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Batman: the Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997
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Batman: the Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997

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Cast: Joel Schumacher, Tim Burton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Keaton

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


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.Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton; and in Forever he began steering the series in the campier direction of the Sixties television show. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a gangster throws acid in his face. Meanwhile, as sexy psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) tries to analyze and seduce both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Wayne Enterprises employee Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey) reacts badly to getting fired, using his self-invented mind-energy device to transform into the super-intelligent Riddler. The Riddler teams up with Two-Face to bring down Batman and drain the minds of Gotham City residents with his device, while Batman gets some much-needed help in the form of circus performer Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), out for vengeance after being orphaned by Two-Face.In this first sequel to 1989's Batman, the Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) is up against the Penguin (Danny DeVito), the hideously deformed scion of a wealthy Gotham City family. The Penguin plots with evil businessman Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) to become mayor and then turn Gotham into a cathedral of crime. Upon overhearing these plans, Schreck's mousy secretary Selena Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) is tossed from a high-rise window by her boss. Rescued by a covey of kittens, Selena transforms into the leather-clad Catwoman. In this guise, she teams with the Penguin and Schreck to divvy up their ill-gotten gains and help discredit Batman-but she also has her own scores to settle. Paul "Pee-Wee Herman" Reubens, Vincent Schiavelli and Jan Hooks play significant bits, while Pat Hingle and Michael Gough make returns as, respectively, Commissioner Gordon and Alfred the Butler.This is the third follow-up in Tim Burton's revived Batman series, the second directed by Joel Schumacher, and the first and last to feature George Clooney as the Caped Crusader. Like Schumacher's earlier Batman Forever, Batman & Robin features two super-villains, and adds a new heroine to fight crime alongside Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) and Dick Grayson (aka Robin) (Chris O'Donnell). The experiments of Dr. Victor Fries (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to preserve his late wife cryogenically have gone horribly wrong, turning him into the evil genius Mr. Freeze, who must keep his body at sub-zero temperature in order to say alive -- and he wants to put Gotham City on ice. Shy horticulturist Pamela Isley (Uma Thurman) goes a bit wild with a Venus Fly Trap-like creation she's been working on and mutates into Poison Ivy, who wants to kill all the people on Earth so plants can take over. Can Batman and Robin stop these fiends before their plans go too far? Meanwhile, Bruce and Dick's faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough) isn't feeling well, so his niece Barbara (Alicia Silverstone) comes to pay a visit. When Barbara finds out what her uncle's employers do in their spare time, she decides she wants in on the action, and she joins the crime fighting twosome as Batgirl. Batman & Robin also features Jesse Ventura in a small role as a prison guard; it would be his last film role before becoming Governor of Minnesota in 1998.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Originally released in conjunction with Batman Begins’ DVD debut (and followed on Blu-ray in March 2009), this strikingly packaged box set contains the Caped Crusader's four feature-length adventures released between 1989-97. Batman (1989), directed by Tim Burton, startled fans with its extremely odd casting of comic actor Michael Keaton as the Dark Avenger created by comic-book legend Bob Kane in 1939. Keaton played Batman as a super-serious crime fighter still haunted by the long-ago deaths of his parents at the hands of a petty criminal. Burton's vision of a tormented superhero -- operating in a Gotham City designed to look simultaneously gothic and futuristic -- seemed to be at odds with Jack Nicholson's over-the-top portrayal of the Joker, but the film scored high marks for its unique blend of action and atmosphere. Keaton reprised his characterization in the Burton-helmed sequel, Batman Returns (1992) -- which, if anything, was even more grotesque than its predecessor. Danny DeVito was memorably macabre as the Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer was seductively slinky as Catwoman, but some aficionados consider this series entry too nihilistic to be good fun. The series' tone lightened somewhat with Batman Forever (1995), for which Keaton relinquished cowl and cape to Val Kilmer and Burton handed the directorial reins to Joel Schumacher. This second sequel introduced Chris O'Donnell as Robin the Boy Wonder and boasted terrific star power: Tommy Lee Jones as an especially sadistic Two Face; Jim Carrey as an appropriately manic Riddler; and Nicole Kidman as sexy shrink Chase Masterson. Schumacher retained control of the series' destiny, and there was great anticipation in fan circles when George Clooney was announced as the new Caped Crusader. But Batman & Robin (1997) fell somewhat short of expectations, despite the casting of Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, and Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. In our view, all four films have much to recommend them, and even if no one of them is perfect, Batmaniacs will be gratified to have them together in one box.

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Special Features

Over 18 hours of must-see profiles. documentaries and making-of featurettes; Director commentaries by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher; 9 music videos

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Mr. Freeze/Dr. Victor Fries
Michael Keaton Batman / Bruce Wayne,Batman/Bruce Wayne
Val Kilmer Batman / Bruce Wayne
Danny DeVito The Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot
George Clooney Batman/Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson Joker/Jack Napier
Tommy Lee Jones Harvey Two-Face/Harvey Dent
Chris O'Donnell Robin/Dick Grayson,Robin / Dick Grayson
Jim Carrey Riddler/Edward Nygma
Kim Basinger Vicki Vale
Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman/Selina Kyle
Christopher Walken Max Shreck
Nicole Kidman Dr. Chase Meridian
Robert Wuhl Alexander Knox
Uma Thurman Poison Ivy/Dr. Pamela Isley
Alicia Silverstone Batgirl/Barbara Wilson
Michael Gough Alfred Pennyworth
Pat Hingle Commissioner Gordon
Jesse Ventura Prison Guard

Technical Credits
Joel Schumacher Director,Batman Forever, Batman & Robin
Tim Burton Director,Batman, Batman Returns

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Batman: the Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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