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, Forbidden love, Amusing, Rivalry, Sacrifice, Offbeat

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    If Batman did nothing else but restore pulp-art shadow to the icon sanitized in his pop-art TV reincarnation, it would be an achievement. Tim Burton's Batman, starring a subdued Michael Keaton as you-know-who and a supercharged Jack Nicholson as the Joker, handily accomplishes that mission. show more

  • 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
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

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

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Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1989)