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Batman

"Justice is always darkest before the dawn."

1989-06-21 Fantasy 2hr 6m

Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis when a deformed madman calling himself "The Joker" seizes control of Gotham's criminal underworld.

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Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis when a deformed madman calling himself "The Joker" seizes control of Gotham's criminal underworld.

  • Released
    1989-06-21
  • Revenue
    $411,348,924
  • Budget
    $35,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 6m
  • Genre
    Fantasy, Action, Crime
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Français
  • imdb-logo
    7.5
  • Production
    The Guber-Peters Company, Warner Bros. Pictures, Polygram Pictures

Crew

Tim Burton
Director
Warren Skaaren
Screenplay
Peter Guber
Producer

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Cast

Michael Keaton

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Jack Nicholson

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Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger

Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl

Robert Wuhl

Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle

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Tracey Walter

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John Sterland

John Sterland

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Vincent Wong

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John Dair

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Reviews for Batman
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A Review by John Chard 8

Written by John Chard on 2016-07-29

Vision not fully realised, but still a template of sorts. It could never have lived up to the hype back in 1989, it was hailed as the fil... read more

Vision not fully realised, but still a template of sorts. It could never have lived up to the hype back in 1989, it was hailed as the film to rival the impact of "Jaws" & "Star Wars" as regards historical cinema conventions, it was, we were led to believe, a new age in cinema, or so it seemed. As it was, the film went down a treat for the modern cinema going audience, it raked in cash galore and spawned a raft of very inferior sequels, even though ultimately critics of the time were less than impressed. So it makes for something of an interesting experience viewing it again as each decade passes. More so in light of Christopher Nolan's bank busting "Dark Knight" series of films. I remember the hype and marketing campaign (T-Shirts and toys bonanza) that ensured that the film could never live up to the gargantuan hype, and I'm honest enough to say that I was a little underwhelmed on first viewing. Yet time has been very kind to it, now showing that Burton had the nous and foresight to reignite a genre without going purely for kiddie like appeasements. Visually the film still stands up with the best that today's genre pieces can offer, the sets are incredible, with Anton Furst rightly winning the big award for his work here, whilst Burton's dark and deep tone captures the essence of Gotham City and Bruce Wayne's troubled mind perfectly, but does the cast fully realise the potential on offer?. Michael Keaton as the troubled and vengeful Bruce Wayne, is a fine actor and it would only be in time where his take on Wayne the man would be appreciated, as the caped crusader he is outstanding and he set the bar high for all those that followed him. Jack Nicholson has the time of his life camping it up as The Joker, and he steals the film for sure. This is not because he is acting with great poise and class, but purely because in a film calling for the battle of two unhinged characters, he is the one awash in colour and overacting the maniacal side of the character to the max. Kim Basinger looks great but doesn't have to do much as Vicki Vale except say her lines right, pout, look scared when required and scream with conviction, and she does all of these. But really any other actress could have done the same thing - though I'm personally relieved that Sean Young dropped out of the film and thus allowed some other actress to step in. The supporting cast do OK, and the soundtrack by Prince pushes the boundaries of annoying caricature indulgence. Ultimately it's a fun ride, respectful of the source material and giving the comic book genre of fil a shot in the arm. Yet you can't help feeling that there is some great Burton vision here that never got fully realised. And that is a damn shame, and something that Burton himself would come to admit down the line. 8/10

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A Review by KingStradivarius 4

Written by KingStradivarius on 2017-08-21

This movie is so bad I couldn't even finish it.... read more

This movie is so bad I couldn't even finish it.

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A Review by JakeWarren 10

Written by JakeWarren on 2019-05-14

Yeah, it's good.... read more

Yeah, it's good.

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A Review by Wuchak 4

Written by Wuchak on 2020-07-21

_**Looks good, but surreal and tedious**_ Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989) is _so_ disappointing! Yeah, the costumes, sets, cast, cinematogra... read more

_**Looks good, but surreal and tedious**_ Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989) is _so_ disappointing! Yeah, the costumes, sets, cast, cinematography and music are great, but the story is unrealistic, goofy and, worst of all, dull; in other words, it siphoned! Tim Burton is outstanding with visuals, but he failed to incorporate an interesting story. What good is a BORING film that looks great and doesn't take its subject seriously? This is a quintessential example of style over substance. Most of the high ratings are from people who saw it when they were kids and they're just nostalgic. If they viewed the film objectively as an adult, with respect to the true Batman of the silver/bronze/modern age of comics, they'd have to admit that it's not a good interpretation. Sure, it could be accepted as a sort of an ALTERNATIVE Batman; a friend of mine who's in the comic business said this was the only way he could appreciate it. But if you want to see a serious Batman flick, true to the legend of the Dark Knight, catch "Batman Begins" (2005) and its sequels, they blow this overrated soporific dud out of the water. The movie's overlong at 2 hours, 6 minutes. GRADE: C

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A Review by mooney240 7

Written by mooney240 on 2023-02-11

**Batman 1989 burst on the scene shattering the box office and rewriting the rules of comic book films with dark characters and high stakes ... read more

