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Batman (1989 film)

The 1989 superhero film based on the DC Comics character and directed by Tim Burton.

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'Where does he get all those wonderful toys?'...

  • May 19, 2000
Pros: Lovin Keaton & Nicholson

Cons: .........

Since I have touted this epic in a couple of my reviews, I decided I probably better give it its' equal time. Remade and remade over the years, TV shows, comic books, cartoons - action figures, costumes, videos - and so on and so forth Batman definitely rules! There has been Superman, Incredible Hulk, Saint, Shadow, Catwoman, etc. but honey, there has only been one Batman - the remarkable Michael Keaton.

Adam West tried and in his time, was acceptable. But that was TV and that was mainly cartoon oriented with those BAM! and OUCH! - cute, but no Michael. When he put on that batsuit and that light glowed on his eyes - I was hooked! Always a Keatonhead anyway, this one took me hook, line and sinker.

Ok, we all know the story - Gotham City, bad guys, depression, depravity - the perfect playing field for Batman. I must admit in this showing the city was deeply depressing. Living in the city alone would cause me to turn to crime! Those buildings! And those bad guys! Truthfully, could their have been a better choice for the Joker than Nicholson? And Jack Palance - looks like a bad guy and will always look like a bad guy.

Fortunately, we also introduce Kim Bassinger into the picture as Vicki Vale - photographer - and Robert Wuhl as the reporter on the trail of the Bat. Bassinger as always gives an angelic appearance among the dark and overbearing Gotham and of course is the perfect match for Keaton/West/Batman. Just cute enough and innocent enough in this story to help it along a little. Also a good foil for the Joker - enough to get him in serious trouble!

I liked the little look into the background of the Bat - how he evolved from the death of his parents by the evil hand of Jack Napier, before he became the Joker. Reminded me of the Kevin Bacon theory - or six degrees of separation! Everyone is entangled in this story in some way.

Great selection of Bat toys in this release as well - thanks to Tim Burton! And didn't they tick Joker off?

Probably not seen as some as a perfect movie or even decent movie. Many didn't care for Keaton in this overpowering role - but in my epinion he was the best by far. Even though I love the heck outta Kilmer, he just didn't make it and Clooney - shoulda stayed on ER! Keaton - in that suit - a visual taste treat! Of course, the real star and outstanding performer was Nicholson. Again, I don't think he was acting! He was having just too much fun.

Stars: Michael Keaton - Bruce Wayne/Batman; Jack Nicholson - Jack Napier/Joker; Kim Bassinger - Vicki Vale; Robert Wuhl - Alexander Knox; Pat Hingle - Commissioner Gordon; Billy Dee Williams - DA Dent; Michael Gough - Alfred; Jack Palance - Carl Grissom


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Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basinger plays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a takeover of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy. Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Release Date: June 23, 1989
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009; May 19, 2009
Runtime: 126 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
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