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
Commentary By Director Tim Burton
On The Set With Bob Kane
Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman - The Comic Book Saga as Reinvented and Reinterpreted Over 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 Wondeful Toys: The Props and Gadgets Of Batman
Designing The Bat-Suit
From Jack To The Joker
Nocturnal Overtures: The Music Of Batman
3 Prince Music Videos: Batdance, Partyman and Scandalous
Since the release of The Dark Knight and Heath Ledger's legendary portrayal of the Joker we seem to forget where Batman really started. For the time period Jack Nicholson's Joker was very dark in it's own right. He was clever and comedic and just like Ledger, Nicholson makes this 1988 Batman film. The Dark Knight is my favorite movie all time but sometimes it's fun to refer back to our origins!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
The old Batman movies like this one and Returns have excellent cinematography.
They are unique in their own way compared to the newer trilogy. But both series are excellent and the 5 are the only really good cinematography movies in the entire comic genre. Both series also have unique soundtracks as well that are the best within the genre. Usually comic book movies border on the ridiculous side of things but Batman tends to be more realistic since the character is not given super powers that are begging for computer graphics. So that said, the first movie from 89 really showed what a comic book movie could be if put in a more gritty realistic setting with no computer effects, that is, a really good movie with seriousness involved. Compare to the newer trilogy, this one has been outclassed but it is still very much superior to every other comic book movie out there today. Do yourself a favor and buy this movie and Returns from 1992 and top it off with the newer trilogy. Then your comic book movie collection is complete. Just skip everything else as unless you enjoy corny dialogues, over the top sillyness, and fake looking videogame graphics generated action sequences. Now let's talk about the 'Batazzery' of this movie if you weeyil.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
An awesome way to revisit a classic!
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Great 4K remaster especially from a 1989 film. As far as the remaster quality the next film in the series, "Batman Returns" does the best job in the remaster quality and any fan of this film will undoubtedly be pleased with that one as well. This is by far the best way to experience the first major Batman film. Highly recommend!
This movie is a work of art by Tim Burton! Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson are both amazing as is Kim Basinger, Pat Hingle, Michael Gough, Robert Wuhl, and Jack Palance. No spoilers to those who haven't seen this film, but it is truly amazing, and you will not regret watching this film!!!! I highly recommend picking up this film!
Bar none, the finest this movie has ever looked. The 4K is amazing. The standard Blu-ray uses the same transfer from the 4K and is also stunning. Yes, some shots look soft, but that's due to the nature of how those specific shots were assembled 30 years ago.
With the exception of one bonus feature, you'll find every previously released feature on the Blu-ray? What's missing? The bonus feature "Batman: Birth of the Modern Blockbuster" from the 25th anniversary Blu-ray. It was on its own separate disc on that release. To be fair, though, it is on the digital edition of the movie. So, assuming one likes digital releases and this 4K still comes packed with a digital copy, it should be easy to obtain a copy of that bonus feature.
Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson compliment each other. Kim Basinger is by far a beautiful woman, she did a great job playing Vicky Vale. Jack Palance's is believable as always, he should of had a bigger role.
This is a classic film. I'll admit that it's hard to compete with Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight, gritty and more realistic versions of Batman, but this quirky yet gothic version is one of the best still and it holds up. As a kid, whenever this came on TV, I'd get all excited and now I can watch it any time. The Blueray has some crisp visuals and for like 3 bucks you can scan the barcode on Vudu[dot]com and buy a digital version too.