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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Keeping the Joker theme alive I’ve decided pop in a little pic of Jack Nicholson in the make-up chair for Tim Burton’s Batman. Make-up artist Nick Dudman applies Jack’s smile in this black and white pic. Notice the incredibly creepy Nicholson dummy head on the counter. I think Heath Ledger has given us the definitive live action Joker performance (with Mark Hamill coming in as king of the vocal performances, of course), but I still love what Nicholson did with the character in Burton’s film. It’s a little silly, a lot sinister and that damn skin-tone make-up he wears when trying to look normal still creeps me out. Plus, no matter how awesome Ledger was he didn’t have Prince to dance to. And that’s a fact, Jack.

Thanks again to William Forsche for finding this pic. If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare, the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. The Joke’s not over yet. See you tomorrow for the next one! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight

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  • July 14, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by dmatheny

  • July 14, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    by the way. FIRST

    by dmatheny

  • July 14, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    And where's the Batman?!

    by ciroslive

    He's at home! Washing his TIGHTS!

  • July 14, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Wait'll they get a load of me.

    by Manos

    Ooooo...oooop oooop ooop

  • July 14, 2010, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by clustercuss

  • July 14, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    I think Batman (1989) is terribly underrated.

    by Royston Lodge

    You gotta think of the context of what else was being produced at the time. It was a masterpiece in comparison to the rest of the dreck being churned out.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST


    by OSAMP1

    Best pic by far!

  • July 14, 2010, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?

    by gotilk

    Well.. you should.. because it's .. umm. .. you'd like it. I think. It depends. That cement looks hard down there.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    the person or persons..

    by sonnyhooper

    ....who try to make this talkback into a burton batman vs nolan batman need to be kicked in the balls. they both are what they are, deal with it.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Almost forgot.

    by gotilk

    Great feature, Quint! Keep it up. Great job!!

  • July 14, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    They sure are. They are very different and both work very well.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Jack's Joker was awesome

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    But Heath made Nicholson's Joker look like amateur dramatics.

  • July 14, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Watching this right now

    by BadlyDubbedPorn

    Jacks just fell

  • July 14, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Jack was the best Joker

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    He was insane but also had a sense of humor, Ledger just acted like a crackhead.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Looks like he's been using Brand X!

    by Axl Z

    Why so serious?

  • July 14, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by Quint

    Nope, just like clowns. Got two more clown pics before I'm through.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    I don't know if it's art...

    by Fuzzyjefe

    but I like it!

  • July 14, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I warned him...

    by Scalvador

    That Burton was a glorified production designer.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    I warned him

    by Yourey

  • July 14, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    How did I know what this pic was before clicking?

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • July 14, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Burton's Batman does NOT hold up well at all

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Today it looks as though it were done by some promising film student from a junior college (budget aside)

  • July 14, 2010, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Jack-"I warned 'em"

    by Samuel Fulmer

  • July 14, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Jack's Joker is way more rewatchable

    by Guy Who Got A Headache And Accidentally Saves The World

    Heath's gets repetitive and tiresome

  • July 14, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Two more clown pics

    by Samuel Fulmer

    John Leguizamo from Spawn and Jerry Lewis from The Day the Clown Cried????

  • July 14, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Jack > Heath but wouldn't fit in Nolan's universe

    by DoctorZoidberg

  • July 14, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Burton's Batman films were highly quotable

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I think I can remember like three lines of dialogue from the Nolan Batman films.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Next clown pic:

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Vin Disel from Breakin' with his fro' photoshopped red.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    If Bale melted down on a Michael Keaton set

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Keaton would hold up a blunt object and say "Do you wanna get nuts? Come on, let's get nuts!"

  • July 14, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Batman 1989

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    "Come on, you gruesome son of a bitch! Come to me. Come on!"-Joker AND... with all of Batman's weapons and technology... he can't hit him. Fucking great! One of THE best comicbook moments on film.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:15 p.m. CST

    KilliK also

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Nolan's Batman's are made with sequels in mind. I don't think Burton cared killing the Joker because sequels weren't really thought out. I'm guessing The Joker would be in the third Batman movie had Ledger not died.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    "This town needs an enema!"

    by Yeti

    That still cracks me up, 21 years later.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST


    by sonnyhooper

    ....what did i tell you? you fucking dorks can't help yourselves. "jack was better" "burton sucks" "heath is awesome" <p> you chuckle heads realze that you couldn't have one with out the other don't you? piting them against each other is beyond stupid, and just goes to show how short sighted you are for doing it in the first place.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    Agreed. Jack was older and paunchy but a guy sitting in a room cutting out random pictures for no reason is pretty insane. Young anarchist with a plan(despite words to the contrary)doesn't seem too crazy. Dangerous for sure, but not insane. And at least in 1989 Burton had the balls to dunk Jack and say the whiteface was a chemical effect. Even though it still just looked like makeup. Excuse me, warpaint. Cool pic.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Hubba Hubba Hubba money money money

    by Samuel Fulmer

    who do you trust? Me I'm giving away free money. And the Batman? He's at home, washing his tights!

  • July 14, 2010, 4:19 p.m. CST

    One thing that eats at me from Burton's Batman

    by DoctorZoidberg

    At the end when Joker says "I was just a kid when I killed your parents" the fuck did he know he was talking to Bruce Wayne? It's not like Jack hadn't been knocking guys off for the crime syndicate his whole how did he know...HOW?! Answer...shitty writing.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    The sad thing is that the Two Face character

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Was not done justice in either Batman Forever or The Dark Knight.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Burton's Batman films

    by David Cloverfield

    Are great for what they are. Keaton, Nicholson, DeVito, Pfeifer and Walken... all hamming it up in two ridiculously stylish Batman movies... How can anybody hate on them I'll never know.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST


    by BadMrWonka

    wait wait wait, I thought he painted himself white. the first time we see him after his accident and surgery, his skin color is normal. then he kills Palance, sees the headline about Batman, and decides to create the character. then comes the facepaint. am I wrong?

  • July 14, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Jack made that movie work

    by slickerynodes

    Arliss slowed it to a halt

  • July 14, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Quint seems to think it's that way as well

    by BadMrWonka

    "skin tone make-up"...<p>man, I guess I really missed that one. I remember him wiping his face with the handkerchief and it turning whit, but I thought that was just him applying the makeup with the handkerchief.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    He was bleached white by the chemicals..

    by Fuzzyjefe

    and applied flesh-tone makeup. He was wiping said makeup off in that scene, exposing the white.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Nicholson's Joker

    by cyberskunk

    Jack's Joker was already white faced and green-haired when he killed Palance's character, although if you haven't seen it in a long time, that's something that could be forgotten.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    and he's white when they show his claw

    by slickerynodes

    break the surface of the water

  • July 14, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    RE: Batman (1989) is terribly underrated.

    by IAmLegolas

    This is funny to me because I was 15 when BATMAN (1989) came out it was probably more OVERrated. I bought a shirt before seeing it which I never did before, I was hyped by the commercials for it with the Bat-Jet descending upon Gotham. Heck, Danny Elfman's soundtrack was the first movie soundtrack I purchased in my teenage life.<P> When I walked out of the first screening, high on life, my brother and I thought it was the greatest movie ever and we aren't a couple of movie chuckleheads. Looking back, it’s a great TIM BURTON movie, but not a great BATMAN movie.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    after he's spewed out of the chemical factory

    by slickerynodes

    bob..gun. *bang* funny

  • July 14, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    at least it's not photoshopped

    by darth_hideous

    ...but ya never know

  • July 14, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Heath's JOKER made Jack's JOKER...

    by IAmLegolas

    ..look like it was straight out of the 60's TV show. And back in 1989, everyone was saying how much like THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and other current "dark" Batman titles it was and how it was far from the TV series.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Batman 89

    by Robusto

    Will always be the definitive summer movie experience to me. It delivered for its time. Elfman's score the art design, perfect. As much as I like Nolan's film I can't help but feel it skates into feeling like an episode of Law and Order that takes itself too seriously. But I think its great the kids love it.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by MikeTheSpike

    Don't go on about how Nolan's Batman is morally superior. Not with him letting Liam Neeson die on the the train. Totally irked me.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    the underrated thing about batman89..

    by sonnyhooper the prince soundtrack, without a doubt. check the lyrics from "the future": <p> "Yellow Smiley offers me X Like he's drinking seven up I would rather drink 6 razor blades Razor blades from a paper cup He can't understand, I say 2 tough It's just that I've seen the future And boy it's rough" <p> shit, prince had a better grasp on the character of batman than some guys who have writen the actual comic book over the years.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    What I love about Burton's Batman Returns

    by skimn

    is that every major character; Keaton's Batman, DeVito's Penguin, Pfieffer's Catwoman, are all mentally fucked up in one way or another. The moment when Wayne and Catwoman recognize each other while dancing together is a wonderful moment.<p>BTW does Jack in the Joker makeup picture look a bit like Liberace? Must be the hair.

  • July 14, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    And you...

    by ValMcKee

    are my numbah one....a-guyyy.....

  • July 14, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    My problem with Burton's films...

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Were that every single fucking set LOOKED like a sound stage. I didn't buy for a second this Gotham was real. Nolan shot mostly in Chicago and because of that you can really believe in his Gotham. Let's be honest about this - Nolan's Batman films are far, far superior to Burton's films.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST

    "Have you shipped a million of those things?" "Yes sir." Ship 'e

    by DickJones

    Love the Burton flicks for what they were.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Batman looks like a masterpiece these days

    by kwisatzhaderach

    It really does. The sequel does too. The belltower sequence looks like classic cinema.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Right on, the dancing scene with Pfeiffer and Keaton is superb, a brilliant riff on duality. <p> 10 years from now Nolan's Batman films will look ordinary and Burton's will be hailed as great cinema. Just you wait and see.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Nicholson was awesome.

    by RPLocke

    Love the scene where he wipes out the mob and walks past Bruce Wayne. That movie was great.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    I thought Nolan's Gotham sucked specifically

    by HypeEndsHere

    because it was too grounded in the real world. I said, "hey, Batman's in chicago" because it disn't look like Gotham. the movies were okay though i've never revisited them.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:15 p.m. CST


    by sonnyhooper

    "i rock the party, i rock the house..... i rock the whole world north, east and south. in the west 17 horns blowin" <p> "young and old gather 'round. eveybody hail the new king in town."

  • July 14, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Bob? Gun.

    by Koborover


  • July 14, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Best scene from Batman

    by Saracen1

    Is Joker talking to the charred body of the gangster he just offed. <p> "Grease 'em now? Well, OK. You are a vicious bastard Rotelli, and, uh, I'm glad you're dead!" <p> Don't get me wrong, I worship TDK and think it's superior..but Batman sure has great lines and moments. My biggest turnoff being Batman trying to kill everything in sight.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST

    Both versions were totally unique and AWESOME!!!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    That is all!

  • July 14, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Cesar > Jack

    by Iowa Snot Client

    You heard me.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Batman is far more iconic than the Nolan flicks

    by Nerd Rage

    and that's what a Batman movie should be, iconic. I could watch Batman dozens of times. The Nolan films? Maybe twice.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    I have to praise both Burton and Nolan's visions

    by Nice Marmot

    They each made 2 Bat films that I loved the hell out of. Burton's haven't aged well for me, but they are still wonderful for the memories I have of opening night and all the anticipation. I agree w/ what a lot are saying about each version of Gotham City. Burton's had a wonderful look but it was always too obviously a soundstage. Sure Nolan's was really outdoors but it was just Chicago at night. I still envision a wonderful combinnation of both. As if Nolan's had gothic architectural flourishes digitally added in EVERYWHERE. And what a letdown Nolan's Arkham was . . .

  • July 14, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    I do give Burton's Bat kudos for quotable lines

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    That's probably the one area where Nolan's films sorely lack - quotable lines. A few examples of great lines from the 89 film: "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" "Batman! Batman! What kind of a world do we live in where a man dresses up as a bat?!" "Tell me, kid. Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" All great lines.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Jack's Joker is better for Ledger's performance

    by dastickboy

    In a strange way it's a shame that Jack's performance came before Heath's, because you can now see Jack as the Joker after years of fighting Batman. Possibly would have been a great Joker for Dark Knight Returns.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Burton made it dark again...

    by Logan_1973

    But Jack's Joker is laughable (not in a good way) at this point. And as far as the film goes, Joker's nefarious plot sucked then and it sucks now.

  • July 14, 2010, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack <p> Thanks

  • July 14, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    The thing about the two

    by brattyben

    films is that Burton's Batman was more of a fantasy. Like an kind of Greek urban tragic fantasy. I still find it wildly entertaining, not only for the nostalgia, but, because it's a damn fine looking film about Batman. Nolan's was contemporary, and hyper-real and dramatic. Besides, there are decades between these two movies, so of course they will look and feel different. And the 'looks like a sound stage' argument; I think this is what gives Burton's Batman that sense of fantasy, and those sets were GORGEOUS!

  • July 14, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "Never rub..

    by brattyben

    another man's rhubarb"

  • July 14, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Batman Returns

    by brattyben

    I've always loved this movie, and not for the overt superheroic cheesiness, but, for the psychology and themes of all the main characters. Every character is dealing with a dual identity. One they show the world, and one that is the truth. I think, for me, and seeing Burton really put his person design stamp on it, makes it really enjoyable for me. It's great!

