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Canister X Movie Review #9: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) - Canister X - A.P. Fuchs
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) Written by Paul Dini Directed by Curt Geda Runtime 77 min. 5 out of 5 He was thought dead. The laughter was supposed to have ended. But evil never dies. The Joker is back! His mission? Why, give Gotham a wedgy again! But this Gotham is different than the one the Joker left behind. It’s a new Gotham with a new Batman. Plenty of surprises abound in this thrilling chapter in the Batman Beyond universe. This movie is brilliant, pure and simple. I’ve seen both the regular and the uncut versions of this film and it’s the uncut version that’s being reviewed here (the regular is virtually the same and has only a few altered scenes). The uncut version doesn’t hold back and isn’t sensitive to the viewer’s eyes. This one’s much more violent than the regular version. In the original release, certain events were only implied. In this one, they are shown. (If anything, I was surprised at how graphic this cartoon was compared to the Batman Beyond and Batman: TAS episodes.) Ah, yes, the joys of direct-to-DVD releases. The Batman in Batman Beyond, Terry McGinnis, is real. You care about …