an old flame of Bruce Wayne (played by Dana Delany) and you have an intelligent, beautifully animated film that beats most live action Bat films.
Here is Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The last couple minutes are missing, unfortunately, but you can surmise what happens. I also had to change YouTube accounts at one point, so there is some footage overlap. Thanks!