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25th anniversary of "Batman" (1989) - June 23rd 
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Post 25th anniversary of "Batman" (1989) - June 23rd
How has the film held up for you after 25 years?

It has some flaws, but it's still a good film. Definitely helped create the comic book / superhero film genre next to Superman (1978). One of the first movies I remember seeing as a kid in the movie theater. I don't think it's the best Batman film nor Burton's best film, but it would be up there if I ranked the films of Batman and Burton. Keaton is surprisingly effective. Nicholson, although not really threatening, is fun to watch. Basinger is just.....there. Good production design and look and Danny Elfman's muscular score is still memorable.


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How has the film held up for you after 25 years?

It has some flaws, but it's still a good film. Definitely helped create the comic book / superhero film genre next to Superman (1978). One of the first movies I remember seeing as a kid in the movie theater. I don't think it's the best Batman film nor Burton's best film, but it would be up there if I ranked the films of Batman and Burton. Keaton is surprisingly effective. Nicholson, although not really threatening, is fun to watch. Basinger is just.....there. Good production design and look and Danny Elfman's muscular score is still memorable.


For me this is still a very entertaining film to watch, I own it in Blu ray and I re-watch it at least once a year. I think Keaton's Batman is the best so far (brooding with some fun). Loved when Bruce Wayne slept with Vicky Vale in his first day as a billionaire would do ;) and Nicholson well :

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Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moon light?
I always ask that of all my prey.
I just like the sound of it”
(The Joker)


Burton's Gotham city is exactly like in the comics 8-) . I found this movie underrated by critics (RT: 71%). Here is an interesting debate between Siskel and Ebert about Batman (1989)


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Post Re: 25th anniversary of "Batman" (1989) - June 23rd
Ken wrote an excellent post on Batman a year or two ago.

One that I agree with, the Universe Burton creates is intriguing, and I like both Keaton's and Nicholson's performances, but the film has serious problems around plot and script. Problems too big to ignore or whitewash.

It's about a 6 out of 10 for me. Too flawed, too silly, too camp, but not in a fun way.

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Ken wrote an excellent post on Batman a year or two ago.

One that I agree with, the Universe Burton creates is intriguing, and I like both Keaton's and Nicholson's performances, but the film has serious problems around plot and script. Problems too big to ignore or whitewash.

It's about a 6 out of 10 for me. Too flawed, too silly, too camp, but not in a fun way.


Well the lack of balance between Batman and the Joker (the latter gets more screen time) is one of the big problems in the script by Sam Hamm and Walter Skaaren but to write that this film isn't entertaining would be a fallacy in my humbled view ;) . I even forgot to mention the Danny Elfman's muscular score is still memorable (as ck100 put it). Anyway it is a solid 3 stars for me (even 3 1/2 as far as sheer entertainment is concerned) . This is the type of film that I would expect from a comic book adaptation (to be fun and not too serious/light in opposite than for instance a Shakespearean play) although there is always room for improvement :ugeek:


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Of all the Batman movies made at WB so far, Tim Burton's film is third-highest grossing of all time, even beating out Christopher Nolan's rebooted "Batman Begins." Check out the promo below.


Watch: Celebrate The 25th Anniversary Of Tim Burton's 'Batman' With Vintage, 20-Minute Industry Promo

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Great article comparing Burton's Batman to Nolan's.

http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/2014 ... -89-batman

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Great article comparing Burton's Batman to Nolan's.

http://www.slantmagazine.com/house/2014 ... -89-batman


Interesting reading. Thanks for the article link Steven :)

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Post Re: 25th anniversary of "Batman" (1989) - June 23rd
I never really liked much of Burton's work, but do love both of his Batman's at least as much as Nolan's. One of the not too many films I've seen multiple times to the point where the Burton atmosphere has somewhat worn off. One thing about Burton's world - even phony sets fit in well and that worked perfectly to frame the Joker and Batman for me.


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