Overlooked Dark Knight Commentary – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Welcome to the first installment of Overlooked Dark Knight Commentaries, a sub-series of The Overlooked Dark Knight podcast!  Normally Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey talk about Batman stories that few people, if any, have talked about on a podcast but occasionally they are going to put down the comic books down and pick up the DVD or Blu-Ray so they can yak all over a Batman related movie.

This time out Andy and Mike celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm! Directed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasko and Michael Reeves, and starring Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Mark Hamill, Hart Bochner, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., this movie hit theaters on Christmas Day in 1993 and did not do all that well financially.  The film cost 6 million dollars to make and only took in 5.8 million, which is a shame but the movie eventually found an audience on home video and has gone on to be THE SINGLE GREATEST BATMAN FILM EVER RELEASED IN THEATERS!

Andy and Mike will accept no arguments on that score.

After a quick preamble where Mike feels the need to tell you how he first saw Batman: Mask of the Phantasm the guys watch the film from the first frame to the end credits and in between talk about why this movie is so amazing.  They also discuss why Batman can’t get married, why snarky Alfred is better than jerk Alfred, why Alfred would never say the word, “diapered”, why being a detective is essential to Batman’s character, and why this is the single greatest Batman film ever released in theaters.  They also discuss the song played in the end credits, which is objectively awful.  There are moments of silence where Andy and Mike find themselves watching the film and there is also a slight echo with Mike’s audio but otherwise this is a fun discussion of a great movie.

Next Time: While there are no plans to record a commentary at the moment Andy and Mike discuss what the next movie might be at the end of the episode.

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  1. Excellent commentary, gentleman. I rewatched the movie recently for Batman: Knightcast, and while my opinion differs on the strength of connections between this and Year Two, I was nodding my head through the rest of it. It really is the best Batman film. Period.

    Oh, and Marilu Henner voiced frequent BTAS supporting character, and Bruce’s playgirl pal, Veronica Vreeland across both versions of the show. She’s not playing “Ronnie” here, but she was a semi-regular in the Romano voice troupe.

    Looking forward to your output in this, Batman’s 80th year. Maybe Ryan and I will manage to get a Knightcast out before the candles are all blown out and the cake is gone! 😉


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