Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Available on iTunes, HBO Max
Though released to theaters, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm was produced as a feature-length pilot to Batman: The Animated Series on TV. It fills out some Bat-lore about the character's early career. As college-age orphan millionaire Bruce Wayne starts out uncertainly in his personal crime-fighting crusade, initially dressed in sort of a ninja suit. When he falls in love with a smart co-ed named Andrea (who can do martial arts just as well as he), Bruce considers giving up the superhero thing altogether for marriage and a normal life. We see this in flashback; in the present, Bruce has become the legendary Batman, and he learns the long-lost Andrea is revisiting Gotham City. At the same time, another black-caped, costumed avenger is killing local mobsters, and Batman is getting unfairly blamed by both police and the homicidal Joker.
Starring Kevin Conroy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Bob Hastings
Director Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm