The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

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Storyline

Gotham City. Crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) effectively runs the town but there's a new crime fighter in town - Batman (Michael Keaton). Grissom's right-hand man is Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson), a brutal man who is not entirely sane... After falling out between the two Grissom has Napier set up with the Police and Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. However, he soon reappears as The Joker and starts a reign of terror in Gotham City. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is in the city to do an article on Batman. She soon starts a relationship with Batman's everyday persona, billionaire Bruce Wayne. Written by grantss

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Only one will claim the night.

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Action | Adventure

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23 June 1989 (USA)  »

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Betmen  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$251,188,924 (USA)
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Trivia

In an interview with About.com, Christopher Nolan (director of Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008)) described this film as "...a brilliant film, visionary and extraordinarily idiosyncratic...". See more »

Goofs

When Batman saves Vicki from the museum you can see a crew member's hand holding Vicki when Batman raises them up in the air. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Passenger: Excuse me.
Tourist Dad: I'm sorry, this is my cab.
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The opening credits run with a 3-D Batman symbol being explored by a flying camera in extreme close-up. See more »

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There'll Be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight
Written by Joe Hayden, Theo. A. Metz (as Theodore A. Metz)
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23 June 2005 | by (Woodbridge, Ontario) – See all my reviews

In 1989, Tim Burton created the very first Batman movie with great stars like Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson. The Joker is definitely one of Hollywood's best villains on screen. Jack Nicholson was born for the role, with his psychotic and sick look. Michael Keaton is also great as Batman and is pretty good as Bruce Wayne. Kim Basinger is kind of annoying at times, but she's not the worst damsel in distress ever seen on screen.

Tim Burton has a unique way of doing Batman, and I think most people can agree that it fits the characters and the story. To bad Warner Bros. got rid of him after the 2nd film.


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