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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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Batman (1989 Film)

  • Dec 12, 2010
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Stephanie's Favourite Films: Batman

While some people may not agree with me, I think that this is the best Batman film. Granted, I love the Nolan films, and they are definitely their own creations, but this film just seems like the more traditional film, and sometimes, the traditional way is the best way to go. The joker overshadows batman a lot, and in some ways I don't like that, because in most of these cases, less is more. The casting is great, the story is great, Michael Keaton is great, the rest of the supporting cast is great, and the movie is just fantastic.

Michael Keaton is the one true batman and will always be the one true batman. I know some people like Christian Bale more (we dare not mention Val Kilmer or George Clooney), and I do like Christian Bale, but Michael Keaton has so much mystery shrouding his character, and that makes Batman all the more interesting. This film was the first sign that Batman can be taken seriously, not just the campy, bright and colourful Adam West tv show, and Michael Keaton's performance added so much more to that style.

Why, do you say? Because he keeps all his pain inside and doesn't discuss everything like they do in TDK. When you see Christian Bale, you see a young guy looking for answers. With Keaton, you see an older man who realizes that this is his problem and he has to fight it alone. Keaton also interacts well with Kim Basinger (who plays his love interest). I really like Michael Keaton's batman voice too. It sounds much more natural than Christian Bale's goddamn batman voice.

The rest of the cast did exceptionally well, singling out Jack Nicholson as The Joker. Even if the Joker overshadows batman a lot, he's still an iconic character and always will be. Kim does a good job too, and i love Bob. Bob is like the Boba Fett of Batman, he didn't do anything but people seem to love him for whatever reason. For those of you who don't know, Bob is the henchman who doesn't say or do anything really big, but somehow people remember him.

As for the action scenes, they are much more traditional, and that works and doesn't work in a way. It manages to have plenty of thrills while still leaving time for the audience to breathe between scenes, unlike some of the newer installments in the series. It managed to keep me on the edge of my seat while not bombarding me with constant gunfire, explosions, and car chases.

It really pisses me off when people compare this to TDK, because the only thing they have in common is the Joker. They should both go down in history as their own creations, and definitely as great ones. As much as I love TDK, this is my personal favourite Batman film and it pretty much always will be, unless TDKR really blows me away. No matter how good TDK is, Batman just seems like the more put-together story.

If you haven't seen this film, you must. That is, if you are a fan of the comic books or the Adam West TV show. If you're not, then you might still enjoy it. Whether or not you have even touched a comic in your life, you still probably know who Batman is. He's a part of today's pop culture. Anyway, you'll still probably like the film. All in all, a great film experience that showed Batman in a serious light, and did a damn good job of it.

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December 12, 2010
Excellent review on a great film.
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review by . July 04, 2011
Since this is my first review of anything Batman-related, I should share my history with this superhero since he's such a huge part of American culture. From the early 90's up until around 2000 or so, I was actually a pretty big Batman fan. I loved this Batman and Batman Returns, along with the Batman Animated Series during my years of fandom. However, after the turn of the century, my interest in Batman steadily declined as I moved on to other interests (like anime and death metal), but …
review by . September 26, 2010
I was at the perfect age when Batman came out, 12, which was not so young that the movie was over my head and not quite old enough to start being jaded about adaptations.  More personally, I was also a year into collecting comics pretty heavily so I felt like I was at the forefront of the entire comic industry boom that literally blew up overnight after the release of this flick.  This film also marked another turning point in my life as it was what was bouncing around my head right before …
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
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my second favorite batman movie next to the Dark Night. i liked the costumes a lot in this one.
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
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For as much accolades that this still gets, without Jack Nicholson as the Joker, this movie strings together a few too many undeveloped stories. The wonderful toys and other production save it in other places.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
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When I see this on the Tim Burton poll, I want to sing "One of these things is not like the others...." It just seems out of place compared to the usual Tim Burton fare.
Quick Tip by . May 10, 2010
A medicore Batman movie is made into a great one with Jack Nicholson as the crazed Joker. Fun to look at otherwise.
review by . September 30, 2009
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The first major Batman movie was like a nuclear bomb's fallout in 89.  It didn't matter where you hid, it didn't matter where you go, Batman was going to get to you.      A dark direction, controversy in casting and a unique look add up to what becomes a real experience but one that isn't quite as great once you peel it's main appeal away, in one Jack Nicholson.      Jack Nicholson who walked away reportedly $70 million richer from ticket sales, …
Quick Tip by . September 29, 2009
Awesome blockbuster that 's a little too dingy and could have used had better story telling. Jack's Joker makes up for plenty shortcomings.
review by . May 15, 2009
When Tim Burton put out Batman in 1989, comic book fans and movie fans alike were pleased with this movie about the caped crusader. Coming in at 2 hours in length, this was the first "modern" comic book movie. Starkly different from the optimistic Superman movies of Christopher Reeves with its bright colors and undercurrents of patriotism and American greatness, Burton's Batman was more of a drama than a comic book come to life. Good and evil often fought it out at night, in hidden places, away …
review by . October 27, 2005
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Havingly recently seen Christopher Nolan's spectacular "Batman Begins", I thought it was time to go back and re-visit Tim Burton's "Batman".     Tim Burton has long been one of my very favorite directors. With his taste for dark, humorous, wacky and often weird films, he was the perfect choice to direct "Batman".     Michael Keaton plays Bruce Wayne, who - shhh - is actually Batman. Keaton was an interesting choice for Wayne/Batman, and he gives a great performance. …
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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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