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



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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).

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Michael Keaton
as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson
as The Joker/Jack Napier
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'
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Critic Reviews for Batman

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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.
Jens S.

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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

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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 Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

An interesting take on Batman, which has a high level of unrecognized faith towards the comics. Michael Keaton only gives a moderate performances as the caped crusader; nothing dire, but nothing superb. However, its really Jack Nicholson's take on the Joker that truly makes this film stand out. Not only does Nicholson give a sophisticated, hysterical and psychotic portrayal, it's one of very few performances that gets very close to the character. Its worth a try if your a comic fan and want to see some loyalty within a film. However, on the bare minimum, it only worth seeing Nicholson being creepy yet wacky.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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