The young protégé of one of the world’s greatest superheroes has his first encounter with an old nemesis in this direct-to-video feature adapted from the popular animated series Batman Beyond. Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle) has taken over the crime-fighting responsibilities of Batman from aging Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy), but while Terry has learned a great deal from Wayne, he’s never heard the startling truth about Batman’s final encounter with his arch-enemy, The Joker (Mark Hamill). However, when The Joker returns to Gotham City as vicious as ever, Wayne decides that it’s time that the new Batman learned all there is to know about the green-faced terror before he can bring the city to its knees — especially after Bruce is attacked by his one-time rival.
Director: Curt Geda
Cast: Will Friedle, Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy
Review: “Return of the Joker” is a tense and pressing thriller that raises the stakes for Bruce Wayne and his young apprentice and sets Terry on a course of realizing his role as Batman, while also facing down the only maniac that drove Bruce Wayne to the edge. “Return of the Joker” is a fantastic extension of the Batman mythos and one that pays homage to the classic Dark Knight, while also extending the dignity and mature arc of “Batman Beyond.” It’s a must watch for all Batman fans.
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn