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Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting ...Show synopsisBehind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The principal villain in Batman is The Joker (Jack Nicholson) who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold. First he distributes a line of booby-trapped cosmetics, then he goes on a destruction spree in the Gotham Art Museum while the music of Prince blasts away in the background, and finally he orchestrates an all-out campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Gothamites, hoping to turn them against the Cowled One. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) becomes the love of Batman's life-which of course plays right into the Joker's hands. Photographed by Roger Pratt, designed by Anton Furst, and scored by Tim Burton's favorite composer Danny Elfman, Batman was a monstrous box-office hit, making $100 million in the first ten days of release--$82,800,000 in North America alone. Incidentally, Billy Dee Williams' comparatively small role as DA Harvey Dent was originally designed to set up the sequel, wherein Dent was to convert into master criminal Two-Face; but by the time the producers got around to that character in 1995's Batman Forever, Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones. ~ Hal Erickson, RoviHide synopsis
This is by far my favorite of all the Batman movies! At the time this was made, the dark tone of the Joker's maniacal personality and Batman's own serious personna had not been seen on film before. Despite that, there is some wonderful humor interwoven throughout and this movie has so many great one-liners that my family and I picked up on and still will use to this day! Nicholson is great and Michael Keaton was the best of the Batman actors (at least until Christian Bale). This is a colorful, yet more serious look at the Caped Crusader than had been seen before.
This story lets all of us who have lived the "normal" life (notice, I did not say "boring"!), the opportunity to experience the opportunity to escape into that vicarious getaway for a few hours . Enjoy the experience, but then GET BACK TO REALITY!!!