Before Christopher Nolan got his epic hands on the series, Tim Burton rebooted the classic DC comic book character in 1989 in his own unique, technicolor style. The franchise kicked off with the now iconic Batman, starring Michael Keaton as the caped crusader with a very, very low speaking voice. The city of Gotham is under attack by a new villain in town known as The Joker (Jack Nicholson), whose weapon of choice is a deadly chemical called Smilex, which makes people laugh themselves to death. Hot on his clown heels are Bruce Wayne aka Batman and journalist Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger), aided by some serious Bat-products.
Why You Should See This Film
Director Tim Burton once described the Batman story perfectly as "a complete duel of the freaks… a fight between two disturbed people", and his view is evident in the antihero of Bruce/Batman and the unhinged portrayal by Nicholson. The style here is well worth a revisit – a mix of the goofily graphic and a Metropolis-esque Art Deco aesthetic, but even better is the soundtrack by Prince which of course includes the legendary 'Batdance'.
STROBE presented by Groovescooter
Groovescooter returns this May and June with STROBE, another curated program of stellar music films, all exclusive to Golden Age for Sydney music and film lovers.
Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for this special event session.
- Year: 1989
- Rating: PG
- Director: Tim Burton
- Cast: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
- Duration: 126 minutes
- Language: English