Sandwiched between the brilliant Batman films by Tim Burton and disappointing sequels by Joel Schumacher, Warner Bros’ animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was a hit with critics, yet bombed at the box office due to a last-minute studio decision to release the film theatrically, resulting in virtually zero promotion. Nevertheless the film continues to find itself near the top of Batman films ranked by quality, and on November 26 and 29, we invite you to experience it on the big screen at The Frida!
This stylish animated adventure is a continuation of the ’90s animated television series Batman: The Animated Series, which in turn is based on the original comics and Tim Burton’s live action films. Unlike the campy 1960s adventures of Batman, Mask of the Phantasm bravely defies the traditional conventions of its animated peers by following Burton’s lead in presenting a morally-complex hero dealing with real stakes, and experiencing all the pains of his continued crusade to protect the citizens of a dangerous, crime-infested city. The story retraces the Dark Knight’s origins, and his early attempts to capture the elusive villain Phantasm, who framed Batman for the murder of a crime lord. In the present day, Batman’s alter-ego Bruce Wayne is enjoying the thrills of a love affair with the beautiful Andrea Beaumont when the Phantasm strikes again, hiring Batman’s arch-nemesis the Joker to kill him.
“What the live action Batman films should be and could be if the Warner Brother execs could pull their heads out long enough to realize it. Frankly, the live action Bat-films are embarrassing compared to this and the other animated films.” – IGN Movies
“Among the boldest and most ambitious stories ever attempted in its franchise, and it is as acute, and compelling, and satisfyingly Batmanny as any of the Batman features – if not moreso.” – Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
“Closer to radio drama than kiddie fare, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the strangest PG film of the year.” – Richard Harrington, Washington Post
We thank Warner Bros. for allowing us to bring Batman: Mask of the Phantasm back to the big screen for these special presentations!
Sunday, November 26 – 5pm, 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 29 – 7:30pm