* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: The soundtrack has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsO-NlNmbsU Humble Brothers Remix of "Crash"]] by Mephisto Odyssey featuring Static-X.
** It even includes [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E-3kQxTtgM the music video for the original version of the song]] as well.
** Similarly, Kristopher Carter's score is ''incredible'', blending the metal/techno-tinged world of ''Beyond'' effortlessly with an orchestra for a greater emotional scope.
* BrokenBase: There is a contingent of fans who argue that the ''{{Bowdlerized}}'' edit is, if not a better film, a far darker and more effective one. Most of this sentiment draws from the fact that editing down to a PG rating meant that the creators had to be far more tactful with what violence ''was'' shown, making use of the DiscretionShot in a way that actually made it worse. On the other hand, the censored version had some shoddy editing with continuity errors, the dialogue suffers as a result of the NeverSayDie trope, Bonk's death was more ambiguous and much less shocking, the scene of the Joker stabbing Batman was made much less effective by the replacing of said stabbing with a ''punch'', and Tim being only ''indirectly'' responsible for [[spoiler:the Joker's death]] makes it seem like [[{{Wangst}} he has been suffering from an ''irrational'' guilt complex his entire life...]]
* CompleteMonster: '''JOKER'''. See Monster/DCAnimation.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: Almost everything the Joker says or does, ''especially'' during the flashback scene.
-->'''Joker:''' If you don't like the movie, I've got slides!
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The Jokerz in this movie[[note]]Bonk, Chucko, Ghoul, Dee Dee, and Woof[[/note]], especially Dee Dee, are all extremely popular among the fandom. This is likely the reason they were included in the BadFuture episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''.
* FoeYay: One of the biggest examples of Batman/Joker. To put it bluntly, [[spoiler: Joker kidnapped one of Batman's "sons" with the intention of molding him into his ''own'' "son".]]
* HarsherInHindsight:
** The shootout in the nightclub is this, given the Orlando nightclub shooting.
** [[spoiler: What Tim goes through here in the flashback, given that the backstory for ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' has Jason Todd go through the same thing and end up assisting the Scarecrow in, what is for all intents and purposes, a terrorist attack on Gotham.]]
* HeartwarmingInHindsight: See the cameo bit on the Trivia page? Considering all that's happened between Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown since this film was made, [[note]]Her [[ComicBookDeath "dying"]], a rocky ending, and [[Comicbook/BatmanEternal only recently coming back]]...[[/note]] it's nice to see that there's at least one version where the two of them settled down together with their own life.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The Joker crashes a high-rise party, and escapes because Batman has to save a guest from falling. [[Film/TheDarkKnight Sound familiar?]]
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', Creator/TroyBaker [[spoiler: is mirroring Tim Drake and Jason Todd, going from voicing Drake in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity Arkham City]]'' to voicing the Joker in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins Arkham Origins]]'' to voicing Todd in ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'']].
** A former BigBad who seemingly died has come back to life through [[spoiler: nanotechnology attached to another character]]. Are we talking about the resurrection of The Joker or [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Liquid Snake/Ocelot?]]
** [[spoiler:Harley Quinn, of all people,]] became a mother and eventually even a ''grandmother''? At least in [[ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs an alternate universe/franchise]] it looks like.
* InferredHolocaust: On two occasions, Joker uses a gigantic military orbital laser to carve a swathe of destruction through Gotham. Civilian casualties are never mentioned on either occasion, but it's a ''giant military laser'' carving through a ''major city'', often going right through buildings. One can only imagine the death toll. The commentary track notes that the laser [[ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding miraculously avoided hitting a single person.]]
* JustHereForGodzilla: There are a some people who view the film only for the flashback sequence featuring the Joker's death and the events leading up to it.
* MemeticMutation: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWDozBLKdJ4 Oh, what the heck, I'll laugh anyway! HA HA HA HA HA HAA!]]
* MoralEventHorizon: The movie gives the Clown Prince of Crime a rather infamous line-crossing moment: [[spoiler: he kidnapped Robin, [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]] and {{mind rape}}d him for three weeks, mutilated him, "fixed" him up as Joker Jr., implanted a microchip doctored with the Joker's DNA into his body, and invited Batman over to see his work in detail (which included a home video of the boy's torture labeled as "Our Family Memories"). He then reveals that he's learned Batman's secret identity, ''mocks him'' for it (and for not having the balls to kill him after all this), and knifes him before he tosses "J.J." a spear gun to finish him off with.]] Also worth mentioning that this particular MEH crossing is now the trope image for [[Monster/DCAnimation DC Animation's complete monsters]].
** Even for the Joker, the events of ''Return of the Joker'' were extreme. Not even Harley Quinn gets a get out free card after helping with that. [[spoiler: Although she survives anyways, thanks to her quasi-superpowered vitality after Poison Ivy made her nervous system immune to all poisons back in ''Batman: The Animated Series''.]] Even Creator/MarkHamill, who had been voicing the Joker for years at this point, felt uncomfortable with the role this time.
* OvershadowedByControversy: The film will forever be remembered for two controversial death scenes [[spoiler:(Bonk's and the Joker's)]], which were first heavily altered along with other scenes before it was released in 2000, in an attempt to tone down the violence due to being pressured by criticism from MoralGuardians and {{Media Watchdog}}s for violence in films during the fallout of UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}}; and then eventually brought back in 2002 when the {{Bowdlerise}}d version didn't help matters but only caused unrest among many Batman fans that lasted for over a year.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The [=PlayStation=] and Nintendo 64 versions had bad music, bad graphics, clunky controls, repetitive boring gameplay, broken combat, and can be started and finished within a half hour- ''''seriously''''- which is why it was given lowest scores from [=GameRankings=] and Metacritic. The Game Boy Color version fared a little better, however, but some reviews are mixed.
* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Tim Drake.
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