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Jun. 23, 2014by: Graham McMorrow

It was 25 years ago today when Warner Bros. released Tim Burton’s BATMAN. It's still my favorite Batman movie and it brings me nothing but joy to see that after a quarter of a century the landmark movie is still being recognized; not to mention is still influential in how superhero movies are being made today. Speaking of influence; not a chance passes that I don't walk by a gargoyle statue and ask "What are you laughin' at?"

I came across this 20-minute documentary showcasing the history of the character, and hyping the upcoming release of Burton’s film. They talk about a lot from elements from the film including the big sets and costume design, which might be a little dry if you're talking about some romantic period flick, but this is BATMAN!

The video comes from 1989Batman.com, which talked to Andrew Gillman, who directed the documentary:

Warner Brothers had found themselves in a very difficult situation at the time. The marketing director at Warner told me that Adam West had been going to various media outlets stating that he should be Batman, that his Batman was the only true Batman, and that this dark thing that Warner was doing had nothing to do with Batman at all. This caused a problem for Warner Brothers because it created doubts in the minds of the film distributors and merchandisers around the world.

Since the longer lead time involved in both merchandise production and film distribution requires a gamble on how a film will look in its finished form, Warner needed to create something to reassure these investors that Tim Burton’s vision for movie was going to work, that this movie was going to be successful. They needed to show them that Adam West’s statements were inaccurate, and that the film would present a version of Batman truer to the comic than the campy, comedic TV show of the 60’s. The opening sequence of the preview film has very specific references to clue-in these investors that the film was returning to Batman’s true heritage, with the West TV show being addressed as merely a footnote in the overall history. In fact, this film would be the vaccination of the Adam West Batman- returning to the character all the wonder of the original comics. So this whole opening statement is basically an assurance to the viewer that Warner is presenting you with the “real” Batman now.

Extra Tidbit: This is the only live action Batman film to feature only one villain from the comics.
Source: 1989batman.com

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2:47PM on 06/24/2014
Cool! When does this come out...?
Cool! When does this come out...?
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1:11PM on 06/24/2014
This hits me right at home. Batman Returns was the first film I ever saw in the theater. Seeing this reminded of that day. Such a special one.
This hits me right at home. Batman Returns was the first film I ever saw in the theater. Seeing this reminded of that day. Such a special one.
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11:47AM on 06/24/2014

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One of the pieces of my childhood. Very glad that the distributors and investors were able to be re-assured that this was the way to go. To think that we may have never gotten this film as it is is horrible and would have been a crime. As for who was the better Joker its all about the tone and context, Nicholson was the perfect tone for the Burton Batman and Ledger was the perfect tone for Nolan's Batman. Apple and oranges.
One of the pieces of my childhood. Very glad that the distributors and investors were able to be re-assured that this was the way to go. To think that we may have never gotten this film as it is is horrible and would have been a crime. As for who was the better Joker its all about the tone and context, Nicholson was the perfect tone for the Burton Batman and Ledger was the perfect tone for Nolan's Batman. Apple and oranges.
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5:05AM on 06/24/2014
That scene at the end when the camera pans up through the city with the rousing score and we see Batman standing on top of a building looking at the bat sign.
Talk about iconic.
That scene at the end when the camera pans up through the city with the rousing score and we see Batman standing on top of a building looking at the bat sign.
Talk about iconic.
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6:07AM on 06/24/2014
Oh, Man! I love that scene!
Oh, Man! I love that scene!
9:14AM on 06/24/2014
Me too, one of my favorite movie moments of all time, the music is so uplifting and the shot of Batman looking at the bat signal represents the character so well.
Me too, one of my favorite movie moments of all time, the music is so uplifting and the shot of Batman looking at the bat signal represents the character so well.
4:27AM on 06/24/2014

wrong

Grew up on this, then returns (my personal fav). keaton was a perfect batman and his wayne is not bad too. nicholsons joker is perfect blend of homecidal maniac and slapstick comedy and one liners. The batmobile is awesome too.
Grew up on this, then returns (my personal fav). keaton was a perfect batman and his wayne is not bad too. nicholsons joker is perfect blend of homecidal maniac and slapstick comedy and one liners. The batmobile is awesome too.
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3:56AM on 06/24/2014
Burton's Batman is by far my favorite live-action Batman. The tone & atmosphere was spot on perfect, Keaton nailed the role, and Nicholson's bipolar Joker was both brilliantly scary and funny (the way Joker should be).
Burton's Batman is by far my favorite live-action Batman. The tone & atmosphere was spot on perfect, Keaton nailed the role, and Nicholson's bipolar Joker was both brilliantly scary and funny (the way Joker should be).
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3:51AM on 06/24/2014
I have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with the Burton movies but I think Batman '89 did get a whole lot right. I think that as the Nolan trilogy got on, Gotham had less and less of a defining personality but Anton Furst's Gotham was mesmerizing and full of personality.
I have a little bit of a love-hate relationship with the Burton movies but I think Batman '89 did get a whole lot right. I think that as the Nolan trilogy got on, Gotham had less and less of a defining personality but Anton Furst's Gotham was mesmerizing and full of personality.
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2:35AM on 06/24/2014
Loved Tim Burtons Batman. Always will. Keaton is my Batman, Danny Elfman was great, Jack Nicholson is my favorite joker. Birdman will be interesting.
Loved Tim Burtons Batman. Always will. Keaton is my Batman, Danny Elfman was great, Jack Nicholson is my favorite joker. Birdman will be interesting.
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12:39AM on 06/24/2014

Bob Kane

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SMH
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11:46PM on 06/23/2014
Still my favorite Batman movie hands-down. No one will ever replace Keaton as Batman.
Still my favorite Batman movie hands-down. No one will ever replace Keaton as Batman.
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10:20PM on 06/23/2014
RIP Anton Furst. That man was a genius.
RIP Anton Furst. That man was a genius.
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10:11PM on 06/23/2014
Batman and Batman Begins are tied for my favorite Batman films of all time. But if I had to pick one, it would be Burton's version. And the fact that his version had the better Batman and Gotham City.
Batman and Batman Begins are tied for my favorite Batman films of all time. But if I had to pick one, it would be Burton's version. And the fact that his version had the better Batman and Gotham City.
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9:27PM on 06/23/2014
I still have goosebumps every time when I see Batman flies The Batwing to the moon and make the Bat symbol and then swoops down to face off with The Joker at the parade.
I still have goosebumps every time when I see Batman flies The Batwing to the moon and make the Bat symbol and then swoops down to face off with The Joker at the parade.
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