Batman (1989)


“Where does he get those wonderful toys? ” – The Joker

 Number of Times Seen – No Clue (Twice in theater in 1989, cable, video, DVD and 13 May 2014)

Brief Synopsis – Gotham’s protector must defend the city from the evil and maniacal Joker.

My Take on it – When this movie came out, my friends and I were very excited.

After seeing it in the theater we were amazed at how well they were able to create such a dark and interesting superhero movie.  Beforehand, the best superhero movie was probably Superman II (1980).  This movie quickly became the new level of expectations and quality of Superhero movies.

If this movie hadn’t succeeded, I don’t believe that they would have continued to try and make superhero movie.

Thankfully it worked!

The casting choices by Director Tim Burton were interesting.  He cast the great Jack Nicholson as the Joker and he stole the show with his portrayal of the lunatic villain.

His choice for Batman/Bruce Wayne was semi-comedic actor Michael Keaton who many fans complained about, but Keaton actually did a very good job here in both his roles proving that he isn’t great in only in comedic roles.

The music was done by Prince which I think was a strange choice, but the songs are all still stuck in my mind 25 years on, so I guess it was the right choice.

Bottom Line – Nicholson steals the show in this one.  Keaton was a very strange and interesting choice to play Batman, but he did better than expected.  Great movie that launched a lot of other superhero movies.  Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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11 thoughts on “Batman (1989)

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  2. I love Burton, especially his style in this one. I often sit around and debate whether Nicholson or Ledger’s Joker was better but I think they both have some admirable traits that make them outstanding in their own way 🙂


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