Featuring performances that made both the 50 Best Heroes and 50 Best Villains of American Cinema lists from the American Film Institute, BATMAN is a landmark of blockbuster filmmaking. It set the standard for comic book adaptations and created some of the most iconic moments in pop culture history, from Michael Keaton’s delivery of the words, “I’m Batman,” to Jack Nicholson’s truly bonkers spin on the Joker.
Hot off his success from BEETLEJUICE, director Tim Burton brought his eccentric vision to Gotham City and the origins of Bruce Wayne’s vendetta against crime. With his unique casting choices (Keaton was known for comedies at the time) and his trademark visual style, he imbued the film with an artistic edge while still crafting a raucously entertaining crowd-pleaser that’s just as fun today as when it came out.
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