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OTTplay Lost and Found - Batman: Mask of Phantasm
  • Nikhil Kumar

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 05.59 AM, Jan 20, 2022

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Batman is arguably the most popular superhero in the world. The DC comic book character has appeared in countless adaptations over the years ranging from film, television, and video games. In the past decade alone, the character has been played and voiced by several actors. But, fans and critics will point towards one adaptation as the most definitive version of the caped crusader - Kevin Conroy’s 1993 version of the Dark Knight in the animated film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

The film is part of the critically acclaimed animated universe created by Bruce Timm, popularly called the Timmverse. It was also the first Warner Bros DC animated film to get a theatrical release. It features an original story with a few plot lines taken from the Batman: Year One and Batman: Year Two graphic novels. It is set in two time periods. One is set in the early days of Bruce Wayne donning the cape and cowl as an inexperienced Batman, where he is engaged to marry Andrea Beaumont. The second timeline features Batman at the peak of his powers, investigating a new villain named Phantasm, years after Andrea broke off their engagement.

The narrative is a psychological thriller in a noir-detective setting, which also explores Batman’s mental makeup after suffering several tragedies in his life. The film was lauded for its writing, animation style, music, and performances by its iconic voice cast, which featured Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamil as the Joker. Writer Paul Dini was also praised for how various themes such as trauma, revenge, and death were explored in the film.

While Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is revered as the greatest comic book adaptation of all time, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the most authentic take on Bruce Wayne/Batman.

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