  • July 14, 2010, 6:09 p.m. CST

    "I was a kid when I killed your parents"

    by mrgray

    Easy explanation: Batman tells Joker, "You killed my parents." Given that Batman is a grown man, Joker can reasonably deduce that he was... wait for it... a kid when he killed Batman's parents. He doesn't know that Bruce is Bats, just that according to Batman he murdered the guy's 'rents.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:12 p.m. CST

    I'm Batman!

    by The Dum Guy

    The six year old version of me loved that line.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    My balloons. Those are my balloons. He stole my balloons!!!

    by TheJudger

    Why didn't somebody tell me he had one of those... things?

  • July 14, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Actually, the only set that bothers me . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . is that downtown / town square set from Returns. It just SCREAMS, "We are, without a DOUBT, indoors."

  • July 14, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Bob, Gun.

    by TheJudger

    [Shoots Bob]

  • July 14, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    As much as I love Dark Knight

    by TheJudger

    It will never be the amazing that batman was on the night it came out in 1989. The music while flaying around th ebatsymbol the sharp cut to gotham city. Bruces parents getting killed with in the first 5 minutes. My dad took me I was 11. I knew very little about the frank miller take, I only saw the live action tv show and superfreinds. This movie owned me in a way no other movie would ever again. Even Jurrasic Park. We got two posters at the mall a few days A close up of the batwing flying through the city, and Batman standing in front of the batmobile with a black background behind them. I would see the movie 3 more times, and get it on vhs that christmas. That was batman for me. I know some of the older people Harry and Drews age didnt like it as much, but man. Fuck i still remember the damn coke commercail. That movie fucking owned 89, set box office records as well.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Batman Returns...

    by TenderBranson

    ...just for the Pfeiffer alone. That scene where she's on the Penguin's bed, and the scene where she lick's Batman's lips under the oh man. I was 11 when I saw it, and still one of the hottest things I've ever seen.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    And whats with that stupid grin?

    by ValMcKee

    Life's been good to me...

  • July 14, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    The dead horse I always beat

    by HapaPapa72

    Is that Chicago is a little too...Chicago. I was waiting for The Batpod to race by Richard Kimble outside Cook County. Christ, one of the douchey cops from the Fugitive was even in TDK (the crooked cop Two-Face shoots in the bar)! Granted, a lot of the Gotham shots from 1989's Batman were clearly miniatures, but that opening shot though, was so decayed and claustrophobic and urban sprawl gone haywire that I was sucked in.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:43 p.m. CST

    scriptwise, it's not a contest

    by BattleAngel29A

    There are literally only three lines in the Nolan films that hold classic value - "Swear to me!!!!" and "Do I look like a cop???" and Heath's "Hi.... we need to talk." <p> For my money, Batman and Batman Returns are outrageously superior to Nolan's films in terms of the script. Movies with that quality dialogue just aren't made anymore and it's a damn shame. <p> When Nolan crafts his dialogue with the same care that he takes to his set pieces and "vibe," he'll be able to make true masterpieces. <p> The Dark Knight is great, don't get me wrong, and amply proves why Batman is the best comic hero for cinema... but this talkback proves that you can basically have the '89 Batman experience just by reading through the script. The script is THAT good- it's something that conceptually just stands the test of time. Line for line, the Burton films obliterate Nolan's..... <p> all that said, Burton lost his touch YEAAAAAARS ago and would never even remotely be able to recreate the genius of Scissorhands/Beetlejuice/Batmans. I appreciate Nolan's films, but I really can't imagine anyone remembering them with the genuine warmth that instantly comes to mind when any line from '89 is referenced. I liked the Hong Kong scene and Heath's joker too... but they won't keep me warm at night.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Hubba Hubba Hubba!

    by Amazing Maurice

    Money Money Money!<P>Who do ya love?!

  • July 14, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by ludmir88

    damn that video clip he made for the movie was godawful but I promise myself to watch everything inside the batman DVD box set even B Forever and B&R.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Even as a kid....

    by The Dum Guy

    I didn't like the animated little Batman on the rooftop, and I've read that is the one thing that Burton hated about the movie.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    I'm of a mind, makes a moogie!

    by Amazing Maurice


  • July 14, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    What About Cesar?

    by MisterBlue

    behind his white was ... A MOUSTACHE! But he had a great laugh -

  • July 14, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    I was 16 when I saw Burton's BATMAN

    by Logan_1973

    (yes i'm old)...and I hated the nefarious plot (weak) and the dance routine (filler) then, just as much as I hate it now. I appreciated the dark tone, but the rest was shite.

  • July 14, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST


    by DefyThis

    Hope one of those is from It!

  • July 14, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    what....... what are you... ?

    by The_Cliffster

    im batman....... :D

  • July 14, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    Ya gotta admit the intro of Ledger's Joker

    by skimn

    and his reading of the line, " I believe whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you...stranger." is pretty damn cool.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    i have a name for my pain.....

    by The_Cliffster

    and it is.. BATMAN...!

  • July 14, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Jack was nominated for an Oscar!

    by jazzylg

    For his portrayal of the Joker!

  • July 14, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Hope we get a Cesar Romero shot tomorrow

    by rev_skarekroe

    That'd be pretty sweet.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    We've got a flying mouse to kill

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    And I'm gonna clean my claws.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:40 p.m. CST

    A little song, a little dance...

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Batman's head on a lance.

  • July 14, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST


    by BattleAngel29A

    And Heath actually won one. <p> I think if Heath had had better writing, this wouldn't be a contest. Heath's Joker owns, but Jack's Joker got all the good lines. <p> That "simply makes you... stranger" line really isn't all that good. Heath's Joker could have been a villain in Saw. Jack's could only be the Joker.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Herc will not be telling Jack about THE EVENT

    by BillboeFett

    because Jack would find it too funny

  • July 14, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Heath's joker didnt have "AS" iconic lines because..

    by PvtTOUCH

    Collectively his performance as whole was iconic as apposed to Nicholson's classic one liner's (which i love by the way)If you prefer Jack's Joker you pretty much prefer Jack the actor since so much of himself was displayed in the character. Ledger on the other hand seems much more of an original creation of his and Nolan. From the creepy voice to the lip licking mannerism to the scar origins to his anarchic motivations with just enough dark humor in between- everything about his portrayal was legendary and well deserved of the oscar. My favorite screen villain of all time.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    DoctorZoidberg's question

    by acksylrose

    Um, shitty writing? Did you miss the part where Batman says "Have you ever danced with the devil" back to the Joker? That was Batman telling him that he was Bruce Wayne. And the Joker knew he killed Bruce Wayne's parents. Its not that hard to figure out. Shitty writing? No. And Jacks Joker was better.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by BattleAngel29A

