Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 1989 Batman isn’t a subtle movie. From its in your face marketing to its gigantic sets to it’s outlandish Batmobile and over the top Nicholson/Joker – it’s in your face from the get go. It’s also flawed, playing as loose with the Batman story as Batman Vs Superman did (yup this is a Batman who kills and uses guns). But it’s also highly stylised, confidently directed and, for its day, ground breaking. Yup Burton is more interested in Wayne than Batman and the Joker outshines an excellent Keaton but this, years on, remains an essential film. Add in an amazing iconic score (and some banging Prince tracks) and you have one of the best tellings of the Batman story. Well at least until Nolan came along.
Best Bit: Gotham
Worth A Rewatch: Yes
If You Liked this Try: Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman Returns, The Dark Knight