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Burton's Brilliant Batman,
This review is from: Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition)  [DVD] (DVD)
Running time 121 minutes, Region 2.
Extras, Documentaries, Trailer, Interviews.
1)Director Tim Burton cameos as one of the Jokers goons in the museum scene.
2)Body count 56.
3)First movie to be given a 12 rating/15 on video/dvd/bluray.
4)50,000 fan letters were sent to Warner Bros in disgust at Michael Keatons casting as Batman.
5)Jack Nicholson earned a gross percentage on this movie & Batman Returns which he didn't even star in rumoured to be around the $60 million dollar's mark(No wonder he's smiling a lot throughout this movie).
6)Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki Vale but broke her collarbone filming a now deleted scene from the screenplay with actor Michael Keaton & was replaced by Kim Basinger.
7)Willem Dafoe, Robin Williams, David Bowie, Tim Curry & James Woods were all considered for the role of The Joker.
8)Don Johnson was considered for playing District Attorney Harvey Dent.
9)Micheal Keaton couldn't hear anything when he was wearing the Batman cowl on set.
10)Highest grossing movie of 1989, $251 million dollars from a $35 million dollar budget.
In Gotham City a vigilante known as Batman has had reports of being sighted across the City by the citizens of Gotham.
Batman The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his campaign against crime & wages war on Carl Grissoms gang who run the crime syndication in Gotham City & it's number one hitman & troubleshooter Jack Napier.
Commissioner Jim Gordon is a honest cop trying his best to keep Gotham City safe from criminals but is outnumbered by Carl Grissoms underworld mob of crime & hasn't the manpower to deal with the escalating situation.
During a shootout with the police at Axis chemical plant, Jack Napier is shot by a deflected bullet by Batman & falls to his apparent death in toxic chemicals but is infact transformed into the maniacal homicidal Joker who unleashes a reign of terror across Gotham City.
Billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne is in fact Batman who has taken up the mantle of protecting Gotham City since Bruce seen his parents murdered in cold blood infront of him as a young boy.
Bruce was then raised by Alfred Pennyworth the Wayne family's trusted friend & Butler who has instilled a sense of morals & principles into Master Bruce which stops him crossing that line into darkness when he becomes Batman.
Bruce Wayne discovers that it was Jack Napier(Joker) who was his parent's murderer & battles against the clown prince of crime to protect Gotham City from his vile scheme to release a toxic nerve gas over Gotham City killing thousands & seeks justice for his parent's murder.
I remember seeing this in summer of 89 on my holidays when we had our holidays in our own caravan which I loathed.
I was 14 when this came out & I was fuming our 2 weeks at Weston Super-mare was during Batman's cinematic release & I behaved very moody until I got to see the film a few days later at the cinema that was a few miles away from our holiday camp.
I loved every minute of this film & was engrossed throughout & was disappointed I had to wait until Easter of 1990 to see it again on video.
This is a Tim Burton masterpiece a dark Gothic take on the character's of Gotham City & the set designs on this production are simply stunning.
Jack Nicholson usually play's himself in any film he's in & does so here but it's a magnificent performance he gives as the Joker as Nicholson makes the character likeable yet sinister & completely unpredictable.
Michael Keaton proved the critics wrong & delivers a excellent performance as Batman/Bruce Wayne who can convey an emotion simply by a look & Keaton manages to bring different characteristics to both Batman & Bruce Wayne.
Kim Basinger brings sexiness & seductive charm to the role of Vicki Vale & it's quite sad the character wasn't reprised for a sequel as I'd like to have seen how she would have dealt with loving a man who lives a double life.
The supporting cast of Pat Hingle as Commissioner Gordon & Michael Gough as Alfred is a fine piece of casting as both actor's fit there character roles superbly.
Tim Burton directs some great action sequences & some quite disturbing images for a 12a movie especially the scene were Jack Napier sees his features for the first time after being transformed into the Joker it's a chilling moment, Another moment is the electrocution of a crime boss who is burned to a cinder allowing Jack Nicholson to be unleashed & bring a dark sinister psychotic edge to the scene.
My slight criticisms are the underuse of Batman in the first hour of the movie & the limited use of the Batmobile that looks brilliant but does very little here, The movie sometimes feels like The Jack Nicholson show rather than a Batman movie but that's down to the film editor's & director Tim Burton not the movie's cast.
A excellent 2 disc dvd release comes with a uncut edition of the movie & a very well made indepth Documentary about the movie's production which includes a very on form interview with Jack Nicholson & members of the cast & crew including Michael Keaton & Kim Basinger.
This is the best dvd release to date & a must buy purchase for Batman movie fan's.