    I agree re: Jack was Jack, but in a way it's more than that... it's almost like all of Jack's schtick had been leading up to that role. His entire career was solidified in that role- it colors everything he ever did. After that performance, Jack was basically "heeeere's Johnny" and The Joker. It was a massive investment of his personal character - and caused the rest of his career to be a reaction to his iconic turn as the Joker. <p> I think this is one area where you really have to leave the word "better" out of the equation - these are both absolutely defining turns for two extremely classic actors. Played to perfection, given who the players were, and what the vision for the film was. Having the character played so perfectly, twice, in such different ways, only solidifies The Joker as the undisputed villain of modern cinema. It's really amazing. Not even the classic monsters have been played twice with such astounding iconoclastic passion.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    can't compare the two movies

    by slickerynodes

    the '89 batman was the first of its kind. the first real comic book movie come to life in a "serious" way. and in its time was brilliant. (but not perfect)The script gave all the great lines to Jack and gave all the shitty lines to Kim and Wahl's characters. Plus Converse came out with it Bat sneaker and joker sneaker as cross promotion. what didn't they cross promote with? <P> Nolan's Batman was cool, gritty, more grounded in reality but lacking in flair (quotable lines). TDK made up for the quotable lines with Heath's joker. but wtf? you OD with the olsen twins? bummer

  • July 14, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    I believe I saw Batman on video

    by T 1000 xp professional

    since it was the strongest movie I've ever received on vhs being that I was 4 or 5 when the movie came out.... I'll tell all you guys this, We've been alive long enough to have a Burton's 89 Batman and Nolan's Batman. Two very different kickhiney Batman movies. Life is good. thanks, Quint, for the greatttt pic!

  • July 14, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    oop ooop ooop

    by slickerynodes

    jack held back the crazy until he was painted white. A+ for jack's Joker

  • July 14, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck Batman 89

    by Gwynplaine

    Fuck Batman 89. A terrible movie.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Quotable lines: so what

    by Logan_1973

    Nolan's BATS had less quotable lines because it was grounded in real life. How many quotable lines do you hear day in/day out in reality?

  • July 14, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Nicholson a great actor, a terrible Joker.

    by Gwynplaine

    Nicholson was a terrible Joker.

  • July 14, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I hate clowns

    by ATARI

  • July 14, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Batman 89' is overrated is anything.

    by BigTuna

    Far too long, and fucking dull. Burton is a lousy action director and it really shows here. The Joker takes a giant gun out of his pants and shoots down the Batwing? Fuck that!

  • July 14, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST


    by Logan_1973


  • July 14, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Slickerynodes: No. Batman 89 was not brilliant.

    by UltraTron

    Batman 89 was dog shit. Batman 89 could have been directed by Cameron and had you on the edge of your seat. 2 years earlier I had seen aliens and dune 3 years before that. I wanted Superman VS Batman for the 3rd superman film instead of Richard Pryor. You could have had the production designer and costume designer from dune making it back then. We got a non-athletic, 5 foot 8 batman in a movie so boring and stupid that it opens with batman being shot point blank in the chest. Boom,plop he's dead. He didn't flip up the wall out of the way? Tim Burton hated batman so much he killed the joker. He killed Spector to Bond. It was a travesty at every level. Batman couldn't even turn his fucking head and looked around corners with his shoulders. It was flaming dog shit with a toilet plunger chaser

  • July 14, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    It's just me...but...

    by Karuma

    ...I find that I am incredibly not interested in these "Behind the Scenes" pictures. I am sure that most of the readers enjoy them immensely so you must keep posting them, but when I come to Ain't it Cool, I come for breaking news, and not photographs from yesteryear.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Not a fan of either Joker

    by titpunch

    I preferred Heath-Joker when he was called Beetlejuice. Hamill-Joker for life.

  • July 14, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    why do people bother to post.....

    by The_Cliffster

    .. on a talkback about a movie they dont like / aren't interested in... ^^

  • July 14, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Jack's Joker >>>>>>>> Ledger's Joker

    by Mr. Moe

  • July 14, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by odo19

    That is the correct order if I'm being totally honest. Never saw much of Romero's take but as long as he never had a scene where he danced to fucking Prince music and he stayed in shape he beats Jack too.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    This was the very first

    by ObiBen

    hypermarketing experiment in movies. Even the "soundtrack" that came out was an exercise in hype, it was a collection of Prince songs. In the end, however, cool heads prevailed and the Prince vinyl got replaced by the real Elfman score album in the music bins. And we got Batman Returns, which is still my favorite.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    I need to watch this again.

    by Audio_of_Being

    I haven't seen Burton's Batman in like...18 years? I don't even remember anything other than Joker dies at the end. :S

  • July 14, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    They're Both Good But Jack's Joker Was Truer

    by Autodidact

    In Batman 1989 Joker is poisoning Gotham with Smylex which paralyzes the face into that Joker rictus grin. <p>In The Dark Knight, Joker is making some kind of point about humanity to everyone in Gotham cuz he's all butt-hurt about his daddy or something. <p>Jack's joker was truer. Especially if you have read many Batman comics (e.g. The Laughing Fish).

  • July 14, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    "He must have been...

    by Alfred_Packer

    King of the Wicker People"

  • July 14, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Now comes the part where I relieve you, the little people, of th

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • July 14, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    "Give Knox a grant"

    by Alfred_Packer

    "Is Batman on the City payroll? And if so, what's he pulling down, after taxes"

  • July 14, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    I Mean "The Fish Who Laughed"

    by Autodidact

    Joker needs to be a crazy fuck and that means no agenda aside from amusing himself. <p>They both had great moments though. My favourite Ledger Joker moment is when he gives a little chuckle as he's apparently plunging to his death.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Binky is still the best Joker

    by boogel

  • July 14, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    "Hello, Legs"

    by Alfred_Packer

    Arliss wasn't that bad..

  • July 14, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by Alfred_Packer

    Joker cards bubbling up in chemical vat > Joker cards falling down around exploded car.

