Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker


Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

Critics Consensus

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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Movie Info

The young protégé of one of the world's greatest superheroes has his first encounter with an old nemesis in this direct-to-video feature adapted from the popular animated series Batman Beyond. Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle) has taken over the crime-fighting responsibilities of Batman from aging Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy), but while Terry has learned a great deal from Wayne, he's never heard the startling truth about Batman's final encounter with his arch-enemy, The Joker (Mark Hamill). However, when The Joker returns to Gotham City as vicious as ever, Wayne decides that it's time that the new Batman learned all there is to know about the green-faced terror before he can bring the city to its knees -- especially after Bruce is attacked by his one-time rival. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker also features the voice talents of Melissa Joan Hart and Angie Harmon. Upon its initial release, the movie sparked some controversy among Batman Beyond fans because of last-minute edits that toned down the violence level. However, it was eventually released on DVD in an uncut format.

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Kevin Conroy
as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Will Friedle
as Terry McGinnis/Batman
Angie Harmon
as Barbara Gordon
Mark Hamill
as The Joker/Jordan Price
Dean Stockwell
as Tim Drake
Teri Garr
as Mary McGinnis
Melissa Joan Hart
as Dennis/Dee Dee
Frank Welker
as Woof the Hyena Man
Tara Strong
as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl
Rachael Leigh Cook
as Chelsea Cunningham
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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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