Batman (1989)

Batman © Warner Bros.. All Rights Reserved.
Purchase  Blu-ray | Digital HD

Director: 
Writers: 
Cast: 
Released:  Friday, June 23, 1989  
Length:  127 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: Batman is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


Synopsis

Tim Burton's BATMAN, inspired by Frank Miller's graphic novel "The Dark Knight Returns," is a Gothic, Wagnerian treatment of the Batman mythos that explains the origins of Batman (Michael Keaton) and his nemesis, the maniacal Joker (a ripe Jack Nicholson).

Gotham City is a sunless, ominous haven for criminals, held in the corrupt grip of crime boss Carl Grissom (the ever-magnetic Jack Palance), and terrorized by a sadistic vandal and murderer known as The Joker. But it isn't long before a dark, mysterious caped crusader, who goes by the name of BATMAN, is on their trail and trying to thwart their evil doings. In this darkly entertaining retelling of the DC comic classic, ace photojournalist Vicki Vale (warmly and sympathetically played by Kim Basinger) is also on the trail--she wants to find out who Batman really is. Based on the popular comic book character created by Bob Kane for DC Comics; the story and tone have nothing in common with the popular TV series of the 1960s. Imaginative special effects and imposing, Gothic architectural sets dominate this visually graphic, stylish film. Keaton gives a brooding performance as the Caped Crusader and his interestingly understated alter-ego Bruce Wane. But is it Nicholson's Joker that steals the show, with his unnerving, brilliantly maniacal portrayal, especially in the context of his twisted relationship with Grissom's gal Alicia (a lanky, disquieting Jerry Hall).

Purchase your copy of Batman today atPurchase Batman On Amazon

download from itunes    Download Batman in Digital HD from the iTunes store.

    Listen to the Batman soundtrack on Apple Music.

Batman images are © Warner Bros.. All Rights Reserved.

 

The Dark Knight Coming Back to IMAX Theatres for Batman's 80th A...  3/14/2019 10:52 AM EST
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of Batman, Warner Bros. will be returning all three "Dark Knight" films to IMAX theatres. Jeff Goldstein, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, made the announcement."Christopher Nolan broke new ground with the ‘Dark Knight' Trilogy, and this is a rare chance for today's audiences to experience these extraordinary films as they were meant to b...  More>>

Batman's 80th Anniversary Events Announced Around the Globe  3/7/2019 4:04 PM EST
Batman will turn 80 this year, and celebrations for the event are being announced.On March 30, DC Comics will hold a "Happy Birthday Batman" panel at WonderCon, which takes place in Anaheim, with tie-in events that will be held at this year's ComicCon in SanDiego. To celebrate Batman Day on September 21, more events will be held, such as a 5K and 10K cosplay run and a display of Bat-signals in cit...  More>>

Imax to Release The Dark Knight for 10th Anniversary  7/18/2018 2:01 PM EST
In honor of its 10th anniversary, Imax will be releasing The Dark Knight on its screens next month. Beginning on August 24, fans can take advantage of seeing the film in this giant format for one week at Imax theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto.The film, which starred Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne, was originally released July 18, 2008 and brought the world a legend...  More>>

Hangover Director Todd Phillips Working on Joker Origin Film  8/23/2017 11:02 AM EST
Rumors have been swirling about a possible Joker origin film being in the works. According to reports,  "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips is currently in talks to direct and co-write the film. It is also said that Martin Scorcese could be involved with the project as well.  Origin films have become quite popular in recent years and the Joker would be perfect for such a platform. The character ...  More>>

Matt Reeves Signs on to Direct The Batman  2/23/2017 2:53 PM EST
In a seemingly never ending saga, Matt Reeves has officially signed on to direct "The Batman".Ben Affleck, who stars as Batman, was originally set to direct the film, but stepped back so that he could focus more on his starring role.  Reeves was then offered the job, and negotiations started taking place. Just last week, however, it was announced that negotiations had been put on hold, but that th...  More>>

The Batman Still Looking for a Director  2/20/2017 8:55 AM EST
"The Batman", which will star Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader, has suffered another setback in production, according to reports. This time, the issue lies with the negotiations between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves for the role of directing the film.Ben Affleck was to direct "The Batman", as well as star, but had stepped out of the director's chair last month to focus more on his acting role. He ...  More>>

Ben Affleck Steps Down from Directing The Batman  1/30/2017 10:20 PM EST
Ben Affleck has decided that he will be stepping down from directing his upcoming film tentatively titled The Batman.Affleck said in a statement, "There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together wit...  More>>

Ben Affleck Says Batman Film is "Right on Track"  12/14/2016 11:58 AM EST
Ben Affleck was out recently, speaking about his upcoming film, Live by Night, in which he starred as well as directed, produced and wrote the script.  He briefly discussed his other, more high profile film to be released, The Batman."We're on the right track with that and everything is coming together. We're still finishing up a script. I'm very excited", said Affleck.Doing a Batman film is a pre...  More>>

LexCorp Industries Releases Statement Regarding Future of Company  4/1/2016 10:59 AM EST
Warner Bros and DC have brought their universe to our world with the creation of a LexCorp Industries Instagram page, which you can access here.  The company has posted the following:"Due to unfortunate circumstances, LexCorp Industries will be temporarily suspending it's global operations. When interviewed about his actions against a fallen alien, Lex Luthor responded with; "Ding, ding, ding, din...  More>>

Hans Zimmer to Retire from Superhero Film Work  3/31/2016 3:47 PM EST
Hans Zimmer has announced that he will no longer be writing scores for superhero films.  Zimmer definitely won't be retiring altogether, so not to worry, folks.Zimmer said,  "I have officially retired from the superhero business. I did Batman Begins with [Christopher Nolan] 12 years ago, so The Dark Knight trilogy might be three movies to you - to me it was 11 years of my life."Not only did he com...  More>>

Ben Affleck Has Written a Batman Script  3/31/2016 10:58 AM EST
Ben Affleck is no stranger to screenwriting, even having earned an Academy Award for "Good Will Hunting".  Well, now, Affleck has taken on a project close to his heart - a solo Batman film."He's contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape", said WME-IMG's co-CEO Patrick Whitesell in a recent interview.  He added, "there's a script that he's writte...  More>>

It's a Family Affair in Batman: Bad Blood  2/2/2016 10:32 AM EST
Batman has always been the shinning light of hope for Gotham City, but what if the unthinkable happens and Batman is hurt or killed? How would Gotham survive without their hero? Batman: Bad Blood hopes to answer this question, and more, in this latest film from Warner Bros. Animation.While the iconic crime fighter's name is featured in the title of the film, we don't actually get to see much Batma...  More>>


Batman 4K Ultra HD Review


Batman first appeared in DC Comics 80 years ago.  Over the years he has been referred to as the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader and even, the World's Greatest Detective. In 1966 he first appeared on television portrayed by Adam West and ran for three seasons. There were also two movies that were made in the 1940s.  Then in 1989 Tim Burton and Warner Bros. took on the franchise casting Michael Keaton (Spotlight) in the lead role and re-energized the story for a new generation. Now four of these reimagined movies are headed to stores on 4K for the first time.

Batman is a billionaire playboy with a dark secret.  When he was a young boy he watched as his parents were murdered and he grew up wanting to avenge their deaths.  As an adult, he found he had the means and the desire to take on all sorts of "bad guys" and became a sort of vigilante in a mask and a cape.  From hunting and capturing criminals to protecting the city, he became the superhero Gotham never knew they needed but always wanted. Working with Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle; Maximum Overdrive) and the Gotham police department, he helped make the fictional city a safer place to live.

As Gotham plans to celebrate their bicentennial a new threat looms over Gotham.  Sociopath Jack Napier a.k.a. The Joker (Jack Nicholson; As Good As It Gets) plans to release deadly Smilex gas that makes people laugh so hard that it eventually kills them.  As he readies his troops to release the gas Batman a.k.a Bruce Wayne tries to figure out exactly where and when the attack is going to occur in an effort to save Gotham City's citizens from certain death.

Keaton was a strong choice to portray this new version of the Caped Crusader.  He blends intelligence with a broody demeanor that shows his internal conflict.  Nicholson plays the joker like the crazy, demented man his character is meant to be.  There is a reason the actor has won three Oscar Awards and he brings his brilliance to the screen only to be rivaled in later years by the late Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain).  Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential) is very good as a reporter and Bruce Wayne's love interest Vicky Vale. Burton expertly directs this talented casting a dark reboot that has set the tone for the franchise going forward (until Batman Forever).

The 2160p High Definition video quality is exceptional here and the transfer is terrific when compared to the original film.  The details are clean and the dark tones are deep and true.  The Dolby Atmos audio is really something to experience.  The surround sound is excellent with sharp and crisp sounds.  The extras are all previously releases and include: Audio Commentary by Director Tim Burton, On the Set With Bob Kane, Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman, Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, Batman: The Heroes, Batman: The Villains, Beyond Batman, Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence, Music Videos, and the Theatrical Trailer.

This film could have been a bomb and destroyed any future sequels but instead, it re-energized the franchise which has spawned an ever-growing list of Batman-themed movies.  Warner Bros. did a great job with this transfer and the quality improvements can definitely be seen and heard.  Batman: The 30th-anniversary edition is a worthwhile purchase and fans certainly won't be disappointed.

Grade: A-

--

For more reviews please visit our film/television review section.

Latest ReviewsView All

Angel Has Fallen
Angel Has Fallen
4K Ultra HD Review
Nov 26, 2019 EST
  Purchase Digital HD
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Blu-ray Review
Nov 11, 2019 EST
  Purchase Digital HD
Blinded by the Light
Blinded by the Light
Blu-ray Review
Nov 19, 2019 EST
  Purchase Digital HD

Today's Digital HD DealsView All

The Sisters Brothers
The Sisters Brothers
WAS: $14.99
NOW: $9.99
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Christmas Carol
WAS: $17.99
NOW: $12.99
Supergirl
Supergirl
WAS: $14.99
NOW: $9.99

SPONSORED LINKS


Comments

Movie AppCourtesy of Movie Hype App

movieguynathan
Watching the grandfather of all current superhero movies.
11/6/2018 12:12 AM EST

simpara100
Fast and furious
2/5/2016 5:11 AM EST

greencrow
love when Jack falls in acid
1/31/2016 7:02 AM EST

mcg
A bit of nostalgia
5/31/2013 4:18 PM EST