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 Gothams underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime...the Joker. Gothams only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante. And just how does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne fit into all of this?Two HD 720p PC, Mac, PS3 and XBOX 360 COMPATIBLE
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I thought, "Why would anyone do Batman in 1989?" It turned out to be astrong, dark movie. Kim Basinger is Batman's girl friend. JackNicholson is the Joker. Critic Roger Ebert feels that Batman is mostlyform with little substance. He feels that it is rich in atmosphere withvery little happening. In a way, he is right. In retrospect, it is hardto recall the plot. Comic book movies have certainly had their day. Ihad trouble with the Batman logo. It looks like some kind of weirdboomerang. Then I realized it is the image of a bat flashed against acloud cover. Now I see there is going to be yet another sequel in 2008called The Dark Knight. Beware of sequels.
Director Tim Burton and Michael Keaton team up to create THE Batman. Every bit of this movie is entertaining. Keaton plays his dual roles perfectly. His Batman is one that nobody will forget. The plot flows smoothly. Jack Nicholson stars as the Joker. Nicholson is so perfect with this part that I think he should've played it again! The music is top notch and provides the necessary mood- which is dark. The whole atmosphere in this movie is great. It's one you want to watch over and over!!
When I first heard about there being Batman movie, I was thinking cool, whoare they going to get to play Batman. Well, while I was thinking about TomCruise, Kurt Russell, or even Harrison Ford, the WB was signing MichaelKeaton. Wait a second, isn't that the guy who was in Mr.Mom?Well, obviously that is why I merely watch the movies, and the guys who knowwhat they are doing make the movies because Batman's opening weekend grosswas the most to date at that time. All much deserved.Michael Keaton was joined by the always talented Jack Nicholson as theJoker. Although Michael Keaton was a great Batman, he was only a meagerBruce Wayne. While Keaton's delivery of his lines while behind the maskwere great, his Bruce Wayne was a little too geeky for me. But with the help of Ms. Vicky Vale played beautifully by the sexy KimBassinger, and the flawless acting of the Joker, Batman gets a much deserved10 stars.Tim Burton brought the "Dark Knight" title back to the Batman series, andsilenced his critics with some great sets, and snappy catchphrases.
Amazing that there are people out there that think this version sucks.It does have problems, but the look and feel are right on the mark.Now, I have been a Batman fan since the 1950s and was very disappointedwith the 60s TV series basically making a mockery of the Batman story.I remember vividly the ad campaign put out by ABC TV to promote thefirst mid-season replacement series. They used the tease of nevershowing what Batman looked like except in dark shots where his face wasnot clearly visible so I naturally thought there would be a dark knightthat Bob Kane had intended originally. I had to wait until 89 for TimBurton to do that.But I still think that Michael Keaton was all wrong to play this hero.As Bruce Wayne he was somewhat believable but not physically right forthe caped crusader. Nicholson's Joker was magnificent. but hey, it'sJack Nicholson. Of course he would be great. Personally it would havebeen really cool IMHO if Jack had played an older Batman and Keaton notlong after his Beetlejuice role as a great Joker. But Burton and thestudio didn't see it that way.Now there is this guy named Robert Wuhl with whom I have had personaldealings. He is cast (wrongly) as a sympathetic character (He isn't.He's an obnoxious jerk you don't feel for as you should) namedAlexander Knox. For you unititated, non-film buffs, this is the name ofan Academy Award nominated actor who starred as President Wilson in amovie simply titled "Wilson." I never did find out if this was somekind of in -joke.Jack Palance is such a great fun actor and he is wasted in a role as acriminal who is killed off much too early in the film by Jack's Joker,which makes me wonder how much fun HE would have been as the Joker.Anyway, my personal favorite Batman actor (now I have not seen thelatest Batman film, mind you) is Val Kilmer, but there are those whovehemently disagree with me. Oh well. Such is life.Now will someone tell me why Two Face changed race and nobody noticed?Is he somehow related to Catwoman? (That's an Eartha Kitt joke. See, inthe ABC TV series.. oh never mind. I've educated you enough for oneday.)
The best scene in this film is the first one, in which Batman appears to beat up some common thugs. We get the sense of dark mystery about him that the early comic books contained. Tim Burton is an interesting directorial choice, and the overall look of this dim picture is great. However, Nicholson is simply annoying (and there are gratuitous scenes of him dancing round an art museum or clipping up photographs from God knows where that simply don't make a lot of sense) and we never get a very satisfying dismissal of him at the end. Basinger is useless too.
