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Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)

PG-13 | | Animation, Action, Crime | Video 2001
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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.

Director:

Curt Geda

Writers:

Bob Kane (character created by: Batman), Paul Dini (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Friedle ... Terry McGinnis / Future Batman (voice)
Kevin Conroy ... Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
Mark Hamill ... The Joker / Jordan Price (voice)
Angie Harmon ... Commissioner Barbara Gordon (voice)
Dean Stockwell ... Tim Drake (voice)
Teri Garr ... Mary McGinnis (voice)
Arleen Sorkin ... Dr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn (voice)
Tara Strong ... Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (voice)
Mathew Valencia Mathew Valencia ... Young Tim Drake / Robin (voice)
Melissa Joan Hart ... Delia Dennis / Deidre Dennis / Dee Dee (voice)
Don Harvey ... Charles Buntz / Chucko (voice)
Michael Rosenbaum ... Stewart Carter Winthrop III / Ghoul (voice)
Frank Welker ... Woof the Hyena-Man / Ace the Bathound (voice)
Henry Rollins ... Benjamin Knox / Bonk (voice)
Rachael Leigh Cook ... Chelsea Cunningham (voice) (as Rachel Leigh Cook)
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Storyline

While trying to uncover the Joker's secrets, Terry McGinnis, the new Batman, discovers the greatest mystery in the career of the original Batman - the true story of the night Batman fought the Joker for the last time. Though when Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker's new attacks, it's up to Batman Beyond to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever. Written by John Codega <Jedimaster54321@aol.com>

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The First Feature-Length Batman Beyond Movie! (Edited DVD) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2001 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Joker See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(edited) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Before turning the orbital laser on Batman, the Joker admonishes him, saying, "Poppa spank...!" which is a throwback to something the Batman says in an early issue of the Detective Comics series. See more »

Goofs

After Batman defeats Ghoul, before he can move away he is immediately attacked by DeDe, but the unconscious Ghoul is nowhere in sight. See more »

Quotes

The Joker: Aren't you the nasty tattle-tale! Ratting me out before I've had my fun... Pappa spank!
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Alternate Versions

Following attacks from politicians on violent films aimed at children, Warner Brothers. pushed the release date back and recut the film to a tamer version, toning down some of the violence in the original cut sent out in screener tapes. On April 23, 2001, the unedited version of the film was released in the US exclusively on DVD. Up until that point the uncut version had only been released as screeners that were sent out before the changes were made. The following are scenes that were changed in the edited-for-content version:
  • Lots of white flashes have been added to the action sequences where there were previously none. Additionally, combinations of punches have been mostly trimmed down to one punch. For example, Woof slashes the guard once now instead of twice. Batman no longer punches Ghoul in the gut, he just uppercuts him into the dish. Later on in the club, Terry's vicious attack on Ghoul is cut to a flash and Terry running away while Ghoul falls. There is a 360-degree fight sequence in the opening battle that has also been removed, where Batman fends off the Jokerz one by one.
  • Seat belts added to Terry and Bruce as the drive home after their first meeting with the new Joker.
  • Bonk is not shot, but given a lethal dose of laughing gas, and he dies off screen. Because of this the whole "Take the trash outside, Dee Dee" and "Are you with me?" sequence is cut.
  • When Bruce throws the batarang it appears as though he's pleased he can still throw & catch a batarang instead of it showing him using it to decapitate a Two Face dummy.
  • When Terry enters the Batcave to find it demolished by the Joker, the letter's 'HA! HA!' written across the floor are changed from red to purple. Probably to assure us it is not written on Bruce's blood.
  • All other blood is removed. (Only one example was passed over. In the flashback sequence when Batman smashes through the projection he smacks the Joker. Blots of blood fly from the Jokers mouth, but he is not bleeding in the next shot.)
  • In the unedited version, when Batman (in the present) frees himself from the Jokers' ribbon wrap, he throws the knife that he used to free himself with at the Joker. The Joker ducks at the last second and the blade goes through the stage curtain. This would explain the hole behind the Joker.
  • The Joker is not shot, but slips in some water and is electrocuted off screen. Plus, they don't mention they buried him deep under Arkham or any of that. The dialogue is completely changed in that sequence.
  • Barbara says that Leslie Thompkins helped Tim Drake "regain himself" instead of "regain his sanity." (or something along those lines)
  • During a montage where Batman and Batgirl comb "the underworld" looking for clues about Robin's disappearance, Batgirl talks to a nicely-dressed man and woman instead of two sleazily-dressed women (who are pretty obviously hookers) on a street corner.
  • Also, Joker no longer slices Batman across the chest of in the leg, and any blood is digitally removed. Joker just punches Batman.
  • More than half of the "Our Family Memories" is cut out, only showing Robin tied up and struggling, and cutting the scene where Joker opens the barbeque lids, picks up the voltage tongs, and shocks the Boy.
  • A lot of dialogue is changed as well. And reference to the word "kill" is changed.
  • The opening fight seqeunce is trimmed, cutting out a second Dee-Dee kick and completely redoing that entire Batman/Dee Dee sequence.
  • The club fight is changed. The pink clown no longer punches Terry and says "I don't know why the boss wants a dreg like you outta the way, but as long as it's fun...". He just goes for his gun and says "Slag him!".
  • Bruce says "Robin defeated him." instead of "Robin did kill him". Joker says "Bat-Kook" instead of "Bat-Fart". Jordan Price says "Ice" instead of "kill". Tim Drake says "I can still hear his scream" instead of "I can still hear the shot". Joker says "...with such yutzes" instead of "...with such putzes".
  • In the scene where the satellite laser chases the Batmoblie it blasts an unmarked, dark, seemingly empty building. Originally it was a lit movie theater. (In the edited version the word 'cineplex' can be seen exploding out of the wreckage in the last few frames of the shot.)
  • The clothing on 'Nanna Harley' is changed from blue and purple to Harley Quinn's trademark red and black.
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Follows Lobo (2000) See more »