  • July 14, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST

    The '89 Batman is one of the ugliest-looking films ever made

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    It's also got that irritating performance by Robert Wuhl, a fortysomething Batman, Kim Fucking Basinger and a shoehorned-in Prince at his almost-nadir. <p>Nicholson is alright because he's pretty much making his own movie while Burton mopes around with his hair in his eyes.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Soundstages and minatures = DESIGN

    by Nem_Wan

    Nolan: what if Batman existed in the real world? Burton: translate comic book fantasy to movie fantasy. Nothing in Batman 89 is supposed to look real, it's supposed to look fantastic. Warren Beatty proceeded to do Dick Tracy the same way, even more stylized and artificial. Remember the only things people people then could compare Batman 89 to was the comics, TV cartoons, and Adam West. Gotham City is a fully living character in the comics and most certainly in Miller's Dark Knight Returns, and Burton certainly follows suit. In Nolan's Dark Knight, Gotham is just the name used to fictionalize the real city they happened to film in.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Footlight Frenzy

    by cyberskunk

    I think the theater in the movie had the Footlight Frenzy poster both when Wayne's parents were shot and in the present day.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    I Like The "big set" Look

    by Autodidact

    As stated by Nem_Wan, you use sets and miniatures when it's 1989 and you want to create a fantastical place. I love the Anton Furst designed Gotham city... the fact there's no place really like that is what makes it so great.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    still think burton told jack to improvise everything.

    by alice133

    batman 89 = jack doing crazy.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST

    That movie was more Joker than Batman

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Not that it was a bad thing. I enjoyed the film at the time. It is what it is. But Nolan's Batman Begins is how the first Batman movie should have started. That is the definitive origin story in my mind.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Hamill and the Joker and Under the REd hood

    by dynamicb

    Just to comment on Hamill.....but the guy whom did the voice of the Joker in the upcoming "Under the Red Hood" DTV movie did a FANTASTIC job. totally maniacal! John DiMaggio I think his name is.

  • July 14, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Bender does the Joker in Under the Red Hood?

    by odo19

    Shit. I guess I'll have to check it out afterall.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:07 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batman was always running away from the bad guys

    by Snookeroo

    And that just ain't right.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Batman '89: Great lines do not equal great story

    by mortsleam

    I saw Batman '89 opening night. When Batman cuts the Joker's balloons, then flies up above Gotham, breaking through the clouds to impose the silhouette of the Batwing over the moon, there was cheering. An honest to goodness standing ovation. And I was part of it. <p>Nicholson's Joker had some great lines. No doubt about that. Way funnier, more memorable, than almost anything Ledger did. Except the pencil trick. And Nurse Joker. And the I Believe In Harvey Dent campaign button. And his final lines. But that's because the character wasn't a showcase for semi-corny one-liners delivered with panache by a showman playing up his own personality. Ledger's Joker drove the story. The story in Batman '89, like virtually every other Burton movie, was secondary to Art Direction and funny lines. <p>Nicholson's Joker does still rate as one of the great star turns of all time by a movie star. Ledger's rates as a brilliant actor creating a truly haunting character. Both are entertaining in their own ways.<p>By the way, Keaton's Batman kills a warehouse full of thugs using explosives, smashes one guy in the head with a wrought-iron bell and lets him fall into the cathedral below, and basically murders the Joker by tying a heavy gargoyle statue to his legs. Much worse than refusing to save one man who's cheated death once already.<p>I love these pictures. Keep 'em up.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:17 a.m. CST


    by BiggusDickus

    Why didn't someone tell me he had one of those...things?<p>This film is like an old friend - you have to visit it once in a while to see if it's still alright. And it generally is!

  • July 15, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Gentlemen paint the pictures. Gotham's Greed.

    by RPLocke

    The Burton movies were more about the characters. The Nolan movies are more about the Batman World.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

    Jack is a classic Joker.

  • July 15, 2010, 1:19 a.m. CST

    "a fortysomething Batman"

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    And whys that a problem exactly, at least he wasnt moping around about redemption like Bale did, younger doesn't equal better, Nolan picked Bale because of his turn in American Psycho which just goes to show how wrong he was since Patfick Bateman is very far away from Bruce Wayne, sure they both have their masks while in the suit but for very different purposes which shows through. Bale has a weird detachment in him as Bruce who should never have that, at least Keaton played him as a regular shmoe that we can sympathize with better.

  • July 15, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Burton=40s Shumacker=50s/60s Nolan=80s/90s

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Each director kind of was in tune with a different comic era anyone notice? Burton had the combo of serious and outlandish of the 40s, Shumacker was just outlandish and colorful like the 50s/60s when the comic code softened the violence while Nolan was all about the grittyness of the Miller and graphic novel era.

  • July 15, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    I like both Batman eras

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    I love how so many folks like to trash B-89, as though it just came out this year. If you were old enough to have any sense at the time (I was 18), you damn well know there had been nothing like it before, when it came to putting a comic book on a big-budget screen. Superman was the only decent genre event up until then. I will agree it's not a perfect film, hell I said the very same thing opening day... and I saw B-89 three times that day. Wearing my fucking Converse Batshoes.<p> I still enjoy watching that version today. But it didn't stop me from liking Nolan's films. I don't recall if it's been said in this TB, but anyone who reads comics can pretty easily understand how a character can come out looking/acting very different, depending on the artist/writing team handling the book at any given time. Burton and Nolan deliver two different visions of the same character. You might personally enjoy one more than the other, but that doesn't mean your pick is somehow magically better. Hell, you might as well spend valuable time telling us how lame Adam West was. I mean, nobody ever like that crappy 60s version, right? 'Cause it was made back then, and it was lame, and blah blah blah bullshit.<p> My long-winded point is, love what you love, but don't be so full of your own crap as to think your version of anything is "the best". Because in another 20 years, TBers will be arguing about how Joel Haley Osmet's turn as the Joker is so much better than that awful performance Ledger did in those lousy Nolan movies.<p> And who do I like better, Heath or Jack? Yes.

  • July 15, 2010, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Quint- Do you have a shot Molasar from THE KEEP??!

    by JonChambers

  • July 15, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Gentlemen! Let's broaden our minds. Lawrence?

    by palimpsest

    Say what you like about the Nolanverse, it ain't as damn quotable as Burton's BATMAN: I'm of a mind to make some mookie / I'm gonna need a minute or two alone, boys / I have no wish to fill my few remaining years grieving for the loss of old friends. Or their sons / Never rub another man's rhubarb.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:01 a.m. CST

    He was certainly the funniest Joker.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 15, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    BATMAN BEGINS made me forget about the Burton's batmovies

    by AsimovLives

    I don't dislike Burton's Batman movie,s and i have affection for BATMAN RETURNS, but i find them pretty flawed and too circus-type and clownish, specially the first (big d'uhh there!). I don't hate them, i like the visual artistry that went there, Danny Elfman's theme is infinitly hummable and memorable, but i woulnd't worry if i never rewatched them ever again.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Mr Nicholas

    by AsimovLives

    And yet my favorite Jpoker's joke came from THE DARK KNIGHT: the disappearing pensil. I think Joker's jokes in TDK are more in tune to the character, more dark sarcasm served with ultra-violence then just a whole lot of smart-ass quips from Burton's version. And the Joker was never supposed to be a fat guy, was he?<br><br>When they hired Jack Nicholson, that was a stunt casting (he evne gets top billing). When they cast Heath Ledger for TDK, the majority of the opinions was it was a mistake and he would never pull it off, it was too daring and many made Brokenback Mountain jokes about it, people where skeptical like hell. In burton's movie, Nicholson was a sure thing stunt casting, with ledger it wa sa daring visionary casting decision that only the filmmakers knew it was going to work. Thus, i respect TDK's joker version far more for all reasons involved.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:20 a.m. CST

    Gentlemen, Let's broaden our minds.

    by L. Ron Bumquist

    Hardly a day goes by without me quoting Batman 89.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST


    by Han Cholo

    Who do ya? Trust. What makes you a real lover? Trust. I put this question to you cuz I want you to be with me.

