Thank you to @PapaKennMedia :) go check out his youtube station - he does awesome, fun, pithy, smart movie reviews!
That being said - everything I thought of for this week was anticlimactic somehow. So I'm just going to share my favorite Batman movie. I know what you're thinking... no it's not the one with Michael Keaton. Or the one with Val Kilmer (shame on you, that's just mean) or even George Clooney. Well then, it's gotta be one with Christian Bale, right? Right?
It's Kevin Conroy! Yay! *doing the Kermit flail*
I can hear the needle scratching off the record in your head. Who?? you say? We're talking about an animated flick - Batman Mask of the Phantasm c. 1993:
Once upon a time, I owned this on VHS (if you don't know what that is, go ask your mom - she'll laugh) and I watched it until it garbled the tape. Yesterday, I found it at Target for $5 and I squealed in the isle. All right, so I didn't squeal but I did shout "YES!" And jump. And scare the friend I was shopping with.
This movie is fantastic, for so many reasons but the first of which is that it has the Joker! I love the Joker, particularly the one played by the vocal talents of Mark Hamill - he makes the Joker everything you ever wanted him to be. He's flamboyant and dark at the same time without being ridiculous; don't get me wrong the artist/cartoonist helps with that too, but Hamill lays out lines for the Joker that just make me giddy. And that laugh!! It is amazing, he's my favorite part of the movie.
"I can blow smoke too, toots." Look at that face! What's not to love?
Kevin Conroy gives Batman a great voice too - deep and a little sexy, which is another reason I like this movie... it's a little sexy for a cartoon and a bit gritty which was not as common place in 1993 as it is now (Cool World was grittier but also, unrivaled for the time). I had never seen a cartoon where a guy gets kneed in his manhood (and the Joker takes it well).
Other great voices? Abe Vigoda (yes, from The Godfather, Fish from Barney Miller and about a billion other things) lends his voice to a bad guy and Dana Delany performs the voice of Bruce Wayne's love interest. There are others too, that we all recognize but can't quite put a finger on - loveable character voice actors that we've all heard.
Really, I'm not going to get into plot points on this because I highly recommend seeing it. So I'll just pass along common knowledge -
Here's what IMDB says: Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.