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Batman Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Behind the black cowl, Gotham City superhero Batman is really millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton), who turned to crimefighting after his parents were brutally murdered before his eyes. The only person to share Wayne's secret is faithful butler Alfred (Michael Gough). The principal villain in Batman is The Joker (Jack Nicholson) who'd been mob torpedo Jack Napier before he was horribly disfigured in a vat of acid. The Joker's plan to destroy Batman and gain control of Gotham City is manifold. First he distributes a line of booby-trapped cosmetics, then he goes on a destruction spree in the Gotham Art Museum while the music of Prince blasts away in the background, and finally he orchestrates an all-out campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Gothamites, hoping to turn them against the Cowled One. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) becomes the love of Batman's life-which of course plays right into the Joker's hands. Photographed by Roger Pratt, designed by Anton Furst, and scored by Tim Burton's favorite composer Danny Elfman, Batman was a monstrous box-office hit, making $100 million in the first ten days of release--$82,800,000 in North America alone. Incidentally, Billy Dee Williams' comparatively small role as DA Harvey Dent was originally designed to set up the sequel, wherein Dent was to convert into master criminal Two-Face; but by the time the producers got around to that character in 1995's Billy Dee Williams, Two-Face was played by Tommy Lee Jones. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 23, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Nicholson Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1989 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anton Furst Best Art Direction 1989 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Young Best Art Direction 1989 Winner

Cast

Michael Keaton
as Batman/Bruce Wayne
Jack Nicholson
as Joker/Jack Napier
Kim Basinger
as Vicki Vale
Robert Wuhl
as Alexander Knox
Pat Hingle
as Commissioner Gordon
Billy Dee Williams
as District Attorney Harvey Dent
Michael Gough
as Alfred Pennyworth
Jack Palance
as Carl Grissom
Jerry Hall
as Alicia
Lee Wallace
as Mayor
Tracey Walter
as Bob the Goon
Marion Dougherty
William Hootkins
as Eckhards
Richard Strange
as Goon
Carl Chase
as Goon
Philip Tan
as Goon
John Sterland
as Accountant
Edwin Craig
as Ratelli
Joel Cutrara
as Crimelord 2
John Dair
as Ricorso
Christopher Fairbanks
as Nic
Vincent Wong
as Crimelord 1
George Roth
as Eddie
Kate Harper
as Anchorwoman
Bruce McGuire
as Anchorman
Kit Hollerbach
as Becky
Lachelle Carl
as TV Technician
Del Baker
as Napier Hood
Jazzer Jeyes
as Napier Hood
Keith Edwards
as Reporter
Leon Herbert
as Reporter
Steve Plytas
as Doctor
Michael Balfour
as Scientist
Liz Ross
as Mom
Garick Hagon
as Dad
David Baxt
as Dr. Wayne
Sam Douglas
as Lawyer
Elliott Stein
as Man in Crowd
Paul Birchard
as Another Reporter
John Lurie
Mac McDonald
as Goon
Richard Durden
as TV Director
Philip O'Brien
as Maitre d'
Leon Herbert
as Reporter
Vincent Wong
as Crimelord 1
Christopher Fairbanks
as Nic
George Roth
as Eddie
Bruce McGuire
as Anchorman
Edwin Craig
as Ratelli
Elliott Stein
as Man in Crowd
John Dair
as Ricorso
Richard Durden
as TV Director
Joel Cutrara
as Crimelord 2
Kit Hollerbach
as Becky
Del Baker
as Napier Hood
David Baxt
as Dr. Wayne
William Hootkins
as Eckhards
Keith Edwards
as Reporter
Mac McDonald
as Goon
Michael Balfour
as Scientist
Garick Hagon
as Dad
Jazzer Jeyes
as Napier Hood
Lachelle Carl
as TV Technician
Steve Plytas
as Doctor
Philip Tan
as Goon
Kate Harper
as Anchorwoman
Paul Birchard
as Another Reporter
Sam Douglas
as Lawyer
Carl Chase
as Goon
John Sterland
as Accountant
Liz Ross
as Mom
Richard Strange
as Goon

Crew

Tim Burton
Director
Sam Hamm
Screen Story
Sam Hamm
Screenwriter
Warren Skaaren
Screenwriter
Warren Saire
Screenwriter
Lorenzo Semple, Jr.
Screenwriter
Roger Pratt
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Prince
Songwriter
Ray Lovejoy
Editor
Anton Furst
Production Designer
Les Tomkins
Art Director
Nigel Phelps
Art Director
Terry Ackland-Snow
Art Director
Jon Peters
Co-producer
Chris Kenny
Co-producer
Peter Guber
Co-producer
Michael E. Uslan
Executive Producer
Benjamin Melniker
Executive Producer
Peter Young
Set Designer
Bob Ringwood
Costume Designer
Linda Henrikson
Costume Designer
Tip Tipping
Stunts
Gerry Crampton
Stunts
Eddie Stacey
Stunts
Marion Dougherty
Casting
Paul Engelen
Makeup
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