Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, the animated movie some DC fans regard as the best Batman film this side of Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, is returning to theaters this month as part of an anniversary celebration that also will fly in the Man of Steel for a nostalgic repeat screening of Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman classic.
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Phantasm’s release, Warner Bros., DC, and Fathom Events are teaming up to bring the 1993 movie to more than 500 theaters nationwide for a one-night-only anniversary event. You’ve got two chances to score a theater seat when the animated cult favorite sneaks into theaters on Nov. 12. There’ll be a 2 p.m. matinee, followed by a 7 p.m. evening showing (all times are local.)
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm became a fan favorite for its noir tale of the Dark Knight fighting to clear his name as a man wrongly accused of a string of mob murders, and it introduced the Phantasm into the villainous lore of the Batman movie-verse.
But the caped crusader isn’t the only DC classic getting the anniversary treatment. In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of 1978’s Superman, Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder will light up theater screens nationwide for a non-retouched, pristine screening of the original film.
The two-day event arrives with showings on Nov. 25 and Nov. 27, with two screenings each day at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (again, all times are local). Not only does the return of Superman celebrate the movie’s 40th anniversary as a game-changing comic book movie success at the box office; it also marks the 80th anniversary of the Man of Steel himself, who first appeared in 1938 as a comic creation from writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Schuster.
To nab tickets so you can watch your favorite DC icons nab the bad guys, head over to Fathom Events’ ticketing page. Then get ready to bask in the nostalgia of a time back when Batman and Superman did their own thing on the big screen — without getting into any nasty crossover fights.