I saw this on opening day 25 years ago and I was impressed.
Watching this last night, I can appreciate it much more now. For its time, this was both entertaining and quite dark. Tim Burton took both a comic book approach and a perfectly off-kilter look at the Batman legend. Jack Nicholson is simply perfect as the Joker. Michael Keaton was an inspired choice for its time.
There's that phrase again..."for its time". 25 years ago seemed like a…
Fine start for franchise.
Keaton--better than you'd guess.
Nicholson is boss.
"Never rub another man's rhubarb."
Good news! BATMAN holds up. Sure, Nicholson is a little over the top and the action is pretty glacial and clunky but the freakin' tone, production design and otherworldly nature of the movie works very well. It'll always be timeless and (dare I say it) fun...
BATMAN isn't as good as its sequel but for ten years (1985-1994) Burton was as good as any one else in the directing game.
Come back, good Burton!
The only Batman movie with a great sense of humor.
I little too campy for me, but some of the scenes with The Joker are as terrifying as Heath Ledger's character in The Dark Knight. The overall look and feel of Gotham City is glorious, in it's own dark way. And I love Elfman's score.
While not a faithful adaptation of the comics still a great movie, especially if your a fan of Tim Burton's style, also Keaton makes a good batman.
Camp Cedarridge staff have really good taste in music to fall a leep too.
In contrast to the modern superhero movie, Tim Burton's Batman is more like a live-action comic book: Gotham City is gothic and dystopian, the Joker wears purple and orange and carries chattery teeth, and Batman drives an awkwardly long Batmobile (as opposed to Nolan's militarized hunk of scrap metal). The film also uses Alan Moore's The Killing Joke for the Joker's backstory, but only the part in which he falls into a vat of chemicals and assumes his characteristic appearance.…
First a confession. As much as I love Batman, and the accompanying mythos, Tim Burton's 1989 Batman had somehow eluded my viewership until now. (although to be somewhat fair, it was released a year after my birth) I had of course heard all the comparisons regarding the Dark Knight, so it was about time I got caught up.
First of all, I really liked Keaton as Batman, maybe more than Bale. I thought he did a good job emphasizing the…
Having grown up with this movie, I knew Batman/Bruce Wayne before I ever knew Michael Keaton so he's always been what I first think of when I hear "Batman" (yeah, I saw Neighbors recently). Anything else that Keaton is in, he might as well be Bruce Wayne.
I love the German Expressionist Gotham, I love the 40s style wardrobe, I love Elfman's score, I love Batman fighting the ninja goon, I love the horror elements, I love the Joker dancing to Prince. I do not love Knox.
Who knows how many times I have seen this expressionist and noir influenced gem but too many times I just sit back in awe and soak it in. To those who want their Batman rooted in what could "REALLY HAPPEN" , just calm down. It's all fiction. What plays here is set pieces designed to a tee and while the character development is lacking, there is so much going on between the Batman and his classic antagonist that it is…
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary, I thought I'd give this a rewatch. Ok, so here's the thing. Sean Connery is always Bond to me. Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes, Peter Davison is Doctor Who, Christopher Reeve is Superman, and Michael Keaton is Batman. I remember well seeing this film on opening night in 1989. It was an event. The logo was everywhere (to this day it's the only thing I can draw well) and the excitement was palpable.…