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(1989)

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Continuity 

The balloon behind the Joker's car (the clown balloon) is close to the ground on close-up shots, and floating high from the ground on other shots.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

The gun the Joker uses to shoot Bruce is a S&W model 1 (22. caliber short) pistol. The gun makes way too loud a bang to be a 22. short.
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During the Axis raid, when the thug gets caught up in Batman's rope, he yells to be let down repeatedly, but his mouth doesn't move.
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When the Joker cuts up the pictures and Bob starts to laugh, the laughter starts before Bob's mouth opens.
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Character error 

The film is set in Gotham City, USA, but the bottle the Joker holds up in his "Smilex" commercial is for a "Moisturising" creme (instead of "moisturizing"), a tip-off that the bottle was created in England, where the film was shot.
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The name of the museum is spelled differently on the outside and inside.
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The issue of Time Magazine with Vicki's photos misspells her name as "Vicky" Vale on the front cover.
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On the newspaper that explains the combinations of dangerous products, Odor Eaters is spelled "Odoureaters" (UK spelling in the USA). In the same piece, the first combination is "Deodorant's with Baby Powder" (misplaced apostrophe).
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Continuity 

When the Joker is throwing his parade, the float that the Joker stands on passes the same building (marked delicatessen) twice.
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The Joker knocks over a statue in the museum that soon rights itself.
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When destroying the paintings in the museum, one of Joker's henchmen puts several hand prints on a painting. Later, we see Joker imitating the statue, and in the background we can see the painting that had supposedly been fingerpainted is not.
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When Bruce is examining the plate in Vicki's apartment, an indentation is visible before the Joker shoots it.
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When the Joker pursues Vicki in her apartment, at one point she grabs a popcorn dish from a shelf. The dish in her hands appears and disappears between shots.
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Tables and chairs vanish after Alicia enters Grissom's meeting.
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During the Joker's Parade, one of the dollar bills that his goons were throwing out to the crowd gets caught on his throne. However, when he tells his goons to put on their masks, it has vanished. It reappears when the Joker pulls out the remote control.
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At the beginning of the movie, on the rooftop, Batman pulls out a batarang to catch the fleeing crook. The batarang is matte black, ridged, and hinged in the middle. Once it's around the crook's ankle, though, it's shiny black, smooth and all one piece.
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Bruce Wayne is shot in the arm during the sequence with the Joker and the mimes, but a short while later there is no longer a hole in the sleeve of his coat.
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When the Joker is at City Hall with his mime gang, the mime gang opens fire on everyone around. In one shot, two police officers are at the top of the stairs of City Hall, but in the aerial shot, the police officers are gone.
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On the rooftop of the Gotham City Cathedral, one of the Joker's henchmen knocks Batman down the stairwell. There is an overhead shot, and even though a bell's yoke is there, no bell is present, supposedly because the Joker made the bell fall all the way down to the bottom a few minutes earlier. A few seconds later, the bell is there, and the henchman and Batman ram each other into it.
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When Vicki Vale is talking to Bruce Wayne in the Batcave, she has the remnants of tears coming down her right cheek. She then turns around and her cheek is completely dry.
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A Smith & Wesson turns into a Colt during the fight on the catwalks.
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The shape of wiped-off makeup on the Joker's face changes.
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When leaving the dining room, Vicki Vale reaches for her wineglass twice.
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The list of fatal "combined" ingredients in the newspaper does not match the one read by the anchorman later.
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After Jack takes the axe and smashes it into the acid vat, we see the acid on his jacket (very visible when we see him running up the stairs to escape the police shooting at him). But when Jack is on the catwalk, with his back to the camera, his coat is perfectly dry.
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When the Joker releases the gas from the clown balloon, its neck expands. When the Batwing releases it by the Moon, you can see it is in its normal clown shape.
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When Batman captures the balloons with the Batwing and sets them free, they are clustered together. In the very next frame, they have spread out.
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When Batman piloting the Batwing takes off with the parade balloons. At first there are only four balloons. In a wide shot, five balloons are being carried, including the infant balloon which was seen during the Smylex gas scare. But when Batman sets the balloons free, four balloons are released, not including the infant balloon.
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Vicki Vale and the Joker are ascending the stairs of the Cathedral and the shoe slips off of her left foot but when it lands it is the right foot shoe.
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Eckhart's beard when he busts Jack raiding the office.
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Batman's communicator after telling the Batmobile to stop.
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The port gun door on the Batplane opens twice. Also, the missiles he arms are shown in and out of their locked positions before he fires them.
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After fighting the Joker's thugs on the street and summoning the Batmobile to escape with Vicki, Batman holds a small remote that controls the car. He raises it to his mouth, gives the command to stop the car and lowers it. In the next shot, his arm is raised to his mouth again.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the Batmobile first drives itself automatically, a hand is visible on the steering wheel through the tinted windscreen.
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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.
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During the initial fight scene, when Batman kicks Eddie The Thug, there is for an instant, a flash going off as if a picture is being taken when Eddie hits the door.
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During the Prince "Partyman" music video included on the special edition Batman DVD, there is a single frame displaying the editing time-code on the screen.
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Factual errors 

