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The Batman 1989 Movie Restarted the resurgence in collecting Batman comics. Just having the Batman's fans talking about the casting of Michael Keaton as the Batman gave life to interest in the then upcoming movie! Prior to the Batman movie, Keaton was more known for his comedic roles and just didn't seem to be the right choice for the square jawed Batman among most Batman fans.
Additionally the fans were wondering if the movie would be as 'campy'as the earlier 1960's TV Show starring Adam West as Batman, or would it have the tone and themes of Alan Moore's BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE and Frank Miller's BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS...??
A rushed teaser trailer was quickly released to prove to the fans that the upcoming film would be more faithful to the original comic books, which had the darker Batman before the Comics Code Authority changed the tone of the comic books in the mid 1950's.
Despite the earlier worries, the film became the most successful of 1989 and received praise from many Batman readers. Additionally, Keaton changed many fans' minds about his casting to become hailed as one of the best actors to play the title role, especially with some of the later choices!!
Movie Critics' reaction to the film was largely mixed, with some praising the film for its set design and production value, while others panned it as being too much of an intellectual exercise for Tim Burton and too little of a Batman movie.
Roger Eber, who I recently found out is a true comic book fan, gave the film two stars, out of four, remarking, "'Batman' is a triumph of design over story, style over substance - a great-looking movie with a plot you can't care much about."
Batman opened in over 2,000 theaters in North America. In its opening weekend, it grossed $40,489,746, which, at the time of its release, was a new record.
The film ended its theatrical first run with $251,188,924, and was not only the biggest moneymaker of 1989, but was also the fifth highest-grossing film of all time. The film's total worldwide box office gross was $411,348,924. It is, to date, the most financially successful Batman movie of the franchise.
I did like this movie when it first came out, but cannot watch it on a repeated basis as the violence is just too over the top for me.
It still is a must for a Batman collection tho!
Truely there are only two reasons to buy a copy of Batman the Movie. FIRST of all, it is a Tim Burton film and any admirer of his work would be daft not to own this DVD. And don't forget it was one of his first directorial achievements that made him a Hollywood High Roller. Somone to take seriosly as a film maker and someone the studios can bank on. SECOND of all, this adaptation and vision of the Caped Crusader redefined the way movie makers portray super heros. Before this Batman, there was only Superman (with Christopher Reeves) to pave the way for men in tights with a desire to destroy all things evil.
And Burton (a story teller of great proportions) gives the audience everything they want in a movie and more. He gave the back story of the hero with a bit of humor and a touch of jaded sinicisim and enough pathos for us to care about his fate. He also gives the audinece a full understanding of how deep the pain goes, and how all the riches in the world does not make it go away. A concept that every other director of the franchise continued to focus on. ANd then the brilliance of Casting Jack Nicholson as the Joker. It falls equal to having Marlon Brando sign on to do Apocolypse now. Risk after risk, Tim Burton carved and chiseled a classic and contemporary (almost timeless) look at what a comic book hero would be if brought to life.
And Hollywood took notice. After Batman, a slue of vigilanties in costume sprang forth, including, The Hulk, Spawn, The Fantastic Four and most recently Ghost Rider. All these movies were defined by the level Tim Burton set for comic book hero genre. In fact, it was not only the super hero he set a standard for. If you watch Burton's Batman, you will find many other "illustrated novels turned into film" that hold up the simalr candle. The dark Matropolis of the Dark Man Series, the underlined brooding and pathos of The Crow, the intensity of events that spin out of control within The Road to Predistion... and the list goes on and on. If you love Tim Burton, if you love comic book heros... this movie is a classic in the regard that it paved the way. The only two reasons you need to own this movie.
I am rating this film 5/5.
This movie follows that comic very well,the shots are great.The miniatures look like their real!
Dark but with comic points,like it was meant to be.
Michael Keaton couldn't have played it better!
Jack Nicholson stole the role! There will never be another joker quite like him.
The dvd has some extra's,nothing too fancy.
this is the best of the batman series-bar none!!!!!
As I've said "thank god they made this movie",because before it, everyone (outside of comics) when they thought Batman,they thought of the Adam West dork knight from the 60's.It was revolutionary and was good enough for its time.Unlike Batman Begins the movie adheres little to the Batman mythos.Several glaring alterations were made such as knowing the identiy of the Joker,the Joker killing Bruce's parents,and the fact Alfred would invite someone into the Batcave.The only thing Keaton has over Bale is the way he talks while being Batman.Other than that he's just a guy in a costume.Jack Nicholson is good as the Joker,and at times he seems to be the lead character.Batman gets absolutely no origin story,except for his parents death,but not how he came to be.Obviously this allowed for "Begins".Instead,Joker's entire story is revealed to us. The atmosphere of Gotham is adequate.The Batmobile is cooler than the one in "Begins" but it's all style,not rationality.Which can be said about the whole movie.It's style but not all that much substance.Although it defintely brought the true Batman back in style.
After this film was made, it shaped how every other bat-movie and bat-comic would look. The current generation has The Dark Knight, while the slightly older generation has Tim Burton's BATMAN.
Michael Keaton's casting was an odd choice, but he proves everyone's doubts wrong from the first to last scene. And we cannot forget about the top notch performance by Jack Nicholson as the Joker, totally untouchable. Other great performances include the late Pat Hingle and Jack Palance.
The cinematography is grade-A. The soundtrack, which is a blend of classical scores and hits written by Prince, completely compliments the film and the actors.
Do yourself a favor and BUY this movie. You'll watch it again and again.