  • July 15, 2010, 3:41 a.m. CST

    I made you, you made me first.

    by Han Cholo

    Hey bat-brain, i mean, i was a kid when i killed your parents, i mean i say i made you, you gotta say you made me, i mean how childish can you get huh? You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses on, would you huh? <p> BIFF!!!

  • July 15, 2010, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Keaton > Bale

    by Han Cholo

    It's pretty obvious. He did the voice better. He portrayed Bruce Wayne's pain and brooding more convincingly. Bale did a great job sure but Keaton will always be the definitive Batman. Kevin Conroy gets honorable mention as he is still the best voice of Batman, though it's not much of a contest as all the subsequent Batman voice actors suck!!!

  • July 15, 2010, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Jack vs Heath

    by UrbanSamurai

    I think Jack brought more levels to the character. While Heath was definitely more menacing and psychopathic (which is mostly the way the joker was depicted in the last-say-20 years), Jack took in ALL aspects of the character (ruthless gangster, trickster, clown, killer, prankster etc) and ran with them, without losing a certain reality in all the campyness. So I still prefer his performance. HOWEVER, Nolan concentrated on the Joker as psychopathic killer and Heath delivered an awesome performance portraying said psycho (just not so layered).

  • July 15, 2010, 4:34 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Yes, the Burtoin's Batmobille was cool... the one that couldn't turn corners! Greak fucking crime fighting machine, that one was!!

  • July 15, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batmobile was a great design

    by MattmanReturns

    Too bad it can't negotiate speed bumps.

  • July 15, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    My favorite part in burton's BATMAN movie is...

    by AsimovLives

    ... when Batman has the shit beaten out of him and have his ass handled to him by a fat rapper in the belltower scene. That shit is too funny for words! To this day that shit still brings tears to my eyes from laughter.

  • July 15, 2010, 6:22 a.m. CST

    What happened to Michael Keaton?

    by AsimovLives

    He got filthy rich from the Batman movies and stopped worrying and started enjoying life and only makes the movies he cares to be arsed about, if he can be bothered to.

  • July 15, 2010, 6:26 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Sometimes, yes. But Nolan's batmobille does turn corners, and can do that at speed. nolan's Batman movies Tumbler is an actual car that can actually be driven about, instead of the Burton's batmobille which was just a dressed up dragrace car and only look good in the photos but had no praticability whatsoever even for the filmming of the movie, and everytime it is shown doing something almost like a car, it's a special effect involving miniatures or clever editing.

  • July 15, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Jack Nicholson is the definitive onscreen Joker

    by D.Vader

    They are completely different takes on the character. Therefore, I think both can be "Definitive".

  • July 15, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Batman 89 rules

    by Sailor Rip

  • July 15, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Go with a smile!

    by ricarleite2

  • July 15, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2

    Heath and Jack are both brilliant and both played the character in two totally different ways that worked within their individual films. Problem solved.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batman

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Had Better Bat Fights <p> The stand off in the Alley with Vickie Vale taking pics from the roof. My favorite part is when the first thug breaks out a pair off swords and goes all crazy with them and Bats steps into the guys chest with a thrust kick from hell then steps back like "Whut? I'm Bat man bitch!" <p> The Bell tower fight at the end was classic Batman. He's Fighting the one oversized goon while the Joker dances with Vickie Vale and terrorizing the crap out of her at the same time. Bats gets his ass kicked for the duration of that fight until he uses his surroundings and the shadows to take him out. <p> Every fight scene in Nolan's Batman was shot up close and you couldn't see all the action and were not nearly as memorable.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Elfman's scores vs. Zimmer/Newton-Howard's

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Now there's where the real strength of Burton's Batman films shine through, he had two of the greatest scores of the modern era. Nolan's Batman films have had droning crap that could've been done in about ten minutes in a computer.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Don't get me wrong I like the Burton and Nolan

    by Samuel Fulmer

    films, I just would rather re-watch the Burton ones. It's too bad they can't make a Batman film that mixes some of the operatic charm of the Burton films with the grittiness of the Nolan films. I actually thought Batman Begins did a preaty decent job of this, but then Dark Knight though good, was just Batman in the real world, which is fine, but not really Batman.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I prefer Begins to Dark Knight

    by D.Vader

    Its more fun and has more of Nolan's signature time-bending editing/narrative.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batman

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Inspiration came from the Killing Joke Graphic Novel Drawn by a favorite of mine Brian Bolland. Which is why the film looked like a live action comic book. <p> Nolan's is inspired loosely by the movie Heat which gives it a greater since of realism. Two entirely different takes on an iconic character, Both are awesome in they're own right.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batmobile

    by Joely_Boy

    is the sexiest car ever designed.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST

    As a kid, I devised a way to make my own Batmobile

    by D.Vader

    ... Studying which cars I'd need to buy to give those front wheels that signature curved look.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:47 a.m. CST

    No one's defenind the Schumacher Bat-Films!

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I'm so shocked! At least we had a hot pre-botox Kidman to stare at in Batman Forever!

  • July 15, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Partyman, partyman

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Can rock a party like nobody can.<p> And I wanted to fuck Basinger's Vicki Vale. I'm sure I rubbed it out to her a few times in '89

  • July 15, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    How many years did you end up

    by Joely_Boy

    wearing your black and yellow 89 batman t-shirt before it completely faded and deteriorated?

