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After the success of Repo Man (1984), Alex Cox was offered a chance to direct but declined.
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Robin Williams was offered the role of The Joker when Jack Nicholson hesitated. He had even accepted the role, when producers approached Nicholson again and told him Williams would take the part if he didn't. Nicholson took the role and Williams was released. Williams resented being used as bait, and not only refused to play The Riddler in Batman Forever (1995) but also refused to be involved in any Warner Bros. productions until the studio apologized.
Jack Nicholson received a percentage of the gross on the film, and due to its massive box-office took home around $60 million. As of 2003 it is still the single-movie record for actor's salary.
Jack Nicholson said of his role, "The thing I like about The Joker is that his sense of humor is completely tasteless." He later said The Joker was one of his favorite roles he played.
Michael Keaton came up with the famous "I'm Batman" line - in the script it was "I am the night".
Michael Keaton was unable to hear while wearing the Batsuit. He said that his claustrophobia helped get him in the proper mood to play Batman. "It made me go inward and that's how I wanted the character to be anyway, to be withdrawn," he said.
Shortly after completing the film, Tim Burton said "I liked parts of it, but the whole movie is mainly boring to me. It's okay, but it was more of a cultural phenomenon than a great movie." He also wasn't enthusiastic about how Prince's songs were used in the film. As time has distanced him from the stressful production of the film, he has become more favorable of it.
While actress Kim Basinger has blond hair, Vicki Vale was red headed in the comics. According to Batman creator Bob Kane, Vale was supposed to be blond in the comics, and her hair came out red due to a coloring error in her first appearance.
Jack Nicholson had a strict schedule stipulated into his contract that his casting call was to be later than most actors on the set. Jack was known for having late evenings up to 3:00 am before he would get home as he dined out every night or attended small parties. Michael Keaton would arrive early in the mornings, and Jack would come in around 10:00 am at the earliest and greet Michael, then sit on his chair. He would then tilt his head back and fall asleep immediately as the makeup artists worked on his prosthetics.
Domestically the highest grossing movie of 1989 - worldwide it came 2nd to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
Don Johnson and Dale Midkiff were considered for Harvey Dent. Billy Dee Williams took the role with the expectation that he would be brought back to play Two-Face and reportedly had a contract clause added reserving the role for him. During casting for Batman Forever (1995) Warner Bros. decided they would prefer Tommy Lee Jones and bought out Williams' contract. Williams would eventually voice the character in The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
In order to combat negative rumors about the production, a theatrical trailer was hastily assembled to be distributed to theaters. To test its effectiveness, Warner Bros. executives showed it at a theater in Westwood, California to an unsuspecting audience. The ninety-second trailer received a standing ovation. Later, it would become a popular bootleg at comic book conventions, and theater owners would report patrons paying full price for movie tickets just to have an opportunity to see the trailer, and leaving before the feature began.
Jack Nicholson revealed in an interview that the strange dance the Joker does when he exits Vicki Vale's apartment (when he raises his arms, blows a raspberry, and runs off) was something called the "bird dance" which he improvised during the take. He took it from a friend of his, the actor Clegg Hoyt.
Michael Keaton casting as Bruce Wayne/Batman caused a controversy amongst comic book fans, with 50,000 protest letters sent to Warner Bros. offices. Bob Kane, Sam Hamm and Michael E. Uslan also heavily questioned the casting.
This movie was released the year of the Batman character's 50th anniversary.
Kim Basinger was in fact the original choice to play Vicki Vale, but her agents wouldn't let producer Jon Peters meet with her unless he made her an offer. And then she ended up being busy, so Sean Young was cast instead. But then Young broke her collarbone in a horseback riding accident and had to drop out of the movie. Basinger received an emergency call one week before the commencement of filming and accepted the part.
Neither Tim Burton nor Michael Keaton had any previous exposure to the Batman comic books. Executive producer Michael E. Uslan provided them with reference material for the film. Burton was given every issue of Batman's first year in comics before Robin was introduced - Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) through #37 (March 1940) - while Keaton was given the graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns."
Before the Joker enters the Gotham City Cathedral with Vicki, he requests over the walkie-talkie for "transportation for two" to arrive in ten minutes. Between entering the cathedral and the arrival of the Joker's helicopter, the action inside the cathedral unfolds in real time.
The first Batman movie to win an Academy Award (for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration). It was followed by The Dark Knight (2008) with two wins.
According to Michael Keaton, his background in comedy proved useful in playing Batman because it gave him instincts in how to shape scenes and build dimension into his character. For example, in the scene when Vicki and Bruce are having dinner, Keaton suggested that they be seated far apart at a very long table and his line of dialogue, "I don't think I've been in this room before." In another example, he contributed the idea of Bruce hanging like a bat after sleeping with Vicki. "It makes all the other stuff even weirder and darker because you're thinking, 'This guy's off,'" Keaton said.
Michael Keaton, who called himself a "logic freak", was concerned that Batman's secret identity would in reality be fairly easy to uncover, and discussed ideas with Tim Burton to better disguise the character, including the use of contact lenses. Ultimately, Keaton decided to perform Batman's voice at a lower register than when he was portraying Bruce Wayne. This technique became a staple of future portrayals of Batman in film, television and video games, especially those of Kevin Conroy and Christian Bale.
For its first video release, the film was graded slightly lighter as cinema audiences had complained that it was filmed so darkly that they could hardly see what was going on.
First Batman adaptation to depict the Joker's origin story. It remained the only film to do this until Batman: The Killing Joke (2016).
Batman creator Bob Kane was to make a cameo in the film, but became ill, and shooting of his scene was not rescheduled. Kane had drawn and signed the "Batman" sketch used by reporters to tease Knox, and Kane was to be the cartoonist who presented it. Kane would later cameo in the movie's second sequel Batman Forever (1995).
At the beginning of the film, Knox enters the press room and is handed a cartoon sketch of a "batman", which is a bat in pin stripe suit. It is signed by Bob Kane, who is the original creator of the Batman comic book.
The Batmobile was built on the chassis of a Chevy Impala, and incorporated the engine of an Impala, the tail lights of a Ferrari, the petrol caps of a London bus, and jet engine parts from a Harrier Jump Jet. The sliding cockpit was also inspired by that of a Harrier, with the slim windows of a gun emplacement. Art Director Terry Ackland-Snow added the headlights of a Honda Civic to the vehicle after noticing them on his wife's car.
When discussing the central theme of Batman, director Tim Burton explained, "the whole film and mythology of the character is a complete duel of the freaks. It's a fight between two disturbed people", adding that "The Joker is such a great character because there's a complete freedom to him. Any character who operates on the outside of society and is deemed a freak and an outcast then has the freedom to do what they want... They are the darker sides of freedom. Insanity is in some scary way the most freedom you can have, because you're not bound by the laws of society".
The name of the Joker's Alter-Ego, Jack Napier, was created by the filmmakers. In the comics, The Joker was never given a real name (and his anonymous status is often crucial to the plot), and whatever real name he has is yet to be definitively revealed. The name Jack Napier is intended to be a play on the word "jackanapes" (a medieval English term for a foolish fellow who resembles an ape) as well as a reference to actor Alan Napier, who played Alfred in the TV show Batman (1966).
A scene was written but never filmed in which the Joker took over a public ceremony, held Mayor Borg hostage (causing Borg to experience a breakdown), unveiled a statue of himself, and laced the Gotham City Police Department's coffee with a non-lethal poison, which would have explained why there are no police in the parade scene.
It took two hours for the makeup team to change Jack Nicholson into the Joker. 355 silicone adhesive had to be used due to Nicholson's allergy against spirit gum. Prosthetic makeup designer Nick Dudman used acrylic-based makeup paint called PAX for Nicholson's chalk-white face. It was tricky finding the right shade of white in contrast to the dark sets and Batman's black suit since a pure white would blur out Nicholson's face.
During filming, a young Tim Burton was having trouble shooting a scene with Jack Palance. When filming a scene with Palance, Burton called out "Action!" and a few minutes later, Palance didn't show up in his shot. 'Tim Burton' later cut the take and walked on the set, only to find out that Jack had a hearing problem. The deaf, but irritated Palance asked Burton, "I've made more than a hundred films, how many have you made?" Burton said, years later, that it was a "whiteout" experience he would never forget. Despite this incident, Burton was happy to have him involved with the film.
In creating the Batsuit, Tim Burton opted not to use tights, spandex, or underpants as seen in the comic book, feeling it was not intimidating.
In the Italian version, Jack Nicholson was dubbed by actor Giancarlo Giannini. Nineteen years later, his son Adriano Giannini was chosen for dub Heath Ledger playing another interpretation of The Joker character in The Dark Knight (2008).
On The Joker's desk in his lair is a rare Rubik Diamond puzzle in an unsolved state being used as a paperweight.
The only live action Batman film to feature only one supervillain from the comics.
The continued rewrites of the script late into production meant that Tim Burton wasn't sure how the film was going to climax when shooting the cathedral scenes - "Here were Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger walking up this cathedral, and halfway up Jack turns around and says, 'Why am I walking up all these stairs? Where am I going?' 'We'll talk about it when you get to the top!' I had to tell him that I didn't know."
In the original script, Bruce Wayne was described as a man with "muscles on top of muscles and scarred from nightly combat".
In the film, the Joker has to mask his chalk-white face by painting himself flesh-coloured. In the script, it was specified that the Joker would have to take the flesh-colored make-up off to reveal the white skin underneath, meaning that the make-up effects team had to find a way to take one layer of make-up off and leave another intact. Nick Dudman, the film's make-up designer, came up with the solution: they painted Jack Nicholson with the white PAX paint that they always used, and then put a thin layer of food-grade silicon oil, which nothing sticks to, on top of it. They then took flesh-coloured greasepaint and painstakingly painted it to where it was literally sitting on top of the oils. They then airbrushed and faded it in to make it look natural. After soaking the Joker's handkerchief in isopropyl alcohol, Jack Nicholson was able to wipe at his face and it would strip off the greasepaint but leave the white PAX paint intact.
Upon release, became both the highest grossing Batman movie, and highest grossing film adaptation of any DC Comics character. Both records were eventually surpassed only by The Dark Knight (2008).
Jack Nicholson has said that what made the Joker one of his favourite roles of his own was that it allowed him so much creative freedom. In Nicholson's view, while most character roles have specific traits that an actor has to stay true to, the Joker's specific trait is that he's unpredictable, meaning that he was able to do whatever he wanted and still stay true to the character.
Mel Gibson was the first choice for the role of Bruce Wayne/ Batman, but had to turn it down, because he was already committed to Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). He was eventually considered to play Harvey Dent/Two Face in Batman Forever, (1995).
Jack Nicholson convinced the filmmakers to cast his close friend Tracey Walter as Bob the Goon.
Years after the film's release, tension arose between Tim Burton and actor/writer/director Kevin Smith regarding the film's accuracy to the comic books. After the release of Planet of the Apes (2001), Burton denied plagiarizing a plot point of the film from one of Smith's comics, admitted he never tended to read many comic books, and said he "certainly would never read anything by Kevin Smith". This prompted Smith to half-jokingly retort, "Which, to me, explains f*cking Batman" in a comedy routine. Smith later apologized to Burton for the remark as Burton meant to also mention the reason behind this was due to his dyslexia, which made it very difficult for him to read comic books. Though he did occasionally look at the images and became enamored with the iconography of the Batman and Joker mythology, it was Alan Moore's "The Killing Joke" which helped him understand the mythology the most, Burton often said of the story that it was the only comic book he never felt was hindered reading due to his dyslexia.
A scene was cut from the parade sequence (but made it in the comic book version of the script) where the crowd discovered that all the money that the Joker was handing out was counterfeit. In a follow-up to the Joker's earlier line that he wanted "My face on the one-dollar bill," all the dollar bills that were thrown to the crowd had the Joker's picture in place of George Washington's.
A later draft written by Sam Hamm has a large part of the film concentrating on Bruce traveling abroad and training with Henri Ducard, whom Bruce would later discover to be a criminal. This would later become Batman Begins (2005).
Tim Burton hired Danny Elfman to compose the music score. Initially, Jon Peters was skeptical of hiring Elfman, but was later convinced when he heard the opening number.
In the original script with Robin included, the Flying Graysons (John, Mary, and Dick) are introduced at the parade scene. The Joker shoots the trapeze artists sending John and Mary to their deaths and leaving Dick to survive. Dick later becomes Robin in full costume at the end. The special edition version of the DVD release of Batman (1989) features an animated storyboard sequence of The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence (2005), where Dick Grayson was voiced by Jason Hillhouse, and Batman and the Joker were voiced by Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill respectively.
The painting that the Joker spares during his vandalism spree is Francis Bacon's 1954 "Figure with Meat." The real painting is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The police were called in when two reels of footage (about 20 minutes' worth) were stolen.
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...".
Tim Burton wanted to cast Brad Dourif as The Joker, but he was overruled by Warner Bros.
The handwriting on the note that accompanies the gas mask in the museum is that of director Tim Burton.
The only two actors to appear in all four Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher films are Pat Hingle (Commissioner Gordon) and Michael Gough (Alfred).
Adam West, who played Batman in the TV show Batman (1966), admitted that he was disappointed that he was not asked to reprise the role in the movie. Also, in his 1994 autobiography, he stated that, despite belief to the contrary, he was never asked to make a cameo appearance as Thomas Wayne, adding that he would have declined the role if it were offered to him.
George Michael and Michael Jackson were originally both considered for contributions to the film's soundtrack, in addition to Prince, with the latter being considered for the film's love theme whilst Prince wrote songs for the Joker. Jackson turned the opportunity down due to his concert commitments.
The lines "What a dick" (muttered after the newspaper artist shows Knox his rendering of Batman) and "He must've been King of the Wicker People" were ad-libbed by Robert Wuhl.
The surgical tools used to "reconstruct" the Joker's face are the same props as the dental tools used by Steve Martin on Bill Murray in Little Shop of Horrors (1986). Coincidentally, Jack Nicholson appeared in Murray's role in the original The Little Shop of Horrors (1960).
Michael Keaton stated that the crew would tape basketball games for Jack Nicholson as he would come in and watch them the next day while his makeup was added. One day, when by his own admission, Jack was so frustrated that no game was on he turned on the only thing available, a dart game. The next day as he passed Michael on the set, he looked at him and said 'How about that dart game?' to which both him and Michael burst out laughing.
Jack Nicholson loved his performance in this film so much that at one point he was watching the film once a week at his home.
Lt. Eckhardt's surname was not new to the Batman universe; in the original Detective Comics, the name of Harvey Dent/Two-Face's (failed) plastic surgeon was Dr. Eckhart. Coincidentally, the actor who plays Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight (2008) is named Aaron Eckhart.
Steven Spielberg admitted he was really interested in doing a Batman movie, he wanted Dennis Quaid as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Harrison Ford as the Joker, Geena Davis as Silver St. Cloud (the interchangeable love interest represented here by Vicki Vale), Dustin Hoffman as The Penguin, Burt Reynolds as Commissioner James Gordon, Jon Pertwee as Alfred, Richard Dreyfuss as Rupert Thorne and Martin Sheen as Harvey Dent. Oddly enough, Jon Pertwee's son Sean Pertwee, played Alfred 25 years later on the TV series, "Gotham (2014)".
Kiefer Sutherland was offered the role of Dick Grayson and turned it down before the character was subsequently written out of the script.
Ray Liotta was offered the roles of Harvey Dent, Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Napier/Joker but turned it down to film Goodfellas (1990).
As a fan of Michael Gough's work in various horror films, Tim Burton cast Gough as Alfred Pennyworth.
The Joker's line "Take thy beak from out my heart" (said at Vale's apartment) is from Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven". The full line is 'Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!' (the "beak" being of the raven).
When the production design team arrived at Pinewood Studios in England to build the sets, they discovered the atmosphere processor set from Aliens (1986) in one of the sound stages, with most of the Aliens' nest and eggs still intact.
Tim Burton disliked the Prince songs. They were Jon Peters' idea.
In a newsroom scene, Vicki Vale and Alexander Knox examine a map of Gotham City which has been marked with Batman sightings. The map is actually a map of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Costume designer Bob Ringwood found it difficult designing the Batsuit because "the image of Batman in the comics is this huge, big six-foot-four hunk with a dimpled chin. Michael Keaton is a guy with average build", he stated.
The Batmobile was 20 ft long, had an 8 ft wheelbase and weighed 1 and 1/2 tons. Two prototypes were built for filming. The flames that shoot from the rear were created using paraffin. As a special promotion around the film's release date, MTV held a "Steal the Batmobile" contest where the winner would be awarded one of the prototypes that had the engine removed.
The face of the Joker was initially inspired to Bob Kane and Bill Finger by Conrad Veidt as The Man Who Laughs (1928), based on Victor Hugo's L'homme que rit (1869).
Had the Batwing been built to size it would have had a 35 ft wing span.
Willem Dafoe was the front runner for the role of the Joker. Sam Hamm recalls "We thought, 'Well, Willem Dafoe looks just like The Joker.'" The role eventually went to Jack Nicholson who does not look very much like the character's image.
The hooker in the opening scene was originally meant to be 14 years old. She was also going to be shown chatting casually with a couple of cops, showing us how corrupt the Gotham police are even before we meet Eckhart.
Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) screams approximately 23 times when in danger (or just when she thinks she's in danger) and gasps 6 times.
To prepare for his role as Bruce Wayne/ Batman, Michael Keaton did some research about bats, studied Frank Miller's "The Dark Knight Returns" for inspiration, and lived alone in London before production started.
The original script featured a bitter rivalry between Bruce Wayne and Knox over Vicki.
After seeing an early screening of Clean and Sober (1988), Jon Peters was inspired to cast Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman because of his brooding, against-type performance. Burton's recent success with Keaton on Beetlejuice (1988) made him eager to cast the actor in the role, since he could envision Keaton as someone who would dress up like a bat for effect, and believed his eyes lent him an intensity that would shine through the Batman cowl. Beetlejuice's box office and critical success and Clean and Sober's good word of mouth made Keaton's standing with Warner Bros. a preferred choice for the role. Michael E. Uslan had to be convinced by Burton that casting Keaton wasn't going to be a step back towards the camp comedy of the 1966 television show, but Burton and Peters won the casting struggle when Keaton was cast in June 1988.
The Joker's real name in the film is Jack Napier. In the original comic books, The Joker's real name is always a carefully guarded secret, accomplished by narrative tricks such as having characters in "past" scenes (before he had his transformation) address him only as "hey you!" or some other noncommittal appellation, or having him about to say his name but being suddenly interrupted, or having him sign a form which remains tantalizingly out of the reader's vision or "off panel." In the "present" other characters often try to learn The Joker's real name but always just barely miss finding out. Jack Napier was used for the Joker in at least one comic book after this, but it was determined within the story that this name was just another alias, as was Johnny Japes in another story. Sometimes he facetiously says his name is Joe Kerr, a homonym for Joker. His origin stories, while presented with some degree of consistency, have many deliberate Rashômon (1950)-like contradictions to reinforce the idea that the character is an enigma.
