Ratings & Reviews
- Commentary by director Tim Burton
- "On the Set With Bob Kane"
- "Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman" -- The Batman comic book saga as reinvented and reinterpreted over nearly 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 Batsuit," "From Jack to The Joker," "Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman"
- Music videos by Prince: "Batdance," "Partyman," "Scandalous"
- The Heroes and the Villains profile galleries
- Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence
- New digital transfer with both 5.1 Dolby and DTS surround
- Theatrical trailer
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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Cast & Crew
- Michael Keaton - Batman/Bruce Wayne
- Jack Nicholson - Joker/Jack Napier
- Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale
- Robert Wuhl - Alexander Knox
- Pat Hingle - Commissioner Gordon