Batman


Batman

Overview:

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.

Votes 2063 (7/10)

Runtime: 126 minutes

Release Date 1989-06-23

Budget: $35,000,000.00

Revenue: $411,348,924.00

Tagline: Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Production company:

  • PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
  • The Guber-Peters Company
  • Warner Bros.

Production country:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

Genres:

  • Fantasy
  • Action

Trailer

Further Information

Jack Napier/The Joker
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
Bruce Wayne/Batman
Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
Vicki Vale
Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger
Alfred
Michael Gough
Michael Gough
Commissioner James Gordon
Pat Hingle
Pat Hingle
Harvey Dent
Billy Dee Williams
Billy Dee Williams
Carl Grissom
Jack Palance
Jack Palance
Alicia Grissom
Jerry Hall
Jerry Hall
Bob the Goon
Tracey Walter
Tracey Walter
Mayor
Lee Wallace
Lee Wallace
Eckhardt
William Hootkins
William Hootkins
Rotelli
Edwin Craig
Edwin Craig
Alexander Knox
Robert Wuhl
Robert Wuhl
Crimelord #1
Vincent Wong
Vincent Wong
Goon
Richard Strange
Richard Strange
Nic
Christopher Fairbank
Christopher Fairbank
TV Director
Richard Durden
Richard Durden
Lawyer
Sam Douglas
Sam Douglas
Doctor
Steve Plytas
Steve Plytas
Director
Tim Burton
Tim Burton
Characters
Bob Kane
Bob Kane
Screenplay
Warren Skaaren
Warren Skaaren
Producer
Peter Guber
Peter Guber
Producer
Jon Peters
Jon Peters
Director of Photography
Roger Pratt
Roger Pratt
Original Music Composer
Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman
Editor
Ray Lovejoy
Ray Lovejoy
Casting
Marion Dougherty
Marion Dougherty
Production Design
Anton Furst
Anton Furst
Screenplay
Sam Hamm
Sam Hamm
Executive Producer
Michael Uslan
Michael Uslan

John Chard

Vision not fully realised, but still a template of sorts. It could never have lived up to its 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, but ultimately critics of the time were less than impressed. So it makes for something of an interesting experience viewing it again as it approaches its 30th birthday in 2019. More so in light of Christopher Nolan's bank busting Dark Knight series of films. I remember the hype and marketing campaign 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. 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? Sadly for me I just don't buy Michael Keaton as the troubled and vengeful Bruce Wayne, he is a fine actor that just doesn't quite cut it in the brooding close to madness department, and yet he's outstanding in the cape, arguably the best Batman ever. Jack Nicholson has the time of his life camping it up as The Joker, he steals the film for sure, but 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 and 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 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 although the soundtrack by Prince pushes the boundaries of annoying caricature indulgence, it does work and the film remains today a very entertaining watch, but you can't help feeling that there is some great Burton vision here that never got fully realised. And that is a damn shame. 8/10

STRADIVARIUS

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

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