Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ranking the Batman Movies: #13

13. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
Directed by Curt Geda
Future Batman/Terry McGinnis…Will Friedle
Bruce Wayne…Kevin Conroy
Young Robin…Matthew Valencia
Young Batgirl…Tara Strong
Barbara Gordon…Angie Harmon
The Joker…Mark Hamill
Harley Quinn…Arlenn Sorkin

Full disclosure: I’m not a big fan of Batman Beyond. For those unfamiliar, the TV series takes place well after Bruce Wayne has retired from crime fighting. In his stead, Terry McGinnis has taken over as Batman and wears a snazzier, sleeker suit while patrolling Gotham. In the movie, old Bruce is trying to help out the young punk because his old nemesis The Joker has apparently returned from the dead after 40 years. Attempting to figure if The Joker is really alive or if this is an imposter is interesting. However, in the end it all comes across a little bland to me. It doesn’t help that massive cuts were made to many of the action scenes due to sensitivity over the then recent Columbine High School Massacre and the amount of violent content in “children’s” programming. That’s not the main problem though. The real deal is I just don’t find the future Batman a compelling one.

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