When the Joker releases mayhem on Gotham City, it is up to Batman to save the day and put a stop to his plans. This is a good dark and dreary film about the caped crusader. The only downside is it gets slow at times. Keaton was the best Batman and Jack Nichelson was stupendous and brilliant as the twisted Joker.
In a lot of ways, Tim Burton's 1989 film version BATMAN of thecomic-book hero is the ideal interpretation of the Batman world. Thefilm has a wide variety of elements that has been the mark of manygreat films over the years: action, humor, darkness, psychosis,colorful sets and scenery, and most importantly, a sense of pure funand enjoyment, which is what movies should be about.Michael Keaton's Batman/Bruce Wayne characterization portrays thecharacter as an avenging angel, a complex, dark, sad, lonely soul.Really, to this day I believe that Keaton is the best Batman in moviehistory. We already know why the character is like this: he watched hisparents viciously murdered as a child and therefore was traumatized bythe event and thus developed a need to act out on his innermost demonsin an all-too-real manner by donning Batsuit, cape, and mask to fightcrime in the streets of Gotham City, not just for justice, but to alsotake revenge on the type of scum and villainy that led to his parents'demise. Keaton completely embodies all the necessary mannerisms,emotions, and traits.Batman's nemesis in this film is Jack Napier AKA The Joker, played toscene-chewing perfection by Jack Nicholson. Nicholson is given a lot todo in this film, much more than Keaton, and totally makes the most ofit. The Joker character has a ton of memorable, great throwaway lines('Where does he get those wonderful toys?') that help to make this filma classic. I remember a lot of people saying that Nicholson 'stole' themovie and weren't crazy about Keaton's Batman when it came out. But itisn't his fault that Nicholson was given the majority of the dialogueand screen time. And, guess what? In hindsight and after the dreadfulSchumacher continuation Batman flicks, NOW a lot of people think thatKeaton is truly the best! But Keaton HAS ALWAYS BEEN the perfect choiceIMHO.Bruce Wayne's love interest is reporter Vicki Vale, played by KimBasinger. Basinger's Vale in this film may just be the most gorgeouscharacter ever in the history of film. She is unbelievably beautiful inevery scene in this film. Definitely adds to the scenery! What I likeabout the Vicki/Batman dynamic, as opposed to say, Lois Lane andSuperman, is that Vicki Vale is not infatuated with or in awe ofBatman, but scared of him just like every other Gotham citizen, whichis a REALISTIC reaction!The extreme darkness of BATMAN in no way diminishes its entertainmentlevel. It is a very entertaining film, in large part because it is ahighly original telling of a comic book story. While it explores thesuperhero as a dark, tortured person, it does not devolve so deeplythat it detracts from the plot and pace of the film. There are severalkey character interactions, but Burton takes the minimalist approachand only have these characters interact when absolutely necessarywithout talking down to or preaching to his audience.A good example is that, rather than overload us with one big scene ofall Batman's "wonderful toys" where everything is spoon-fed to us, weget to see each gradually as the film progresses and only when thesituation calls for it. There's a sequence of scenes in the middle ofthe film, which includes the first confrontation between Batman andJoker at the museum, that is representative of this plot device, andthese scenes are at the core of what makes this movie so great.And, as alluded to before, it is a very dark film, even scary at times.Batman in a lot of ways is as scary and dangerous as the Joker, but youneed someone who thinks like the Joker to beat him at his own game. Andthere are a lot a darkly comic moments that may not be so funny toeveryone.The set design and art deco style used for the city landscapes andbuildings, inside and out, are very unique and give the movie anotherworldly feel to it, almost it's almost happening in another timeand place than the present, but yet the movie has a very modern feel toit. Also, special mention must go to Danny Elfmann's impeccablyoriginal score that truly provides a great background theme for thefilm's hero. Fine supporting work is done by Robert Wuhl (as Vicki'sfellow reporter Alex Knox), the great veteran character actor PatHingle (as Commissioner Gordon), the legendary Jack Palance (asNapier's mob boss) and the distinguished Michael Gough (as Wayne'sbutler, confidante, and sidekick Alfred). My only complaint (and it is a very minor one) is Prince's musicthroughout the film. Although I'm a huge fan of Prince's music, itdoesn't belong in a film like this and it is NOT stopping me fromgiving it the highest possible rating! That aside, I totally love thisfilm and highly recommend to anyone who wants to be entertained by aunique interpretation of the superhero genre.
