Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ranking the Batman Movies: #8

8. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Directed by Eric Radomski and Bruce Timm
Batman…Kevin Conroy
James Gordon…Bob Hastings
Alfred…Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Andrea Beaumont…Dana Delaney
The Joker…Mark Hamill
The Phantasm…Stacey Keach

By now we realize that a generous portion of Gotham’s citizens have ties to organized crime. A mysterious masked and caped figure known as The Phantasm has started killing them off. Of course, Batman has to find out who this is and stop them if, for no other reason, he’s being blamed for the murders. We also get some flashbacks to our hero’s earliest days as a crime-fighter which also coincides with a very serious relationship with Andrea Beaumont. She’s just come back to town and stirs up all sorts of emotions in Bruce. This is probably the best handled love story among any of the features. You can see the twist coming a bit, but the rest of the movie is so enjoyable it doesn’t bother you. Many rank this as the best Batman animated feature and some would put it right at or near the top on this list. I’m not quite in that camp, but it’s quite good.

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