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Joker Family Portrait
Written and Performed by Kristopher Carter
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the Return of the Joker - better than the 'Beyond' series, almost as good as Phantasm!
16 August 2008 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

The first thing that stands out about Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker is its structure. Unlike some of the other animated Batman movies (SubZero, Mystery of the Matwoman), this one comes closer to the likes of Mask of the Phantasm to actually feeling, however in short running time, like a real feature-length movie and not simply four episodes strung together. This is important since we can get wrapped up in the mystery behind the re-emergence of the Joker and it feels fluid and without a cliffhanger-type end every several minutes. The second thing that marks this as above-average animated Batman fare is the quality of the history of two series, original animated and Beyond, and how sharp the writing and voice performances go along with the (PG-13) action and cartoon violence. The filmmakers could've just thrown in old characters like Joker and Harley Quinn and Barbara Gordon and Tim Drake just for the hell of it. But it all fits a story that's worth telling, if only for the fans looking for that awesome coda to the first series.

It's hard to try and not spoil how the Joker, fifty years into the future, re-appears with his gang the Jokerz when Bruce Wayne is now an old man and Terry McGinnis is the new young Batman. Without saying too much, the Jokerz are stealing some high-tech equipment, and something smells fishy on top of the conniving Jordan Price possibly double-crossing Wayne, who is taking back control over Wayne enterprises. But when the Joker himself crashes Wayne's party, McGinnis and Wayne try and investigate what's going on- who he really is, since he's supposed to be killed- and where he'll strike next. The writing and crafting of the mystery, and the eventual truth, is told creatively and with the kind of absorption Batman fans crave (it IS Detective Comics after all), but also impressive is the animation done mostly with computers and not skimping on making the action fairly intense (the subtraction of a good deal of the blah heavy metal music from the show is a plus here).

And lest not forget Conroy as Bruce Wayne, always a sturdy presence, and Mark Hamill as the Joker. They're probably two of the most iconic voice actors of their time just on the basis of their work in the Batman animated saga; Hamill especially gives it his all, and even puts in double-time on the voice of Jordon Price (which for a little while begs the question of him being involved in the crimes), as the clown prince of crime and mayhem. It's such a good performance that it makes up for some standard work by other voice actors (however fine) by Dean Stockwell and Angie Harmon. With just his voice he projects this iconic villain for all its worth, and ranks up there with Nicholson and (now) Ledger as the wonderful if varied versions. Somehow, even in the drama, Hamill manages to get a couple of laughs out of the audience with this Joker. Funny, since it's one of the most dramatic Batman stories yet. 8.5/10


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