The best comic book film to date. Tim Burton's unique visual display will leave you breathless. In a time of crime, Gotham City is in the need of a superhero. Batman, or the Dark Knight, scares criminals and delivers justice to the city. Jack Napier, a man who is cheating with his boss' girlfriend is about to be wasted, but falls into a chemical tank instead. After that, he becomes the Joker (played by the immortal Jack Nicholson) and vows to get revenge on Batman, the man who dropped him into the pool of chemicals. Batman's personal life revolves around Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger), an aggressive photographer who is on a mission to discover the roots of the Batman. The man behind the mask is none other than the richest man in Gotham City, Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton). He is traumatized by his parents' deaths and vows to get revenge on the man who murdered them. He waited for many years to get his hands on Jack Napier, or the Joker. Boy oh boy, does he get revenge! This movie is filled with comic relief from Jack Nicholson with his art altercation in the museum, 'love that Joker' commercials, and huge revolver. Michael Keaton is perfect as the mysterious, but tough Batman and Kim Basinger is too cool as his love interest. "You wanna get nuts!? Let's get nuts!" Listen for the soundtrack with its great orchestration and Prince songs! This movie is the coolest comic book film ever and will forever remain the best. The closing scene where Batman is on a rooftop of a building looking up at his signal is just the best. I can't stress that enough. This movie is pure immortal.
As was noted in my review of Batman Begins, I was always more of a fanof the older movies than the newer series (TDKR is an exception though- i thought it was awesome). With that being said, I took the time outto re-watch the oldies and see if my opinion still holds today.The original Batman was never my favourite of the old movies - in fact,it was my least favourite, with the other three being better. However,it was still a good film. Sure, the effects and action are not liketoday's films, but it still looked decent for a film made in theeighties. While I couldn't stand Vicky Vale nor the Knox guy (she wastoo much damsel in distress, he was too annoying), Michael Keaton was agood Batman (Batman is sexy, too be honest, no matter who is playinghim) and added a touch of mystery to him without being too brooding orcold. Jack Nicholson was an insanely nutty Joker and played the partfabulously. His cackles, his makeup, his humour, his insane antics...Idon't know why people don't think of him as a good joker (he was almoston par with Heath, in my opinion).Overall, a good start to the oldies. But I know there is still betterto come!
There is no question that this was the film to see in the summer of 1989.Complete with Kim Basinger, impressive belt-gadgets, the batmobile, anapparently insane joker (masterfully projected by Nicholson), and the dark,brooding figure of philanthropist millionaire Bruce Wayne (Keaton), itpromised to be a highly entertaining film. Indeed, the first installment ofthe series is perhaps the most carefully planned out, with director TimBurton focusing the movie on the darkness that dwells within the hero ofthefilm, how he is a vigilante with capabilities far beyond the realms of themisplaced and easily-foiled footsoldiers of the Gotham police, and how hehas a prestigious lifestyle which defies normal logic, at least when oneconsiders that Wayne is not seen working a single day in the flick, only toemerge at night as Gotham's dark savior. Yet, Bruce Wayne is complex (selfadmittedly), and has much turmoil in his personal life. A loner at heart,heretains the services of an elderly and undoubtedly British butler, Alfred(Gough), who keep him company, but lacks the presence of a female in hislife, or any person at all. He also appears to have a shattered childhood,with both parents having been murdered by another character who takes thespotlight in the film.As a result, the film is decidedly dark, with solid browns, beigeovertones and some powder white/black shades on the clothing of the cast(the film is supposed to be set in the 1940s or 1950s, yet there are manyanachronisms which conflict with this theory). The sequel to the film had amuch more jubilant Keaton, who gladly took in the catwoman into his castleand permitted her to lick his paws clean. Perhaps this is why this film,thefirst in the series (which became more and more ill-conceived with eachsequel), is arguably the best. The film has many climatic moments, somewillactually make you shudder with surprise since most of the film isdialogue-based and is run at a low-tone (with the glaring exception of thejoker, who steals every scene with his antics). The film's use of thesingerPrince for much of music in its scenes demonstrates how Burton intertwinedthe modern-day mode of fashion in conjunction with the film's time span,probably the 1940s-1950s. Anachronisms aside, it is entertainment for thewhole family, though the kids may nod off during the first half of theshow.
