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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger


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Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The principal villain in Batman is TheSee more details below

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Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The principal villain in Batman is The Joker (Jack Nicholson) who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold. First he distributes a line of booby-trapped cosmetics, then he goes on a destruction spree in the Gotham Art Museum while the music of Prince blasts away in the background, and finally he orchestrates an all-out campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Gothamites, hoping to turn them against the Cowled One. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) becomes the love of Batman's life-which of course plays right into the Joker's hands. Photographed by Roger Pratt, designed by Anton Furst, and scored by Tim Burton's favorite composer Danny Elfman, Batman was a monstrous box-office hit, making $100 million in the first ten days of release--$82,800,000 in North America alone. Incidentally, Billy Dee Williams' comparatively small role as DA Harvey Dent was originally designed to set up the sequel, wherein Dent was to convert into master criminal Two-Face; but by the time the producers got around to that character in 1995's Batman Forever, Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones.

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At once whimsical and somber -- and, above all, dark -- Batman remains one of the better adaptations of a comic book character to the screen, and certainly one of the most stylized. This is not your father's Batman, and, given its relentless grimness, it perhaps shouldn't be your kids' either, if they are very young. In a broad sense, the film, falling on the cusp of the 1990s, reflects a final departure from the innocence of previous filmgoing generations to the cynicism and angst of a new one. Cinematic superheroes had moved from the simplicity of Christopher Reeve's Superman to the brooding, tormented, shadow-enshrouded Dark Knight. Michael Keaton, better known for light comic fare at the time, is surprisingly effective as the mysterious Batman, while Jack Nicholson hams it up to perfection as the maniacal Joker. Rounding out the leads, Kim Basinger's slinky, film noir heroine fits the spirit of the film well, even if she and Keaton don't develop much chemistry. More than just a solid achievement of Tim Burton's direction, this is one film in which the contributions of the set designer and the composer go a long way toward rounding out the full experience. Anton Furst won a set design Oscar for his vision of a bleak, soaring urban wasteland, a hodgepodge of architectural styles, reminiscent of Blade Runner and Metropolis, that suggests no particular time period; and Danny Elfman's score is appropriately dark and dramatic.

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Special Features

Commentary by Director Tim Burton; On the set with Bob Kane; Legends of The Dark Knight: The History of Batman - The Comic Book Saga as reinvented and reinterpreted over seven decades; ; Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of The Dark Knight Parts 1-3 - The Road to Gotham City; The Gathering Storm; The Legend Reborn; ; Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery - Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design of Batman; Building the Batmobile; Those Wonderful Toys: The Props and Gadgets of Batman; Designing the Bat-Suit; From Jack to the Joker; Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman; ; 3 Prince Music Videos - "Batdance," "Partyman" and "Scandalous"; The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries; Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Batman/Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson Joker/Jack Napier
Kim Basinger Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle Commissioner Gordon
Billy Dee Williams District Attorney Harvey Dent
Michael Gough Alfred Pennyworth
Jack Palance Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall Alicia
Lee Wallace Mayor
Tracey Walter Bob the Goon
Marion Dougherty Actor
William Hootkins Eckhards
Richard Strange Goon
Carl Chase Goon
Philip Tan Goon
John Sterland Accountant
Edwin Craig Ratelli
Joel Cutrara Crimelord 2
John Dair Ricorso
Christopher Fairbanks Nic
Vincent Wong Crimelord 1
George Roth Eddie
Kate Harper Anchorwoman
Bruce McGuire Anchorman
Kit Hollerbach Becky
Lachelle Carl TV Technician
Del Baker Napier Hood
Jazzer Jeyes Napier Hood
Wayne Michaels Napier Hood
Rocky Taylor Napier Hood
Keith Edwards Reporter
Leon Herbert Reporter
Steve Plytas Doctor
Amir M. Korangy Wine Steward
Michael Balfour Scientist
Liz Ross Mom
Garick Hagon Dad
David Baxt Dr. Wayne
Sam Douglas Lawyer
Elliott Stein Man in Crowd
Dennis Lili Bob the Cartoonist
Paul Birchard Another Reporter
John Lurie Actor
Mac McDonald Goon
Richard Durden TV Director
Philip O'Brien Maitre d'

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Gerry Crampton Stunts
Marion Dougherty Casting
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Paul Engelen Makeup
Anton Furst Production Designer
Peter Guber Co-producer
Sam Hamm Original Story,Screenwriter
Linda Henrikson Costumes/Costume Designer
Chris Kenny Co-producer
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Derek Meddings Special Effects
Benjamin Melniker Executive Producer
Jon Peters Co-producer
Nigel Phelps Art Director
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Prince Songwriter
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Warren Saire Screenwriter
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
Warren Skaaren Screenwriter
Eddie Stacey Stunts
Tip Tipping Stunts
Leslie Tomkins Art Director
Michael E. Uslan Executive Producer
Peter Young Set Decoration/Design

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