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Batman (1989)



Critic Consensus: An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.

Movie Info

Jack Nicholson is the Joker, who emerged from a horrible accident as a maniacal criminal. Michael Keaton is the Caped Crusader, who emerged from a childhood trauma to become a masked crimefighter. Kim Basinger is Vicki Vale, the talented photojournalist desired by both men. And Batman is the movie, the all-out spectacular directed by Tim Burton, set to songs by Prince and a music score by Danny Elfman, and an Academy AwardO winner* for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (Anton Furst and Peter Young).more
Rating: PG-13 (N/A)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Warren Skaaren, Lorenzo Semple Jr., Sam Hamm, Warren Saire
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures


Michael Keaton
as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson
as The Joker/Jack Napie...
Kim Basinger
as Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl
as Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle
as Commissioner Gordon
Billy Dee Williams
as Harvey Dent
Jack Palance
as Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall
as Alicia
Tracey Walter
as Bob the Goon
John Sterland
as Accountant
Edwin Craig
as Rotelli
John Dair
as Ricorso
Joel Cutrara
as Crimelord 2
Vincent Wong
as Crimelord 1
Kate Harper
as Anchorwoman
Bruce McGuire
as Anchorman
Lachelle Carl
as TV Technician
Del Baker
as Napier Hood
Jazzer Jeyes
as Napier Hood
Wayne Michaels
as Napier Hood
Keith Edwards
as Reporter
Leon Herbert
as Reporter
Amir M. Korangy
as Wine Steward
Michael Balfour
as Scientist
David Baxt
as Dr. Wayne
Elliott Stein
as Man in Crowd
Dennis Lili
as Bob the Cartoonist
Paul Birchard
as Another Reporter
Richard Durden
as TV Director
Philip O'Brien
as Maitre d'
Rocky Taylor
as Napier Hood
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News & Interviews for Batman

Critic Reviews for Batman

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (13)

Batman is a stunning achievement, especially through the incredible and unique visualization of director Tim Burton.

Full Review… | July 6, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's an unforgivably flat ending for a movie of such astonishing contours. But its first two-thirds -- which should be called The Joker's Big Misadventure -- is probably the best film of the year.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The storytelling has weaknesses, but the characters are fascinating.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The idea of doing a dark, neurotic, highly stylized and highly claustrophobic superproduction is an audacious and appealing one, but director Tim Burton has only made it halfway there.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Is it interesting? Fitfully. Is it fun? Not much, Gotham City fans, not much.

Full Review… | April 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own.

Full Review… | April 16, 2007
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Batman

There's a lot to admire about the production design, as well as Keaton's and Nicholson's performances but overall this film did age a lot worse than some that are up to ten years older. That's partially due to sub par special effects but also a pretty odd timing, which makes for quite a few lengths. You still gotta appreciate the film for starting the wave of comic book movies that are on such a high currently, but this film does not exactly look well under some scrutiny.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The creative vision of the Dark Knight is presented in only a way Tim Burton could do it. Batman is a charming and stylized portrayal of the DC-Comic hero. From the layout of the entire city of Gotham to the casts dynamic stamp (Keaton, Nicholson, Basinger) the Caped Crusader emerges victoriously and notoriously. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


again its not one of the best superhero movies ive ever seen but its still pretty good for any fan of the comics and or Tim Burton

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

Batman Quotes

Joker/Jack Napier: This town needs an enema.
– Submitted by Glenn P (21 months ago)
Joker/Jack Napier: Hello Vinnie. It's your Uncle Bingo. Time to pay the check. The pen is truly mightier than the sword!
– Submitted by Thomas H (23 months ago)
Joker/Jack Napier: Tell me something, my friend, have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?
Batman/Bruce Wayne: What?
Joker/Jack Napier: I always ask that of all my prey. I just like the sound of it.
– Submitted by Alec B (2 years ago)
Batman/Bruce Wayne: You're a really nice girl, and I like you a lot, but for now, shut up.
– Submitted by Joe N (2 years ago)

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