Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 20, 2010
- Originally Released: 1989
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary By Director Tim Burton
- On The Set With Bob Kane
- Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman - The Comic Book Saga as Reinvented and Reinterpreted Over Seven Decades
- Shadows Of The Bat: The Cinematic Saga Of The Dark Knight Parts 1-3
- The Road to Gotham City - The Gathering Storm
- The Legend Reborn
- Beyond Batman Documentary Gallery: Visualizing Gotham: The Production Design Of Batman
- Building The Batmobile
- Those Wondeful Toys: The Props and Gadgets Of Batman
- Designing The Bat-Suit
- From Jack To The Joker
- Nocturnal Overtures: The Music Of Batman
- 3 Prince Music Videos: Batdance, Partyman and Scandalous
- The Heroes and The Villains Profile Galleries
- Batman: The Complete Robin Storyboard Sequence
- Theatrical Trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- Dolby True HD 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1989 -
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Los Angeles Times - 06/23/1989
"...Nicholson keeps things moving higher and higher..."
In gloomy Gotham City the caped crusader must engage in a battle-to-the-death with the villainous Joker--a madman orchestrating a wave of crime and murder that has paralyzed the town. During the course of the struggle, Batman learns the truth about his own mysterious past, and the role played by the Joker in shaping his life when he was a boy.
Big City |
Character Study |
Comic Book |
Essential Cinema |
- Theatrical release: 1989.
- It was shot at the Pinewood Studios in England where renowned director Stanley Kubrick shot almost all of his films.
- The ad campaign and trailers for BATMAN used no tag lines or clips from the film, but instead merely showed the darkly glowing bat logo on a black background.
- The film was based on the DC comics character but was also inspired by Frank Miller's graphic novel THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, which is about a darker, moodier Batman than the traditional character.
- BATMAN won an Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
- The film was released in the United States on the character's 50th anniversary.
- Actor Robin Williams was reportedly considered for the role of The Joker before it was offered to Jack Nicholson.
- This was not the first version of BATMAN put on the silver screen: In 1943, Lambert Hilyer directed a 15-episode serialization of the comic strip, followed in 1948 by Spencer Bennet's BATMAN AND ROBIN serial. In 1966, a film based on the 1960s television series was released featuring the show's stars Adam West and Burt Ward.
- In Great Britain, the release of this film required the introduction of a new British Board of Film Classification rating, BBFC 12. This rating indicates that children under the age of twelve are not allowed to see the film, even with parental consent.
- Linda Henrikson designed the costumes for Kim Basinger's character; Rick Provenzano was Ms. Basinger's hairdresser; Nick Dudman designed the makeup for the Joker.
- Estimated budget $30-40 million.