Lunchtime Movie Review

Batman (1989)

Episode #7

Warner Bros released Batman to theaters on June 23, 1989. Tim Burton directs the film which stars Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger.

Batman Movie Summary

The character of Batman is a creation of pre-World War II America.  Conceived in 1939, Batman was originally a “pulp” hero. Also, he cared little for killing or maiming those that he went up against.  However, the character evolved over time, taking on the nobler attributes that many comic fans have come to expect from the character today.

During this metamorphosis, the character morphed from costumed detective, to a campy, cartoonish version to match the Adam West television show, and ultimately to a full blown superhero with the lifestyle to match.  Regardless of the constant reinvention, comic sales continued to drop in the 1970’s and early 80’s, and by 1985, circulation was at an all time low.

Then in 1986, Frank Miller reinvented the character into a much darker, more intense caped crusader in his seminal works The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One.  This Batman was extremely dark, and very grim.  Hell, he didn’t even shave on a daily basis like that puss Superman.

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  1. I also had the Batman soundtrack and I do remember the songs not in the movie being better. I remember the merchandise more than anythjng. The t-shirts, the leather necklaces with the bat symbol, fast food toys, etc. I loved the movie as a teenager, but not so much when I revisited it a few years ago. I also for some reason felt it and Batman Returns were more violent than the Nolan Batman movies. Vicki Vale was Billi from Temple of Doom-annoying. And Michelle was dating Michael. Would never put them together. Interesting.

    1. I remember the merchandising very well too. It was everywhere…as was Prince’s Batman soundtrack. You couldn’t escape it.

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