Superhero Movie Countdown - No. 8


Today I continue my countdown with a classic from Tim Burton.

No. 8 - Batman (1989)
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger
Director: Tim Burton
Quote: "Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?" - The Joker
About: Some might quibble this is too high. Others might think it's too low. That's the case with "Batman," a film that seems to polarize viewers. It's ironic that I'm covering this now since it's about to be back in theaters as part of the Cinemark Classics series this summer. That, probably, is due in large part to the music of Prince, who died earlier this year. But it's also a classic film, and one that opened up Batman in a new way. Gone was the tights and camp of the Adam West era. In was a dark, moody, and fascinating take on the Dark Knight. It's not as great as the world created by Christopher Nolan, but it's incredible in how it began to change the genre on the big screen. This was a hero with darkness and scars. It wasn't the loveable or iconic Superman, or the campy version of this hero we'd seen before. I think what Burton did with this property was great. I also, personally, think Michael Keaton is the best Batman. This isn't the best Batman film, but he's the best actor to portray the duel roles. Nicholson is good, too, and this film has a nice way of building a new world and a new era for Batman. If you haven't seen it, or haven't seen it in a while, give it a try.
Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, sexual content, language and some disturbing images.

Superhero Movie Countdown:
No. 9 - Iron Man (2008)
No. 10 - Dark Knight Rises (2012)
No. 11 — X-Men (2000)
No. 12 — Spider-Man (2002)
No. 13 —Batman Begins (2005)
No. 14 — Superman II (1980)
No. 15 — Batman Returns (1992)

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