So let's talk about Mask of the Phantasm...

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  1. Brain Damage

    Brain Damage Everything Under the Sun

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    Certainly one of the best made Batman films, and certainly the most under appreciated one. The writing in it is genius and whats awesome about it is that up until Nolan came along, it was really the first Batman movie that was ABOUT Batman. I'm sure I'll get a lot of hate for it, but consider the amount of character development and exploration of roots and motivations we get of the Wayne/Batman character in this compared to the other ones.'
    It is also, in my opinion the only Batman movie to get a love relationship absolutely right. The Dark Knight came close, but this manages to take a female character and make her someone equal to play off of not only Bruce and Batman, and manages to develop this relationship full circle throughout the entire movie.
    My only real beef with this film is that the way the Phantasm's powers work is never explained, and its very mysterious. But that's really about it. What are your thoughts?
     
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  2. Godzilla2014

    Godzilla2014 Deadpan Snarker

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    Ah, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, I haven't seen that film in years. Is it available on Blu-Ray or even DVD?
     
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  3. Brain Damage

    Brain Damage Everything Under the Sun

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    I'm not sure about Blue-Ray but as I own the DVD myself, I can assure you, yes ;)
     
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  4. Godzilla2014

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    Ok, thank God. Because all I have is the fossilized VHS tape from when I was a kid.
     
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  5. The Joker

    The Joker The Clown Prince of Crime

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    Outside of The Dark Knight, this is probably the best Batman movie to date. It's practically flawless.

    My favorite scene is the whole final confrontation between Andrea and the Joker. When the Joker laughs in the face of death when the whole World of the Future theme park starts to explode, I get chills. Shirley Walker's music in this scene is epic.
     
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  6. Cain

    Cain I Heart Amazons

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    Give me this over the Nolan movies anyday. I'm not a fan of his cold and distant style in anyway since his characters just seem like plot devices and not actual people. Whereas in an animated film ironically there is so much genuine emotion that could be felt throughout the film thanks to the writing. Characters are very empathic and actually feel very real. I have yet to see another Batman movie pack the same emotional resonance.
     
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  7. Wesley Dodds

    Wesley Dodds He Who Lurks...

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    Yep, I feel pretty much the same. The scene in the cave were Alfred hands him the cowl and he puts it on for the first time is spectacular.
    Actually, I'm only sorta joking when i say if I could use Alfred's "My God!" as my Text Message alert I would...
     
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    I didn't like the Phantasm being a girl. I didn't when I was 5 and I don't now. Sue me.
     
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    I saw this on its opening weekend when I was ten. I remember at the time feeling like it was much more adult than the animated series, of which I was a huge fan.
     
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  10. Wesley Dodds

    Wesley Dodds He Who Lurks...

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    How come? Just outta curiosity...
     
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  11. Cain

    Cain I Heart Amazons

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    I could see why. It just was ill-executed at times and too synonymous to the Batman Returns romantic subplot hook making it seem redundant. Still that's just one slight on an otherwise pretty damn well rounded piece of entertainment though.
     
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    Mister Meddle The Barber of Seville

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    I never felt comfortable giving this past love character that big improtance. Basically all Bruce's decisions regarding Batman were made because of Andrea. I just didn't like that.

    And the animation wasn't much better than in the regular series.

    I liked it, but much less than Burton's or Nolan's movies.
     
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  14. Brain Damage

    Brain Damage Everything Under the Sun

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    I don't think that's true at all. I think before he met her, Bruce was going with his plan full force, but what Andrea did was introduce second thoughts into his head, something that I haven't seen in any other incarnation (Bruce questioning if he wants to be Batman BEFORE he becomes Batman). Bruce didn't become Batman because of Andrea, but when she left him he realized that in this world he couldn't find happiness, and that he shouldn't try to look for it. In a way, Bruce grows up through Andrea, when she leaves he finally faces up to his responsibilities and becomes the costumed avenger we love today. Just my two cents.
     
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  15. The Joker

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    I think Payaso means Bruce was willing to drop his crusade to become Batman in order to be with Andrea. When she came back into his life years later and they re-connected, he was again contemplating giving up to be with her.
     
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    In the end, Bruce's decision to go on with Batman was because of love spite. She's not with me, okay, I'm angry, I'll become Batman to let this anger out.
     
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    I dunno, I kinda like the way they look on a regular DVD. They still have a little bit of "grit" to them, which makes it look like an older '30-'40s style cartoon that it's based on. It would look too clean, IMO. Someone said the same thing about wanting BTAS on Blu-Ray, and again, it would look a bit too clean.
     
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  18. Godzilla2014

    Godzilla2014 Deadpan Snarker

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    I personally don't think I can fairly compare Batman: Mask of the Phantasm to either of the Nolan films, since I only have a fossilized VHS of it, and I haven't watched it in years, quite possibly since before Batman Begins came out. While I remember it fondly, I don't know how that opinion might change with my maturity in the intervening years.

    Thanks! :up:
     
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    It's just a personal preference although I still watch some shows & films in standard def. I don't think the series was created in a wide screen format.
     
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  20. Godzilla2014

    Godzilla2014 Deadpan Snarker

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    I have to say that one of the few missed opportunities of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was the lack of a follow-up. The revelations and character growth nor any of the events of the movie were ever referred to in Batman: The Animated Series. As a result, it comes off as less the DCAU equivalent of Batman Begins, but an out-of-continuity tale. It's not so much a problem with the film in and of itself, but the film as a part of a larger continuity. Does that make sense?
     
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  21. November Rain

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    but in nolan's films, bruce's reason to become batman is somewhat because of rachel.

    i mean at least in the phantasm, andrea derails his batman quest while in nolan's batman, rachel motivates him to become batman
     
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  22. November Rain

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    I get it but i suppose it didn't do well in the box office and only decided to tie it in to the dcau during jlu's epilogue ep (which was nice).

    but then again none of the batman films are tied into continuity, i would say thank god because mystery of the batwoman was horrendous.
     
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  23. November Rain

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    the phantasm is a great story about two people's descent into a revenge based life and their 2 attempts to mutually save each other.

    the film is so beautiful, I can't even bring to words how i feel about it.

    and the joker was just pure awesome, his final laugh is so.....breathtaking.

    shirley walker bless her soul also put together the best batman score together for that film.

    and bruce putting on his mask for the first time is THE DEFINITIVE SUPERHERO MOMENT IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF CINEMA.

    alfred's reaction, the man who's raised him from a tiny boy, sees lil bruce has become a souless monster, an outworldly entity and his 'my god' just highlights how much of bruce's humanity he's given up to his course. That scene is in affect the death of bruce wayne

    let me not even talk about the 'i didn't count on being happy' graveyard scene which still makes me cry to this day.

    phantasm has it all.
     
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  25. Godzilla2014

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    Rachel's involvement in Bruce's path to becoming Batman in Batman Begins is VERY different from Andrea's involvement in Bruce's path to becoming Batman in Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.
    Rachel gave Bruce the foundation of his moral and ethical codes as Batman, and her conversation with Bruce in BB is the beginning of Bruce's journey to becoming Batman.
    In B:MotP, Bruce was already on the path to becoming Batman, and was willing to give that up to be with Andrea.

    But why not acknowledge the most popular film (or at least one of the most popular) that is meant to show the DCAU Batman's past?
     
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