When the Joker releases the gas during the parade scene, Alexander Knox takes a white dust mask out of the car to prevent him from inhaling the gas. A dust mask only protects you from dust particles and not from gas.
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The Cathedral appears to be around 60-70 stories, after Vicki and Joker climb that many stairs, they show no signs of exhaustion nor are they sweaty, the same with Batman. Climbing that many stairs would take more than 10 minutes.
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The Bat Signal at the end of the film produces a nice, clean flat image against the sky. A lighted signal such as this, however, would need a backdrop to be cast against to be seen (clouds, for example.)
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Even with proper ventilation, it would take at least a few minutes to completely clear a large building filled with gas, but the Joker and his men immediately enter the museum without wearing any gas masks and most of the gas is gone.
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The S&W M29 44. magnum with the long barrel that the joker pulls out of his pants would not be powerful enough to take down the bat jet. The size of the barrel would change nothing unless it was a single shot but it isn't.
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At the very end, Batman's wire saves himself and Vicki by catching them after they fall. However, the wire is not a bungee cord and has no give, which means that, at the distance and speed that they fell, the shock would've likely killed them both regardless (or at least severely injured them).
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At Bruce Wayne's party the craps game stick man is shown throwing dice to Gordon with his hand. In real craps games the stick man moves the dice with his stick only.
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Plot holes 

The Joker publicly announces that he will be throwing a big parade in the streets of Gotham. The police have been after him throughout the whole movie, yet they're nowhere to be seen during the parade, the easiest time to capture him. (An explanation was written but not included in the film: see trivia.)
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When Batman arrives atop the Cathedral at the end, he is attacked by several of the Joker's men. These men appear from nowhere; the Joker indicated on his walkie that he and Vicki were going to be alone and then they climb up alone. The Joker's chopper has not yet arrived, so there is no logical reason why the Joker's men should be atop the Cathedral.
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When Batman fights with the Joker's men atop the Cathedral at the end, the fights are very loud and involve all sorts of yelling, punching, kicking, and object breakage. The Joker and Vicki are seen dancing a mere few feet away, yet both are entirely oblivious to Batman's presence until after the fighting is over.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the family is mugged in the beginning, the Batman watching from the rooftop is clearly animated.
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When a thief grabs Martha Wayne's necklace, the pearls all fall separately. But pearl necklaces of any noticeable value invariably have a knot between each pearl to hold them in place and keep from rubbing on and damaging each other. Only the cheapest dime-store version would fall apart that way.
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In the opening fight scene, Batman kicks the mugger Eddie through a door. While Eddie is flying through the air, the wire attached to his back is visible.
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During the parade scene when Joker releases the gas, Vicki escapes harm by entering the car. When driving away you can see that the rear passenger side window is open.
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The gas mask that Vicki wears in the museum is just the mask part. It didn't have any filters on it and wouldn't have protected her from anything.
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The Axis Chemical Plant iron gate opens a little bit before the Batmobile smashes it open.
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After one of the henchmen cuts open the safe in Axis Chemicals, he pulls open the safe without turning the handle. Also there are no locking shafts on the side of the door to lock the door in place.
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As the Joker goes up the steps out of the clinic, he goes through a lighted area and his face is flesh toned and not made up.
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When stealing the Joker's balloons, Batman hits a number of switches to close the claw, as he does so, three LEDs go off, one of them (the red one) clearly marked "volume".
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When the Bat-Signal is shone into the sky, the "sky" moves, revealing the sky to be a backdrop.
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On the ledge atop the Cathedral, Joker dances around, causing the "stone" parapet to wobble.
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During the fight in the alley after the chase, a goon with two swords appears, and Batman knocks him out. The actor in the Batsuit is clearly not Michael Keaton - the jaw is slightly offset. After this, it is Keaton again.
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When Batman goes to blow up Axis Chemicals, he uses pop-up machine guns to cut down a door. We see the guns bouncing up and down with the recoil and with the swaying and bumping of the car, but the bullets still cut a straight clean line without any stray bullets.
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In the museum, the waiter and the first three guests pass out before they actually inhale any of the Joker's toxic purple gas.
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(at around 28 mins) In the first meeting of Jack and Batman in Axis chemicals, Batman picks up Jack by the cuffs of his jacket using his forearms against his chest but Batmans gloves have 3 spikes on them and they would have stabbed or hindered his ability to lift him this way.
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When the Joker is hanging from the ladder on the helicopter towards the end, some of the white makeup from his face can be seen on his jacket.
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When Batman drives into the Batcave, Vicki looks behind her to see the cave's door closing. However, the configuration of the windows on the cockpit of the Batmobile would make it impossible for her to actually see that.
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The Joker stops Bob from damaging a painting with a large Bowie knife. When he does, Bob is not using the cutting edge of the knife.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

