YMMV: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

  • Awesome Music: The film boasts a very memorable, emotional score by Shirley Walker, who cites it as one of her favorite works.
  • Complete Monster: The Joker both pre-transformation and post-transformation. More close to the 1989's Burton movie's origin of the character than the Multiple-Choice Past's origin of the comics, though no less ambiguous than the latter.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Some fans felt that the film worked better on its own and shouldn't have been in canon with the series (Joker's death, Reeves' mere presence, and the absence of both Robin and Harley Quinn being indicators that it was in its own continuity) and were only forced to accept it as cannon with Andreas's cameo in the JLU episode 'Epilogue' With the release of the now rare Shadow of the Phantasm Batman annual explaining why Andrea left Joker alive and the fate of Reeves some people have accepted that as answers, but some see this comic as Paul Dini admitting that they wrote themselves into a corner
  • Foe Yay: When he visits Arthur Reeves to try and get answers on who killed the mob bosses, we get this little line from The Joker (what, and this surprises you?)
    Arthur Reeves: Haven't you read the papers?! It's Batman!
    The Joker: (makes a buzz noise) Wrong! It ain't the Bat! Nope, nope, nope! I've seen the guy. He looks more like the Ghost of Christmas Future. Nowhere near as cute as Bat-boy.
  • Growing the Beard: Mark Hamill said that this was the project where he truly developed the Joker voice and laugh.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The film showing how Bruce is seemingly fated to be alone looks even worse when Batman Beyond shows this really will be he case for him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • The Joker says "Why so formal?" to Sal Valestra. Replace "formal" with a synonym and you get...
    • The Joker ultimately taking over as the central antagonist by the end of the film over the Phantasm becomes more amusing in light of his tendency to do so in the Arkham games.
  • Iron Woobie: Bruce Wayne.
  • It Was His Sled: The Phantasm's true identity. It was even Spoiled by the Merchandise!
  • Misaimed Fandom: The sequence with Batman confronting Andrea in her hotel room, ending with her declaring that "The only one in this room controlled by their parents is you," has become something of a moderate Memetic Mutation from the film and is typically used on Tumblr to blast Batman for the root cause of his being Batman. In context, however, it completely ignores the fact that Andrea is just like Bruce, if not worse, as she's become a killer because of the death of her father. Even she admittedly doesn't get that Batman is not about vengeance, as demonstrated at the film's end.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The grinning corpse of the murdered Sal Valestra.
      • Coupled with the Joker's demented rant at the Phantasm;
      Joker: "Looks like there's a new face in Gotham and soon his name will be all over town... to say nothing of his legs, and feet, and spleen, and head!"
      • And then there's what happens when Sal makes the mistake of grabbing the Joker and threatening him; Joker's mask of mirth melts into a twisted inhuman fury, and the background is replaced by a solid blood red. You know from that moment that Valestra's already dead.
    • [1] infecting Arthur Reeves with his trademark toxin.
    • The Phantasm killing Bronski by dropping an angel-shaped headstone on him. They didn't even have to show it.
  • Vindicated by Cable: In this case, home video. For their part, Siskel and Ebert publicly expressed their regret on their TV show that they didn't review this film for its theatrical run, considering how good they found it on its video release.