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Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (also known as Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker in Europe and Australia) is a direct-to-video animated film featuring the comic book superhero Batman and his archenemy, the Joker. It is set in the continuity of the animated series Batman Beyond, in which Bruce Wayne has retired from crimefighting and given the mantle of Batman to high school student Terry McGinnis. As in the TV series, Will Friedle and Kevin Conroy star as Terry McGinnis and Bruce Wayne, respectively. Mark Hamill, who voiced the Joker opposite Conroy in Batman: The Animated Series, returns in the title role.

Before its release, the movie was cut by almost four minutes to remove scenes of violence, and some dialogue was altered, thus creating the PG-Rated version of the movie. The original version was subsequently released on DVD following an online petition to have the original version released. It received a PG-13 rating from the MPAA for violence.

Mephisto Odyssey and Static-X contributed the song "Crash (The Humble Brothers Remix)" on the film's soundtrack, along with a music video featured on the DVD.

Plot

Some 40 years after the timeline of Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures, the seemingly immortal Joker has taken control of a faction of the Jokerz, a street gang devoted to the Clown Prince of Crime's image. On his orders, they steal high-tech equipment which Batman had been tracking for weeks.

The next night, Bruce is about to announce his return to active leadership of Wayne Enterprises when the Joker and his cronies interrupt, and the Joker announces his return to Gotham.

Bruce is adamant that this is not the real Joker, who he claims died decades before. Terry asks Bruce if he killed the Joker to prevent him from committing a particularly heinous crime. Instead of responding, he asks Terry to give back the Batsuit. Terry refuses, saying that fighting crime as Batman is what makes him a worthwhile person. The two argue, and an angry Terry throws the Batsuit to the ground.

Later on, as Terry is dancing with his girlfriend Dana at a nightclub, he is approached by twin blondes (who are the Dee-Dee Twins without their disguises) and then attacked by the Jokerz. At the same time, the Joker attacks Bruce in the Batcave. Dana is injured, but Terry sends the Jokerz running. Terry rushes to Wayne Manor; when he arrives, he finds Bruce half-dead from Joker venom. Terry quickly administers an antidote, and as Bruce recovers, Commissioner Barbara Gordon (the former Batgirl) tells Terry the truth about the Joker's death.

The story switches to a flashback of The New Batman Adventures timeline. While on solo patrol one night, Tim Drake, the second Robin, is kidnapped by The Joker and his sidekick, Harley Quinn. Over the course of three weeks, the Joker subjects Tim to a series of brutal physical and psychological tortures, bleaching his skin white, dying his hair green, giving him a purple suit, and contorting his lips into a rictus reminiscent of the Joker's. Eventually, Tim is driven insane, and the Joker "adopts" him as his son, "J.J."

During the torture, Tim reveals to the Joker all of Batman's secrets, including his secret identity. When Batman and Batgirl locate Joker and Quinn at Arkham Asylum, they discover what the Joker has done to Tim. Batman flies into a rage and chases Joker around the abandoned asylum. Meanwhile, Harley forces Batgirl on the defensive with her rocket launcher, knocking her off a cliff outside the ruins. Harley loses control of the rocket launcher, and both she and Batgirl are knocked off the cliff. During the ensuing struggle, Harley falls off the cliff to her (apparent) death.

Batman chases after the Joker, but during the ensuing struggle, the Joker stabs Batman in the leg. With Batman incapacitated, the Joker gives "J.J." a speargun with a dart shaped like a BANG-flag and tells him to kill Batman; however, the boy, just barely aware of his actions but unwilling to kill Batman, kills the Joker instead. A severely traumatized Tim breaks down in tears (but still laughing insanely). Batman and Batgirl later bury the Joker's body in an abandoned mine shaft deep beneath the asylum, but are unable to find Harley's body. The only people who are aware of what happened at Arkham that night are Commissioner James Gordon (who helps cover the incident up), Bruce's butler Alfred Pennyworth, and Dick Grayson. To protect Tim, they decide to keep the events of his kidnapping and torture a secret. After Tim recovers, Batman forbids him from ever being Robin again. Tim leaves Wayne Manor, and eventually marries, fathers two children, and starts working as a communications engineer.

