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Batman 1989

  • Tim Burton
  • June 23, 1989
  • 126 mins
  • English
  • Action, Fantasy
Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker, who has seized control of Gotham's underworld.


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batman : 9 only for Joker

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This movie felt like one of the greatest superhero movies of all time to me back when I was a kid. I mean, seriously it is pretty great, and by just 15 years ago or so, I'd say it was the best. When I watch it, I think of Six Flags. Just think about how big of a deal this movie was for the superhero genre. We had Superman, which had been great, but then it progressed into terrible after four films (Batman will get there too). Then this pumped it up, then Spiderman kicked off... and well you know where we are now.

Part of me really likes how classic comic booky it feels. I mean the Dark Knight franchise is better with being so realistic, but there's something kind of nice about it being over the top. Anyway, the acting is great both with Keaton and Nicholson. And Tim Burton cools his style down to work really well without being over the top. Yea, pretty good time.

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Total Nostalgia for me, I was 16 years old when Batman came out, I wish I could go back to my 16 year old self now and show him how many superhero movies would be coming out now

This was a film that set me on course for my love of movies, sitting in the theatre, and Danny Elfman's booming soundtrack, as the camera span round what would be a bat symbol....... the hairs on the back of my neck was standing on end!

Tim Burton created our image of Gotham, the character of this city, the production design is awesome, and then there is Jack Nicholson's performance, lets not get into that debate, who is better, just lets say Jack Nicholson is absolutely awesome. Micheal Keaton delivers, in an understated performance, and adding his comic touches to Bruce Wayne.

Yes the effects dont hold up that much now, but as I said at the start this is pure nostalgia for me, I absolutely love this version of Batman, and I believe it played an important part in superhero films, and also my own personal journey of loving films.

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