Toonami Wiki
Advertisement
Toonami Wiki

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the DC Comics character Batman, and is based on Batman: The Animated Series. The film's storyline introduces Andrea Beaumont, an old love interest of Bruce Wayne's, who returns to Gotham City, restarting their romance. At the same time, a new mysterious vigilante begins systematically eliminating Gotham's crime bosses, and due to his dark appearance, he is mistaken for Batman. Now on the run from the police, the Dark Knight must apprehend the killer, clear his name, and deal with the romance between himself and Andrea.

The film was distributed by Warner Bros., directed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski (the creators of Batman: The Animated Series) and written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Michael Reaves and Martin Pasko. The original idea was to release the film as direct-to-video, but the studio decided for a theatrical release, giving the filmmakers a strenuous eight-month schedule. Mask of the Phantasm received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised the film for its animation style, dialogue and voice acting (as with the series itself), but it was a box office bomb due to the decision to release the film in theaters on such short notice. The film has since become a commercial success through its various home video releases.

Mask of the Phantasm premiered on Cartoon Network's Toonami block on January 8, 1999.[1] The movie also aired on Toonami on three other occasions: April 8, 2000, as part of Toonami: Full Cycle[2][3], December 1, 2000[4] and March 23, 2001.

Synopsis

After Batman bursts in on a meeting of crime bosses held in a Gotham City skyscraper, gangster Chuckie Sol tries to flee the scene but is killed by a mysterious cloaked figure. Due to this cloaked figure's resemblance to Batman, the Dark Knight is blamed for Sol's death. Councilman Arthur Reeves tells the media that Batman is a public menace (despite Commissioner Gordon's protests), then attends a party at the mansion of billionaire Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter ego. Reeves teases Bruce about his bad luck with women and for having allowed an old girlfriend, Andrea Beaumont, to get away.

In a flashback to ten years prior, during Bruce's college days, Bruce meets Andrea in a cemetery while visiting his parents' grave. That night, in one of his first crime-fighting attempts, Bruce foils an armored car robbery while disguised in a black ski-mask and leather jacket. Though he succeeds, he is discouraged that the criminals did not fear his appearance. Around the same time, he begins a romance with Andrea. Eventually, Bruce decides to abandon his plan to become a crime-fighting vigilante and proposes marriage to Andrea. Soon afterward, however, Andrea mysteriously leaves Gotham with her father, Carl Beaumont, ending her engagement to Bruce in a Dear John letter. Believing that he has lost his last chance of having a normal life, Bruce dons the mask of Batman for the first time.

Back in the present, the mysterious killer finds and murders another gangster, Buzz Bronski. Around the same time, Batman discovers that Andrea has returned to Gotham for the first time since leaving him ten years ago. Batman soon finds evidence linking Andrea's father with gangster Salvatore Valestra, the mob boss for whom both Sol and Bronski once worked as enforcers. The mysterious killer later targets Valestra, who foolishly turns to the Joker for help. When the killer arrives at Valestra's house, it finds the gangster already dead thanks to the Joker; the house then explodes, with the killer barely escaping. Batman pursues the killer, but is interrupted by the police, who believe that Batman is responsible for the murders. After a deadly run from the police, Andrea rescues Batman in her car, and they spend the night together at Wayne Manor. Andrea explains to Bruce that she and her father had been hiding in Europe from the Valestra mob, to whom he owed a lot of money. Carl Beaumont eventually repaid the mobsters, but they wanted "interest compounded in blood." Batman comes to suspect that Andrea's father may be the mysterious killer, but later gets Reeves (who has been poisoned by the Joker) to confess that he told the Valestra mob where Beaumont was hiding in return for campaign contributions, and that the mob ordered Beaumont's death.

The mysterious killer tracks the Joker to his hideout — an abandoned World's fair amusement park — and removes its ominous costume: The killer is Andrea, intent on avenging her father's death (the Joker is revealed to be the last surviving member of the Valestra mob; before becoming the Joker, he was Valestra's chauffeur and personal hitman, who murdered Carl Beaumont on Valestra's orders). Batman arrives and saves Andrea from the Joker, and begs Andrea to give up her quest for revenge. She refuses, stating that the mob ruined her life, as well as Batman's by ending their chances of happiness together; she then tells Batman that he himself is driven by revenge. Andrea leaves and Batman battles with the Joker, a struggle that ends in stalemate. Moments later, Andrea returns and seizes the Joker, bidding Batman goodbye before vanishing with the maniacally laughing clown in a cloud of smoke as the entire amusement park erupts in a series of rigged explosions. Batman barely escapes by falling into a waterway and being swept away to safety by the current.