  • July 15, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Michael Keaton

    by Abominable Snowcone

    He had Night Shift, then Mr Mom and Gung-Ho. Then he became HUGE with Batman. After that, he had a few here and there...Pacific Heights, Clean and Sober, Multiplicity (a must-see with Andy McDowell in panties and Keaton playing a retard)...<p> Today, Keaton is the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3, and by the sound of it he had a lot of fun with it. FYI Michael Keaton's real name is...Michael Douglas. He changed it for obvious reasons

  • July 15, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I still have a movie poster from '89

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I have a huge poster of Keaton as Batman from '89. Had it on my dorm room wall.<p> Cut 19 years later, I still have the poster...because it's on my 6 yr old son's wall. Yes, I'm awesome. And so is Mini-Abom

  • July 15, 2010, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Frank Gershwin was the best Riddler

    by Abominable Snowcone

    That was his name, right? <p> And Adam West still holds a special place in my crime-fighting heart, good citizens

  • July 15, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Michael Keaton never pushed his mom

    by Samuel Fulmer

    down a flight of stairs.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Let's hope the 60's Batman show gets on DVD

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Before Adam West kicks the bucket. He'd do some awesome extras I'm sure.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:01 a.m. CST


    by elsewhere

    I think you're kind of selling Nolan short. His Batman movies are inspired more by The Long Halloween, Year One and The Killing Joke than Heat. Hell Nolan is more inspired by the Batman comics than Burton.<p>But I agree there are elements of Heat as well.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batman had the best bat fights???????

    by AsimovLives

    That shit is hysterical!!!!! Yeah, what a great fucking Batman, getting his ass handled to him by a fat rapper!!! FOR FUCK'S SAKES!!!

  • July 15, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Uhhh, yes Asi, Burton's Batman had the best fights

    by D.Vader

    I could see them. More enjoyable that way.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Why is he a rapper?

    by D.Vader

    Because he's black and wears sunglasses at night? For shame, Asi.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    I think i understand you hyper-supporters of Burton's Batman

    by AsimovLives

    It's that attitude of going against the grain, going against the norm, going agaisnt the man, going against the popular and affirm your rebeliousness against... well, in this case, against total cinematic quality. I get you guys, you want to be seen as being radicals, street, in the kool! Good for you.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    It's not my fault that rappers turn themselves into walking clichés, is it?

  • July 15, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I also could see the fights in Burton's Batman..

    by AsimovLives

    ... and i wished i couldn't, i wish it had been shot in extreme shaky-o-cam, to spare me the embaracement of having to see Batboy getting his ass kicked by an overweighted cliché rapper hoodie.

  • July 15, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    Batman's fights in Burton's movie...

    by AsimovLives

    ... you could clearly see they had to be made in the editing room because the poor actor couldn't move inside that fucking bubber suit. The suit was so bad, you could even see the rubber joints from the moulding. It was pathetic. That batman could barely movie, small wonder he got his ass kicked by a slow moving fat boy.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Devito = Best villian before Ledger

    by Mundungus

    amazed at his transformation, realized the guy could act.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    bubber = rubber

    by AsimovLives

  • July 15, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I found Michelle Pfeiffer's performance as Catwoman really haunting and heartbreaking.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    Like the new Star Trek movie?

    by Joely_Boy

  • July 15, 2010, 10:16 a.m. CST

    going against the grain

    by Samuel Fulmer

    You mean like acting like the new Star Trek is the worst thing since cancer.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:22 a.m. CST

    If someone was going to really go against the

    by Samuel Fulmer

    grain, they would declare Batman and Robin as a true masterwork in the vein of The Rules of the Game and The Godfather.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    And that person would be

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Armond White

  • July 15, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by AsimovLives

    Going against the gain about SHIT TREK is incidental and mere coincidence. That movie is truly shitty, a stupid dumb fucking movie whihc, for mysterious reason, got popular among the geekry and critics who should fucking know better. I wish i didn't had to go against the grain about SHIT TREK, that the fucking piece of shit had never been popular.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST

    Mark Hammil's Joker is fucking AWFUL

    by Chadley BeBay

    Do you like your Joker to sound like a child-molesting uncle, effeminent and melodramatcic? Then this joker is for you. Sorry but the Joker is not a 55 year old ex-thespian as his voice in TAS suggests.. How could that be the best Joker?!?! "Hey Batsy!" not even remotely frightening! I HATE IT

  • July 15, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST


    by Chadley BeBay

    You are a fucking assclown. The movie was great. Go fuck yourself.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    JJ's Trek was a souless space opera

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But it was entertaining. Something about 98% of trek post TNG series has lacked.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Anybody Seen Under The Red Hood?

    by Autodidact

    I plan to blind-buy it on blu-ray if I see it for $20 or less.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    The fights in all the Batman movies have been

    by Samuel Fulmer

    terrible. I guess you have to chock it up with a man in a rubber suit fighting actors like frail Heath Ledger and Danny Devito. The character confrontations leading up to the fights are what work extremely well in both the Burton movies and the Nolan ones.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batman eventually gets you to Nolan

    by smudgewhat

    at the time when it came out it was much darker than a mainstream movie had previously been. even Adam West commented how he didn't like its darkness. now of course Nolan makes Burton's seem like camp. but the early idea of the batsuit & even some of the tone got carried through all the way to Nolan. audiences have evolved. people accept a much higher level of realism and menace in comic movies than they did in 1989. so credit Burton for what he did, though Nolan's is superior.

  • July 15, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Tim Burton's BatFAIL

    by LaserPants

    Thank the gods for Christopher Nolan.

  • July 15, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Burton's BatFAIL ALWAYS Seemed Campy To Me

    by LaserPants

    Goth camp. It was TERRIBLE. I remember being super excited for it when it was about to come out, it being hyped as the "dark, gritty" Batman then going to see it and being shocked that it was basically a Gothed up version of the 60s tv show. TERRIBLE.

  • July 15, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by AsimovLives

    How can something souless be entertaining?

  • July 15, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Chadley BeBay

    by AsimovLives

    Why the fuck would i care what you think of that retard piece of shit movie?

  • July 15, 2010, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Certainly there was a darker tone to Burton's Batman...

    by AsimovLives

    ... that had not been seen before in movies or TV. The darker Batman tone was more of a comic thing, that's for sure. But i don't think that Nolan's dark tone for his Batman movies is a continuation of Burton's but more a counter-reaction to Schumaker's glam-rock neon tinted Batmovies, and also a return and hommage to the spirit and mood of the earlier Batman comics.

  • July 15, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    When it has engaging action, design, and SFX

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But unlike most other Trek, there isn't much intellect to it. Kind of like a highly entertaining break dancing robot.

