The Batman! Who is this masked marvel??
By night he races through the city in his Batmobile, but by day Batman is actually Bruce Wayne. Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) is a billionaire, philanthropist, industrialist...he's a pretty big guy in Gotham. He's also considered the cities most eligible bachelor, which is fortunate for Vickie Vale (Kim Basinger) - a journalist who catches Wayne's eye at a social function at his home one evening. Wayne is careful to keep his secret identity as Batman from prying eyes...but as his relationship continues with Vickie he tells her his secret, which ends up being perfectly timed because a new foe has descended on Gotham. And this new foe is not going down without a fight.
Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson) was the right hand man to notorious Gotham crime lord Carl Grissom (Jack Palance), but Jack made a slip up. Grissom learned that his girl was cheating on his with Jack and decided he needed to put an end to that affair...but he may have gone a little too far. Grissom arranges for Jack to be murdered during a chemical plant raid, but when Batman crashes the party confusion rocks the whole scheme and Jack ends up being knocked into a vat of chemical waste! Naturally, all assumed that Jack was dead...but Jack emerged from the ooze with a newly mangled appearance, the sight of his own reflection drives him mad! Mad to the point that he decides to put on his own costume...and have a little "fun" with the people of Gotham.
"Who wants to play a little game?"
Jack Napier becomes The Joker, painting his face ghostly white with a garish red grin, and sets about coming up with terrifying ways to terrorize Gotham. His first scheme? Infusing every day hygiene products with a chemical that causes people to laugh themselves to death! Next on the list? Defacing art in the local museums! The Joker is running rampant in Gotham and he needs to be stopped! And naturally, Batman springs into action...which only turns himself into a target as well. Once the Joker finds himself on Batman's radar, he decides to attack Batman in the most painful way possible: his new found love. Can Batman stop The Joker before some horrible fate meets Vickie? Hopefully. But his judgment could be clouded when he learns a dark secret that he shares with the Joker from years past...
They're connected. Wanna guess how?
Want to learn a secret? This is the second ever Batman movie I have ever seen! My first was The Dark Knight, which I highly enjoyed...but I'm not a crazed Batman fan so I never thought to pursue any of the movies further. Well my boyfriend is not standing for this so he is slowly introducing me to Batman movies of the past and I'm more than okay with this! I really enjoyed this installment in the Batman series, and I really enjoyed that it was directed by Tim Burton. Lots of people don't like Burton's work, but I felt like his quirky/eerie little touches made this movie really distinctive and memorable. And Michael Keaton was an amazing Batman!! He'll always be Mr. Mom in my eyes, but it was cool seeing him in a more serious role. And Jack Nicholson as The Joker? Woof! Talk about a creepy role... I loved him! As far as the actual movie itself, it did feel a little long but it was good. I'm excited to check out future Batman movies...especially the one starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze!
I've heard it's one of the worst...but I'm just so curious!!