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It can be truly said that The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day has a bat in its belfry.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I’m a sucker for silhouette shots. You’ve seen a few of them in this column and once my Hobbit reports start back up again you’re likely to see one I took myownself that I’m particularly proud of.

But today we have the very distinctive outlines of Batman’s pointy cowl and Tim Burton’s wild hair from what looks like the church set from the finale of 1989’s Batman movie. It’s a good one, no?

Thanks once again to Pat Barnett! Enjoy!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s pic is from one of my all-time favorites, old man.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One
(warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

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  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Best Batmobile Ever!

    by puto tenax

    I like the tumbler as a close second, but I do like this one the most!

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Legendary shillouettes

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:24 p.m. CST

    Bad spelling on my part! Hit enter too fast.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Bad spelling on my part. I hit enter too fast.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • no? anyone?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    i miss Michael Keaton batman, his Bruce Wayne was great too

    by awepittance

    Christopher Nolan can allude to and back handedly talk shit about Burton's batman all he wants, but he knows how much it is integral to his own Batman universe down to the costume itself and the batman 'voice' (except in bale's case the voice sounds absolutely awful).

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    "....Shall we dance?

    by Chadley BeBay

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    A little song, A little dance...Batmans head on a lance

    by SmokieGeezer

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Never mess with another mans Rhubarb!

    by SmokieGeezer

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:29 p.m. CST

    Bob, Gun.

    by SmokieGeezer

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    I still can't believe Burton killed the Joker in the first film

    by Joe Plumber

    I remember speculation about him not really being dead because of the laughing chattering teeth, but obviously in hindsight it was true because he never showed up again. I actually would have been curious to see Joel Schumacher's take on the Joker, believe it or not. Would have made Caesar Romero's Joker look like Clint Eastwood.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Batman--the beginning of Prince's fall from grace.

    by Robert Evans

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The silhouete of Burton's Batman is flawless

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Like in the comic books.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    This town needs an enema!

    by Manos

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:36 p.m. CST

    One of the most quoteable movies ever.

    by Manos

    Where does he get all those marvelous toys?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by Robert Evans

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST


    by Richard

    LET'S GETS NUTS! in hindsight: Batman+machine guns=WTF?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    oh and Alfred..Give Knox a grant.

    by Robert Evans

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Batman and a transient? Oh! That's Burton!

    by BeanGrud

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Cool pic. Thanx Quint. Exorcist 2moz?

    by scrote

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Too bad Burton didn't get to leave Batman on his own terms

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I still wish we would've gotten a third Keaton/Burton Batman, and I think for those that thought he went too far with Returns, he probably would've toned down some of the crazier aspects.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:51 p.m. CST

    King of the wicker people.

    by little_lebowski

    The asthetic still throws me. Retro 30's/50's architechture and wardrobe, with 80's-style tv news casters and music thrown in...

  • Great film

  • '...I'M BATMAN!' Best superhero intro still.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I say... you're full of shit, Knox. Oh, uh, you can quote me on that.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Batman: Who ARE you??!

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Answer (gruff whisper): I'm Gothman..

  • Hell a grizzled older Keaton, Joker's return and death at Batman's hands , Batman v Supe's, The mutant gang, could be the greatest Batman movie ever!! Daniel Day Lewis as Joker.... Anything else is....'tard

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I wish Burton had treated Com. Gordon better

    by sunwukong86

    Thats one of the things I like about Nolan's movies, he doesn't treat Gordon like a cartoon character

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Choppah, you're right about Prince

    by puto tenax

    Man I wish there was a way to kill the Prince portion of the soundtrack.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Love this

    by donkey_lasher

    Batman Begins and TDK are great in their own way, and HL's take on The Joker was amazing, but you gotta give Burton credit for making a fun film. Micheal Keaton as Batman? TOO SHORT. Jack Nicholson as The Joker? TOO OLD He wears body armor? LAME I imagine some of those comments were made. I remember it getting mixed reviews as well, but loved it. It got me into the graphic novels.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Tried to watch this again a few years ago...

    by Buck_Futt

    ... and it is just unspeakably bad. Shame it came out before the Youtube movie deconstruction guy started doing his thing, a "review" of this stinker would have made the "Episode I" edition look like a glowing endorsement. I confess, I got caught up in the hype with everybody else in '89, but phew, what an unwatchably awful movie. Further proof that the signal characteristic of Tim Burton's career is his utter contempt for the audience.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    I'm of a mind to make some mookie

    by tangcameo

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Movie with GREAT style but little substance

    by tangcameo

    Caught up with the original hype too, made me gloss over the bad parts. Now, if I watch it, I love the stylish bits that are now classics but I fidget and distract myself during the dull DULL parts.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Maybe it should be Bruce Vain!

    by Royston Lodge

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Silhouette shots are best when large breasts are involved

    by Fred

    But this one is OK.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by photoboy

    Such a great film, so many great lines...

