Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DC Comics Super Villains: The Joker’s Last Laugh

DC Comics Super Villains: The Jokers Last Laugh collects Joker-centric episodes from Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, The Batman, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the three-part "World's Finest" cross-over from Superman: The Animated Series featuring Batman and Superman teaming up to take down the Joker and Lex Luthor.

Collected on two-discs, highlights include the first appearance of Mark Hamill as the Joker, and Harley Quinn spending some time away from Mr. J with her new gal-pal Poison Ivy and with the Dark Knight Detective.

Other episodes include the Joker toying with a man's life and taking revenge against a casino owner, the two-part premiere of Batman Beyond (which features futuristic Jokers but not the real thing), the Joker getting a power-up from Bat-Mite, and an episode from The Batman featuring my least-favorite animated version of the Clown Prince of Crime. It's not the best possible collection of Joker episodes, but there's plenty to enjoy.

[Warner Home Video, $19.98]

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