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06.27.2014

With all the talk surrounding the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN, it's interesting to think back to a time when the only Batman feature had Adam West requesting the ever popular shark repellent. The market for comic book films is growing by the year, and every little decision from casting to costumes is thoroughly dissected before we even see a trailer, let alone the finished product. I suppose arguments could be made on whether or not that hurts or helps, let's go back to a time before all that was commonplace.

25 years ago this week, Tim Burton's BATMAN was released in theaters and changed the realm in which we'd see Batman forever. Looking back, it was a ballsy move to hand the reins over to a relative newcomer in Tim Burton, who had just PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE and BEETLEJUICE to his name. I also have my doubts over whether or not a studio executive saw MR. MOM and said, "That's Batman!" It somehow all came together in the end, and we got a Gothic superhero tale like no other featuring some great actors and one of the best themes of all time courtesy of Danny Elfman. So sit back and enjoy this retrospective on what it was like in the heyday of Bat-mania, circa 1989.

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Extra Tidbit: Looking back, how do you feel about Tim Burton's Batman?
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3:42AM on 06/28/2014
Michael Keaton is the quintessential Batman for me and I still enjoy watching Tim Burton's version more than any other.
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Michael Keaton is the quintessential Batman for me and I still enjoy watching Tim Burton's version more than any other.
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9:51PM on 06/27/2014
Excellent video, very concise and love the rare footage that's included. Good voiceover work too!
Excellent video, very concise and love the rare footage that's included. Good voiceover work too!
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7:02PM on 06/27/2014
The last scene where we see camera start panning upward the building, along with triumphant music theme, to see Batman on top of the building looking at The Bat Signal with pride - Priceless. Michael Keaton is by far the best Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Nicholson nails The Joker.
The last scene where we see camera start panning upward the building, along with triumphant music theme, to see Batman on top of the building looking at The Bat Signal with pride - Priceless. Michael Keaton is by far the best Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Nicholson nails The Joker.
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6:19PM on 06/27/2014

Burton's Films sure still my favorite

After Batman Begins came out, it was practically heretical to prefer Burton's version. I think people were so excited for a quality Bat-flick that they strayed into "hater" territory.

I loved Nolan's flicks, but Burton/Keaton will always be my Batman. Now that The Dark Knight fervor has mellowed, I'm glad to see more fans profess their love and preference for this film. Not knocking Nolan's at all, I just think it became easy to forget how good Burton's were after the failure of
After Batman Begins came out, it was practically heretical to prefer Burton's version. I think people were so excited for a quality Bat-flick that they strayed into "hater" territory.

I loved Nolan's flicks, but Burton/Keaton will always be my Batman. Now that The Dark Knight fervor has mellowed, I'm glad to see more fans profess their love and preference for this film. Not knocking Nolan's at all, I just think it became easy to forget how good Burton's were after the failure of Schumacher's series.
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5:45PM on 06/27/2014
Burton's Batman films will always be my favorite, I still prefer his version of the character with Michael Keaton the best.
Burton's Batman films will always be my favorite, I still prefer his version of the character with Michael Keaton the best.
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4:32PM on 06/27/2014
I remember Batman cereal. I was eating it with my dad in a hotel after swimming. I was amazed by Batman as a 4 year old.
I remember Batman cereal. I was eating it with my dad in a hotel after swimming. I was amazed by Batman as a 4 year old.
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4:20PM on 06/27/2014
I was 8 when I saw this in theaters and I remember the Batmania in the summer of '89, it was everywhere. Seeing it in the theater with my Dad is one of those things I'll never forget. This is Batman. I appreciate some of the Nolan stuff but it just doesn't touch the Burton/Keaton Batman films. I'd rather watch those than any other Batman movie. Keaton is Batman. My ultimate movie dream is for Keaton and Burton to team up and do The Dark Knight Returns.
I was 8 when I saw this in theaters and I remember the Batmania in the summer of '89, it was everywhere. Seeing it in the theater with my Dad is one of those things I'll never forget. This is Batman. I appreciate some of the Nolan stuff but it just doesn't touch the Burton/Keaton Batman films. I'd rather watch those than any other Batman movie. Keaton is Batman. My ultimate movie dream is for Keaton and Burton to team up and do The Dark Knight Returns.
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4:08PM on 06/27/2014
Best Batman movie for me, bar none. None have come close to touching this classic, regardless of its faithfulness to the character.

That scene with the joy buzzer gave me legitimate nightmares. I was 7.
Best Batman movie for me, bar none. None have come close to touching this classic, regardless of its faithfulness to the character.

That scene with the joy buzzer gave me legitimate nightmares. I was 7.
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4:07PM on 06/27/2014
I always wished that Keaton would have gotten a cameo in the Nolan trilogy.
I always wished that Keaton would have gotten a cameo in the Nolan trilogy.
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3:16PM on 06/27/2014
Keaton will always be the Definitive Batman for me. I will die with the VHS in my grave.
Keaton will always be the Definitive Batman for me. I will die with the VHS in my grave.
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2:51PM on 06/27/2014
I'm glad people are still showing love for Batman 89.
Everyone talks about the Nolan trilogy but for me, this is Batman.
I'm glad people are still showing love for Batman 89.
Everyone talks about the Nolan trilogy but for me, this is Batman.
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2:23PM on 06/27/2014
Fuck yeah! I remember seeing this in theaters as a 4 year old schmoe. Then I wore out the vhs copy I had. Shit, I still remember the Bugs and Daffy promo for WB merchandise that played before the movie. This movie really began my love affair with cinema.
Fuck yeah! I remember seeing this in theaters as a 4 year old schmoe. Then I wore out the vhs copy I had. Shit, I still remember the Bugs and Daffy promo for WB merchandise that played before the movie. This movie really began my love affair with cinema.
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4:22PM on 06/27/2014
lol I remember that promo. I still have the VHS.

lol I remember that promo. I still have the VHS.

2:04PM on 06/27/2014

Classic

This movie is just a classic. I remember watching this when I was like 5 then the animated series hit. Ever since then I have been obsessed with batman. Even tho batman kills and isn't very comic booky, much more so in the even darker returns it's still an amazing and best take on the character. I think bales Wayne was a better take on that character but Keaton IS batman. I think bale will make a decent batman but I think his Wayne will be laughable. I also think it's a joke that people go
This movie is just a classic. I remember watching this when I was like 5 then the animated series hit. Ever since then I have been obsessed with batman. Even tho batman kills and isn't very comic booky, much more so in the even darker returns it's still an amazing and best take on the character. I think bales Wayne was a better take on that character but Keaton IS batman. I think bale will make a decent batman but I think his Wayne will be laughable. I also think it's a joke that people go on about superman in mos killing when they probably love these films yet batman straps a bomb to a henchman and punches into a drain and walks away as he blows up. How is one acceptable but the oth ain't?
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2:05PM on 06/27/2014
I mean affleck will be laughable.
I mean affleck will be laughable.
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1:52PM on 06/27/2014

Sorry But

I don't agree with you. Prince only gave Batman even more attention, it was a great soundtrack. Also the fight set pieces were great. The way he fought the guy with the swords is my favorite.
I don't agree with you. Prince only gave Batman even more attention, it was a great soundtrack. Also the fight set pieces were great. The way he fought the guy with the swords is my favorite.
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6:22PM on 06/27/2014
Prince was very very popular at the time. Plus, he's Prince. He should do all soundtracks.
Prince was very very popular at the time. Plus, he's Prince. He should do all soundtracks.
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