Alfred later consoles a heartbroken Bruce, telling him that no one could have helped Andrea. Bruce finds a locket containing a picture of himself and Andrea left behind in the Batcave. Meanwhile, Andrea is shown standing alone on the deck of a departing ocean liner. In the final scene, Batman stands alone on a rooftop overlooking Gotham; when the Bat-Signal appears in the sky, he shakes off his sadness and swings off into the night to continue his war on crime.

Characters

Voice Cast

Character Voice Actor
Bruce Wayne / Batman Kevin Conroy
Andrea Beaumont Dana Delany
City Councilman Arthur Reeves Hart Bochner
The Phantasm Stacy Keach
Carl Beaumont Stacy Keach
Salvatore Valestra Abe Vigoda
The Joker Mark Hamill
Alfred Pennyworth Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Detective Harvey Bullock Robert Costanzo
Commissioner Jim Gordon Bob Hastings
Chuckie Sol Dick Miller
Buzz Bronski John P. Ryan

Gallery

Toonami Broadcast History

See Also

External Links

References

Toonami Movies & Specials
Cartoon Network (1997-2008)
Batman MOTP Ring.png Batman Mr Freeze SubZero Ring.png Jonny Quest VTCI Ring.png DBZ Tree of Might Ring.png DBZ Worlds Strongest Ring.png DBZ Dead Zone Ring.png Gundam Wing EW Ring.png Worlds Finest Ring.png Sailor Moon R Ring.png
Sailor Moon S Ring.png Sailor Moon Super S Ring.png Batman Beyond ROTJ Ring.png He-Man The Beginning Ring.png Transformers Armada Premiere Movie Ring.png Iron Giant Ring.png Lowbrow Ring.png DBZ Bardock TFOG Ring.png DBZ History of Trunks Ring.png
DBZ Coolers Revenge Ring.png DBZ Return of Cooler Ring.png Hot Wheels World Race Ring.png GI Joe Spy Troops Ring.png Duel Masters Good Bad Bolshack Ring.png PPG Movie Ring.png Justice League Savage Time Ring.png Pokemon 1st Movie Ring.png Pokemon Movie 2000 Ring.png
Pokemon 3 Spell of Unknown Ring.png Bionicle Mask of Light Ring.png DBZ Lord Slug Ring.png Batman MOTB Ring.png Justice League Starcrossed Ring.png GI Joe Valor VS Venom Ring.png Bionicle 2 Ring.png Hot Wheels Acceleracers Ring.png Yugioh Pyramid of Light Ring.png
Zatch and Kiyos Odyssey Ring.png Batman VS Dracula Ring.png Batman 1989 Ring.png Spirited Away Ring.png Princess Mononoke Ring.png Castle in the Sky Ring.png Nausicaa Ring.png Ultimate Avengers Ring.png Zatch Bell Friends Getting Stronger Ring.png
Superman Brainiac Attacks Ring.png Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Ring.png Teen Titans TIT Ring.png link=:Naruto: The Adventures of Naruto!…Oh, And Everyone Else Too! / One on One: Every Genin For Themselves! Ultimate Avengers 2 Ring.png Hellboy Sword of Storms Ring.png DBZ Fusion Reborn Ring.png Toky Hawk Boom Boom Sabotage Ring.png DBZ Wrath of the Dragon Ring.png
Invincible Iron Man Ring.png Mosaic Ring.png Hellboy Blood and Iron Ring.png Condor Ring.png Spider Man 2002 Ring.png Naruto Mission PTWV Ring.png Ben 10 SOTO Ring.png Naruto NCITLOS Ring.png Lego Indiana Jones Ring.png
Superman Doomsday Ring.png Naruto LOTSOG Ring.png
Adult Swim (2012-Present)
Evangelion 1 Ring.png Evangelion 2 Ring.png Kick-Heart Ring.png Akira Ring.png Summer Wars Ring.png Fullmetal Alchemist COS Ring.png Trigun Badlands Rumble Ring.png Batman Strange Days Ring.png DBZ Coolers Revenge Ring.png
Batman Beyond 75th Anniversary Ring.png Captain Murphy Ring.png Zurtrun Ring.png Fullmetal Alchemist SSOM Ring.png DBZ Broly Ring.png Children Who Chase Lost Voices Ring.png Scavengers Ring.png Shelter Ring.png Mind Game Ring.png
Pacalien Ring.png Is Lupin Still Burning Ring.png Samurai & Shogun Ring.png Rick Morty VS Genocider Ring.png Batman Year One Ring.png Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 Ring.png Batman Gotham Knight Ring.png Batman The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 Ring.png Wonder Woman Bloodlines Ring.png
Justice League New Frontier Ring.png Batman Ninja Ring.png Under the Red Hood Ring.png Rick and Morty Great Yokai Battle Ring.png
Advertisement