The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are returning to movie screens this fall, as Fathom Events is hosting screenings of Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Superman: The Movie! Mask of the Phantasm, an animated movie from the creative team behind Batman: The Animated Series, was released in 1993, making this year its 25th anniversary. Superman: The Movie, the classic film starring the legendary Christopher Reeve as the Man of Tomorrow, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, with Superman himself hitting the milestone of 80 years in American culture. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm will be in theaters on Monday, November 12, while Superman: The Movie will screen on Sunday, November 25, Tuesday, November 27, and Monday, December 3. Get tickets for Batman: Mask of the Phantasm here, and for Superman: The Movie here.
This is very exciting! I saw Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in its initial theatrical run, but I’ve never seen Superman: The Movie on the big screen. I’d really like to rectify that, as I adore that movie and would love to sit in a theater and watch it with other fans. I imagine this will be the theatrical cut and not any of the extended versions (which I prefer; I like the scene between Superman and Jor-El after his first night as a hero, and Lex Luthor’s death traps), but that’s fine; I faced similar circumstances when seeing a midnight screening of True Romance at the dearly departed Sunshine Cinemas in New York City, and while the European cut is superior, seeing a great film in theaters for the first time is too great an experience to skip over details like that. I’m considering trying to get to Mask of the Phantasm as well; I haven’t seen it in a long time, and I was only ten years old when last it was in theaters. It’ll be hard for any fan to pass up Christopher Reeve, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as these titans of modern myth on screens befitting their status.
Are you planning on seeing Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and/or Superman: The Movie in theaters? What other movies would you like to see return to the big screen? Are you bummed they passed up Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four? Let us know in the comments and stick around Geeks + Gamers for more superhero movie news!