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It is very easy to forget that without Tim Burton’s gothic macabre 1989 version of Batman, there would be no X-Men, Hellboy, Kick Ass, Spider-Man or any other Marvel films… certainly not the way we know of them anyhow. If it did not exist, would Christopher Nolan’s epic trilogy have ever happened?

By the time The Caped Crusader became a blockbuster feature film, Superman, despite the loyal attachment of the popular Christopher Reeve, had steadily declined and fallen at the box office. The image of Batman was firmly trapped within the 1960s Adam West show with its bright, vibrant colours, over the top villains and camp atmosphere (some say all of which was still in Tim Burton’s films). Certainly the comics had been steadily rehabilitating the character since the 1970s and Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns had gained some mainstream attention. But in the main, not »

- David Allkins

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