Batmanimation: A History of Batman in Cartoons feat. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Co-presented by Warner Archive in celebration of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm’s Blu-ray release!

Ask any Batman fan what they consider the definitive take on the caped crusader, and 9 out of 10 will name Bruce Timm’s groundbreaking Batman: The Animated Series. At its peak in 1992, the team of Timm and Eric Radomski brought the series’ beautifully realized noir aesthetic to the big screen with the feature-length Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, delivering what is now held up as a canonical and essential Batman story. Series regulars Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill (who would have imagined Luke Skywalker would make for the ideal Joker?) carry over their impeccable voice over work, aided by superlative character voices Stacy Keach, Dana Delaney , Abe Vigoda, Hart Bochner and Dick Miller, bringing to life the story of Batman’s psychologically-charged showdown with a terrifying new enemy, Phantasm. And if being treated to what is arguably the best big screen Batman isn’t enough, famed animation historian and regular Cinefamily guest curator Jerry Beck will be presenting clips from the award-winning series along with the Dark Knight’s other cartoon outings and conducting a lively lecture on his storied history in the animated medium. To the Batcave, aka Cinefamily!

Dirs. Bruce Timm & Eric Radomski, 1992, 35mm, 76 min.