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BATMAN
1989 / Action
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Directed by Tim Burton
Written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren
Starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl and Pat Hingle

Having witnessed his parents' brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains. A deformed madman who calls himself "The Joker" has seized control of Gotham's criminal underworld and Batman must stop him.

The following tags are associated with this movie: superhero, clown
Batman (1989)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

10 / 10
This is the first movie that I ever recall seeing in a movie theatre, I would have been around 5-6 years old at the time and I have loved it ever since then.

I'm not a huge fan of superhero movies or fantasy movies in general, as I find they're just so far from reality that I just can't take them seriously. I guess that's a part of the reason why I enjoy this movie because it's grounded so much more in reality. Sure, a guy dressed up in a bat costume isn't an everyday occurrence, but he's not doing the usual superhero things like shooting lasers beams, smashing through walls with abnormal strength or anything like that. He's got a few gadgets, a cool lair and just brawls when he gets into fights.

I enjoy both Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in this movie. Michael Keaton's performance doesn't possess the suave, cocky personality that many other actors apply to the Bruce Wayne character, and I prefer it this way as it gives his character a more sympathetic touch. While Heath Ledger has since stolen some of Nicholson's votes for best live-action Joker performance, he has a perfect blend of humour and crazy which makes for quite a memorable villain.

This version of Batman has a very dark, murky, gothic tone to it. While there are some comical moments, it's probably the most serious and realistic version of the caped crusader to date and I prefer it that way.
Batman (1989)
Review by Chris James

8 / 10
Let's just get it out of the way: this movie takes some pretty big liberties, what with Batman flat out killing dudes and a pretty big reveal about the death of Bruce's parents. Tim Burton I believe admitted to not reading many Batman comics, and it shows pretty badly at times.

And I couldn't give less of a shit.

I guess it might be because I too saw this without doing much Batman homework, and I always just thought him blowing up a building full of at least a few innocents was a normal day. I learnt the truth later, but just shrugged. By now, there are tons of adaptations that are more true to the character. Even though this is a "wrong" Batman in some ways, it's still a favourite of many, me included. That's largely thanks to the two leads. Michael Keaton IS Batman (even though he isn't), and Jack Nicholson is so good at being both funny and terrifying. I go back and forth a lot on whether I prefer him or Heath Ledger. I think I'm in camp Nicholson again at the moment. The gothic setting of Gotham is practically the third lead, and I still prefer it over any other films take on the city.

Despite that, it's not my favourite. I rank it slightly below Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. But this is the one I go to the most for a Bat-fix.
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