Gotham City: dark, dangerous, ‘protected’ only by a mostly corrupt police department. Despite the best efforts of D.A. Harvey Dent and police commissioner Jim Gordon, the city becomes increasingly unsafe…until a Dark Knight arises. We all know criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot…so his disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. He becomes a bat. Enter Vicky Vale, a prize-winning photo journalist who wants to uncover the secret of the mysterious bat-man. And enter Jack Napier, one-time enforcer for Boss Grissom, horribly disfigured after a firefight in a chemical factory…who, devoid of the last vestiges of sanity, seizes control of Gotham’s underworld as the psychotic, unpredictable Clown Prince of Crime…the Joker. Gotham’s only hope, it seems, lies in this dark, brooding vigilante. And just how does billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne fit into all of this? —IMDb
Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton (born August 25, 1958) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American film director, producer, writer and artist. He is famed for his dark and quirky films, such as Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, which he co-wrote and produced. He is also famous for directing blockbusters including Batman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since directing his first feature film Pee-wee’s Big Adventure in 1985, he has gone on to direct and produce numerous films, many of which have received Academy Award nominations and wins. He frequently works with close friend Johnny Depp, musician Danny Elfman and partner Helena Bonham Carter. His upcoming projects include the animated film 9 and Alice in Wonderland, the Disney retelling of Lewis Carroll’s book.
Burton was born in Burbank, California, the first of two sons to Bill Burton and Jean Erickson. His year of birth is sometimes mistakenly given as 1960. Burton described his childhood self as quirky… read more
While their films are different, Burton understood the aesthetics of Gotham, the look of Batman and the character of Bruce Wayne alot better than Nolan. Michael Keaton is convincingly scary as the bat and charming as Wayne, Chris Bale is not, Nicholson's joker has light years more character than Heath Ledger's and Michael Gough's Alfred isn't such the insufferable know-it-all that as Caine's character became.
20 years plus on still a triumph of production design (Anton Furst) and art direction. Exceptionally shot by Roger Pratt. However what in 1989 was considered a more serious take on the Batman mythlogy is just pure camp itself now in the wake of the Nolan films. Nicholson hams it up in a fun performance at the expense of everyone else especially Keaton and Basinger. Time certainly not on Burton's side here.
Batman takes a different angle to superhero films than I have seen in the modern superhero franchises like Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the recent Batman by Christopher Nolan. These films offer what audiences… read review
Si un espectador actual se diese a la tarea de buscar una imagen que pudiese definir de algun modo, o bien, que resultase emblematica del cine en la decada de los 80, esa corresponderia, sin duda… read review