Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) opened in theaters 25 years ago today!
There was so much I loved, though. The jet-powered Batmobile. Bruce Wayne’s cool detachment, played with a dash of weird by Michael Keaton. The terrifying yet hilarious Joker. The gags. The costumes. The music. The hyper-reality of it all.
I left the theater exhausted. On one hand, I felt like the movie didn’t quite capture the character I knew from comics. On the other, whatever alternate universe Batman world that had just unfolded before me had been a hell of a unique ride. The movie’s energy and the late showing made seeing Batman in 1989 one of the major movie-going events of my life.