Batman: Directed by Tim Burton. With Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl. The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being Jack Napier, a criminal who becomes the clownishly homicidal Joker.
“Dark, foreboding and vastly entertaining, BATMAN changed superhero movies forever. Gone are the days of happy-go-lucky heroes arriving just in time to save the day. Director Tim Burtonu0026#39;s Caped Crusader is a vengeful creature of the night preying on criminals who would turn his city into their personal playground.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBATMAN is one stylish, thrilling and one helluva ride. While heu0026#39;s not generally associated with action, Burton proves it to be his forte as the Dark Knight Detective swoops out of the shadows, crashes through windows and employs a host of what his nemesis calls u0026quot;wonderful toys,u0026quot; such as grappling hook guns and the amazingly versatile Batmobile. And man on man, this Batman kicks some ass, at one point daring an armed henchman with a u0026quot;come hereu0026quot; finger gesture.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBATMAN wouldnu0026#39;t have worked nearly as well as it does without the right casting ingredients. The hiring of Michael Keaton in the lead role drew plenty of snickers, but the underrated actor showed up his detractors with a suitably mysterious performance. We know his heart is in the right place, but weu0026#39;re never quite sure what we should make of him. Jack Nicholsonu0026#39;s famous performance as the villainous Joker is every bit as good as they say. Nicholson is equal parts amusing and sadistic beneath the white face paint and green hair. Sexy Kim Basinger, as reporter Vicki Vale, also makes the most out of her screen time.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBATMAN is one of those films whose obvious flaws are so easily overlooked. The worst sin a movie can commit is to be dull, and thatu0026#39;s something BATMAN never does.”