Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
This Time, The Joker Is Wild
The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham's newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham's most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.
Early 2000s techno-noir injected with the formality of WB Kids Saturday morning cartoons, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker isn't so much a reinvention as it is a gloriously goofy and indelibly haunting mishmash of old and new. Feeling like a children's book retelling that suddenly had an overhaul of a rewrite by Frank Miller, this little Frankenstein monster of a Batman installment is delirious and entertaining in a way that millennial schlock frequently sidelines.
Mark Hamill as the joker is one of the greatest casting choices of all time.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a dark, gritty, unsettling and sad at times animated movie that show's the reality on life. I remember when I was very young at the time when I sawed Robin being tortured into being like the Joker and that right there scared me for life. I remember watching that scene thinking to myself "Jesus, I can't believe they did that to Robin". But when I watch it today, it's still messed up and it's also sad at the time and the animator's behind this took a brave risk by this as they didn't shy away from being deep and dark. And that's why I loved Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
I'm not going to say anymore as I feel it will give a way big plot details.
I think it's important to stay in touch with your childhood. Practically speaking, I need to think that way because so much of me still hasn't grown up yet (I just spent the past three days watching Batman cartoons), but my point is that I don't want it to sound at all condescending or judgmental when I say that Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is for kids. It knows its audience and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's also important to not mistake it for the kind of truly great animation (e.g. Pixar) that achieves a magical universality.
Mostly, this just means that the messages are all pretty simplistic; it doesn't mean that they're not worthwhile. The lesson…
Remember when animated DC movies were good?
Tech-noir/cyber punk Batman meets the seemingly unstoppable menace of Mark Hamill's iconic Joker. It's sort of insane how much better this is than most live action comic book movies.
Batman Beyond is very dear to me, it may not of been as good as Batman the Animated series, but the animation was good, it showed us a generic but cool future and most important It was never afraid to go to very dark places plus it gave us what for me is the best depiction of an older Bruce Wayne.
Return of The Joker has all the things that made the series great and then some, is fun, dark and very touching.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
"With his final act of cruelty, The Joker had tainted us all with compromise and deception. I guess he really did have the last laugh after all."
For an animated film, Batman Beyond: Return Of The Joker dares to be mature, dark, gritty, and deeply unsettling. Taking place in a future, Blade Runner-style Gotham City, Bruce Wayne has retired and has passed the Batman mantle onto Terry McGinnis. McGinnis' version of Batman is a sprightly, entertaining punk kid, and his inexperience makes him less invincible than Wayne has always seemed, giving us a reason to root for him.
As Wayne and McGinnis go further down the rabbit hole investigating the seemingly impossible return of Mark Hamill's Joker, the film delivers…
Very good animation and an interesting story. Just not as exciting as other animated Batman movies.
The animation is a little midcore. Solid enough voice cast and as always when he dose it Mark Hamill is good evil fun as the Joker. The music is okay. The story is okay with a good twist. There's a nice creepy moment where we hear Harley Quinn singing a lullaby in Arkham Asylum. Overall an okay film but felt like it could have been better.
"That's not funny.."
Mark Hamill's Joker has yet to be topped. He imbues ever line, every laugh, with real menace.
I think the real high point of the film is the flashback dealing with Tim Drake. It's frightening, depressing & genuinely upsetting, with the Joker proving himself to be a truly vile example of humankind.
There's some wonderful cinematography & use of colour on display here too, with future Gotham dripping in neon-drenched cyberpunk style.
(Probably the last good Batman movie)
Watched this to get the bad taste of Suicide Squad and BvS out of my head. This is DC done right. This is the movie we get when we have a creative team that understands DC, understands Batman, and understands Gotham!
I've always loved Batman Beyond as a kid and the animation, music, 90s vibe of the cartoon is just as present here. It's a great sendoff for an amazing animated series.
There's some really adult themes here that makes you wish it wasn't an animated series so they could really dive in them. Nonetheless, this is a dark and satisfying installment in the Batman mythos and one of the best screen adaptations of the Dark Knight.
Somethin about late night animated Batman movies man. I watched this a lot as a kid but it's been awhile since I've seen it! Thankfully it still holds up, even brought back some memories as a kid, and it can easily be my favorite Batman animated flick ever!
"I guess he really did have the last laugh after all"
Batman Beyond: Return of The Joker is an amazingly dark and a surprisingly good film that has now become one of my favourite Batman animated features.
The film centres around Terry McGinnis, the new Batman. He reminds me more of Nightwing, and that's not a bad thing. He's a likeable protagonist but he's no Bruce Wayne.
This film has one of the most interesting storylines that I've seen in an animated Batman movie; it had me guessing throughout and kept me intrigued. Paul Dini and Bruce Timm wrote the story and I think they are fantastic writers; they wrote Mad Love, which is one of my favourite Batman storylines.…
Terry McGinnis has been my boyfriend since I was 8
Welcome to part 2 of my DC Joker retrospective. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned in the past how much I love the DC Animated Universe, but I haven't had a chance to talk much about Batman Beyond. I was a huge fan of this series growing up, at one point even liking Terry McGinnis more than Bruce Wayne. So today I'm taking a look at one of the best things to come from this series, the direct to video animated feature Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.
Here's the story. The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham's newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham's most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.
I ADORE this…
Excluding films based on anime TV series, due to how common they are.