Published July 26, 2019


Film info

  • Title Batman
  • Director Tim Burton
  • Year 1989
  • Run time 2hrs 6m
  • Genres Action, Fantasy
  • Tagline Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?

Tim Burton directs; Michael Keaton stars as Batman; and Jack Nicholson stars as his arch foe, The Joker. As the Dark Knight, defender of law and order in Gotham City, Batman treads the shadow zone between right and wrong, fighting with only his skill in martial arts and his keenly honed mind to defend the innocent and to purge the memory of his parents' brutal murder - always keeping his true identity as millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne a closely guarded secret.

Live blog

Time Comment
1:51 Wait, what songs did Prince do about Batman?
6:46 “I’m Batman.” Yaaaas!
12:19 Oof, Jack Nicholson is very good at being creepy.
15:21 Did they have to call him Jack though? It’s very confusing.
17:53 Woop woop, Alfred alert.
19:00 To me, Michael Keaton is less attractive younger. As Batman, though…
22:09 “I’m intrigued by Alex’s giant bat story.”
24:03 Batman wears glasses??
30:26 Quite enjoying the Batman that is just a little bit shit.
33:21 “I couldn’t find my socks without him.” I have my own Alfred, by the sounds of it.
43:36 Ooh Mr Lee sighting.
58:03 Spinning newspaper! Yay!
1:00:43 Fluegelheim is an excellent word.
1:02:11 PRINCE!
1:04:44 “I was in the bath one day when I realised why I was destined for greatness.”
1:08:05 The fuel economy on that Batmobile must be awful.
1:10:52 Right, sorry, she’s been a photographer in a war zone, she would know not to leave the flash on.
1:19:59 Come on man, you’ve got the words for this. I’m Batman. DO IT.
1:27:42 It’s not as big a role for Lando as I was hoping.
1:32:37 OMG, there’s always a connection but Joker killed Batman’s parents?
1:42:28 “My balloons. Those are my balloons.”
1:54:50 “You’re so powerful. And purple.”


We’re hit and miss with Tim Burton films, so went into this not really sure what we were getting into, and quite prepared to use the twenty minute rule. Thankfully, it was fab so no need to.

It hasn’t aged particularly well, but somehow was still very entertaining. Funnier than I had expected. I loved Keaton’s portrayal of Batman/Wayne, kinda nerdy, and really not a superhero - very much just a guy in a suit with some fancy gadgets. It was relatable. If you had lots of money and an unfeasibly loyal butler.

Jack Nicholson was great, the story itself was patchy and I did sort of lose track of who all the ‘city’ people were, which one was which, who was good or bad and why. But it didn’t really matter. It was Jack vs Michael and I was there for it.

Rating: 4 / 5

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