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Batman (1989) --- Tim Burton and Michael Keaton bring back the Dark night

Jul 6, 2008
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Pros:great casting, dark like it needed to be, Nicholson, Keaton, Basinger, great score

Cons:re-writing of back story

The Bottom Line: Simply an excellent entry in the comic book film genre, it really raised the bar for everything that would come after it. Highly recommended.


With 1989's release of Batman, the whole comic book genre of films was re-written, and the road was paved for everything that would come after it. Not only that, but taking in over $200 million in the box office showed that people were willing to come out and pay to see an adaptation of a super hero on the big screen again. Superman had opened the door, and when Batman walked through it, the industry stood up and took notice. To do that though, they had to erase the recent history of the Batman franchise by making people forget about the comedic television show staring Adam West. To do that, they had to make Batman darker, and the best man to do the job was Tim Burton. With Burton on board, they cast the unlikely choice of Michael Keaton as Batman, and though he seemed like the wrong man for the part, he would soon put all of those negative thoughts to bed.

Batman opens with some of the best music we have had for films in recent years (Danny Elfman) and then cuts to the scenes of Batman taking down some bad guys in an introduction that was just about perfect. Trying to clean up the streets of Gotham City, it seems that this man dressed up like a bat has a lot of work in front of him, but he also has the resources that could help him succeed. By night he is Batman, but by day he is philanthropic and successful businessman Bruce Wayne, who was orphaned when he lost his parents so many years before. The murder of his parents sent him on the current path to right the wrongs of society, and through this film, we get a series of flashbacks that tell us what happened, and who it was that killed the Wayne's. Due to his focus on the past, Wayne has built up a collection of vehicles and weapons designed to help him fight for justice in this dark city.

Right in the path of Batman is about to be a very evil character in the form of a hoodlum who has suffered an accident by falling into a vat of acid. Known as Jack Napier before the fall, he emerges as The Joker, a violent madman bent on not just succeeding at crime, but leaving a path of death in his wake. This could be too much for Batman to take down, as the villain has sought to take over the entire world of crime and kill anyone that won't follow his lead. There are several sub-plots that include photographer Vicki Vale (played by Kim Basinger) becoming the love interest of Bruce Wayne and the receiver of unwanted advances by The Joker. There are plenty of supporting characters including Robert Wuhl as reported Alexander Knox, Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent, and Jack Palance as crime boss Carl Grissom. The stage however, is set for Michael Keaton to battle Jack Nicholson's Joker.

The darkness of the film really set it apart from what was expected in the genre, and it really did a lot to advance the better side of the Batman story. They changed a bit of the origins to the story in order to make this one more interesting, but in doing so also gave Jack Nicholson a lot of material to work with. Nicholson ends up becoming one of the best villains we had seen since Darth Vader, and took the movie to another level. Michael Keaton was equally good as the reserved Bruce Wayne and the mysterious persona of Batman, who will sacrifice it all to protect the people of Gotham City. A lot of time in the story is taken to set up the character of Batman, but the action does come strong, and the end sequences leading up to the church tower were pretty exciting for the time. Though I think Batman Begins outdid this film in the end, it was a breath of fresh air into the "hero" genre, and a film that will forever be one of my favorites. The basic premise of Batman trying to stop the plotting of the Joker would have worked, but was made so much better by the great casting job. Highly recommended.








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