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Blu-ray review: Batman (1989) redefines the genre

13 May 2009 1:59 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

In 1989, Tim Burton's Batman redefined the comicbook film genre and proved that seriousness and superheroes can go together as the perfect dual identity.

The starting point had been Richard Donner's Superman just over a decade earlier which is still regarded as a classic in dispensing with camp, cartoonish absurdity.

Although Batman did later move back in that direction, the character was refocused once more by Christopher Nolan with Batman Begins and its 2008 blockbuster The Dark Knight.

Tim Burton, though, was the first to try to recapture the original Detective Comics take on the character as a troubled billionaire driven to become a sinister creature of the shadows. At the time, there was considerable negative press over the hiring of Burton and then the hiring of lead actor Michael Keaton - but we now know it all worked out fine in the end.

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Special 20th Anniversary Batman coming to Blu-Ray

16 March 2009 8:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Warner Brothers have confirmed that they are to release a Batman: The Movie 20th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray on May 20th. Exciting!!! We haven't got any box-artage for the release yet, but here's the spec sheet:

Special features for this release include:

Behind the Story Commentary by director Tim Burton On the set with Bob Kane Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman . The Batman Comic Book Saga as reinvented and reinterpreted over nearly seven decades Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight Parts 1-3: The Road to Gotham The Gathering Storm The Legend Reborn Beyond Batman (Documentary Gallery): Visualizing Gotham: The production design of Batman Building the Batmobile Those Wonderful Toys: The Props and Gadgets of Batman Designing the Bat-suit From Jack to The Joker Nocturnal Overtures: The Music of Batman Music Videos . Three Music Videos by Prince Batdance Partyman Scandalous »

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