YMMV: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

  • 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 Robin's absence 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
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Joker says "Why so formal?" to Sal Valestra. Replace "formal" with a synonym and you get...
  • 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.
    • What The Joker does to Arthur Reeves.
    • "Makes you want to laugh, doesn't it Arty?"
    • 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.