Batman (1989) was bad and helped me to appreciate just how great the Dark Knight trilogy was for comic book movies. The plot was simply uninteresting and the action was dull. I wasn't a fan of the production design either, too much goddamn smoke everywhere, plus the special effects and sound effects were just so bad. I'm not entirely sure what people mean when they say the movie's "dark". Sure, aesthetically it is, but the actual content isn't really that dark. I guess everybody was just comparing it to Adam West. Keaton seemed so mechanical as Batman, and barely seemed to have any personality at all as Bruce Wayne. As if to compensate though, everybody else's acting was so over-the-top; this wasn't even just Jack Nicholson (though how anybody can think he's better than Heath Ledger is beyond me), everybody's performances were overly theatrical and exaggerated. The whole movie just lacked subtlety. The musical cues and camera movements were all so obvious. Did you see that facial expression he made? Did you notice this was a dramatic moment?? Did you?! It's like a movie reenactment of a stage production of Batman.
This movie does not hold up. Do not re-watch unless you want disappointment in your past self.
batman : 9 only for Joker
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.
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.