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Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 10:45:53 pm EDT (Viewed 120 times)
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Seeing "Birdman" the other week got me thinking.

Why is/was Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film so great?

To this day I still love it and yet Michael Keaton wasn't quite right for the part and Jack Nicholson was practically chewing the scenery he was overacting so much.

So my follow-up question is, was Batman only great back then or is it still great now? and why?


It was great then and now.

Keaton made an excellent Bruce Wayne, but he really needed that suit to bulk up as Batman. Also his Batman voice was far better then the one we got in the Nolan trilogy where he sounded like Clint Eastwood with smoker's cough after a 10 mile uphill run.

Kilmer was a better Batman then Bruce though the movie itself was bad.
Clooney was better as Bruce then Batman and that movie was pathetic.

Now as to Jack Nicholson as the Joker, was he over acting or was he playing an over the top Joker as fans would expect?

Joker is always over the top whether it is Nicholson in the role, or Heath Ledger as the Joker. Both versions were over the top, but Ledger was a bit more sinister at times. Regardless though, Joker is basically a death loving nihilist that wants to kill and kill again, whether it is Jack playing him as a homicidal artist, or Ledger as a nihilistic anarchist that wants things to burn simply because he can make them burn.

Jack also pretty much set the bar for future actors that play the Joker.

Also let's be honest here, this movie was the first major Batman screen project since the days of Adam West, that alone would make people remember it fondly as it jettisoned the Adam West camp fest and made Batman the Dark Knight again.

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