Appropriately enough, the score for Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker builds on the industrial rock sound of the WB show's soundtrack, fleshing it out with more extended pieces and symphonic elements. Though some slightly dated, fussy guitar solos mar tracks like "Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Main Title)" and "Joker Crashes Bruce's Party," the spooky electronica of "Industrial Heist," the hammering industrial rock of "Nightclub Fight," and the sweeping, orchestral "A Trap for Tim" are surprisingly sophisticated and edgy for an animated film. "Joker Family Portrait," "Healing Old Wounds," and Mephisto Odyssey and Static X's "Crash" are some of the other highlights from this score. Despite some slightly cheesy moments, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker easily ranks as one of the most innovative scores for a contemporary animated film.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares