Batman 1989: The 25th Anniversary Post // promotional images by Warner Bros (1989)
Today, 25 years ago it was released the film that would pave the way for the comic movie craze for years to come. Even though Superman was released almost 12 years previous to this movie Batman by Tim Burton set the tone for comic films for years to come. Much has been said about how good (or bad) this film has aged. I just know that I still enjoy this film as much as I did when I was a young kid because it feels very fresh and very classic at the same time. Technology advanced by leaps and bounds 25 years later but I still see futuristic elements in this movie. It was one of those projects that endured development hell and had the director being questioned on every choice he made regarding the story he wanted to tell (particularly his casting of Batman).
In the end, Tim Burton delivered a solid film with a powerful cast with the likes of Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Jack Palance, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough and William Hootkins based on the most wonderful characters of the Batman lore and tons of elemnts from the comic translated faithful to the film: an stylized but very powerful Batmobile, an eerie and mysterious Batcave and one of the most faithful Batman costume ever done for a movie (yeah short-eared batman sucks!). This film is still as good as it gets. It’s one of the classics and the one that made the world realize that comic where serious business. It also was the spark that triggered for the big part of the year the “Bat-mania” phenomenon where you got to see the Bat-symbol everywhere, from t-shirts to haircuts. If you haven’t checked it out yet… you should!