This edition of That’s so 80s gets dark and comic booky with the original Tim Burton BATMAN flick from 1989.
Superhero movies owe a debt of gratitude to this adult toned serious approach to the roll-your-eyes-man-in-underwear genre.
Rob and Dan breakdown what they love about this retro gem, from the 80s fashion to the 80s sensibilities.
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With Batman v Superman coming out this week, what better time than to review the classic Tim Burton version starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
This is truly the movie that helped the superhero franchise more than anyone could imagine.
The Superman movies of the late 70’s and the 80’s was mostly done in a very camp but light fashion and the few other superhero films of the 80’s quietly followed suit by keeping things from getting too dark.
In steps Tim Burton who takes the Batman story to a place where it should be by making it very dark themed and staying as far from campy as possible.
The two leads were perfect choices because they are both not anyone who normal casting directors would choose for these roles.
Michael Keaton was mostly known as a comic actor and choosing him to play the serious Bruce Wayne and the dark Batman was totally against type.
There have been (so far) 6 actors who have portrayed The Dark Knight since the 1960’s and Keaton is my second favorite right behind Christian Bale.
The fact that Keaton isn’t any kind of action star is why he excelled in the role IMHO.
The second seemingly strange casting choice here is Jack Nicholson as the Joker.
He is no stranger to playing psychopaths, but getting the humor aspects of the character perfect is also extremely important.
Up until Heath Ledger eclipsed him in 2008, Jack was THE Joker we all could love and hate.
He got the balance right with the character and also was quite instrumental in helping with the Prince (fashion and music) tie-ins to the film.
The production look, sets, action, costumes, music and dialogue are all extremely 80’s and this was a great way to end the decade of 80’s greatness.
If this film wouldn’t have been such a blockbuster hit in ’89, we probably would never have reached where we are today with the steady influx of superhero movies which have gotten so much love from the public in recent years.
Just copying Robocop
I’m Batman! Really….
Nothing like a vat of pure green acid
The Joker making a huge splash
A very colorful Joker
A bit hot under the collar
One of the coolest special effects ever!
Jack really has brass balls
80’s CGI at its best!
Truly the Dark Knight