This film is easily the greatest of all the Batman films, (even betterthanthe Superman films) Keaton and Nicholson are excellent needless to saythisfilm rocks!Tim Burton's version of Batman is good, but...nothing beats the animated series.Period
Action packed? Yes.Fun? You got it.Realistic? Who cares? At first, I was going to tell you how disappointed with the originalBatman, but then I remembered: It's a film based on a fantasy comic. Itplays by a different set of rules. Sometimes no scientific explanationis required when it comes to certain plot points. For instance; theJoker's face. What's the deal with that? A botched surgery in a dingybasement? Sure. A chemical reaction? Why not. The point is, it doesn'tmatter.I was also going to tell you how disappointed I was with theunrealistic violence, but then I remembered: It's PG-13Â and for goodreason. What would have been the point of making Batman 'Restricted'when most of the audience was in the 10-15 year-old age range? Sure,Batman appeals to all generations, but in order to bank the maximumamount of money at the box office, a PG-13 rating made the most sense.That means you're going to see plenty of violence, but little to noactual bloodshed. I thought the script and direction did a decent jobdancing between the adult/underage audience with the chiefly darkatmosphere but rather tame dialogue and carnage.The original Batman certainly isn't the best of the series, but it's adecent start and holds its own. The Tim Burton influence is acute andrecognizable. The special effects are rather phenomenal for the timeperiod as well. Watching the Batmobile's shield activate is quiteastounding. It's hard to believe that effect was accomplished in such acrisp manner in 1989.
Although they mess with the origin of Bruce Wayne's parents and tie it into the Joker being responsible for there death, the movie was very Awesome. Great set designs, costumes, and make up jobs. The Batman suit was incredible, to this day the best suit out of all the four Batman movies. Micheal Keaton and Jack Nicholson do an amazing job, they could have picked somebody else to play Vicki Vale (not big on Kim Basinger). A few things they should not have done:1. Have Alfred be some dumb. He brings Vicki Vale into the Batcave, come on he would never do that in the comics. And there is a scene where Vicki is told by Bruce he and Alfred will be out of town for a few days and then when she sees Alfred she says see you guys when you get back. And Alfred responds BACK? We are going to be here for quite some time. Alfred would have played along and then asked Bruce about it later.2. Why was Commisioner Gordon such a lump? Bad choice of casting him, perhaps they should have used Denis Franz.Other than a few blunders because it is Hollywood I would say Batman is the all time best Superhero movie out there, it set the tone for all others that have followed, like Daredevil, Spiderman, etc...
Batman was one of those movies that as a kid I watched and went `that was socool'. Nearly 10 years on it still delivers. Tim Burton's Batman is a slickstylish movie that makes what could be argued as the best Comic (Superman,The Crow and Blade are contenders to that crown) to Film translation ever.Focussing on the dark and gritty themes framed beautifully by Tim Burton'seye for dark on lights. Michael Keaton who despite almost public outragewhen picked to play Batman turns in what has been the best Batman portrayalfrom 3 other actors to try the cowl and cape. Jack Nicholson as the Jokeris evil and malevolent if not perhaps a tad over the top and Kim Bassingerdoing Vicky Vale, a tool character, who is constantly in trouble andscreams/squeals at every given opportunity. The movie is intelligent andforthright with its development, it progresses nicely with good pace andtiming that is well suited to the feel of the film. The movie doesn't playdown to us too much and keeps it relatively simple to follow so it doesn'tlose the younger viewers. Whilst keeping it gritty and the content adultoriented enough to keep the older members of the audience interested. Thesequels did not seem to keep to this mindset; they appeared to want theyounger audience more. I guess because you can sell more action figures tothem. The Action sequences unfold in a comic book fashion with typicallybig hits, but in clever development our hero doesn't trundle though thevillains like a freight train. Sure he kicks ass but we are made to seethat he is only human and he bleeds like the rest of the characters. This iswhat makes Batman quite special, he is only a man. The film feels a bitconstricted because it is shot mostly on specially constructed stages so youend up seeing the same locations again and again, from different angles butyou are usually having too much fun to notice or care. Batman is all goodbasically, and is definitely worth a look on video or adding it to thatincreasing video library.
I have seen the Batman films, and this one is the only one that shines as truly original, and fun, and true to it's character. Batman Forever was not NEAR as good.Very Good.
I will always be a Batman fan. And I was very anxious to see the film. But what Isaw wasn't the Batman I ever thought. I don't know if my imagination waswrong or the director didn't get the real spirit of Batman. And Keaton isnot a good "bat".
