Comic book movies are like Stephen King movies. They are notoriously hit and miss. They either fly or fall. One of these comic book movies is the 1989 film version of Batman.
The premise is relatively simple. Batman (Micheal Keaton, Beetlejuice) is a vigilante who fights crime. He fights criminal Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson, Witches of Eastwick) who falls into a vat of chemicals, turning him into the Joker. The Joker then plots to destroy Gotham with Batman having to stop her.
This is a film that finds favour with a lot of critics and is actually very popular, people think this is an incredible film. I like it, but I dont think its fantastic. It has a good dark look to it and 2 fantastic lead actors, Micheal Keaton is the best Batman. He’s dark, mysterious and a brilliant actor. Funny little bit of trivia, when it was revealed that Micheal Keaton was going to be Batman there was massive uproar, people just couldn’t believe it. But this is what makes Keaton so great! You wouldn’t suspect him, hes perfect for the role! Nicholson is just fucking fantastic. This is one of my favorite actors of all time. This is a good Joker, not the best, but a great character. In terms of the look of the film, its great. I love the actors and these are some of the biggest names in comic book fiction. The character that seems to draw the most attention is Bob, the Joker’s deputy. This character is like the Boba Fett of Batman. He says little, does little and yet leaves a massive impression on us, hell there was even a Bob doll. Is this a spectacular film? No. Is it a good film? Yes.
A good film, not the best in the Batman series but certainly up there: