World’s Finest reports that Cartoon Network will air Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker this Saturday, January 16th at 6:30 pm ET.
“The sleeker, deadlier and seemingly immortal Clown Prince of Crime is back with his own unique brand of havoc and mayhem. While trying to uncover the Joker’s secrets, the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, discovers the greatest mystery in the life of the original Caped Crusader: What happened the night he fought the Joker for the last time. When Bruce Wayne is almost killed in one of the Joker’s latest attacks, Batman vows to avenge his mentor and put the Joker to rest forever. Get ready for heart-stomping action, awesome adventure and amazing revelations in Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker.”
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, just like the TV series, offers a new version of the next Batman and a futuristic, high-tech Gotham, while still retaining Batman’s dark and gritty essence. And when you think about it, that’s pretty incredible: “Batman goes back to high school” sounds mediocre, but the series and the movie provide entertainment and satisfaction to a Batman fan of any age. RoJ is fast-paced and exciting, with a nice balance of story and action sequences; if you haven’t seen the series you’ll still be able to follow along. The the animation is as streamlined and smooth as ever, and it’s slightly improved from the series too. Mark Hamill’s dark and hilarious take as the Joker steals the show–and trust me, Batman’s greatest foe and his intentions are just as disturbing as any other incarnation. Kevin Conroy (Bruce Wayne) and Will Friedle (Terry McGinnis) provide excellent portrayals of their characters as well. For more information about the Batman Beyond series, see World’s Finest’s sub-site here.
Right after Return of the Joker is the television debut of animated film Green Lantern: First Flight, on CN at 8pm ET. See my review of the film here.
What to watch next: If you’ve never seen the Batman Beyond series, and enjoyed the movie, rent all three seasons and thank me later. Also see the Justice League Unlimited episodes that feature Batman Beyond crossovers, like “The Once and Future Thing” as well as “Epilogue,” which is considered to be the final (revelation-packed) Batman Beyond episode.