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Good ol' Jack Palance...

    by Blue_Demon

    Jaaaack youuuuuu (wheeze) are my number one guuuyyyyyyyy!

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Batman Returns needed more colour

    by tangcameo

    In Batman, Batman was pretty much all black (except for the bastardized insignia) and the villian(s) were all colour, and that worked. But in Batman Returns, Catwoman's outfit (while HOT) was black and white. And Penguin was (clothing) black and (skin) white too. And it sucked - like Transformers where they're all the same shade of ADD steel. I think the over-desaturization of today's movies began with that movie.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by Richard

    you should read these... they did this for the whole series (even catwoman, heh.) and it's great to read.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:29 p.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    You're right, it was monochromatic but I think it was probably deliberate. The whole movie is a tribute to silent horror films. Christopher Walken played a character named Max Schrek (Nosferatu) and the Penguin was designed after Lon Chaney's makeup for London After Midnight. A lot of Bo Welch's awesome designs are pure expressionist cinema. Everytime I think of that movie I think of black buildings and white snow.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    tangcameo, you may be right about BR starting the desaturation trend

    by Joe Plumber

    I was thinking The X-Files, but that began in '93, a year later. And Se7en was '95, which, imo, is the most glaring example. In fact Fincher's entire ouvre is desaturation.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST


    by Robbiemc9

    I will take the Burton movies any day over the Nolan ones. Nolans first Batman took ffffffoooooorrreeeeevvvveeeerrrrr to get started. Who cares about all that training kung fu Nepal crap and Ra Ah Ghul what ever - most boring villian to date. The Scarecrow was interesting but absolutely under used. Now when I watch the first one I just jump to the third act and even then it is a stretch to stick with it. Nolan's second Batman was a great film and amazing Joker but it was just too bleak, intense and grim. If you replaced Batman for a normal cop it would be great - like Heat is. The girlfriend being killed and Two Face only having a minor part at the end. Every time I get to the end of it I feel like I need to pop a few Xanax and spend a day on a bouncy castle to recover. The pencil, the bomb guy in prison - ugh! Nolans movies are plagued with repugnant characters no one cares about. Couldn't give a shit if Leo is successful or not in his quest in Inception. Interesting concept ruined by dull characters who you don't care about. Bale's Batman is one dimensional and we all know the voice is the most comical thing to hit cinema. Especially when he carried it through to Terminator. He can gain and lose weight but that's about it. One trick pony. Burtons Batman's were colourful, fun and the right balance between seriousness and silliness. His depiction of Gotham as a city was ground breaking for its time. I am not a fan of Keaton as Batman and think Clooney fitted the suite and character best but they all run rings around dreary old Bale. Deveto as Penguin is truly amazing to watch! I could quote Penguin all day.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    What a shit film

    by master_of_realty

    All you people care about is fucking costumes.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    auburn3020 gets it.

    by master_of_realty

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Good movie, but Batman Returns is better

    by murray_hamilton

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:37 p.m. CST

    I am the world's first fully functioning homicidal artist

    by Billy_D_Williams

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    maybe it should be

    by SpencerBarnes

    Bruce Vein

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Nice pick.

    by notcher

    Or maybe I shouldn't have been drinking drano.

  • If you've ever read any of the stuff about Burton's "brilliant ideas" for Superman, you know what we thankfully missed out on.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Gentlemen.......Let's broaden our minds!

    by Colin Dent

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Oh and Burton's Batman doesn't hold up nowadays.

    by Bob

    Not the super biggest fan of Nolan's Batman. But I don't hate it either. However, Burton's Batman is cringe inducing if I watch it now. Gordon was cast all wrong, and Harvey Dent was black. That, and Jack was just too old to be the Joker even then. Most of what he said never really made much sense either, just a bunch of quotable quips, that weren't much worse than the ones from the old tv series. Also I was like WTF when he dies at the end, at Batman's hands no less.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:01 p.m. CST

    I'll take Burton's Superman over Singers

    by Samuel Fulmer

    At least Burton's would've been entertaining on a bizzare level. Singer's was just bad, boring, and unwatchable.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST


    by Lemure_v2


  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    The one thing Returns had going for its color palette...

    by john

    was the use of black on white - the snow, the penguin's leotard thingie, the sparkles and sewn tears on Catwoman's outfit made up for the lack of purple/orange/green that the original had.

  • Still, nice pic.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I will say this about Nolan...

    by notcher

    When Ledger fell, his Joker responded exactly as he should, with uncontrollable laughter. Not going to argue Burton vs Nolan, it's been done enough, just saying that's one thing Nolan got completely right no matter what anyone tells me.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    huh interesting

    by CT1

    yeah I can dig it what's great about it too is some people point the opposite, like how great Batman Begins is for the first half, before it turns into big hollywood spectacle crap with an old man reminding the audience numerous times that the "pressure in the mains are going to blow" and Christian Bale bloating out of his mask with an inconsistent voice and one-liners like "Can you drive stick?" and Gordon doing his comedy shtick when he drives the "Bat-mobile". Some say the first half of the movie is a deep philosophical look at how a human being changes as events take place in his life, and what happens when you take the idea of conquering fear and overcoming failure, and also touches on the bond and relationships between boys and their fathers and how important it is, and how dedication and focus and "why do we fall" practice can make you the best human being you can be. But hey whatever enjoy your Catwoman riding the Batpod and Joseph Gordon Levitt and fucking "Batwing" thing and Heinz Ward running towards the camera as big giant dirt explosions go off behind him that's really fucking great but hey thats cool love magic mystical super-destructo balls

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:27 p.m. CST

    One of my earliest memories...

    by Tom

    I dont remember much from the first couple years of my life, just a couple scattered images here and there. Yet I do remember my dad dressing me up as Batman to see the movie, and being freaked out when jack had the bandages on his face, post acid hot tub. Whether or not it holds up, I still think Keatons Bruce Wayne is great. He played affable playboy well. btw, and this is totally off-topic, but didn't Bryan Singer fly out to help direct Peter Jacksons King Kong for a day or two during post on SR? because Jackson wasn't sleeping or something? I dunno, I just remember those production videos being released as the film t come out, and I just liked the image of Andy Serkis and Naomi Watts whispering, looking over their shoulders at Singer while Peter Jackson was comatose from exhaustion. No point, just wanted to make sure it wasn't a dream I had.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Is the bat the mask for the man?

    by SigourneyWeavers3Dbeaver

    Or the man the mask for the bat? Nolan never pegged that, Burton as an outsider & Hammer horror fan, got that Keaton was a freak. Bale is fucking ridiculous. Batman '89 is flawed in some respects, but ultimately superior. A wounded, body armoured Bat simply trying to outmanoeuvre Joker's 6 foot henchman in the Belfry scene is more realistic than any of the Janes Bond shit Nolan pulled. I saw 'Begins' once, with high expectations. It was totally forgettable. And Returns is perfect with its triumvirate of Bruce's Personas in the form of Schreck, Penguin & Catwoman. You can imagine it in stop motion a la 'Nightmare Before Christmas'.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST


    by MrWug

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

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Anton Fursts' Gotham Look

    by puto tenax

    Would love to see it fully on the screen. Production costs prohibited most of the design in the late 80s. Wonder what a cgi Gotham would look like with his plans?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    puto tenax

    by HapaPapa72

    One of the few things I didn't like with Nolan was the locales. Yes, sweeping, epic, heroic vistas of... Chicago. Where's the next one? Boston? Props to Anton Furst for designing his own damn Gotham City. And it was a shame how he ended up. Like you said, can you imagine what he could've come up with today.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Wow, you guys will bitch and complain about ANYTHING...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    And I read that shitty article by those comic geeks who love the movie, grew up, then decided to become cynical assholes. I should just get myself banned so that I don't have to read such crybaby wussie shit ever again in my life.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST

    I think this pic was in the Batman movie special TPB.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    I have it somewhere in my collection.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST

    And by the way...

    by HapaPapa72

    Where does he get those wonderful toys?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Keaton > Bale. TRIPLE FACT!