Among the props there is a royal throne chair, used by The Joker. This throne was originally made for the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) production Queen Christina (1933) with Greta Garbo. It is a true replica of the Swedish Queen Kristina's Silver throne, a gift from the Councillor Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie for her coronation in 1650 and used until 1975 at the annual commencement of Swedish Parliament sessions.
Pierce Brosnan turned down the role of Bruce Wayne/ Batman. He went and met with director Tim Burton for the role but he couldn't take the character seriously.
Batman was released during a time when action films were all but ignored at the Oscars, Warner Brothers made a valiant effort in getting Batman recognized during awards time and had launched a "For Your Consideration" pushing Batman (1989) for Best Picture, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton), Best Supporting Actress (Kim Basinger), Best Director (Tim Burton), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound , and Best Makeup. The film did get one nomination: Best Art Direction, which Batman actually won.
Before signing his contract, Jack Nicholson demanded approval over the makeup designer and his designs. The designer of the Joker makeup turned out to be Nick Dudman. He sculpted six Joker designs, two of which were chosen by him and Tim Burton and sent to Nicholson. After approving to one design, Nicholson signed the contract.
Bob Ringwood studied over 200 comic book issues for inspiration. 28 sculpted latex designs were created; 25 different cape looks and 6 different heads were made, accumulating a total cost of $250,000.'
The first draft of this movie was written in 1980 by Superman (1978) co-writer Tom Mankiewicz and told the story of Batman's and Robin's origins. The villains were The Joker and The Penguin, and Rupert Thorne and Barbara Gordon were also to appear. Some elements were taken from a 1978 comic book serial "Strange Apparitions" written by Steve Englehart. At the end Robin was to appear in costume (much like Batman Forever (1995)). It was going to be released in 1985 with a budget of $20 million, but with producers Michael E. Uslan and Benjamin Melniker booted off the production, the project was shelved until Jon Peters and Peter Guber picked it up. In 1985, after the surprise success of Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985), the studio offered the job to Tim Burton. Unsatisfied with the Mankiewicz script, Burton and his then girlfriend Julie Hickson wrote a 30-page treatment of the project. This treatment was approved by both the producers and studio. In 1986 Burton met Sam Hamm, who had just received a two-year contract with Warner Brothers, and gave him the job of writing a screenplay based on Burton's and Hickson's treatment. However, the writing process stretched too long and Hamm couldn't write further drafts of the script because of the writers' strike. In his place, Burton got Beetlejuice (1988) co-writer Warren Skaaren to continue writing. Nearly three years after working on the project Burton didn't get the film green-lit until the box-office result of Beetlejuice (1988). Batman (1989) began filming in October and it only took 12 weeks to shoot.
Sylvester Stallone has cited this film as what led to the decline of muscle-bound action stars from the 1980s and a change in how action films were made. In an interview he said, "It was the beginning of a new era. The visuals took over. The special effects became more important than the single person. I wish I had thought of Velcro muscles myself. I didn't have to go to the gym all those years, all those hours wedded to the iron game, as we call it."
Kim Basinger separated from her husband of eight years and took up with producer Jon Peters over the course of filming.
Two separate soundtracks of the movie were released, one featuring the songs by Prince, and the other of Danny Elfman's score. The Prince CD included songs not used in the movie, and other unused songs were released as B-sides on the singles released from the album.
Michael J. Fox and Eddie Murphy were considered for the role of Robin when Ivan Reitman was going to direct a comedy Batman.
The museum which the Joker attacks is called The Flugelheim Museum. The name spoofs that of New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum.
Robin Williams was considered for the role of The Joker; he would later be considered for The Riddler as well. Jack Nicholson got the role of The Joker but demanded top-billing and a lucrative deal that gave him royalties on all merchandise.
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen reportedly turned down the chance to make the film, because they didn't want to do a film that wasn't theirs.
Brad Dourif, Gene Kelly, Laurence Olivier, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Richard Gere, John Hurt, George Burns, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Englund, Vincent Price, Jack Nance and Will Sampson were considered for the role of Jack Napier/the Joker. Christoper Walken would later partake in a supporting role for Batman Returns as the character Max Shreck.
When the Joker tells Bob to tail Knox, Jack Nicholson ad-libbed his Grissom impression, complete with Jack Palance's breathy voice.
The painting one of Joker's henchmen vandalizes by making red hand prints and then splashing green paint on it, is a self-portrait made in 1669 (same year of his death) by the Netherlands artist Rembrandt van Rijn.
Bill Murray was rumored to have been attached to a comedic iteration of the film directed by Ivan Reitman. However, while promoting Quick Change (1990) on an episode of The Arsenio Hall Show (1989), he denied ever being considered for the role, rendering this alleged idea of a Batman film nonexistent.
When the Tom Mankiewicz script was in development, the directors associated with the project included Joe Dante and Ivan Reitman. Producers wanted an unknown to play Batman and the cast wish-list included William Holden as Commissioner Gordon and David Niven as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's faithful butler.
Jack Nicholson received top billing on the opening credits, a fact that wouldn't be repeated until the release of Batman & Robin (1997), when Arnold Schwarzenegger (Mr. Freeze) would be billed over the actor playing Batman (however, during the ending credits of Batman (1989), Michael Keaton, who plays Batman, is top-billed followed by Nicholson). Both Nicholson and Schwarzenegger played the primary villains in each film.
Michael Keaton hated the Batsuit because he suffered from claustrophobia. Director Tim Burton and Keaton both decided that it would enhance his performance, so they stuck with it.
Jack Nicholson admitted in an interview that he was an enormous comic book fan in the era where Batman first appeared and that the Joker was his favorite character from the comics.
The Bat Cave was created on Pinewood's stage D and completely filled its 18,150 square feet.
Early drafts of the script featured Batman's sidekick, Robin. The role was offered to Kiefer Sutherland, who was 19 at the time. Sutherland turned down the role, saying he imagined himself wearing yellow tights on the big screen, and didn't realize that Tim Burton planned to make the film much darker than Batman (1966). Eventually, the role was reduced to a small cameo by Robin's alter ego, Dick Grayson, and was eventually cut from the film completely
Patsy Kensit auditioned for the role of Alicia Hunt, but she was considered too young for Jack Nicholson. Instead, Kensit opted to star in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Jerry Hall was eventually cast after having been spotted by a crew member at Pinewood Studios during one of her breaks from filming a chocolate commercial.
As an art lover, Jack Nicholson admitted that the scene in which the Joker destroys priceless works of art was the only scene that made him uneasy.
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Anton Furst's designs for Gotham City were incorporated into the comics during the early 1990s. The design was removed during the "No Man's Land" story theme where most of the buildings in Gotham City were destroyed by natural disasters and terrorist acts.
Lt. Eckhart was loosely based on the comics character Lt. Harvey Bullock.
Mayor Borg bears a striking resemblance to (and was likely inspired by) then-New York City Mayor Ed Koch.
The flag of Gotham City closely resembles the state flag of Indiana. It can be seen briefly in Harvey Dent's office.
David Baxt, who plays Thomas Wayne, earlier appeared in another movie based on a DC Comics character. He played the burglar who scales the building in Superman (1978).
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Martin Landau turned down the role of Carl Grissom. Future Tim Burton cast members Christopher Lee and Albert Finney were considered for the role.
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Warner Brothers considered Bruce Payne to play Batman, to have "Bruce Payne as Bruce Wayne" on their "one liner" press marketing PR campaign for the film. Payne has said that "they drew up a very short shortlist and there I was on it. Obviously, I lost out in the end to Michael Keaton".
Tim Burton hired Anton Furst as production designer after seeing his work on The Company of Wolves (1984) and failing to get him for Beetlejuice (1988).
"Batman" had three actors from the "Star Wars" trilogy present. Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent was played by Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Crooked GCPD cop Lt. Max Eckhardt was played by William Hootkins, the X-Wing pilot Tono Porkins in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Tourist Dad in the first scene was played by Garrick Hagon, the X-Wing pilot and childhood friend of Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter in A New Hope.
The theatrical trailer for Batman includes not only sequences presented without music, but there are also some alternate takes used in the trailer that were not used in the movie. Specifically: (1) The Joker shoots his television after saying "I have given a name to my pain." Nicholson loads his gun while speaking this line - in the film, he reveals the gun after speaking the line, and the explosion is also a different take. A wide shot was used in the finished film, but in the trailer, a close-up is used for Nicholson's line. (2) Michael Keaton's line "My life is really...complex" is shown here as a close-up which is a different take than the one used in the film. Additionally, in the movie, the take used is from a different camera position. (3) Robert Wuhl is seen asking the question, "Lieutenant, is there a six foot bat in Gotham City?" In the movie, a different take was used, with different things occurring in the background. Regarding this trailer, on the special edition DVD, Warner Bros. has removed the final screen card which originally indicated the film's release date in North America: June 23 (1989).
Part of Jack Nicholson's contract was approval over the makeup designer.
The design of the Batmobile bears a strong resemblance to Thrust2, a British jet propelled car, which held a world land speed record from 1983 to 1997.
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David Cronenberg was offered a chance to direct but declined.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Jack Palance; and one Oscar nominee: Michael Keaton. Only Nicholson had actually won an Oscar (he had two) when the movie premiered.
Based on his success with Superman (1978), Richard Donner was considered to direct. He wanted Mel Gibson to star as Batman.
Steve Martin and Daniel Stern turned down the role of Alexander Knox.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Corto Maltese is also an island country in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, one of Tim Burton's inspirations for Batman. It is named for a man from Hugo Pratt's Italian series of comic books, of which Frank Miller is a fan.
Jon Peters wanted to use a Nike product placement with the Batsuit - the suit in the film features the Nike Air Trainer III.
Promotional material included Alfred's last name (Pennyworth) and Gordon's first name (James). Neither of which were mentioned in the movie. However, the name "James Gordon" does appear on the table at the press conference early in the film.
The design of Gotham City is based on the work of architects Antonio Gaudi, Otto Wagner, Shia Takamatsu and Louis H. Sullivan. In particular, the Gotham cathedral mirrored the works of Gaudi, and the Flugelheim museum exterior was very directly based upon Nishina dental clinic, which Takamatsu designed.
The sets occupied a huge chunk of Pinewood Studios' 85 acres, and were kept standing for almost 2 years in the hope that the sequel would be shot there. By the time WB decided instead to film "Batman Returns" on their Burbank backlot, the UK sets were in a terrible state of disrepair and had to be torn down. The third and fourth sequels were also filmed on the Warner's soundstages and it would be another fifteen years before a Batman picture would lense again in Britain, "Batman Begins."
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Vicki Vale didn't go up the cathedral in original drafts of the climax, but Kim Basinger was eager to expand her role and worked with Jon Peters to write her character into the climax.
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Charlie Sheen was deemed too young to play Batman.
When Alfred receives Vicki Vale's message a portrait of Thomas Wayne can be seen in the background.
The highest grossing Warner Bros. movie of the 1980s. The previous decade, the highest grossing movie for Warner Bros. was another DC comics hero, Superman (1978).
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Michael Gough was a friend of Alan Napier, who played Alfred on the 1960's Batman (1966) TV series, and its 1966 spin-off film, Batman: The Movie (1966).
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Joe Dante was offered the chance to direct and his version would have had John Lithgow as The Joker. He eventually declined because he was more interested in The Joker than Batman and felt it shouldn't be that way.
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The Gotham Globe has the same motto as the New York Times: "All the news that's fit to print."
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Paul Birchard, who has a minor role in this movie, would also have a role as a cop in The Dark Knight (2008).
Some of the music from this film bears a resemblance to that in The Wolf Man (1941). The scene where Lawrence Talbot throws rocks at Gwen Conliffe's bedroom window to get her attention is particularly noticeable.
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Kelsey Grammer, Tommy Lee Jones, James Caan, Albert Brooks, Chris Cooper and Robby Benson were considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Tommy Lee Jones would later perform as Harvey Dent/Two-Face in "Batman Forever" which starred Val Kilmer in the title role.
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The Batman Movie franchise has attracted the longest list of actors who have Oscar and Golden Globe wins or nominations. 20 Oscars, 39 Golden Globes. The franchise has won 3 Oscars

Jack Nicholson 3 Oscars, 9 nominations 7 Golden Globes, 10 Nominations

George Clooney 2 Oscar, 4 nominations 4 Golden Globes, 7 nominations

Michael Caine 2 Oscars, 4 nominations 3 Golden Globes, 8 nominations

Tommy Lee Jones 1 Oscar, 3 nominations 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Christian Bale 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Halle Berry 1 Oscar 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Heath Ledger - (only actor to win Oscar/GG for Batman character performance) 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Kim Basinger 1 Oscar 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Nicole Kidman 1 Oscar, 2 nomination 3 Golden Globes, 6 Nominations

Ben Affleck 2 Oscars, 2 nominations 2 Golden Globes, 1 nomination

Morgan Freeman 1 Oscar, 3 nominations 2 Golden Globes, 4 nominations

Anne Hathaway 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations

Marion Cotillard 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations

Christopher Walken 1 Oscar, 1 nomination 1 Golden Globe nomination

Jack Palance 1 Oscar, 2 nominations 1 Golden Globe

Michelle Pfeiffer 3 Oscar Nominations 1 Golden Globe, 5 nominations

Tom Wilkinson 2 Oscar nominations 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Uma Thurman 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 3 nominations

Liam Neeson 1 Oscar nomination 3 Golden Globe nominations

Michael Keaton 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Gary Oldman 1 Oscar nomination

Jim Carrey 2 Golden Globe, 4 nominations.

Danny DeVito 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 5 nominations

Maggie Gyllenhaal 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations

Drew Barrymore 1 Golden Globe, 2 nominations.

Chris O'Donnell 1 Golden Globe nomination.

Tom Conti 1 Oscar nomination 2 Golden Globe nominations

Matthew Modine 2 Golden Globe nominations

Eric Roberts 1 Oscar nomination 3 Golden Globe nominations

Ken Watanabe 1 Oscar nomination 1 Golden Globe nomination

Joseph Gordon-Levitt 2 Golden Globe nominations

Arnold Schwarzenegger 1 Golden Globe, 1 nomination

Alicia Silverstone 1 Golden Globe nomination.
Peter O'Toole was considered for The Penguin when Tom Mankiewicz was attached.
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Garrick Hagon and Liza Ross, who play the tourist couple who are mugged at the beginning of the film, are married in real life. They had also played each other's love interests in the English version of Lupin the Third: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty (1989).
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Jack Nicholson was initially hesitant to take the role of The Joker after clashing with Jon Peters during the making of The Witches of Eastwick (1987). During pre-production, Peters flew Nicholson to London to show him the set work and have a few nights on the town. The olive branch impressed Nicholson and he promptly accepted the role.
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The climactic showdown at the clock tower, which was not in the original script, was conceived after Jon Peters and Jack Nicholson saw Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera on London's West End.
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According to a 2009 interview with MTV, Willem Dafoe said he had been in "very early" talks for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Whether he or the studio passed is unknown. Dafoe later got a chance at starring in a live-action DC Comics film, playing Nuidis Vulko in Justice League (2017) and Aquaman (2018). He also played Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
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Sam Raimi was in contention to direct the film but was ultimately overlooked as he was not a big enough name. His name was again brought up as potential replacement for Tim Burton on Batman Forever (1995) but was again overlooked in favor of Joel Schumacher.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
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The first scene involved the mugging of a couple and their young son upon their leaving a movie theatre. This was a nod to Batman's origin story as Bruce witnessed his parents murder while returning home from a movie, which was depicted later in the film in a flashback. Some viewers when first seeing the movie first believed the family seen in the opening scene to be Bruce and his parents, thus establishing the beginning of Batman's origin story.
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The Joker says the line "What a day!" Jack Nicholson said the same line playing the Devil in The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
Costume designer Bob Ringwood turned down the chance to work on Licence to Kill (1989) in favor of this film.
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The Joker taunts Batman from his helicopter, calling him "Junior Birdman." Michael Keaton later appeared in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014) as an actor best known for playing a superhero.
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In the original script, the paper Knox and Vicki worked for was the Gotham Gazette, not the Gotham Globe.
As Jimmy and his parents are walking through the city at the start, a version of Prince's song 'The Future ' (made for the film) can be heard.
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Billy Dee Williams modeled his portrayal of Harvey Dent after Adam Clayton Powell Jr., a famous pastor. Tommy Lee Jones, who took over the role in Batman Forever (1995), had previously played a scripture-quoting prosecutor in The Client (1994), also for director Joel Schumacher.
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The handgun Jack uses at the beginning is a colt new service revolver.
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Joker at one point says, "We've got a flying mouse to kill, and I wanna clean my claws." In German, the word for bat is "fledermaus", which can be translated as "flying mouse".
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Rotelli's first name in the original script was Carmine. However, on the day of shooting the boardroom scene, production designer Anton Furst was under a particularly high level of stress, thus Jack Nicholson improvised the line "Anton got a little hot under the collar".
In a 2017 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jon Peters recalled that Michael Keaton was romantically interested in Kim Basinger during filming, while he was in the midst of a divorce from wife Caroline McWilliams. Keaton resented Peters when he successfully courted Basinger, who left her first husband, Ron Snyder, for the relationship.
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During the first appearance of the Batmobile the Joker's hitmen drive a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu and a Dodge 3700. Two Dodge 3700s were procured by Christian Wolf-La'Moy when traveling to Spain and he and his brother did drive the car from Spain to the U.K. One of the 3700s was damaged in a stunt while the other is still in storage. The 3700 was based on the USA-market Mopar A platform automobiles (Dodge Dart, Plymouth Valiant including the first generation Barracuda and Duster/Dart Sport coupes) when the Chrysler Corporation marketed the A platform in a few international markets (Europe, Australia, and Latin America) - the 3700 seen in the film were manufactured by Barrieros in Spain from 1971-78 with a sheetmetal design unique to Spain (it was also assembled in Argentina where a 2 door hardtop coupe was also marketed). The 3700 nameplate was in reference to the engine displacement in metric (3.7 liter) - which is in this case is the Chrysler Slant Six first introduced in the 1960 Valiant (first as a low deck 2.8L (170 cubic inches) and later as a tall deck 3.7L (225 cubic inches) - it was produced until 1991 for industrial use (automotive use ended in 1983 with passenger cars and 1987 with the truck/van line - later production was shifted to Mexico during the late 1970s).
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In 1989, Patrick McLynn, a college student from Richmond, Virginia, won the engine-free prop offered in MTV's promotional "Steal the Batmobile" contest. He intended to loan the prop to local conventions and museums, but he had signed a contract preventing him from profiting off of its exhibition. At one museum, the shift lever was stolen. The car was also taxable and led to an IRS audit. Eventually, due to mounting expenses from a motorcycle accident and the prize's $10,000 insurance premium, McLynn was forced to sell the Batmobile at a paltry sum.
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The first film to be released in the UK under the 12 age rating certificate. For years, 12-rated films wouldn't be released as such on home video formats (they would either be bumped up to a 15 or lowered to a PG), explaining why Batman was (and still is) rated 15 on home video.
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This is the first Batman film to appeal to mature audiences due to the PG-13 rating. The animated television spin-off Batman: The Animated Series (1992) then appealed to children who are between the ages seven and twelve.
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At the time of the theatrical debut of Suicide Squad (2016), Jared Leto became the third actor in the modern era to portray the Joker character in a major live action cinema movie to have won an Oscar for acting. Leto had recently won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Dallas Buyers Club (2013). Jack Nicholson, who portrayed the Joker in Batman (1989), has won three Oscars, one each for Terms of Endearment (1983) (Supporting Actor), As Good as It Gets (1997) (Lead Actor), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) (Lead Actor). Heath Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for portraying the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008).
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Ford bid to take part in the Batmobile's development early in production, but they weren't able to commit to the restrictive time frame. Terry Ackland-Snow's team completed the vehicle in just 14 weeks.
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The designers of the Batmobile hadn't taken into account the additional 4 inches that Batman's cowl added to Michael Keaton's height, and as such the cowl got stuck in the sliding cockpit the first time that it was tested. Since the cockpit seat was already positioned as low as possible, an alternate cowl with shorter ears had to be made for scenes with the Batmobile.
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Upon seeing the initial life-size polystyrene model of the Batmobile, Tim Burton turned to Terry Ackland-Snow and said "Great. Where's the door?". The design team suddenly realized that the design lacked any doors, and, inspired by the cockpit of a Harrier Jump Jet, Terry came up with the idea of the sliding cockpit.
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Liam Neeson, Bruce Campbell, John Turturro, Billy Crystal, Charles Grodin, Clint Walker, Eugene Levy, John Candy, John Goodman, Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci, Tim Allen, Mark Hamill and Phil Harris were considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Liam Neeson would later go on to star as Ducard in Batman Begins.
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Director Cameo 

Tim Burton: as one of The Joker's goons in the Museum scene.

