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Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Batman! Mimsey's 5 Favorite Things About the 1989 Batman movie!

Hello Gentlereaders,

As it turns out, it's Batman's birthday!


Specifically, it's the 25th anniversary of the film Batman starring Micheal Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger, as Batman, The Joker and Kim Basinger respectively. It was also directed by Tim Burton, back when Tim Burton was an auteure director and not just the guy who put Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in all his movies. 

And this was his claim to fame. 

In celebration of this Batversary, I thought it would be nice to do a list of 5 things I love about Batman (1989). 

Mimsey's 5 Favorite Things About the 1989 Batman movie!

5) Jack Nicholson as The Joker

One day, I too shall own a suit as awesome as this. 

Now, let's get one thing clear: I love Heath Ledger's portrayal of The Joker. I love Mark Hamill as The Joker. I even have a very sincere affection for Cesar Romero as The Joker (mustache and all!). But, there is something that Jack Nicholson has that no other Joker can top: This Joker is FUN! He's got all the great one-liners, his laughter is infectious, he's campy as all get-out and most importantly, he's got personality to spare. And what's really interesting is, we see the character, Jack, pre-Joker, and the guy is already charismatic. Also named Jack.


If you don't have time for the entire thing, skip to 1:55 
for the funniest moment in the entire film

4) The Insane Production Design

If you watched the above clip, did you notice how this superhero movie features COMPLETELY REAL PARADE BALLOONS? Like, who does that? Literally, who says "I'm going to make a Batman movie, and there's going to be a parade."

Notice the complete and total absence of CGI!

There was just so much thought put into even the tiniest details. People give Tim Burton a lot of flack for his movies having the same basic look (maybe rightfully so), but here, it just works. The entire city feels like something straight out of a comic book. It's gothic, it's overthetop and it is GLORIOUS!

3) The Characters