  • July 15, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Both Joker's have great lines...

    by Darth Macchio

    Many of Jack's are listed by other TB'ers above but one of my favorite scenes in TDK is immediately after Ledger's Joker stands in the road and Bats swerves the Batpod to just avoid hitting him and then Joker turns around and cynically frowns while sort of skipping back to where Bats crashed/stopped. A henchmen goes to pull Bat's mask off and gets shocked leading Ledger's Joker to laugh and mock and eventually spit on said henchman. Ledger's Joker then pops a switchblade and kneels down to do something (use the blade to cut the mask or remove it, presumably) but just then Gordon pushes the barrel of a shotgun against the back of Joker's head and the Joker, without missing a beat, says, "Ehhyah! Could you please just give me a minute?"<p>I love that scene! (a truly great mini-epilogue to a brilliant action set-piece) I also dearly love his speech to Harvey in the Hospital, "I'm an agent of Chaos. And you know the thing aboug chaos? It's FAIR."<p>Yes, Jack's Joker has some truly great one-liners but I find more cinematic satisfaction from the lines spoken by Ledger's Joker. Every line Ledger's Joker utters just adds to the mystique of that character. Absolutely my all-time favorite movie villain!<p>But's kinda pointless to try and find a better Bat..Burton's or Nolan's...I like living in a world with both even though I do personally have a favorite of the two.<p>Altho, there is no question that Burton's female casting is/was infinitely superior to Nolan's (Maggie Gyllenhall, really? Who, besides her parents, think she's actually beautiful? Katie Homes is much hotter than Maggie Gyllenhall but they're nothing compared to Michelle Pfiefer or Kim Bassinger both in looks and, to an extent, talent as well)

  • July 15, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Samuel Fulmer

    by AsimovLives

    I don't find terrible dialogue, bad characterization based on the oldest clichés known to mankind and plots totally dependent on impossible contrieved coincidences to be much source of entertaiment. And then there's the brewry engine room and the lens flares as bad punchlines. The last thing that crosses me mind when i think of SHIT TREK is entertaiment. Soul sucking depression more like it.

  • July 15, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    No, i won't.

  • July 15, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    "Burton's Batman Had Better Bat Fights"

    by MattmanReturns

    Wait, what now? If there's one thing all the Batman films have in common, it's that the fight scenes are poorly lit clusterfucks... except for Shumacher's movies... which were brightly lit clusterfucks. Luckily, I don't judge movies on fight scenes alone.

  • July 15, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Jack was playing Jack and

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Ledger was playing Pitt from Twelve Monkeys. Same twitches and ticks, same anarchy plan, just in white face paint.

  • July 15, 2010, 4:33 p.m. CST

    West was da best

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    for OWNING those tights just like hte comics while the others had to melt tires in the bat guano cave and form the chub part. "Alfred, make me a batsuit cast and here measure my chub so it will fit ok?"

  • July 15, 2010, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Batman Forever had one cool fightscene

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    When he's in the nightclub when a goon grabs him in a lock and he does a split kick taking out two guards during this and Riddler and Two Face are in the background giving commentary.

  • July 15, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    I always loved the alley fight in the 89 Batman, or at least Batman vs the last goon with the two swords, finishing him with the kick to the face. I guess as long as any cinematic Batman is encased in rubber, the moves will be so-so no matter what style.

  • July 15, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by HapaPapa72

    "Melting tires in the bat guano cave to fit my chub." HILARIOUS.

  • July 15, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Batman Soundtrack

    by David_Lynch_Wears_Socks_In_The_Shower

    I agree with previous postings that Prince understood the duality of Batman/Bruce Wayne better than just about anyone. Witness the lyrics to "Vicki Waiting": "Talk of children still frightens me, is my character enough 2 be one that deserves a copy made? This I one day I hope 2 see." I know a lot of people slam on it, but I thought that this album was one of his better ones of that era. Give me that one over "Graffiti Bridge" any day.

  • July 15, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Burton's Batman movies and Nolan's Batman movies

    by strosmer

    are all great. End of debate.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah, bullshit to say only Jack's Joker has the best lines

    by Tall_Boy66

    my favourite, less quoted ones, "Never rub another man's Rhubarb" from Nicolson and "Never start with the head, the victim gets all...fuzy...See?" from Ledger.

  • July 15, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    "Well, depending on the time he could be one place or several"

    by Tall_Boy66

    Burton's Joker has as many good lines as Nolan's Joker does. You could frankly do it all day. They're both great performances. Dark Knight is a better movie, but Burton's first Batman isn't a bad movie at all. Just kind of flawed for little things that drive me nuts. Batman Returns is a way better Burton Bat-flick. It's my #3 Bat movie. (#2 - Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, #1 - Dark Knight)

  • July 16, 2010, 12:16 a.m. CST

    AsimovLives ... I Agree on Pfeiffer

    by Mundungus

    The catwoman material could have imploded the movie with a lesser actress. Michelle Pfeiffer can do Brainy, Creepy, Sexy . . ya she's good. Who would have expected as much from the female lead of Grease 2. <p> I think that Burton's second Batman was a great improvement on the his 1st & the best before Nolan's work. Thinking about it now... I find the performances in Batman Returns more memorable than anything in Nolan's 1st bat film, although I prefer the tone of Nolan's films.

  • July 16, 2010, 7:01 a.m. CST

    where is Jack these days?

    by mrbong

    he needs to be out there making films again.

  • July 16, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    I'd like to eat fried ice cream off Pfeiffer's asshole

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

  • July 16, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I don't get why people knock the Burton Batman script

    by henrydalton

    It's the most quotable superhero movie of all time, hands down.

  • July 16, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Prince of Space most quotable supe movie

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    "Your weapons have no effect on me."

  • July 17, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    f**k Prince

    by Nocturama

    nice picture, anyway!

  • July 17, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Grew up with this one.

    by Shaddam IV

    Even now, I prefer it. Everything from the music to the lines makes it better for me. Been to Chicago too many times, so Nolan's films have as bad of sets in my mind.

  • July 26, 2010, 4:22 a.m. CST

    I remember seeing the first preview on E.T.

    by hallmitchell

    Entertainment tonight. They showed the bit where Batman grabs that hood. " I'm Batman". I was blown away. The suit design was awesome and all the controversy about Michael Keaton as Batman was gone in one second.

  • then that one and lots more are at

  • July 27, 2010, 11:52 a.m. CST

    apparently M Keaton doesnt moisturise.

    by JackGraham

    it's just what I heard.

  • Nov. 27, 2010, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Burton better filmmaker than Nolan

    by dzpen

    Nolan made two movies with absolutely no visual flair. Burton re-invented Batman as a caped hero in a Gothic Gotham. Nolan shot it in downtown Chicago. Replace his Batman's costume with a suit and he could have been Bruce Willis in Diehard. Burton's was pure artwork. Nolan stole everything he could from Burton's Batman, from the costume to Bale's gravelly voice. Ledger's performance was waaaaay overrated. And the music scores? Seriously? Listen to Danny Elfman's score again, and tell me that isn't Batman's theme song! Seriously, listen to the score, and you'll see there's no comparison: