Though unremarkable in its first half, Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker¬†pauses halfway through for a flashback for the history books, one loaded with character deaths, torture,¬†and exploitation of those most vulnerable and dear to our hero — the movie pulls a few of its punches near the end, softening the blow for its younger viewers no doubt, but this is a bold Batman story that tackles those aspects of being a super hero that are visceral and terrible.