Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – MarzGurl

A request review from Deadman Ink Productions gives an in depth look at a fantastic Batman movie that’ll make you forget it’s even animated at all.

About MarzGurl

MarzGurl, a.k.a. Kaylyn Saucedo, is an Internet animation and gaming personality, known primarily for her work on Channel Awesome (home of other famed internet personalities such as The Nostalgia Critic and Linkara) and Screenwave Media (YouTube multi-channel network that hosts James Rolfe a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd, Brentalfloss, and Team Four Star). She is also a former Crunchyroll news writer. She rose to fame for her in-depth, introspective, and satirical review videos for subjects such as dollar bin straight-to-video animation to the works of legendary animators such as Ralph Bakshi and Don Bluth, the former of who recognized and commended her work on his Twitter. She also runs her own thriving Twitch channel where she and her partner JoshKnightThe1st, a.k.a. Joshua Saucedo, produce the weekly nerd culture podcast Beyond The Black Rims. In 2015, she released her first feature length film “Farewell, FamiKamen Rider” which she co-produced, co-wrote, and co-directed with JoshKnightTheFirst. The film is a conclusion to the FamiKamen Rider web-series produced by late Internet personality Justin Carmical, a.k.a. JewWario, to whom the film is dedicated.


In recent years, MarzGurl has expanded her activities beyond the Internet realm to include live appearances at conventions. She has hosted panels at Anime Expo, MAGFest, Oni-Con, and many others. Her panels cover a wide variety of topics from animation, to Japanese culture, to her own work and the work of Channel Awesome. She has also become known for her widely popular Nerf Wars, where attendees compete in a variety of Nerf games in an environment designated by the event.

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19 Comments on "Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – MarzGurl"

Shinigami
Guest

I have to agree that in this they manage to give weight to Bruce’s tragedy that allows us to care about it even if it’s not special at all. After all many in both fiction and real life has lost they parents so in that sense it’s nothing special but it’s that weight that this movie gives it that makes us care.

Mr.Evil
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I do like this film, far more than most of the DC Animated films coming out these days and definitely over the Joel Schumacher era of Batman films. But for some reason, it slips out of memory almost as soon as I stop thinking of it. This personal story of Batman seems more appropriate to the small screen than to the big screen. Plus it occupies that rather ungainly spot between kid-friendly and more mature Batman material. Lest we forget, American audiences still have a tendency to consider animation the territory of kids, and Phantasm is a tad too mature… Read more »
RockmanX3
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I think Doug mentioned why Batman TAS was his favorite cartoon of all time was because it was gritty and never talked down to it’s audience, even though it’s primary demographic was kids, but it felt so much more adult in tone.

I was about 14 when the series starter airing and I caught it on it’s first day. I still have vivid memories of Batman fighting the Man Bat that Sunday.

RockmanX3
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I love this movie.

I remember seeing it in the theaters when it was out and literally crapped my pants seeing Bruce put on the Batman suit for the very first time. I also remember being shocked that there was BLOOD in an animated Batman movie since it came out during a time when Mortal Kombat was being censored on consoles.

I never understood why this movie didn’t break box office records in 1993. I consider it on par with the original Keaton Batman and The Dark Knight.

Spider-Matt
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Has anyone else thought that it would have been interesting to see another perspective from the citizens of Gotham who thought Batman was the one killing the Mob Bosses? We really only see Two. There’s Commissioner Gordon who says that it isn’t Batman who is killing the Mob Bosses since it doesn’t fit his MO and Batman’s morals and ethics. Then there’s Councilman Arthur Reeves who believes it is Batman and he should be locked away. I’m surprised they didn’t include a mention of citizens of Gotham who would say, “So what if Batman is killing these Mob Bosses! It’s… Read more »
Grinch
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Good call.

TragicGuineaPig
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1. I would say Under the Red Hood is a good contender. In a lot of ways, it explores very similar themes: Batman has to take on someone he cares about. 2. The villain is never actually called the Phantasm in the film. He usually refers to himself as The Angel of Death. In fact, I would argue that the term “Phantasm” could actually apply to either the hero or the villain. 3. Actually, there’s another reason Andrea was after the councilman. Do you honestly think she wouldn’t know about the real connection between the mob and her father? Bruce… Read more »
TheCyberwoman
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This is also my favorite batman film, hands down. You touched on many of the points I bring up when in batman debates with my friends, like the balanced portrayed of both sides of Bruce’s personality. Glad to see it get some of the love it deserves.

Chicken Puppet
Guest

Great movie. I think you may have given away too many of the plot points to people who haven’t seen it.

They should stop your video, go see it, then watch the rest of your video!

Kailen
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I remember owning this movie on the old clam shell VHS (though I do not remember the comic….) It’s still one of my favorites. Though, as mentioned earlier, Under the Red Hood is neck and neck with this one. The scene that still sticks out in my head is at the very end, when Andrea has the Joker in her grasp, the place is exploding around them, he knows that he’s probably going to be killed… and he just laughs. That summed up the Joker well to me. Even in the face of his own demise, he wasn’t going to… Read more »
Visionary1970
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Ah yes…Batman – Mask Of The Phantasm. I had the fortune to see this in the theatre back when it first came out in 1993. Originally meant as a direct to video feature some one at Warner Bros. had the idea to release it theatrically. I also have the clam shell case and the comic in storage somewhere. This film did not talk down to kids as did the entire series. You honestly felt these characters were real and I too lament that Warner Bros. never did another theatrical release of their movies. For me this film is the best… Read more »
TragicGuineaPig
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I remember when I learned that tidbit about the backmasked names. I remember thinking that it was Russian or German for something like, “The bat strikes from the shadows, striking terror in the unrighteous,” or something like that. So disappointing to learn the truth.

TragicGuineaPig
Guest

Imagining, I mean.

Visionary1970
Guest

When I first heard it I thought it was Latin.

However, I still think it’s pretty cool and it’s not the only time it’s been done. Joel McNeely’s score to VIRUS does the same thing but it does it more in the style of a Russian choir. It’s more than likely a budgetary thing.

Grinch
Guest

It’s not a review, it’s a rehearsal.

angel85
Guest
This is also my favorite Batman movie, I always felt like Noland’s Batman Begins was just a live action version of this. The Phantasm would make one more cameo in the last episode of Justice League Unlimted, where it was revealed she had been contracted by Cadmus to murder Terry McGinnis’ parents in front of him as a child so he’d become the new Batman, but she refused at the last minute. As a fan since the age of 8 seeing that bit of continuity preserved in a show made when I was 20 was just an amazing fangasm moment.
TragicGuineaPig
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Except that he didn’t ever have to fight Rachael. Then again, he doesn’t exactly fight Andrea, either.

Manfred Vön Schteenstein
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Manfred Vön Schteenstein

They actually produced a music video for “I Never Even Told You,” I used to have it recorded off a local Akron Video program called “23 Saturday Night Videos.” Sadly, that was a tape from the early 90’s, so I no longer have that on video. It’s a shame it has been put as a Special Feature on any of the DVD releases, and i haven’t been able to find it on YouTube. Hopefully someone on the interwebs can track it down, because i would love to see it again.

Manfred Vön Schteenstein
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Manfred Vön Schteenstein

Hasn’t* been released, sorry.

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