The story returns to the "present", where Terry (as Batman) questions the now adult Tim Drake, who denies any involvement and expresses resentment about his past life as Robin. Terry then suspects Jordan Price, Wayne's rival executive at Wayne Enterprises. However, Terry finds the Jokerz on Price's yacht, trying to kill him. He rescues Price before a giant laser beam from a satellite destroys the boat. He then plays a recording of the conversation between Price and the Jokerz, finding that Price has been helping the gang steal the technology, in exchange for them trying to kill Wayne. Price is arrested.

Looking around the Batcave, Terry notices that only the Robin costume was deliberately damaged in the Joker's attack on the Batcave. Remembering Tim's resentment, Terry deduces that Tim is behind the Joker. The stolen technology, when utilized by a communications expert, could form a transmitter allowing him to hijack a defense satellite.

Terry confronts Tim at his job site, but is lured into a trap. Escaping in the Batmobile, he is then chased through Gotham by another giant laser beam. He tracks the Joker to an abandoned candy factory. After fighting off the Jokerz, he discovers the truth behind the new Joker: using stolen genetics technology, the Joker copied his consciousness and DNA onto a microchip and implanted it in Tim Drake's brain while Tim was his prisoner. Whenever the chip takes control of Tim, he transforms into the Joker. Soon, the Joker will take complete control of Tim's body.

The Joker prepares a satellite strike on Gotham, beginning with Wayne Manor and including Dana's hospital and Terry's mother's house, ultimately burning a path of destruction into Gotham City in the shape of a smiley face. Before he can fire, Terry sets Bruce's guard dog Ace on the Joker and uses the distraction to destroy the beam's guidance system. The beam then heads toward the factory.

The Joker attempts to escape, but Terry seals the factory, and The Joker and the young Dark Knight face off in a final confrontation. At the fight's climax, Terry hides in the rafters, mocking the Joker's obsession with Batman and his inability to make the original Batman laugh, sending him to a crazed fury. An enraged Joker throws a handful of grenades at his opponent, sending Terry crashing to the floor. The Joker pins him to the ground, pulls off his mask, and begins to strangle him. Terry capitalizes on the Joker's distraction and destroys the microchip with Joker's own electrical joy buzzer. The Joker is destroyed once and for all, and Tim Drake reverts to his old self. Donning back his mask, Terry escapes with Tim and Ace before the satellite destroys the factory, taking the satellite jammer with it and stopping the beam.

In the city jail, two of the Jokerz, the Dee-Dee twins (Delia & Deirdra Dennis), are revealed to be the twin granddaughters of the elderly Harley Quinn ("Nana Harley"), who is ironically seen bailing them out while lamenting what disappointments they are (they leave with her saying "I hope they throw the book at you!"). Meanwhile, Terry meets Tim properly in the hospital while Tim is talking with Barbara. The movie ends with Bruce, Barbara, and Tim reuniting in a hospital room and mending fences. Bruce and Tim tell Terry that he is truly worthy of the Mantle of The Bat.

Terry dons the Batsuit once again and flies off into the heart of Gotham City.

Cast

Actor Role
Will Friedle Terry McGinnis / Batman
Kevin Conroy Bruce Wayne / Batman
Mark Hamill The Joker
Jordan Price
Angie Harmon Police Commissioner Barbara Gordon
Dean Stockwell Tim Drake
Teri Garr Mary McGinnis
Arleen Sorkin Harley Quinn
Tara Strong Barbara Gordon / Batgirl (young)
Mathew Valencia Tim Drake / Robin (young)
Melissa Joan Hart Delia & Deidre Dennis / Dee-Dee
Don Harvey Charles Buntz / Chucko
Michael Rosenbaum Stewart Carter Winthrop III / Ghoul
Henry Rollins Benjamin Knox / Bonk
Rachael Leigh Cook Chelsea Cunningham
Frank Welker Woof the Hyena-Man
Ace the Bat-Hound
Lauren Tom Dana Tan
Mary Scheer Mrs. Drake
Vernee Watson-Johnson Ms. Joyce Carr

Jokerz

This film featured a new Jokerz gang. The series previously featured two different Jokerz gangs, one led by J-Man, who dressed similarly to the Joker himself, and his gang were recurring antagonists in the series. Another much smaller gang was featured in the episode 'Hidden Agenda', led by Terminal, who dressed in a much more ghoulish appearance. It is possible that the former two gangs have been since arrested, and this is the new major Jokerz gang in Gotham. This gang consisted of the following members:

Bonk: A large, arrogant member of the gang who is constantly criticized by the others for his lack of consideration. His arrogance proves to be his undoing when he confronts Tim Drake / The Joker, saying he believes that the Joker is a fake and that he wants to quit. The Joker responds by pulling out a gun on him. Bonk, in a panic, tries to deny that he was serious. The Joker pulls the trigger and a BANG! flag comes out. Bonk and the other Jokerz sigh with relief, until the Joker pulls the trigger again, and the flag comes out and impales Bonk in the heart, sending his dead body flying across the room, putting a frozen smile on his face. In the edited version, this is redone to make the scene less violent. The events are similar, except for the fact that the Joker gives Bonk a lethal dose of laughing gas. A new scene is added when the Joker tosses the used gun over his shoulder, and it lands on Bonk's laughing body.

Chucko: An obese member of the gang, dressed in pink and always wearing a clown mask, covering his face. His face is always masked and never seen. He is tough but not as violent as Bonk or Woof and tends to work with Ghoul the most, usually with more thought and consideration than Bonk. His weapons are usually laser guns, or hand-to-hand combat. He stated that he enjoys killing and causing harm when he says to Terry McGinnis 'I don't know why the boss wants a dreg like you out of the way, but hey, as long as it's fun'. However, this line was cut in the edited version, most likely because it suggested that killing was enjoyable. In the final battle between Batman and the Jokerz (minus Bonk, who was killed earlier by the Joker), Chucko attempts to shoot down the Batwing on a large pillar with a bazooka. However, Batman makes short work of him when he cuts the pillar down, sending Chucko plummeting downwards.

Dee Dee: Twin granddaughters of Dr. Harleen Quinzel, also known as Harley Quinn. They fight with the same style as their grandmother and are arguably the best fighters in the gang. They are Olympic-level athletes, experts at tumbling and hand to hand combat. Many opponents, including Batman, underestimated their playful, Raggedy Ann-like smiles only to wind up in traction later. Without their Jokerz uniforms and makeups, they are two attractive sixteen year old girls that can bring any boy to their knees. Their motto is "Trouble on the double!" and they do their best to live up to it. In the final scene, they are defeated by Batman, and are seen later in their cell, being bought out by their grandmother. It has been confirmed by the creators that they are also of the Joker's heritage. In the Justice League Unlimited episode, "The Once and Future Thing", they are able to murder their timeline's Batman by electrocution before the events are erased from history at the end of the episode.

Ghoul: A Gothic looking member of the gang who resembles Batman's old enemy the Scarecrow. It is possible that his look was influenced by the villain. Ghoul is not much in a fight, but has high intelligence and does the Joker's research and infiltrates different places, usually alongside Chucko. He speaks in the style of Christopher Walken. He is last seen in the battle against Batman, when he tries to creep up on him, but is easily beaten with a single punch.

Woof: A spliced member of the group, his DNA is mixed with that of a hyena in homage to the old hyena pets of the Joker and Harley. Woof cannot speak, only laughs and snarls, and fights rather than thinks. He is beaten by Ace the Bat-Hound in the fight against Batman.

It should be noted that this particular Jokerz gang returns after this movie in the Justice League Unlimited episode 'The Once and Future Thing' in which they are working for Chronos who has created a Time Machine. Bonk is also present, however the events in 'The Once and Future Thing' were happening outside the normal flow of time as stated by the older Bruce Wayne to Static. Therefore, the events of 'The Once and Future Thing' and Return of the Joker can both exist. Bonk could have been killed in Return of the Joker yet live in The Once and Future Thing due to the timeline being damaged as can be seen from such events as John Stewart changing into Hal Jordan or Wonder Woman simply vanishing. In The Once and Future Thing, the Jokerz work for Chronos in exchange for new, advanced superpowers that he gives them. Bonk can change his arm into a powerful hammer, Dee Dee can duplicate themselves repeatedly after withstanding kinetic impacts (similar to the Marvel Comics character Jamie Madrox), Woof has powerful mechanical arms, Ghoul can transform his limbs into deadly chainsaws, and Chucko now moves with his legs replaced with a ball and uses a double laser-sword; the unknown technologies in the laser sword proved capable of harming Wonder Woman even when they struck her normally invulnerable bracelets. With these powers, the Jokerz killed most of the Justice League. During the episode, Chucko sells Chronos out to Batman, but is caught. As punishment, Chronos sends Chucko back in time to the dinosaur age, just before the dinosaurs were wiped out. Chucko is wiped out with them. At the end, time is altered so none of this ever happened, so it is likely that Chucko returned to life and Bonk died again.

Connections to the television series

  • The first season finale of Justice League Unlimited showed the future Justice League members (including Terry McGinnis) and Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern fighting enhanced versions of the Jokerz seen in Return of the Joker.
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "Epilogue", it was revealed that the genetics technology used by the Joker had been stolen from Project Cadmus, possibly during the episode "Wild Cards".
  • At the end of the Justice League episode "Wild Card", Joker is rendered catatonic by Ace. His recovery from that state is not explained, though it can be assumed that due to his forms of insanity, he easily recovered.
  • Continuity-wise, Return of the Joker appears to be set after Batman Beyond's third season episode "King's Ransom" where Paxton Powers is arrested, therefore leaving Wayne-Powers up for grabs. Producer Bruce Timm has reportedly stated that the events in said flashback take place at the end of the current DCAU timeline (post-"Destroyer" and pre-"Rebirth").

Re-editing

The movie was initially released amid the backlash against violence in movies and video games aimed at children that followed the Columbine High School massacre; as a result, the movie was substantially re-edited shortly before release to tone down the violence. Many of the changes were controversial, particularly those made to a key scene in which the Joker is killed. The original unedited version has been released as "The Original Uncut Version." This story was broken by Jim Harvey from The World's Finest.

The following are scenes that were changed in the edited-for-content version:

  • The opening fight sequence is trimmed, cutting out a second Dee-Dee kick and completely redoing the entire Batman/Dee-Dee sequence.
  • Lots of white flashes have been added to the action sequences where there were previously none. Additionally, combinations of punches have been mostly trimmed down to one punch. For example, Woof slashes the guard once now instead of twice. Batman no longer punches Ghoul in the gut; he just uppercuts him into the dish. Later on in the club, Terry's attack on Ghoul is cut to a flash and Terry running away while Ghoul falls. There is a 360-degree fight sequence in the opening battle that has also been removed, where Batman fends off the Jokerz one by one.
  • When Bruce throws the Batarang, it appears as though he's simply pleased that he can still throw and catch the weapon, instead of using it to decapitate a Two-Face dummy.
  • Seat belts are added to Terry and Bruce as they drive home after their first meeting with the new Joker as well as in the chase scenes in the Batmobile.
  • Bonk is not shot with Joker's flag-spear gun, but instead given a dose of Joker laughing gas, taking his implied death off-screen. Because of this, a: the whole "Take the trash outside, Dee-Dee" and "Are you with me?" sequence is cut, b: the flag remained on the gun, c: when Joker said "Oops. No, I wasn't," green smoke is visible, d: Jokerz staring was replaced with Bonk's deranged laughter, e: when Joker says, "That's also how we did it in my day", Bonk and the edge of the table he was lying on were added, f: the sound of the second trigger pull went from a flying rocket to a gas release mechanism activation, and g: laughter was in the background until Joker says, "New Gotham, new rules, even a new Batman."
  • The club fight is changed. Chucko no longer punches Terry and says "I don't know why the boss wants a dreg like you outta the way, but hey, as long as it's fun..." He just goes for his gun and says "Slag him!"
  • When Terry enters the Batcave to find it demolished by the Joker, the letters 'HA! HA!' written across the floor are changed from red to purple, probably to assure the viewer it is written in spray paint rather than Bruce's blood.
  • During a montage where Batman and Batgirl comb the underworld looking for clues about Robin's disappearance, Batgirl talks to a nicely-dressed man and woman instead of two scantily clad women, clearly intended to be prostitutes, on a street corner. These two women appeared in The New Batman Adventures as Batgirl's "sources," in the episode "The Ultimate Thrill." The blonde is based on an early Black Canary character design later seen in Justice League Unlimited
  • In the unedited version, when Batman (in the flashback) frees himself from the Joker's ribbon wrap, he throws the knife that he used to free himself with at the Joker. The Joker ducks at the last second and the blade goes through the stage curtain.
  • Two of the Joker's lines are changed. One line, "I'll begin with how I peeled back the layers of the boy's mind" is changed to, "I'll begin with how I affected young Robin's makeover." In another, the words "the serums and the shocks took their toll," are cut out.
  • More than half of the "Our Family Memories" home movie is cut out, only showing Robin tied up and struggling, and cutting the scene where the Joker opens the barbecue lids, picks up the voltage tongs, and shocks Robin.
  • All other blood is removed. Only one example was passed over: in the flashback sequence when the original Batman smashes through the projection, he punches the Joker. Blots of blood fly from the Joker's mouth, but he is not bleeding in the next shot.
  • The Joker no longer slices Batman across the chest or in the leg (originally intended to explain why Bruce walks with a limp in Batman Beyond); he just punches Batman. However, if one looks closely at the Joker's hand, the knife handle is still visible in the edited version.
  • The Joker originally wanted Robin to shoot Batman with a gun, saying, "Make Daddy proud." The edited version shows that the Joker wants Robin to "Make him one of us" by shooting him with a gun designed to make Batman similar to the Joker and Robin. The Joker's line, "The last sound you'll hear will be our laughter," is kept in. Also, the gun is tossed away in the fight with the Joker. When Robin drops down to cry, the gun is right next to him. When Batgirl comes to comfort him, the gun is gone.
  • The Joker is not shot, but slips in some water and is electrocuted off screen. The dialogue in the subsequent scene is changed, with no mention of the Joker being buried under Arkham Asylum.
  • A lot of dialogue is changed as well; references to the word "kill" are changed.
  • The Joker's dialogue of asking Terry if he had "any last words for the Bat-Fart" now changed to "any last words for the old Bat-Coot".
  • Terry's dialogue is altered from "I'm assuming his girlfriend bought it, too" to "And since you saw Harley fall into the pit..."
  • Barbara's dialogue is once more altered from "..she was able to help Tim back to sanity" to "...she was able to help Tim back to himself."
  • Jordan Price's dialogue is changed from "...bunglers tried to kill Wayne" to "...bunglers tried to ice Wayne."
  • Bruce says "Robin defeated him" instead of "Robin did shoot him."
  • After Bonk tells the Joker, "I think you're a fake!", the Joker comes back by saying "Ah, brave new world, that has such putzes in it." It has been changed to "brave new world, that has such yutzes in it."
  • Right before Tim Drake turns into the Joker, he says "It's a killer." It's altered to "It's a doozy."
  • As Tim Drake is recounting past events of the Joker's death, his dialogue was altered from "Oh God. I killed him. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget...but I still hear the shot, still see his dead smile." to "Oh God. I did it. I didn't mean to. I tried so hard to forget...but I can still hear his scream. I can still see his frozen smile."
  • In the scene where the satellite laser chases the Batmobile, it blasts an unmarked, dark, seemingly empty building. Originally, it was a lit movie theater. In the edited version, the word "cineplex" can be seen exploding out of the wreckage in the last few frames of the shot.
  • The introduction to the scene on the Wayne Enterprises yacht between Jordan Price and his female friend is excised.
  • When Ace watches part of a Looney Tunes episode on the TV ("Hare Ribbin'") where a dog thinks he killed Bugs Bunny, the dog on TV says "I don't deserve to live!" over and over instead of moving on to saying "I wish I were dead!" twice.

Critical reception

Return of the Joker has received mostly positive reviews from critics. It currently holds an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth highest for any Batman movie (behind Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, and The Dark Knight).

Nisha Gopalan of Entertainment Weekly praised the uncut version of the film, in particular how it "sheds light on the dark, obsessive relationship between the villain and his vigilante counterpart. Gerry Shamray of Sun Newspapers said that Return of the Joker "would have made a great live-action Batman movie. Ryan Cracknell of Apollo Guide called the film "an animated masterpiece.

Peter Canavese of Groucho Reviews called it an "energetic and unsettling Batman adventure," adding that it "provides a memorable showcase for Hamill's celebrated take on the Joker, and allows both McGinnis and Wayne to see action and face emotional challenges. Michael Stailey of DVD Verdict gave the uncut version a score of 92 out of 100, calling it "a taut, high-impact film" and "a must-buy to Bat-fans and animation lovers alike.

