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Plot: Gotham City: dark, dangerous, 'protected' only by a mostly corrupt police department. Despite the best efforts of D.A. Harvey Dent and police commissioner Jim Gordon, the city becomes increasingly unsafe...until a Dark Knight arises. We all know criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot...so his disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. He becomes a bat. Enter Vicky Vale, a prize-winning photo journalist who wants to uncover the secret of the mysterious "bat-man". And enter Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for Boss Grissom, horribly disfigured after a firefight in a chemical factory...who, devoid of the last vestiges of sanity, seizes control of Gotham's underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime...the Joker. Gotham's only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante. And just how does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne fit into all of this? Runtime: 126 mins Release Date: 22 Jan 1989
I don't even need to say that this is the best Batman of the series. It's obvious enough. (by Anonymous_Maxine)
What is all this yap about Michael Keaton as Batman? Yes, he was Batman, and he was a GREAT Batman. He pulled off every aspect of the role perfectly he was better than Val Kilmer, better than George Clooney, better than everyone. He portrayed the mysterious charm of the winged crusader just as well as he captured the cool and collected character of Bruce Wayne. Michael Keaton is a huge part of the reason that this film was such a huge success, the other main portion having come from the tremendous contribution from Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Gotham City is created in incredibly detailed <more>
comic-book style, which adds to the overall quality of the movie.Director Tim Burton does an amazing job bringing this unreal world to reality, and Kim Basinger is excellent as Vicky Vale, the film's main female presence. The script is particularly brilliant. The role of the Joker seems to have been written specifically for Jack Nicholson, which would not be surprising because of how well he pulled off the role with lines like `Why didn't anyone tell me he had one of those things?!' and `Remember me? When you dropped me into that vat of chemicals? That wasn't easy to get over, and don't think that I didn't try.' And, of course, my favorite, ` we'll be like Beauty and the Beast. Of course, if anyone else ever calls you beast, I'll rip their lungs out.' Everything, from the setting in Gotham City to the characters costumes to the actual dialogue, gives the unreal feeling of a comic book, but the characters are developed enough so that we understand their problems and we care about what happens. The movie is a thrill ride from the beginning to the end, and is enjoyable for all ages. If anyone is going to complain about who was chosen to play Batman, there is much more room for complaint among the film's several sequels. Keaton did a spectacular job that no one has ever even come close to.
The First Two Batman Are The Last. (by darktowerofnuri)
When I saw this movie in the theater back in '89, I was just a kid - a kid paralyzed by the looks and the charisma of the super-hero ever! I didn't know much about directors those times, so I gave all the credit to Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. Years later I understood that Tim Burton -leading as my favorite director- was all behind this, making Gotham City darker and wicked, taking Batman to a fearsome -unlike that horrible TV show!- and heroic level as he should have been. As Michael Keaton was born to fulfill his destiny as Batman, I don't think anyone else could handle <more>
the Joker except Jack Nicholson. I have never seen any character more suitable than these pair of super actors as super heroes. I don't know whether I should be happy or sad for the first two movie was shot by Tim Burton, for the following ones was not as good as the ones shot by him. The third one was not as bad as the fourth. But the "Batman and Robin" was the final humiliation ever made to me I really don't know what Joel Schumacher was thinking . I bet everyone involved in the first two was crying their eyes out at the end of the movie. Anyway, Tim, Michael, Jack and Kim was the best crew for a movie, and they made it worth watching it over and over again. "Batman" is amongst the best movies I've ever seen.
