In his first motion picture since 1966, Batman (Michael Keaton) soars back into Gotham City in a darker and more mysterious way. During an attempt to stop a group of henchmen from destroying a chemical waste plant, Batman drops Jack Napier into a vat of chemicals turning him into the white-faced, green-haired Joker (Jack Nicholson). Joker is hell-bent on taking over Gotham City from the man who set him up and from the man who turned him into a freak.
Directed by Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns), Tim Burton took Batman to a whole new level in the 90s. Unfortunately for me, I was only 7 when Batman came out, but I vividly remember my mother buying it on video at Target, marking the first time I realized that movies shown in theaters eventually go to video for me to take home! If you ask me, there is only 1 Batman, and it ain’t Christian Bale. It’s Michael Keaton… and I wish he would have starred in the 4 movies of the first series. In fact, the 2 movies with Michael Keaton, Batman and Batman Returns, appear on my personal top 100 list from that first series, with the Dark Knight also appearing as well. As far as the movie goes, I love the dark nature to the whole thing. It is more adult than the comics and adds a sence of grit to the caped crusader. Jack Nicholson plays a wonderful Joker, but I don’t really like that fact that the villains always seem to over shadow Batman (which was the ultimate reason Keaton didn’t return for Batman Forever). Either way, Batman is one hell of an entertaining movie that made Batman into the dark crime fighter he is today.
9/10 Stars – Not as powerful after over probably 40 viewings, but it still is great to see my favorite DC hero on the big screen.
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