The story is TIGHT. I mean so tight, that you can bounce a quarter offof it. They don't make movies like this anymore. They don't even makeFILMS like this anymore. These days you're more likely to watchsomething that some kids created with a DVD-R camcorder or an HDsystem.Anyway, look -- Michael Keaton IS Batman, Jack Nicholson WAS the bombin this flick, and Tim Burton should have retained control over thisfranchise. And the final scene, with the cathedral, is absolutelypriceless.Thank you.- Sammy
I never cared for this film. Although the character of Bruce Wayne andBatman aren't supposed to be nice guys, I found them to be repugnantcharacters with no appeal whatsoever. You may argue that they're notsupposed to be appealing, but I disagree. I've seen many characters inseveral movies who were nasty guys but had appeal. Al Pacino as MichaelCorleone in the Godfather films is such an example. Michael Corleone is ahideous man, yet he came across as a man you love to hate. Hell, you don'thave to look further than Nicholson in this very movie. He's evil, he'smean, but he had appeal. Keaton's Batman and Bruce Wayne had no appeal andwere ultimately very boring characters. If I could come up with one wordforKeaton in this film: tightass. Michael Keaton is a good actor, but I foundmyself cheering for The Joker throughout the film. Jack Nicholson stealsthemovie right from under Keaton's feet.To say nothing about Kim Basinger's insipid Vicki Vale. Vicki spends theentire movie screaming her ass off at any little thing, but when she fallsoff a skyscraper, she doesn't utter a peep. And speaking of Vicki Vale,herromance with Wayne was laughably bad. And what's up with Billy DeeWilliamsas the future Two-Face? Originally, I liked Billy Dee in the film, butwhenI found out he was the future Two-Face, I'm wondering how he got cast asHarvey Dent. Technically, there's nothing wrong with Williams or hisperformance as the still-good-guy Harvey Dent. In fact, I enjoyed him verymuch. It's just that I can't see Williams acting like the evil Two Face inany future sequels.The movie isn't without some value despite the failure of Keaton andBasinger. The sets, costumes, music and tone of the film were just right.Nicholson was fun to watch as was Jack Palance and Tracey Walter. Andcreditto Keaton, he improved his performance considerably in Batman Returns bygiving a brooding performance with a more laid back approach. And itworked.
Tim Burton's Batman is,in my opinion,is the greatest superhero andcomic book film ever made and is one of the films that set the standardfor comic book adaptations. Filled with Amazing Action,Excellentperformances,great direction,a brilliant score and amazing productiondesign,Batman is one of my favorite movies of all time, a true classicand is Tim Burton at his best.Set in the fictional town of Gotham City,Batman tells the story ofBruce Wayne(Michael Keaton),who is a Billionaire by day,but,at night heis Batman,a masked avenger who stalks criminals and bad guys in thenight gives them his own brand of justice. Now,Batman must face offagainst his biggest challenge yet,a psychotic criminal in clown make-upnamed The Joker(Jack Nicholson)who is terrorizing the city of Gotham.Now,Batman has to stop The Joker and save Gotham at any costs.Batman is a film that I have loved since I was kid and instantly mademe a Batman fan,it was the first superhero and comic book film I sawand no other comic book or superhero film(although they're been plentygreat and good ones since Batman's release)have had an impact on me theway Batman has. One of the reasons Batman is the greatest superherofilm ever made and a classic is the way the filmmakers approach thematerial. Where many superhero films these days have origin stories andstart at the beginning,Batman starts in the middle where we see Batmanalready beating up and stalking criminals at night and putting not onlythe criminals,but the police on edge. We don't see how Bruce Waynebecame Batman,how he trains,gets the costumes or his useful weapons.It's bold move for this film not having an origin story from thebeginning and starting in the middle. What I also love about this movieis the dark,Gothic style of Gotham City and timeless feel. Gotham Cityin this film is a dark,cynical place that's very much in the Film-Noirstyle,dirty streets,dark shadows,smoke,fog and harsh lighting duringthe night and the film also depicts Gotham City as a town wherecriminals roam and rule the streets. Batman was a film that brought adark,brooding style to the superhero genre that has been imitated eversince this film was released. Where would Christopher Nolan's excellentDark Knight Trilogy be without Tim Burton's film. The film at times hasalmost a timeless feel to it where you're not sure if the film takesplace in the 80s,40s,50s or the 30s. It's great production design byAnton Furst adds to the film's timeless feel mixing the past,presentand the future and that's one of the things I think set Batman fromother superhero films. Batman and The Joker is one of the greatestrivalries in comic books,film and television and this film adds to therivalry of this hero and villain. In the film,Batman