Batman

(1989)

Tim Burton's BATMAN, inspired by Frank Miller's graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," is a Gothic, Wagnerian treatment of the Batman mythos that explains the origins of Batman (Michael Keaton) and his nemesis, the maniacal Joker (a ripe Jack Nicholson).

Gotham City is a sunless, ominous haven for criminals, held in the corrupt grip of crime boss Carl Grissom (the ever-magnetic Jack Palance), and terrorized by a sadistic vandal and murderer known as The Joker. But it isn't long before a dark, mysterious caped crusader, who goes by the name of BATMAN, is on their trail and trying to thwart their evil doings. In this darkly entertaining retelling of the DC comic classic, ace photojournalist Vicki Vale (warmly and sympathetically played by Kim Basinger) is also on the trail--she wants to find out who Batman really is. Based on the popular comic book character created by Bob Kane for DC Comics; the story and tone have nothing in common with the popular TV series of the 1960s. Imaginative special effects and imposing, Gothic architectural sets dominate this visually graphic, stylish film. Keaton gives a brooding performance as the Caped Crusader and his interestingly understated alter-ego Bruce Wane. But is it Nicholson's Joker that steals the show, with his unnerving, brilliantly maniacal portrayal, especially in the context of his twisted relationship with Grissom's gal Alicia (a lanky, disquieting Jerry Hall).

Michael Keaton Is Proud of His ‘Batman’ and Would Play Him Again

Michael Keaton Is Proud of His ‘Batman’ and Would Play Him Again

While the Dark Knight will be swinging into the Javits center at New York Comic Con in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, most fans doubt director Zack Snyder will be showing off anything new from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. To make up for it, Michael Keaton held down a panel for Birdman, which brings him back to his own superhero roots in strange and unexpected ways. In discussing the movie, he also touched on his time underneath the cowl for director Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, revealing his true feelings for the 25 year old comic book movie.

Some still sight Tim Burton's Batman as the definitive version of the character, even over Christopher Nolan's take on this DC Comics universe. Its a point that will long be argued by different generations of moviegoers. But one thing is for certain, Tim Burton's vision was unique at the time, and if it weren't for his movie, we might not be experiencing the same type of super hero dominance at the box office we see now.

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Tim Burton's ‘Batman’ 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Debuts November 11th

Tim Burton's ‘Batman’ 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Debuts November 11th

To help mark Warner Bros. Entertainment (WBE) and DC Entertainment's milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics' popular Batman character, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) will release Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, a new Blu-ray™ edition debuting November 11 (at $24.98 SRP) in the studio's distinctive new sleek Diamond Luxe collector-style packaging. With its state-of-the-art sophisticated and durable design, the new packaging is perfect for those wishing to add this edition to their home libraries. Also included is Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster -- a look at the phenomenal marketing, extensive merchandising and franchise foresight that set the template for the next 25 years of tentpole pictures.

WBHE and DCE's year-long celebration, befitting the world's most popular Super Hero, will boast new products from WBE and DC Entertainment in numerous areas - comics, TV, Interactive Entertainment, Consumer Products and more. There is a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and an exclusive "Cape/Cowl/Create" art exhibit, featuring 20 contemporary artists' interpretations of The Dark Knight's iconic cowl headpiece and cape from the new Batman: Arkham Knight video game. Various other events are taking place throughout the year.

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‘Batman’ Actor Michael Gough Passes Away at 94

Hammer Horror legend and Batman actor Michael Gough has passed away at the age of 94. He had been ill for the past year, and died at his home surrounded by family.

For four consecutive films, Michael Gough portrayed Bruce Wayne's loyal butler Alfred. He first took on the role when fan Tim Burton hired him for the 1989 big screen reinvention of the Batman character. Though Bruce Wayne himself went through three different actors, and the films went through two different directors, Gough was the connective tissue of the late-80s, early 90s franchise, appearing in Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin.

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‘Batman’, ‘Batman Returns’, ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Batman and Robin’ Come to Blu-ray on May 4th

You can bring home all four films featuring your favorite Dark Knight on Blu-ray this May. Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin will each be released individually on Blu-ray on May 4. The films were previously available on BD in the Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology 1989-1997, but now you can own these titles individually, priced at $24.98 SRP. Take a look at the special features details below.

Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crime-fighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy Award winner* for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).

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‘Batman’ Comes Back to Blu-ray on May 5th

You can watch Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson do battle in Gotham City in high definition this May. Batman will be released in a 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray set on May 5. The disc will be priced at $34.99 SRP and will include a 50-page book with excerpts from the official film book, script pages and comic book pages as well. The disc will also come with a Digital Copy of the film, but no other special features were announced. We'll update this story as soon as we have more information, but you can take a look at the cover art below. The film stars Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger.

Tim Burton's BATMAN, inspired by Frank Miller's graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," is a Gothic, Wagnerian treatment of the Batman mythos that explains the origins of Batman (Michael Keaton) and his nemesis, the maniacal Joker (a ripe Jack Nicholson).

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2-Disc Special Edition ‘Batman’ Films Coming to DVD

The four original films are back in a brand new set.

BATMAN: DEAD END now online!

Watch this amazing short film right now!

A live action BATMAN being filmed right now?

A 35mm short film being made about the caped crusader...