1989 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name; directed by Tim Burton.
Starring; Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger and Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jack Palance, Jerry Hall,Tracey Walter, Lee Wallace, William Hootkins.
Written by; Bob Kane (Batman characters), Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren (story).
As Gotham City’s police force goes about its business of protection and corruption, District Attorney Harvey Dent and Police Commissioner Jim Gordon struggle to keep Gotham safe; a fight which seems doomed to failure until a hero arises from the chaos…
Meanwhile… Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for crime boss Carl Grissom, has revenge on his mind and he has reason to hate Batman… with his hair green, skin bleached white and red rosy lips; Jack looks the very image of a Joker… With an ingenius plan, sure to make Gotham die laughing…
The fate of Gotham City lies with Batman; the lone vigilante with a secret, who must track down and capture the dangerous jester before it’s too late…
Tim Burton was hired to direct Batman (1989) but was not greenlit by studios until the commercial success of Beetlejuice (1988).
The role of Batman was a challenge to cast for, with numerous A-list actors being considered for the iconic role before Michael Keaton was finally cast.
Jack Nicholson agreed to the role of the Joker under the proviso of a high salary, a portion of the Box Office revenue and control of his shooting schedule.
Filmed at Pinewood Studios, London. Which began October 1988 and ended January 1989.