Batman (1989)

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Year of Release: 1989

Genre: Comic Book

Related To/Remake Of: Batman Returns (sequel), Batman Forever (sequel), Batman & Robin (sequel)

Directed By: Tim Burton

Music By: Danny Elfman

Starring: Michael Keaton (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Jack Nicholson (as Jack Napier/The Joker), Kim Basinger (as Vicki Vale), Michael Gough (as Alfred Pennyworth), Robert Wuhl (as Alexander Knox), Pat Hingle (as Commissioner James Gordon), Billy Dee Williams (as District Attorney Harvey Dent), Jack Palance (as Carl Grissom), Jerry Hall (as Alicia Hunt), and Tracey Walter (as Bob the Goon)

Basic Plot: Batman must protect the citizens of Gotham from a chemical attack at the hands of maniacal mobster The Joker.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: Keaton gives a strong performance as the Dark Knight in the first serious big-screen adaptation of Bob Kane’s comic book hero, while Jack Nicholson gives an at-times over-the-top performance as the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker. Wonderful set designs and an overall gothic tone, plus the amazing soundtrack by Danny Elfman, round out a pretty entertaining comic book movie.

Cons: Kim Basinger serves pretty much no other purpose but to scream in just about every scene she’s in. The movie also has some spots where it moves a bit too slow, as well. Plus, there are times where it seems that Bruce Wayne/Batman is a supporting character, while the villainous Joker hogs the limelight.


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