• Batman (1989)

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Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 1997

PG-13 |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

Having witnessed his parents' brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains. But when a deformed madman who calls himself "The Joker" (Jack Nicholson) seizes control of Gotham's criminal underworld, Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis ever while protecting both his identity and his love interest, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger).

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance

Director: Tim Burton

Genres: Adventure, Action, Fantasy

Production Co: Warner Brothers, PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, Guber-Peters Company

Keywords: Revenge, Sacrifice, Forbidden love, Amusing, Offbeat, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    This Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton. The film may be disappointing to those expecting a campy cartoon, however, although the more dramatic stylization of this version is its strongest asset. show more

  • 100
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    In short, Batman is terrific - funny, smart and sensitive too, the perfect cinematic date. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    It's a rare, beautifully made movie that offers you another world. [23 June 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1]

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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