Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

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This feature length entry in the Batman Beyond mythos sends off the Mark Hamill-voiced Joker in thrilling fashion, hitting the same caped crusading peaks of the original series.

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In the Gotham City of the future, an older Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) trains a college student, Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle), to replace him as Batman. Meanwhile, the Joker (Mark Hamill) has re-emerged as the leader of the Jokerz, a gang inspired by their evil hero, who was previously thought to be dead. Terry tries to stop the theft of communications gear by the Jokerz, but the Joker narrowly escapes. The truth about the Joker's life and death slowly emerges through violent confrontations.

Cast & Crew

Will Friedle
Terry McGinnis, Future Batman
Voice
Kevin Conroy
Bruce Wayne, Batman
Voice
Mark Hamill
The Joker, Jordan Price
Voice
Melissa Joan Hart
Delia Dennis, Deidre Dennis, Dee Dee
Voice
Angie Harmon
Commissioner Barbara Gordon
Voice
Dean Stockwell
Tim Drake
Voice
Teri Garr
Mary McGinnis
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Arleen Sorkin
Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Harley Quinn, "Nana" Harley
Voice
Mathew Valencia
Tim Drake, Robin
Voice
Curt Geda
Director
Paul Dini
Producer
Jean MacCurdy
Executive Producer
Benjamin Melniker
Executive Producer
Michael E. Uslan
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

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Audience Reviews for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

  • Dec 06, 2016
    Way better than I expected it does a great job in paying homage to the original Batman, A great story that's full of action and some good twists too, One of the best animated Batman films even though it's not the original Batman, But if you can look past that then you will enjoy it.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2012
    Still, to this day, my favorite Batman animated movie. There's just something perfect about an aging Bruce Wayne played by Conroy and Hamill as a returning Joker. It's also the magic of Bruce Timm's stylization at it's peak of the 90's DC animated era. What's really incredible though, is the script! I mean the whole thing was written from scratch and yet the dialogue, tone and characterizations are just as good if not better than a lot of existing dark/gritty Batman comic book storylines. When Batman Beyond first debuted it was gimmicky, old fans hated the idea of replacing Bruce with a hip, young guy to appeal to a younger audience but over the years it's been finely tuned to become a credible cannon of it's own and this movie is the final hurrah celebrating that. Full of suspense, action, humor in all the right places. I often come back to this movie when I'm in a Batman mood. :]
    Drake T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2012
    Wow, I've seen the edited and the un-edited versions and I gotta say, both of them are just plain terrific. A fantastic story that is full of twists and turns, great animation (one of the best I've ever seen), and of course the voice cast was excellent. Having pretty much the same cast as the cartoon series of Batman was a wise move. Also, some of the lines in the film are hilarous (in a good way), almost all of the Joker's dialouge is superb (as usual). Personally, I preferred the un-edited version, but at least the best lines and the story has not changed.
    Nick C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    Though Terry is not as great a protagonist, the film getting so dark really is something, Mark Hamill does wonderful in his performance, and the future of Batman and friends shown here really is something.
    Willis T Super Reviewer

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