• Todd Puhl

Looking back at Batman 1989

The most beloved Batman movie in the entire franchise was brought back to the big screen for Cineplex’s Flashback festival. Starting on may 4th, every few days one of the original 4 Batman was . I had never seen the original in the theatre so I couldn’t pass this up, even if it was a 10PM show.

As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 69%, Metacritic was at 68% and IMDB was at 7.6/10.

The Cast:

Michael Keaton - Bruce Wayne/Batman

Jack Nicholson - Jack Napier/ Joker

Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale

Michael Gough - Alfred

Jack Palace - Carl Grissom

Billy Dee Williams - Harvey Dent

At the time when this movie was announced, there was a public outcry about Michael Keaton cast as the infamous caped crusader. Mainly because of how short he is and that he was a comedic actor. Just finishing BeetleJuice with Burton, just to be paired up again, It was not received well when announced that Keaton signed on, but it must have been amazing to silence the critics as the infamous phrase delivered by Keaton,”I’m Batman,” is still said to this very day!

The Recap:

Having witnessed his parents' brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains. But when a deformed madman who calls himself "The Joker" (Jack Nicholson) seizes control of Gotham's criminal underworld, Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis ever while protecting both his identity and his love interest, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger).

The good:

· Still holds up to this day. It still shows that Michael Keaton was a solid choice for Batman in the 1980’s. I believe Christian Slater was another name tossed around.. Imagine?

· In my opinion this is in Jack Nicholsons top 5 performances ever. The man was solid in all of his roles but Shining and 1 flew over a cuckoo’s nest are legendary.

· It sets the table for multiple sequels flawlessly. Which is what happened and we did get one more Keaton movie as the bat, Batman Returns. We get spoiled with the performances of Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny Devito.

The bad:

· Nothing wanna fight about it?

Things that stood out:

The embodies everything what the DCU should have been. Once Keaton/Burton stepped out, it went to garbage until Nolan came back on the scene. And on its 4th or 5th reboot of Batman, now its hard to take it seriously. I will echo the sentiment that if there was a Batman Beyond movie it should be Keaton as old man Bruce Wayne.

Why we should watch or not watch it:

If you have to wonder then don’t see it. Rewatch the recent 2 Batman films to be reminded of why you should.

Rating: 4/5Stars

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