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Batman [1989] (2 discs)

Director:Tim Burton
Writer:Sam Hamm
Warren Skaaren
Composer:Danny Elfman
Length:126 minutes
(2 hours 6 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
Sorting Tub:Alpha
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: The Dark Knight's first movie is a very stylized story that tells the origins of the conflicted hero as well as the creation of his quintessential nemesis: the Joker.

Reaction: This is a great first movie for the Caped Crusader and very much encapsulates much of the stylistic charm of the Batman series.

Personal Rating: 9/10

"This town needs an enema!"

Tim Burton => Director
Sam Hamm => Writer
Warren Skaaren => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Bob Kane => Characters
Billy Dee Williams => Harvey Dent
Charles Roskilly => Young Bruce Wayne
Christopher Fairbank => Nic
David Baxt => Dr. Thomas Wayne
Hugo Blick => Young Jack Napier (as Hugo E. Blick)
Jack Nicholson => Jack Napier / Joker
Jack Palance => Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall => Alicia
Kim Basinger => Vicki Vale
Lee Wallace => The Mayor
Michael Gough => Alfred Pennyworth
Michael Keaton => Batman / Bruce Wayne
Pat Hingle => Commissioner James Gordon
Robert Wuhl => Alexander Knox
Tracey Walter => Bob the Goon
William Hootkins => Lt. Eckhardt

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the film Jack Napier aka The Joker is the murderer of Batman's parents. In the comics the murderer is a character named Joe Chill.
  • The producers wanted John Williams to write the score, but he had to turn it down due to his commitment to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • Adam West (the star of the TV series "Batman") wanted to play Batman, but Michael Keaton was given the role after getting the nod from Bob Kane, the creator of the original Batman comic strip.
  • Kim Basinger is only a few inches shorter than Michael Keaton. To make Keaton appear taller, she wears flat heels or is in stocking feet in all the scenes in which they are standing next to each other.
  • The Batman costume weighed 70 lbs.
  • Tim Curry was an original choice to play the Joker.
  • It only took 12 weeks to shoot.
  • Alec Baldwin, Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Pierce Brosnan and Tom Selleck were considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
  • Michael Keaton worked out for two months to prepare for the role, and learned kickboxing from his stunt double, [?] David Lea. Keaton performed most of the fights himself, and one of the few scenes in which Lea stood in for him is during the fight in the alley with the swordsman.