Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

1993 PG 1h 16m DVD

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Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

1993 PG 1h 16m DVD
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In this animated adventure that rivals live-action adaptations, the wealthy Bruce Wayne is torn when an old flame returns to Gotham City. At the same time, the Phantasm, a "hero" who's killing Gotham's gangsters, confronts Wayne's alter ego, Batman. Through flashback, the film reveals the origins of Batman's costume and his ongoing rivalry with the devilishly villainous Joker (voiced by Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame).
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a more mature Batman cartoon than the ones they might remember from their Saturday morning-TV childhoods. There is real death (including a parent), much violence -- even if it's animated -- involving explosions, guns, knives, etc. There's even some unsettling imagery involving corpses and the Joker that may upset the youngest kids. Anyone unfamiliar with the Batman saga might have some trouble following the story.

Sexual Content

Just a hint that Bruce Wayne and Andrea have spent the night together.


Much fighting, gunshots, and explosions. Some blood and dead bodies shown.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Batman never kills and seems to act noble and suitably heroic. Though his quest for justice suggests that being a vigilante has ruined Bruce Wayne's personal life, his righteous motivations and crimefighting are contrasted with the much bleaker personal vengeance mission of the Phantasm. Andrea is a particularly strong female character. Gangsters are of stereotypically Italian-American descent, and Gotham City businessmen, police, and government officials are mob-connected or threatening.


Tie-in to vast quantities of related merchandise.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking; Bruce Wayne gets wine tossed on him at a party by an ex-girlfriend.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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