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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.
The flashback scene rivals the best of any Joker in any medium.
Sometimes all you wanna do is watch a Batman cartoon with some awful music.
DC Comics has a habit of putting out some real quality content, ranging mostly in the "decent" range and occasionally reaching into the "fucking incredible" percentile. RETURN OF THE JOKER is part of the latter, not the former.
I loved BATMAN BEYOND as a kid, and rewatching the entire series helped bring back some of the powerful memories this series helped create in my young mind. Out of every 'Timmverse' DCAU series, BEYOND was the most mature and bleak, but it never abandoned the hope for a better tomorrow that is so integral to Batman lore.
RETURN OF THE JOKER continues the series' trend and ties the entire show upon itself, as well as with its predecessor series, BATMAN THE…
Great short film
"MR. J'S ON THE REBOUND, BABY!!!! MY COMEBACK PARTY'S GONNA SET THE WHOLE TOWN ON FIRE!!!!"
[NOTE = this review is in regard to the uncut Blu-Ray version....and if your interested in viewing this, I recommend the uncut version, as it is much more violent, dark and better than the censored version.]
The word 'dark' now seems to be synonymous with modern superhero films, yet they barely live up to that promise, as the filmmakers or screenwriters seem to mistake dark for making those films have a visual murkiness and lots of killings, without any considerations of the after effects of those situations. Dark should be something that contains shocking and disturbing moments, that has a kind of pessimistic outlook…
Babysitting, beer drinking, and Batman watching. Well I'm drinking the beers, not the babies.
I just don't care for Beyond. It's hard to care when everyone is flying around in their future cars. The flashback was cool though.
Better looking back on it years later.
*Thought it might be fun to add a review I wrote for this movie on Amazon.com way back on December 2, 2000. Here it is. Immediately below this paragraph.*
Living in Canada, I guess I have a couple of advantages. Good healthcare system (most of the time) and an early release of "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker."
Most of the previous reviews are written by people who haven't seen the movie and are concerned about editing that would water it down. Well, having watched it, it is pretty much the most violent Batman animated feature yet, much more so than "Mask of the Phantasm" and even more intense. I'd be very interested to see the forthcoming American release to…
I love the character of Batman, but have never been a fan of Batman Beyond, but man, I enjoyed this one quite a bit surprisingly. It is fast paced, fun, and a just overall good time. Not a great movie, and not my favorite Batman animated movie, but Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a solid one indeed.
still lit af 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻
Excluding films based on anime TV series, due to how common they are.
I'm trying to create a full list of the subgenres. Cyberpunk can best be defined as high tech meets low…