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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 The…  See more details below


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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Batman 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Walterama More than 1 year ago
Batman the 1989 movie is now in Blu-Ray Diamond Luxe Edition. Not only is Batman my favorite superhero, but the movie is one of my favorite too. It has all the good action, storyline, drama, and comedy. The movie should have been retitled The Joker because Jack Nicholson who plays the clown prince of Gotham City stole the show, and he is a good actor. Michael Keaton, who Batfans had their doubts when Director Tim Burton casts him as Batman, plays the part of Batman/Bruce Wayne and did an excellent job. This is Batman at his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Batman is clearly one of my ultimate favorite movies of all time. It is sure the best of any of the other Batman films. The plot was great, and so were the actors. Michael Keaton plays the best Bruce Wayne/Batman than the other two guys, which were Val Kilmer and George Calooney (Dont know). I cant really explain it, but he just seems like a very good Bruce Wayne/Batman, His attitude is perfect, and just the way he acts for the part. And Jack Nicholson, was also a great character in this film. He's a crazy guy in most movies, including One flew over the coo-koos nest, and The Shining. This was one of his best roles. He was perfect for the part, no one else could be better than Jack. So, good action, acting, and well, EVERYTHING NOW THAT I THINK OF IT. I'd give it 10 stars for a film.
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SMeyerDestroyedMyLife More than 1 year ago
i have watched this movie more than once and yet i beileve what tim burton stated in a inerview once he said he is not a action movie director what made me hate this movie even more was harvey dent charecter sure billy dee williams is a good actor but he did not mesh very well with the rest of the movies cast this movie i gave the movie 3 stars for a reason after batman returns tim burton left the batman movie frenchise and im glad he did
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The cast rulez! Tim Burton is a melancholy genius! Elfman's sountrack beats all else!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton is to be congratulated for creating such a spectacular visual treat. The gloomy environment that he created is superb. Also, Danny Elfman's riveting score defined the movie and its themes as much as, if not more than, Tim Burton's directing. However, there was one thing lacking in this movie: an intriguing storyline. Granted, that storyline isn't boring; it just lacks that little extra that would put it over the top. But all in all, a wonderful movie that I do not hesitate to recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great cast and a great director make this film impossible to miss. The acting was great with Jack Nicholson playing the villian Joker and Michael Keaton playing Batman. No actor who has played a villian in the other Batman films can compare to Jack Nicholson's Joker. Keaton's Batman is better than the other's who have put on the suit. Kim Bassinger is just as good as Keaton and Nicholson as a reporter who falls for Bruce Wayne and is stalked by Joker throughout the film. The version of Batman that starred Adam West doesn't even compare to the dark style that Tim Burton gave us in this excellent film that spawned 3 sequels that couldn't even be as good this one(except possibly for some Batman Returns that was also directed by Tim Burton). No one can afford to miss this dark film that will for ever be a favorite in among a many people who loved the comics and the graphic novels. It is simply the best of all films that were once comic books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How do I say it? This is one of the best movies ever made. The Joker is freaky and perectly insane. Batman is perfect as the Dark Knight. The 3 sequels were great (yes including the last one idiots what is with you?)hopefully they'll start again. This movie was called The Movie of the Decade which proves how good it is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good batman movie. I thought that Jack Nichelson was great as Joker and really played him great, and Micheal Keaton played a good batman. It was really one of the better batman movies. Thye only thing I didn't like about this movie is that you can really tell it's from the 80's by the movies style, as with the other batman movies you can't tell when they are made. I recommand this movie, it is really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Batman is the greatest movie.Tim Burton makes gotham the dirtiest city,the ideal place not to live.From the opening mugging to the the Joker's fall this movie will rivet you to to your seat. Michael Keaton performs with a dark,grim performance and Jack Nicholson puts on a dark,evil,scary,and muderous performance.Buy it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Another overrated production by Burton who's obsession with surrealim results in cheap overbolown plastic backdrops and weak acting. Jack Nicholson and Jack Pallance seem to be the only seasoned actors who leave an impression in this McDonald's Happy Meal promotional film. Michael Keaton's forced acting as Batman is just too laughable to bear with his shallow exclamation 'I'm Batman!' Richard Simmons could portray a more convincing role than Keaton. Kim Basinger as reporter Vicki Vale is the most pathetic performance in this film; a mediocre actress working hard at screaming and little else. The musical score is also overdone; trying to carry a suspenseful theme that the film simply fails to evoke. The movie is too cartoonish and the acting too weak to evoke anything. Again, the stage designs and costumes make the audience feel like they're going to a rave or Halloween party. Everything in this film has the look and feel of being fake. Worth watching once perhaps, but this overpublicized masquerade of a movie gets boring after a short while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tim Burton did a WONDERFUL job on this film! I can't even find the words to explain it. The gothic art of the buildings, and the slumness and darkness just matches the dark knight and Gotham city! Get this dvd, its really cool!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 1989 gem of superhero/comic book films ranks as perhaps the best superhero movie that was ever made (though "Batman Returns" the new "Batman Begins" comes dangerously close). Tim Burton showed how much he respected the Batman character with this film. He gave the film the dark, gothic feel of the comics. The cast is perfect: Michael Keaton was perfectly chosen as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Kim Basinger played a passable Vicki Vale, and Jack Nicholson stole the show as The Joker. He was just awesome. The plot may seem tacky to some (not me), but ignore that and watch the film for the jaw-dropping scenery, dazzling special effects, thrilling action sequences and excellent acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocks, plain and simple. The setting, the actors, the mood, and well... the actors. You got to give Keaton and Nicholson props, they steal the show. Nicholson's performance was probably one the best I have ever seen in the role of antagonist, he was brilliantly bizzare. Keaton was perfect for batman, more so than kilmer and clooney. He just gives the movie a great personality that reminds you why are there! Overall, I applaud Tim Burton, he truly has done a great job making Batman.
The_Divine_Comedian More than 1 year ago
And a good one at that. Tim Burton's take on the Batman Mythos is interesting and great to watch over and over. The character of the joker is how he is in the comics, he tends to steal the show from Batman because of his over the top personality. Batman is also well played, he tends to emanate fear from him, his eyes in the mask are scary enough. The soundtrack is also great. If you are a Batman fan, this film is good and you should consider watching it. If you arent well this is still an okay film to watch. now just one question...You ever dance with the devil in the pale moon light?
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