Tim Burton takes a darker twist to a cheesy over the top silly TV show that was loved by everyone. Batman is now played by Michael Keaton. Michael as Batman was perfect, he had the look, humor, and mystery that is Batman. Playing Batman for him, he became the role and I will always stand by that. For me, he is the best Batman, no one besides the original Adam West can touch his performance.Jack Nicholson is now the Joker. Who could ask for a better Joker? He has the look and dirty scary side to him that makes you fear but want to enjoy his presence on screen. He has such charisma and appeal, <more>
his lines were perfectly delivered and every scene, he stole. He and Michael were terrific together. They played off each other so well, it makes you go crazy almost. The Dark Knight vs. The Joker, the perfect super hero and villain. Jack stole my heart with his killer, no pun intended, performance.Kim Bassigner was also fantastic. She plays Vicki Vale, the love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman. She is a photo journalist who is looking for the true identity of Batman, which leads to the question of if Batman can trust another being with his darkest secret? She was absolutely beautiful and charming. No other woman could've done a better job.Like I said, Tim Burton, he takes a different turn on this "Batman", but it's very appealing. Everyone loves this movie, and I can't blame them. Batman is the best super hero of all comic book hero's in my opinion. You see Spider-man can fly with webs, Super Man has super strength and can fly, but Batman just needs himself. He kicks butt by himself. : The only thing you miss in the movie is Robin, his faithful sidekick, but I don't blame Tim for not adding him for this Batman. It wasn't needed. With a cool soundtrack by Prince and and awesome setting, please watch "Batman", it's a true classic.10/10
Dark, foreboding and vastly entertaining, BATMAN changed superhero movies forever. Gone are the days of happy-go-lucky heroes arriving just in time to save the day. Director Tim Burton's Caped Crusader is a vengeful creature of the night preying on criminals who would turn his city into their personal playground.BATMAN is one stylish, thrilling and one helluva ride. While he's not generally associated with action, Burton proves it to be his forte as the Dark Knight Detective swoops out of the shadows, crashes through windows and employs a host of what his nemesis calls "wonderful <more>
toys," such as grappling hook guns and the amazingly versatile Batmobile. And man on man, this Batman kicks some ass, at one point daring an armed henchman with a "come here" finger gesture.BATMAN wouldn't have worked nearly as well as it does without the right casting ingredients. The hiring of Michael Keaton in the lead role drew plenty of snickers, but the underrated actor showed up his detractors with a suitably mysterious performance. We know his heart is in the right place, but we're never quite sure what we should make of him. Jack Nicholson's famous performance as the villainous Joker is every bit as good as they say. Nicholson is equal parts amusing and sadistic beneath the white face paint and green hair. Sexy Kim Basinger, as reporter Vicki Vale, also makes the most out of her screen time.BATMAN is one of those films whose obvious flaws are so easily overlooked. The worst sin a movie can commit is to be dull, and that's something BATMAN never does.
This and batman returns and the first couple of Superman's are the finest super hero movies i have scene, Michael Keaton had the same impact as Christopher reeve had with the superman series,when i was a little kid i use to think that batman returns was the best batman,but until a year ago i watched the first batman, and jack Nicholson was a sensational joker, the way he portrayed him was brilliant,Michael Keaton was a great Batman, i coined't believe he was controversially Joice for the role the music is great especially in the finally finale,i know heaps of people who hate Batman <more>
because he dosen't have superpowers, well this movie shows why Batman is the greatest hero.Why Keaton left the Batman franchise i will never know.
Though it's now impossible to not compare with Batman Begins, this is still an amazing movie (by Derek237)
On October 18th I purchased Batman Begins along with the 1989-1997 Anthology set, and spent the next couple of days browsing through the bonus materials. I'm not the most devoted Batman fan, I've read maybe 10-20 comics as a kid, but I know at least I can recognize a good movie when I see one. People have said that Batman Begins is the first Batman film to "get it right." I don't quite agree with that, since it implies that the others must've gotten it "wrong." Tim Burton's vision of Batman, a movie I've seen countless times throughout my entire <more>
life, is by its own merits a great spectacle. Exciting, dark, comedic, and absorbing.As I said, I took a good look at some of the bonus materials on the Batman DVD, which included hours of documentaries and interviews, and things of that nature. I never really realized what an important thing these filmmakers did for the image of Batman as we know it. Before 1989, everyone knew Batman as a campy superhero who nobody would think carried such...baggage. They did a great job bringing the Dark Knight to the big screen, even though it may have been a slightly flawed effort. But it still really does raise my already high appreciation for the movie.I also listened to Tim Burton's audio commentary. He described the movie in a way that was like a mini-revelation to me. Every now and then he'd point Batman out as being operatic. That just made complete sense to me. Maybe the movie compromised certain things about the comic book, such as the Joker turning out the be the murderer of Bruce Wayne's parents. That is sort of silly, but it doesn't bug me too much. It made sense for this movie; it made the battle of Batman Vs. The Joker more personal. Again, operatic. Another thing that bugged people but made sense to me was the fact that Alfred let Vicki Vale into the batcave. If you look at some