Garth Franklin of Dark Horizons had a mixed response when reviewing the uncut version, saying that "the script is pretty solid, the animation superb, and the voice performances all work well," but added that "the Terry character's personal scenes aren't anywhere near as engaging [as the scenes featuring the Joker or Bruce Wayne], and the investigative subplot doesn't work as well as it should.

Comic adaptation

While the comic based on the movie was largely uncensored, the page depicting the Joker's death had to be redone to match the movie. The rest of the comic, however, wasn't altered. As a result, the rest of the story refers to the Joker being shot as opposed to electrocuted and killed.

The comic includes several scenes that didn't make it to either versions of the film, such as:

  • Bruce's visit to the remains of Arkham to find clues on the Joker's return. He is unknowingly followed by Terry.
  • Batman's interrogation of The Penguin in the flashback.

Soundtrack

  1. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Main Title)
  2. Industrial Heist
  3. Meet the Joker
  4. Joker Crashes Bruce's Party
  5. Terry Relieved of Duty
  6. Nightclub Fight / Terry Rescues Bruce
  7. A Trap for Tim
  8. Joker Family Portrait
  9. Arkham Mayhem
  10. Batman Defeats the Jokerz
  11. Joker Meets His End (Again)
  12. Healing Old Wounds
  13. Mephisto Odyssey & Static-X - Crash (The Humble Brothers Remix)
  14. Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (End Title)

Cultural references

  • The title name Return Of The Joker or ROTJ is a subtle Star Wars reference to Return of the Jedi which also has the same initials, only fitting since Mark Hamill, best known for playing Luke Skywalker, is reprising his role as the Joker.
  • When Terry runs into the Batcave and sees the giant "HA! HA! HA!" letters spraypainted on the floor, he gasps and whispers, "Please God, no." This is a reference to the Batman Beyond premiere, when Terry came home and found a similar tableau at the scene of his father's murder.
  • When Bruce is checking the future Joker's voice against that of the past Joker, the clip is a newly animated (but previously scripted) segment from "Holiday Knights," the first episode of The New Batman Adventures that was broadcast on the WB Network.
  • The orbital weapon commandeered by the Joker is a homage to the SOL Satellite in the anime/manga Akira (just as the bikes that the Jokerz ride in the Batman Beyond TV series are an homage to the Clowns motorcycle gang from that film). Also, the Japanese animation director on Return of the Joker had previously worked on the original sequence in Akira, and took on duties on this sequence in an effort to top himself.
  • Pipe-Bomber Luke Helder attempted to make a smiley face pattern out of his targets across America, similar to the Joker's attempt with the satellite beam.
  • The Joker's green face on the poster is a reference to the 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs starring Conrad Veidt in the titular role - a photo of which inspired Bob Kane to create the Joker in the first place.
  • Terry's reference to the Joker being suspended in a block of ice (and thus appearing as a young man, instead of an 80-year-old) is probably a reference to Mr. Freeze and the original Captain America's existence as a young man in the modern Marvel Universe, or even Han Solo frozen in carbomite.

Behind the scenes

  • Both Jordan Price and the Joker were voiced by Mark Hamill.
  • The voice of Ghoul was provided by Michael Rosenbaum, who did several voices for the Batman Beyond TV series as well as playing The Flash in Justice League and playing Lex Luthor on Smallville. While in the recording studio, he would often do a Christopher Walken impression; when they were commissioned to create this film, they modeled the character on Rosenbaum's Walken impression.
  • Although Harley Quinn was originally set to be killed in the flashback sequence, a short scene near the end of the movie just after the climax features an older woman who resembles Harley releasing her twin granddaughters, Delia and Deidre Dennis. When the old woman scolds the two twins, one of them replies: "Shut up, Nana Harley!" Dini included this scene in the script because of his displeasure at being asked to kill off what he felt was one of his biggest contributions to the Batman mythos; Timm chose to retain it because he felt it provided some necessary comic relief.
  • Upon being shot, Bonk's corpse was set to be seen throughout the rest of the scene in the background twitching, but the producers were asked to leave it out early in the film's development.
  • In the "Our Family Memories" video, Joker's apron was originally going to say "Kill the Cook", rather than the final's "Kiss the Cook".
  • Also in the "Our Family Memories" video, the table was supposed to have surgery items and really sharp items, rather than the final's bagels, plungers, and cream cheese.
  • Paul Dini makes a cameo during the first few minutes of the movie.

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