Blood on the Joker's chin vanishes in the final scene.
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Continuity 

In the flashback, the young Jack Napier has blue eyes, but the adult one has brown eyes.
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Continuity 

After Batman blows up Axis Chemicals he is standing in front of the car as it stops. When the Joker arrives in the helicopter he shines a light at Batman. Then they cut to a shot of the copter leaving with the light off, but when they cut back to Batman it's on again.
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Continuity 

When Joker and Vicki are at the stairs to the cathedral it appears to be over 600 feet high, which would mean they would have to climb about 900 steps. There is no possible way they could have climbed all those stairs in the short amount of time issued by the Joker to his helicopter pilot (ten minutes).
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Continuity 

Throughout the film, Vicki Vale wears high-heeled shoes. When she visits Bruce Wayne in the Batcave, she's conveniently wearing flat-soled shoes because of the grating Batman's control center is placed upon.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the Joker grabs hold of the ladder attached to his helicopter when he is trying to escape off the top of the cathedral, it is apparent that he is being held up by a wire as he momentarily takes both hands off the ladder. You can see the wire attached to the front of his belt.
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Factual errors 

The Joker's revolver should not have been strong enough to bring down the Batwing (it's a holdover from an earlier version of the script, in which the Joker had a tank hiding in one of the parade floats which shot the Batwing down. They weren't able to film it this way for budget reasons though.)
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Factual errors 

When Vicki examines the platter Bruce used to stop the Joker's bullet, the dimple is on the wrong side. If the platter had been under Bruce's clothes facing that way, its large rim would have created an obvious bulge.
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Revealing mistakes 

Obvious animated "stand-in" for the Joker when he falls to his death.
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Revealing mistakes 

When we first see the Joker as he confronts and kills Grissom, he comes out of the light and a large purple splotch appears on his neck. On the Special Edition DVD of the film, the make-up adviser explains that this was done because some of the white make-up used for the Joker's face got on the coat collar, and rather than taking it off with alcohol, they covered it up with purple shoe polish.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Batman punches the Joker and he falls over the Cathedral ledge, the mat on which the stuntman fell on is visible on the left of the screen for a split second.
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Revealing mistakes 

After the Joker has killed Grissom, we see the dead man's hand move.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Joker points the gun at Bob to shoot him, Bob jumps before the gun is fired.
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Revealing mistakes 

As the camera spins around the "dead" Joker lying on the pavement, we can see his eyes blink twice, once at a distance and again as the camera gets a bit closer.
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See also

Trivia | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

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