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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 68
- Fresh: 49
- 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: Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton.
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.
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.
I still stand by my notion that Michael Keaton portrays the greatest batman to date. No Bale, Kilmer and most certainly not Clooney could fill the shoes of the tremendous Keaton.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 1989
- 1989 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. BATMAN and all related characters and elements are TM and © of DC.