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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm - Film Review

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by Nessa123 (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth, Western Australia.
Published July 6th 2012
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Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm, (also known as Batman: The Animated Movie), is a fully animated, feature length film, which is a spin-off of the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, based on the popular DC comics character, who was first seen on the pages in the late 1930's and has just increased in popularity ever since.

With famous voice actors Kevin Conroy, as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Dana Delany, as his love interest and Mark Hamill as the Joker, this film is the story of a turbulent time in Batman's life, when he is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses, which were really carried out by a new vigilante assassin. The film also includes a lot of flash backs to how Bruce Wayne became the Batman we all know and love today.

The Joker also makes an appearance in the film and truly lives up to his notorious reputation, with more than a few rather creepy moments. For those of you who may not know, when the Joker takes the life of one of his victims, in a lot of the child friendly animations he ironically doesn't shoot them with a gun, as it was seen as being too violent, but effects them in such a way, that leaves them with a massive, creepy smile, which could be more frightening to some younger viewers.

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The Joker's victim

There is quite a lot of "adult humour" strung throughout the film, but it is so subtle that it will go right over children's heads.

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is a great film, packed with action, mystery and flawless animation and is one for Batman fans the world over.

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm is rated PG for low level violence and was originally released on VHS in 1994 and first released on DVD in 1999

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