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Tim Burton directs; Michael Keaton stars as Batman; and Jack Nicholson stars as his arch foe, The Joker, in the first of the blockbuster Batman series of features. As the Dark Knight, defender of law and order in Gotham City, Batman treads the shadow zone between right and wrong, fighting with only his skill in martial arts and his keenly honed mind to defend the innocent and to purge the memory of his parents' brutal murder--always keeping his true identity as millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne a closely guarded secret.
- Sam Hamm
- Warren Skaaren
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 67
- Fresh: 48
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 6.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The wit is all pictorial. The film meanders mindlessly from one image to the next, as does a comic book. It doesn't help that the title character remains such a wimp even when played by Michael Keaton.
Fresh: Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.
Fresh: The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.
Fresh: Dark, haunting and poetic
Top of the genre
Arguably the best superhero film ever completed. Batmania still reigns to this day because of this phenomenon!
Especially when it came out. There was nothing like it. Isn't the best Batman film but definitely is an important one. It showed us the real Batman for the first time.
Third act is a bit off with (Spoiler Alert) Alfred bringing Vicki into the Bat Cave?!
Jack Nicholson was incredible as Joker. I remember all the bad talk about Keaton as Batman...Keaton showed them. :)
A must-see for Any Batman Fan.
The one that started it all
Batman came out in 1989 and it was directed by Tim Burton, who previously had directed Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice. In my opinion he was the perfect guy to direct Batman and bring that level of darkness that batman needed. Before this batman, all we had was the campy 1960s television series. This was a darker representation of batman that no one had ever seen before.
When it was announced that Michael Keaton was playing batman, im sure people were very skeptical about it, after all before this he was Mr. Mom. But people were suprised to find out that he pulled it off brilliantly. He had both the charm of bruce wayne and the darkness of batman. To play batman it takes an actor who can pull of both parts.
Then we come to the best part of the movie, Jack Nicholson's joker. For 1989, there was no other person to play the joker than Jack Nicholson. Who better to play him than the guy who won an oscar for One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. I do have to say though watching his performance and then watching Heath Ledger's performance after it, Nicholson's joker is not as amazing when i watch it now because i love Ledger so much, but i still get enough enjoyment watching Jack's Joker.
Kim Basinger plays Vicki Vale, Bruce Waynes love interest who works for Gotham newspaper. I though she pulled it off well for its time. I feel that if she would have played it now, it would have been completely off. But for what it was in 1989, she played it well. I'm not saying shes a bad actress, i mean she was awesome in LA Confidential (which she won an oscar for.) Im just saying that anyone could have played her.
Some of the negatives I feel that i have to address are not really big but it's something i feel i have to talk about. Im not necessarily a fan of the tower scene when Nicholson and Basinger are doing a Waltz up on the balcony. I feel like if they would have taken that out, the movie would have been no different.
Also I don't like the role that commissioner Gordon has in this movie. In Christopher Nolan's Batman, Gordon worked with Batman and had a bigger role. In this he just kind of pops in for a second and then walks out. I don't like that because it makes Gordon a less important character.
Overall Batman is still an entertaining movie. It was the first Batman movie growing up that I loved. You know from the moment Danny Elfman's Batman theme kicks in that youre in for an epic batman movie, which it certainly is
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1989
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