and The Joker areat odds over the city of Gotham because Batman wants to save the cityand the people,while The Joker wants to destroy the city and it'speople and the battle and banter between the two characters isexcellent and memorable. The Action and fight scenes are brilliant andwell-done and fits with the film,because at times the Action can beviolent,but also over the top and stylized. I've noticed that for yearsthere's been a rivalry between Batman fans over whose films arebetter,the Burton films or the Nolan films and I don't think that'sfair because Burton's and Nolan's films are different in tone andstyle. Burton's films are dark,Gothic and rooted in comic book styleand fantasy where as Nolan's films are more gritty and grounded inreality. I love the Batman films from Burton and Nolan equally and ifyou're a true Batman fan you should see both as classic takes on aclassic and iconic character such as Batman.The whole cast is excellent in their roles. Michael Keaton is excellentas Batman/Bruce Wayne,bringing intensity,depth and edge to the role.Jack Nicholson is brilliant and at his best as The Joker/Jack Napierwith Nicholson giving a funny,maniacal and over the top greatness tothe role of The Joker making The Joker One of the best villains in filmhistory. Kim Basinger is wonderful and sexy as Vicki Vale,aphotographer who is investigating Batman and is a love interest ofBruce Wayne. Robert Whul gives a fun performance as Alexander Knox,withWhul bringing humor to the role. Pat Hingle does a good job asCommissioner Jim Gordon. Billy Dee Williams does a good and smooth jobas Harvey Dent. Michael Gough is wonderful as Alfred,Bruce's loyalbutler and friend. Jack Palance gives a fine performance as Mob bossCarl Grissom,who is also Jack Napier's boss. Jerry Hall(Alicia),TraceyWalter(Bob The Goon),Lee Wallace(The Mayor)and WilliamHootkins(Lt.Eckhardt)give good performances as well.The direction by Tim Burton is amazing with Burton constantly movingthe camera and giving the film a dark,Gothic and brooding feel to itand giving the film a lot of energy and also does a great job with theAction and fight scenes. Great direction,Burton.The score by Danny Elfman is just brilliant and it's one of my favoritemovie scores of all time. Elfman's score is epic,dark,operatic anddefinitely fits in with the tone of the film. An excellent score fromElfman. I also like the Prince songs that are on the soundtrack whichinclude songs like Partyman,Scandalous,The Future,Electric Chair andTrust. Some have said the songs feel out of place and date the film,butI think their good songs and I sing along with them every time theycome on. Memorable songs.In final word,If you're a fan of Batman,Superhero films,Comic Bookfilms or films in general,I Highly suggest you see Batman,a landmarkclassic in Comic Book films and Superhero films that will stand thetest of time and is a film you can watch again and again. HighlyRecommended. 10/10.
This film is still the king of the hill in terms of BATMAN movies madethroughout our time. As the world turns and our time line is going tohell in a hand basket carried by the spoiled youth of our nation today,films are becoming more and more grotesque, violent and unnaturallyclichÃ©d to cater to today's easily bored audiences.1989 was a time when we were still able to see a film for its sheerquality story telling, appreciating styles from different directorssuch as the masterful Tim Burton in this case.BATMAN is the film that started it all. It took a franchise that wasthought to be a campy comic book superhero (thanks to the earlier TVshows with Adam West) and brought it back to serious. Although the 80sdid NOT require directors to push things beyond atrocious norgratuitous for the sake of acquiring young adult's attention, this filmwas well balanced in coolness, ground breaking, dark, mainstream andhumorous all wrapped up into one.Many many thanks to Tim Burton or else you kids would never have gottenyour Batman Begins, today.And I personally still believe that the 89 primal looking bat suit, isstill the best looking bat suit around. And the Batmobile in 89 isSTILL the best looking hot rod I've seen in a bat film.Don't get me wrong. I liked Batman Begins very much. However, you can'tdeny the greatness of the bat film which had more hype than any othersuper hero film around, spawning merchandise and commercials which madeeverything seem batty during that era.This movie is solid gold. And I recommend anyone to give it a try withan open mind. Comparing or hating on this film for reasons that areobviously null (comparing jokers to the dark knight film, etc, sostupid) is not going to help anyone enjoy it.You gotta take this film for what it was. And unfortunately, any kidout there between the ages to 10 - 23, will most like slam this film.But since when do kids know whats good and what isn't? lol. Just turnon the TV and you'll see what I mean.Tim Burton's BATMAN. Check it out. Its a real fun film, even by today'sstandards. It holds up as great entertainment. Jack is the best Jokerand Keaton still rocks as Batman.But, you don't have to take my word for it. *insert Reading Rainbowsong here*