Thirty years ago, Batman swept into movie theaters, ushering in the modern era of comic book movie-making. Directed by Tim Burton, starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale, and Michael Keaton as the man who launched fifty thousand letters protesting his casting as Bruce Wayne. Despite a troubled production which saw a writer’s strike, budget overruns, stolen film reels, and intense skepticism of the film’s tone and direction, Batman became the biggest movie of the year and fifth highest-grossing film of all time by the end of its run. Batman became one of the biggest movie franchises of the ‘90s, with another film by Burton and Keaton, and two more directed by Joel Schumacher with Val Kilmer and George Clooney taking turns in the Batsuit. But thirty years later, after Christopher Nolan’s super-successful trilogy with Christian Bale, Ben Affleck’s less-successful turn, and the casting of Robert Pattinson as The Batman in Matt Reeves upcoming film, does this version still light up our Batsignal? Or is the joke on us?
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! These discussions will be spoiler filled and may explicit language, so consider yourself warned.
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