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Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (also known as Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker in Europe and Australia) is a 2000 American direct-to-video animated film featuring the comic book superhero Batman and his archenemy, the Joker. It is set in the continuity of the animated series Batman Beyond, in which Bruce Wayne has retired from crime fighting, giving the mantle of Batman to high school student Terry McGinnis, and serves as a sequel to both Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures. As in the TV series, Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy star as Terry McGinnis and Bruce Wayne, respectively. Mark Hamill, who played the Joker opposite Conroy in Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, reprises his role.

Before its release, the movie was heavily edited to remove scenes of extreme violence, and some dialogue was altered, thus creating the "Not-Rated" version of the movie. The original version was subsequently released on DVD following an online petition to have the original version released. It received a PG-13 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for violence, the first animated Batman film and from Warner Bros. Family Entertainment to do so.

Mephisto Odyssey and Static-X contributed the song "Crash (The Humble Brothers Remix)" on the film's soundtrack, along with a music video directed by Len Wiseman featured on the DVD.

Plot

In Neo-Gotham City, the Joker mysteriously resurfaces after having disappeared 35 years ago,[1] taking over a faction of the criminal gang Jokerz. On his orders, they steal high-tech communications equipment. Despite the intervention of Terry McGinnis (Bruce Wayne's successor as Batman), the Joker escapes. Bruce insists that the Joker must be an impostor, claiming to have witnessed the Joker's death after their last battle. Unwilling to let Terry face the Joker—impostor or not—Bruce demands that he return the Batsuit, to which he reluctantly complies. Later, Terry and his girlfriend Dana are attacked by the Jokerz at a nightclub. At the same time, the Joker ambushes and attacks Bruce in the Batcave, leaving him for dead. Terry defeats the Jokerz, and Dana is taken to the hospital for her injuries. Terry rushes to Wayne Manor, and finds Bruce near-dead from the Joker's trademark toxin. Terry quickly administers an antidote, and tends to Bruce with the help of Barbara Gordon.

At Terry's insistence, Barbara reluctantly tells him what really happened to the Joker. Decades earlier, after Nightwing (Dick Grayson) moved to the adjoining city of Blüdhaven to fight crime on his own, the Joker and Harley Quinn kidnapped Tim Drake, Dick's successor as Robin, disfigured him to look like the Joker, and tortured him for three weeks, at which point Tim revealed Batman's secrets. After hearing Joker taunting Tim, Batman snaps and fights him only to end up stabbed and weakened. During the final battle, although the Joker attempted to make Tim kill Batman, Tim turned on the Joker and killed him before suffering a mental breakdown. Batman and Batgirl comfort Tim and then buried the Joker's body in a mineshaft deep beneath Arkham Asylum, while Harley fell into a pit while fighting Batgirl and was presumed dead. One year after the incident, Tim was successfully rehabilitated, but Bruce forbade Tim from being Robin again, blaming himself for what happened and vowing to never again endanger another young partner. Tim eventually settled down with a wife and family and now has a career as a communications engineer.

Terry decides to question Tim, who denies any involvement and bitterly says he had grown sick of his past life as Robin. Terry then suspects Wayne Enterprises' operations manager Jordan Pryce, who would have taken control of the company were it not for Bruce's return. Terry finds the Jokerz with Pryce on his yacht, who reveal that Pryce had hired them and given them access codes. However, the Joker has sent them to kill Pryce, as he is no longer needed. Terry rescues Pryce before a laser blast destroys the boat, and then turns him in to the police with a recording of Pryce's conversation with the Jokerz.

Back in the Batcave, Terry deduces that Tim must be working with the Joker when he discovers that the high-tech equipment the Jokerz have been stealing can be combined to form a machine that takes control of any satellite, even an orbiting military satellite with an automated defense system and fire it at will, thus explaining what happened on the yacht—and it can only be built by an engineer of Tim's caliber. Although skeptical, Bruce sends Terry to question Tim. The Joker, who confirms that he and Tim are indeed working together, lures Terry into a trap.

After escaping, Terry tracks the Joker to the abandoned Jolly Jack Candy Factory. After fighting off the Jokerz, he finds Tim, who transforms into the Joker before his eyes. The Joker confesses that when he kidnapped Tim, he secretly implanted a microchip, built from cutting-edge genetics technology (revealed later to have been stolen from Project Cadmus) into Tim's brain. The chip carries the Joker's consciousness and genetic material, allowing the Joker to transform Tim into a clone of himself, eventually becoming strong enough to permanently control Tim's body. The Joker prepares to fire the satellite to kill Terry's girlfriend Dana Tan, his family and Bruce before destroying the city, but Terry sets Bruce's dog, Ace, on him. Terry knocks the Joker's joy buzzer into the controls, destroying the beam's guidance system and causing it to head to the factory.

The Joker attempts to escape, but Terry seals the factory. The two fight, but the Joker is a formidable opponent since he has extensive knowledge of Bruce's tactics as Batman. Terry improvises by using his own street fighting maneuvers and taunting the Joker's obsession with Bruce, sending the villain into a fury to put him off balance. The Joker pins Terry to the floor and begins to strangle him. However, having covertly retrieved the Joker's joy buzzer, Terry delivers a shock to the Joker's neck, destroying the chip, reverting Tim to his old self and ridding the Joker once and for all. Terry escapes with Tim and Ace before the satellite destroys the factory and the satellite-jamming device. The satellite is deactivated and floats into outer space.

In the city jail, the female twin members of the Jokerz (collectively known as "Dee Dee") are bailed out by their grandmother, an elderly and apparently reformed Harley Quinn. Later, while visiting Tim in the hospital to reconcile, Bruce acknowledges to Terry that he is worthy of the mantle of Batman. The film ends with Terry donning the Batsuit and flying off into the heart of the city.

Voice cast

  • Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis / Batman
  • Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne / Batman
  • Mark Hamill as Joker and Jordan Pryce
  • Angie Harmon as Commissioner Barbara Gordon
    • Tara Strong as young Barbara Gordon / Batgirl
  • Dean Stockwell as Tim Drake
    • Mathew Valencia as Robin / young Tim Drake
    • Andrea Romano as Joker, Jr. (laughing boy) / young Tim Drake
  • Arleen Sorkin as Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
  • Melissa Joan Hart as Delia and Deidre Dennis / Dee Dee
  • Michael Rosenbaum as Stewart Carter Winthrop III / Ghoul
  • Don Patrick Harvey as Charles Buntz / Chucko
  • Henry Rollins as Benjamin Knox / Bonk
  • Frank Welker as Woof the Hyena-Man and Ace the Bat-Hound
  • Lauren Tom as Dana Tan
  • Rachael Leigh Cook as Chelsea Cunningham
  • Teri Garr as Mary McGinnis
  • Ryan O'Donohue as Matt McGinnis
  • Vernee Watson-Johnson as Ms. Joyce Carr
  • Mary Scheer as Mrs. Drake
  • Jason Stanford as Gangster

Behind the scenes

Connections to the television series

Re-editing

Soundtrack

Main article: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (soundtrack)

Critical reception

Comic adaptation

Transcript

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