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"Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"

Tim Burton's "Batman" marks the beginning of one of the most lucrative film franchises in box office history. It stars Michael Keaton as Batman, Jack Nicholson as The Joker, and Kim Basinger as Vicky Vale. The film is remembered for its dark tone and stylishness. After many false starts and development problems, the film finally succeeded in establishing Batman on film. It was followed by three sequels, but has no relation to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy.

The film briefly explains the origins of Batman through flashbacks. Bruce Wayne witnesses his parents murdered in front of him. He inherits their billions and eventually creates the identity of Batman. Meanwhile, The Joker begins as Jack Napier, a mobster who is second in command behind Carl Grissom (Jack Palance). He is having an affair with Grissom's mistress. After Grissom finds out, he sets Jack up to be killed. Napier is eventually dropped into a vat of chemicals. He survives, but loses his sanity in the process. After killing Grissom and taking over the mob syndicate, The Joker unleashes a reign of terror in Gotham. Meanwhile, Vicky Vale is a journalist attempting to investigate mysterious Batman sightings that are occurring throughout Gotham City. Eventually, the fates of all three characters intertwine in a dramatic rooftop battle that occurs during the film's climax.

Burton's choice of Michael Keaton as Batman was initially met with scorn because Keaton was mainly known for dramatic roles. However, Keaton's performance was praised by many fans and critics after the film was released. Jack Nicholson was also critically lauded. Many viewers felt that he stole the show from Batman.

This film is most likely to appeal to viewers who enjoy dark superhero films, gothic imagery, and lots of action. Any Batman comic book fan who has not seen the film will surely be curious to view Tim Burton's interpretation of the material.

| 1989 | 2 hr 6 min | 7.6/10
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