Director Trademark 

Tim Burton: [TV commercials] The Joker announces his terroristic plans via television commercials.
Tim Burton: [opening credits] The opening credits pass slowly over the length of a large bat insignia.
Tim Burton: [distorted female face] The Joker poisons women with his "Smilex" products causing them to have death rictus with "Glasgow smiles" like his own. Later, he scars the face of Alicia.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to actor Pat Hingle (Commisioner Gordon) in his Special Edition DVD interview, there was a flashback scene shot, but not used, that reveals that after Bruce Wayne's parents were murdered, Bruce was watched over that night by Gordon, who was then a young street patrolman. The still photo of the young Bruce Wayne being held by an unseen policeman in the newspaper story that Vicki Vale and Alex Knox reads, is from that scene. Although discarded, the idea was re-used for the re-boot film, Batman Begins (2005) with Gary Oldman as Gordon. The same idea has been incorporated into some comic book reiterations to further explain the alliance between Gordon and Batman.
Joker falls to his death during the climactic battle with Batman. In the comics, it had become a long standing trademark for the Joker to appear to be killed at the end of a story, only to return in a later one.
Sam Hamm has absolved himself from the sequence where Alfred leads Vicki to the Batcave, a move that didn't sit well with a lot of fans. Hamm said the scene didn't come from him and that the day Alfred let someone in the Batcave would be his last day of employment.
The climax of the film; with Batman, Joker and Vicki on the roof of a cathedral, is inspired by the climax of Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Appropriately, there is a second influence from Hugo: the Joker is inspired by Gwynplaine from The Man Who Laughs.
Originally in the climax, the Joker was to kill Vicki Vale, sending Batman into a vengeful fury. Jon Peters reworked the climax without telling Burton and commissioned production designer Anton Furst to create a 38-foot (12 m) model of the cathedral. This cost $100,000 when the film was already over budget.
Though the murderer of the Waynes is shown here to be Jack Napier, who eventually becomes the Joker, in the comics the name of the killer is Joe Chill. The method of the killing and the effect and consequence it had on the young Bruce Wayne is the same in both comics and movie. The Joe Chill scenario would later be used in Batman Begins (2005).
On-screen body count: 56
In the original draft by Sam Hamm the age of Jack Napier was specified as being 32 meaning that the Joker would be young. After several rewrites by Warren Skaaren and others, and the casting of Jack Nicholson, the age of Jack Napier had to be changed to suit a middle aged man. The final revelation about Napier killing Thomas and Martha Wayne was a last minute addition by Tim Burton and Warren Skaaren in order to raise the stakes between Batman and Joker.
A publicity shot cut from the film, but used in the "Batman" Fall 1989 trading cards is of The Joker when he is about to kill Carl Grissom. The subheading read, "No deals this time, Grissom."
Originally Alexander Knox was to have been killed during the Joker's parade. According to Robert Wuhl, producers came to like the character so much they decided to let him live.
The revelation of the Joker having killed Bruce Wayne's parents became a point of controversy for some, as it conflicted with the long established Batman origin story in which Joe Chill was the killer. However, Batman creator Bob Kane approved of the twist in the origin story, saying that if the story had been planned out ahead of time, he would have likely made Joker the killer also. A popular fan theory is that the Joker isn't the actual killer, but that Batman projects this on all of his enemies.
In the film Jack Napier, The Joker, is the murderer of Batman's parents. One of the facts not addressed in the film that has its roots in the comic is that Batman would dream whichever villain he was chasing at the time was the one who murdered his parents. In addition, although this change bothered many fans, it was approved by Batman co-creator Bob Kane, who served as a consultant to the film. He said he would have done it in the comics if he had introduced the Joker at around the same time he had created Batman.
In the original script, written by Tom Mankiewicz, crime boss Rupert Thorne hires Joe Chill to murder Thomas Wayne because he is running against Thorne for city council.
In Sam Hamm's original script, the effect of Smylex (called Smylenol in the script) is first seen on the two female models, who are only represented in the film as cardboard cut-outs in Joker's commercial. The original scene has them in a bikini photo session with a photographer who is urging them to smile more as he snaps away. The girls begin to giggle, which at first pleases the photographer, then their giggles become laughter, then uncontrollable helpless hysterics, which has the photographer going from mild annoyance to complete horror as the exhausted girls expire from forced hilarity, with the ghastly Joker-like grins frozen on their faces. As it was originally intended, the death scene is much more protracted than the one that remains in the film with Becky the newscaster, depicting death by Smylex as a particularly agonizing, if mirthful, way to go. This kind of death scene was a running gimmick from the Joker's original story in 1940, and was revived in comic books from 1973 onwards.
Alicia Hunt bears a resemblance to an obscure Batman comics character named Circe, created by Doug Moench. This ex-girlfriend and hanger-on of a criminal named Roman Sionis aka The Black Mask, was scarred by her lover/boss and reportedly (according to him) subsequently committed suicide.
Sam Hamm's ending had the Joker attempting escape via helicopter, the helicopter rouses a swarm of bats that had been sleeping in the rafters, and the bats engulf the Joker, who falls to his death. But Warren Skaaren scrapped it and rewrote the third act. A similar fate would be reused for the Penguin in Batman Returns (1992).
The name of the song The Joker is singing when he's electrocuting Rotelli with the hand buzzer is "There'll Be a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight." It was composed in 1896 by Theodore August Metz aka Theo. A. Metz with lyrics by Joe Hayden.
Carl Grissom was originally going to be comic book villain Rupert Throne, but he was renamed when the character was going to be killed off.
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Vicki Vale is the only character in the original four film series to get inside the Batmobile as a co-passenger. Dick Grayson in Batman Forever (1995) hijacked the vehicle without Batman's consent. However the rescue from Flugelheim Museum and the subsequent descent to the Batcave marks the only time that Batman willingly let another character enter his car while he was driving it.
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In Sam Hamm's draft, the Joker shoots down the Batwing in a tank, but when Warren Skaaren rewrote it, he had the Joker take it down with a telescopic gun.
The character of Alexander Knox appears nowhere in old Batman comic books. He was a character created for the movie. In the script the character was to be killed by poisonous gas during the parade scene. In an interview with Starlog Magazine done at the time, Robert Wuhl joked that his character should become Robin in a sequel.
When The Joker is shouting at Batman from the helicopter after Batman destroys Axis Chemicals, Michael Keaton couldn't turn his head to look up, so he had to move his entire body up to look at the Joker, which has been dubbed "The Hero Turn".
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The freakishly long revolver that Joker uses to shoot the batwing down at the end is a Smith & Wesson model 15-3 with a custom 21- inch barrel.
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After Grissom tells Jack he wants him to go to Axis chemicals, Jack says "Me?" And holds up a joker card. There's a hole on the cheek of the joker on the card - the same place where Jack would get shot at Axis chemicals.
In the flashback scene when Bruce is repressing memories from when his parents were killed, the beginning of this flashback shows a movie poster of Footlight Frenzy encased in glass on the wall of the Monarch Theater. A closer look towards the bottom would reveal that it was directed by Ron House. There was a Footlight Frenzy made but only five years earlier in 1984 in the UK though this flashback was suppose to be roughly thirty years earlier. Ron House played one of the characters, Tony Langdon, credited as Ronald E. House. This is easily viewable in the Blu-ray wide screen version of Batman but may be easily missed in earlier formats.
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Fans later complaint about The Joker being revealed as the killer of Bruce Wayne's parents and Vicki Vale being let in the Batcave. As, Alfred would never let anyone enter the Batcave without Bruce's permission.
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