of Alfred's scenes earlier in the film, it is quite clearly foreshadowed, even though it still does manage to be a surprise a pleasant one to me, not-so-pleasant for others . I think Alfred saw that Bruce was suffering and wanted to let her in to his life, I mean, not literally into the batcave . Remember, he was about to tell her earlier before The Joker barged in. Alfred gave him a little "push" that made sense character-wise and most likely from a producer's perspective kept the damn movie moving quickly.It is also operatic because of the love triangles taking place. Bruce is falling in love more or less I suppose with Vicki Vale, but he is also Batman and struggles with that, while Knox the reporter is also smitten with her, and, almost arbitrarily, Vale catches The Joker's eye. It all comes together well. There's a rooftop showdown and then everything falls into place by the end. It doesn't end tragically, but, if you ever get the chance to listen to that commentary by Burton he explains the ending extremely well, as being bittersweet.Jack Nicholson deserves an entire comment alone on his pitch-perfect performance as The Joker, but he was just perfect. The writers of the movie didn't get it perfect and kind of took the cheap way out of things. At first, it's The Joker getting revenge on the people who wronged him, but soon after it swerves into a full-blown ego contest between him and Batman: "Why does a grown man dressed as a bat get all my press?" etc. This resulted in a funny gag involving different ways that he can destroy a television set.And, Mr. Keaton, makes a great Batman/Bruce Wayne. There's a sadness and mystery to him, and he makes the absurd notion of a guy dressed up as a bat believable.So even though Batman Begins is better, and will always seem to be brought up whenever you mention any of the 1989-1997 films, this first big screen vision of the Batman is great on its own rights.My rating: 9/10
In 1989, Tim Burton created the very first Batman movie with great stars like Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The Joker is definitely one of Hollywood's best villains on screen. Jack Nicholson was born for the role, with his psychotic and sick look. Michael Keaton is also great as Batman and is pretty good as Bruce Wayne. Kim Basinger is kind of annoying at times, but she's not the worst damsel in distress ever seen on screen.Tim Burton has a unique way of doing Batman, and I think most people can agree that it fits the characters and the story. To bad Warner Bros. got rid of him <more>
If you were around in summer 1989 then you'll remember that Bat-fever was EV-ER-Y-WHERE! You couldn't look anywhere without seeing the Bat Logo in some incarnation. The film was a mega-hit. People were queueing up around the block for hours the literal meaning of a blockbuster . The marketing team at Warner had to saturate the minds of the public with the big-screen coming of the Dark Knight. Up until this point the Batman series from the 1960s is how people regarded the Batman character and universe. Tim Burton corrected all that by giving us a dark, sinister and Gothic world with <more>
rich production design and a great score by Danny Elfman who has made a career out of recycling the same old generic cues in nearly every movie he has scored . The original material is respected to a degree , and the characters are deep instead of just campy.Michael Keaton is the best Bruce Wayne in my opinion. When he plays both Bruce Wayne and Batman you have to watch what he doesn't say and doesn't do. He's a rich, socio-phobic megalomaniac who has more money than sense. This is very different from Adam West's turtleneck playboy.Jack Nicholson is a great Joker too, not quite as intimidating or as iconic as Heath Ledger's take on the character, but still a role that has defined his career in a way. Nicholson's Joker isn't much more than an attention-seeking lunatic. But it's still nothing like Caesar Romero's campy, hopping-skipping-and-jumping villain.Anton Furst's Oscar-winning design of Gotham City is very original and unique, and is very much in the style of the Comic book. The smoke-blackened, cramped and claustrophobic 1920s buildings look and create a very oppressive atmosphere. This is definitely GOTHam City. Not LA like the TV series.They didn't even make any attempt with that show did they? In fact the Batcave in the TV series was like the set of a mad scientists lab from a 1950s movie. But the REAL Batcave in this movie is a monstrous cavern filled with stalagmites and it actually HAS bats in it. And there's no fireman's pole leading into it. With Christopher Nolan's reboot of the franchise currently the only Batman worth considering for most fans, it'd be a shame if you were to let this go ignored. It may not be as mature as Nolan's work but it has an edge that no other recent comic-book movie has.It's NOT an origin story. There's no 60 precious minutes on a build-up, it just goes straight to the action. Why can't more comic-book movies do this?
This is truly a Fantasy/Comic movie-masterpiece. First of all- the excellent cast- Jack Nicholson shines in the role of the manic and crazy Jocker. Nicholsons character is truly amazing- like a mixture of his former roles/characters in "Chinatown" Jake Gittes , "One Flew Over the Cuchoo`s Nest" Randle McMurphy , "Prizzie` s honor" C.Partanna , "the Witches of Eastwick" Daryl Van Horn and of course "The Shining" Jack Torrance - but the character still keeps his own style. Michael Keaton also proves to be the ideal type for Burtons`s <more>
Batman. He reminds on the dark Batman from the "Dark Knight" Batman comics, and is the exact opposite of Batman introduced by Adam West in the 70`s. Second, Tim Burton created a unique athmosphere, exactly matching to the characters. Some people say that this movie is to dark, but I wouldn`t agree. I must not forget to mention the exciting Batman Theme composed by Danny Elfmann. Burton`s Batman, differnt from all the other Comic-hero movies, like Spiderman, Superman, Flash or Hulk, provides a refreshing character dimension.One of the best movies in the 80`s.