**Batman 1989 burst on the scene shattering the box office and rewriting the rules of comic book films with dark characters and high stakes in ways no superhero movie had seen before.** Superhero movies of the 70s and 80s were bright and colorful, goofy and optimistic, champions of truth, Justice, and the American Way. Movies like Superman, Supergirl, the original Captain America, and even Adam West’s Batman all fit this vibe and aesthetic, with many overly campy but charming. This made Tim Burton’s darker, more violent Batman a huge gamble. Warner Bros literally sank every last penny they had into the movie as the studio was collapsing and going out of business. A dark superhero film with murder and blood? Michael Keaton? Mr. Mom himself as Batman? It was a massive risk with a tremendous payoff! Warner Bros survived and thrived off the enormous box office profits, and Batman reinvented the superhero genre showing that adults could enjoy superhero movies too. Even though Batman 1989 is a little dated and campy now, it broke every mold when it was released. Michael Keaton proved himself as the incredible star and bankable actor that he is. Jack Nicholson’s Joker stood as the iconic standard for villains for decades. Kim Basinger’s Vicki Vale is still one of the best Batman love interests to date. Tim Burton saved superheroes and movie studios with this dark reinvention of the comic book genre. It’s a true superhero classic.

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A Review by SoSmooth1982 10

Written by SoSmooth1982 on 2023-04-25

There will never be a greater batman or movie ever. The original is still the only good batman movie out there. They keep trying but they ha... read more

There will never be a greater batman or movie ever. The original is still the only good batman movie out there. They keep trying but they had it right the 1st time, and they messed it up now.

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A Review by Arcanum101 8

Written by Arcanum101 on 2023-05-28

Probably one of the first serious attempts at bringing a comic to the big screen with a decent budget. The vision of the world is brilliant.... read more

Probably one of the first serious attempts at bringing a comic to the big screen with a decent budget. The vision of the world is brilliant. Keaton's Batman is spot on and the Prince soundtrack ties the whole thing together perfectly. Unfortunately, Tim Burton's flamboyance lets things down in the end. But still the most memorable Batman to date. Although Ben Affleck's jaded, grumpy and bulked-out depiction of the character in Batman V Superman is my favourite.

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A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-10-22

"Batman" never was my favourite superhero, and although Michael Keaton tries hard here to inject a little soul into the character, I'm afrai... read more

"Batman" never was my favourite superhero, and although Michael Keaton tries hard here to inject a little soul into the character, I'm afraid I found Jack Nicholson's totally over-the-top "Joker" to be just annoying and the whole film to be little underwhelming. "Gotham City" is essentially an urban jungle under the boot of the menacing "Grissom" (Jack Palance). He and his sidekick "Napier" (Nicholson) - who only has a limited grasp on his sanity - have a bit of a falling out, though, and the latter man is soon swimming in a vat of deadly chemicals... The result? Well his madness is now completely unleashed on his former boss then on the entire city as he attempts to gain complete control. Luckily for DA "Harvey Dent" (Billy Dee Williams) and Police Commissioner "Gordon" (Pat Hingle) the city might just have a chance of salvation in the form of our eponymous, black leather-caped, crusader. Equipped with a bullet-proof car, a super-charged motor bike and some heavy duty kevlar body armour he vows to take on the criminal element and restore some sort of order. He, too, has his demons - which we learn about as the story develops, and it seems they can only be tempered by his loyal retainer "Alfred" (Michael Gough). As the stakes rise, it soon becomes a man-to-man combat scenario that I found all rather too theatrical. The visual effects are solid, the audio and lighting also work well to create an at times intimidating atmosphere, but I just found myself missing the point. There can be no doubt that Nicholson's performance as an actor is outstanding, but for me it created a relentless, almost pantomime-style, character that as it persisted just rather left me looking around the cinema wondering what Burt Ward was doing nowadays. Groundbreaking it was in 1989. In 2023 - well I'm not at all sure. It does look good, though!

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A Review by John Chard

Vision not fully realised, but still a template of sorts. It could never have lived up to the hype back in 1989, it was hailed as the film to rival the impact of "Jaws" & "Star Wars" as regards historical cinema conventions, it was, we w...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 8

Written by John Chard on 2016-07-29

Vision not fully realised, but still a template of sorts. It could never have lived up to the hype back in 1989, it was hailed as the film to rival the impact of "Jaws" & "Star Wars" as regards his...

read more
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A Review by KingStradivarius 4

Written by KingStradivarius on 2017-08-21

This movie is so bad I couldn't even finish it....

read more
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A Review by JakeWarren 10

Written by JakeWarren on 2019-05-14

Yeah, it's good....

read more
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A Review by Wuchak 4

Written by Wuchak on 2020-07-21

_**Looks good, but surreal and tedious**_ Tim Burton's "Batman" (1989) is _so_ disappointing! Yeah, the costumes, sets, cast, cinematography and music are great, but the story is unrealistic, goofy...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by mooney240 7

Written by mooney240 on 2023-02-11

**Batman 1989 burst on the scene shattering the box office and rewriting the rules of comic book films with dark characters and high stakes in ways no superhero movie had seen before.** Superhero m...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by SoSmooth1982 10

Written by SoSmooth1982 on 2023-04-25

There will never be a greater batman or movie ever. The original is still the only good batman movie out there. They keep trying but they had it right the 1st time, and they messed it up now....

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Arcanum101 8

Written by Arcanum101 on 2023-05-28

Probably one of the first serious attempts at bringing a comic to the big screen with a decent budget. The vision of the world is brilliant. Keaton's Batman is spot on and the Prince soundtrack ties t...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-10-22

"Batman" never was my favourite superhero, and although Michael Keaton tries hard here to inject a little soul into the character, I'm afraid I found Jack Nicholson's totally over-the-top "Joker" to b...

read more