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Ledger > Nicholson TRIPLE FACT!

    by KilliK

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Get me Lieutenant Eckhaaarrrrtttt

    by Lao_Che_Air_Freight

    Where you been spending your nights? Good 'ol William Hootkins - guy was in some great films by Burton, Spielberg, Lucas, Roeg, Russell, Frankenheimer, and course, Munson in Flash Gordon.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Keaton is the Best Batman!

    by DavidBanner

    Love Nicholson as Joker! Ledger great too. Bale is a terrific Batman but Keaton is the BEST!

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by stuart

    best batman ever! nolans batman is PISH!!!

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST


    by stuart

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    by stuart

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST


    by happybunni

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Somedays you just can't get rid of a bomb!

    by Servo1000

    I'm just sayin... Yes I'm older>>>I love the Burton and Nolan films as well but Julie Newmar as Catwoman is hot. Still love that 1966 Batmobile as well.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Fun at the time

    by Kevin

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    quit comparing...!

    by Lemure_v2

    Ledger and Nicholson are equally brilliant in their different portrayals of the Joker. Same goes for Keaton and Bale.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 6:29 p.m. CST

    This is a good pic.

    by The Shropshire Slasher

    I hope tomorrow is From Russia with Love!

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST


    by puto tenax

    Furst had some incredible stuff that wasn't used. I saw several designs and sketches which were incredible. Think of the work done in the silent movie Metropolis. Just seemed a better setting and backdrop.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    Tomorrow is Han Solo and Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars

    by Bobo_Vision

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    You know what hasn't aged well?

    by MooseMalloy

    Your comicbook collection.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    moosemalloy, I know my classics friend.

    by ChickenStu

    If you're trying to tell me that Burton's movie is faithful to the comics - then it's only at a very superficial level. Cause in the funny books Batman is not a murderous sociopath like he is in this movie... I found that a bit offensive actually. And I think Nolan did a brilliant job of clearing that particular mess up. You wanna hate on me for that? Go ahead. Be that guy.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Billy Dee Williams' Two-Face

    by Nem_Wan

    Too bad we never got to see that.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    No I'm just saying your comic collection hasn't aged well --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- I know the pages in some of my mid-to-late 70's comics are looking almost translucent. I determined long ago that all superhero movies become silly when compared to the source material. Obviously some get closer to a more proper comicbook aesthetic, or at least parts of them.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Love the look of a silhouette in the morning

    by melonman

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Awesome pic

    by lv_426

    Makes me want to see someone make a Batman film set in the 40's or 50's, with a vibe kinda like the first 2-3 seasons of the animated series, shot and lit completely in black and white film noir style cinematography.

  • Don't know where the hell it got to in moving from one continent to another and back again. GGGrrr damn it was a good BTS book

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST


    by Michael

    You nailed it. The Batman in this film was a totally different person than the character portrayed in the comics; killing without remorse, jerking around hyperkinetically, barely able to contain himself in public. I never got the love for this film. I never felt Keaton as Wayne or Batman, never got a sense of true bearing or depth to him and the comedy/drama mix never gelled for me.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Burton's Batman > Nolan's Batman

    by Mr. Moe

    Nolan tells his Batman stories purely through the use of heavy handed exposition.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST


    by Doug

    Oh my god, thanks for posting those links. I'm reading this review of "Batman" and just laughing my ass off. As the years passed, I liked this movie less and less. It's okay, but Nolan's movies destroy it. I mean, Batman fights a 50-year-old Joker. How lame is that?

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Nolan's Batman > Burton's Batman

    by elsewhere

    But I do love Batman '89. Batman Returns is where it started going to shit.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    Remember that two-headed commentator during the pod race?

    by 3774

    That's what I kept thinking of, while reading that Comics Alliance review. The 'painfully unfunny and desperately trying' are equal.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Batman '89 is still awesome. Maybe equally as good, just different than Nolan's Batman. Batman Returns is just so wrong on so many levels. Batman wasn't a full fledged Tim Burton film, while Returns was more of a Burton film than a superhero/Batman film. It felt like it took place in a completely different Gotham City than the one that Batman '89 took place in. If Burton had stuck with the world he had in the first Batman, with the great cast he had for Returns, we might have gotten something really great. Now though, Batman '89 still feels classic, while Batman Returns feels as dated as Ace Ventura.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by Nasty In The Pasty

    This one slipped on a banana peel.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Bale's Wayne might be better...but...

    by Mike

    Keaton's Batman can't be beat. Great portrayal.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Elfman theme > thump thump thump

    by Pipple

    or whatever it is in the new movies. shoulda kept it... aww well. Oh and Val Kilmer is the best batman.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I still love Burton's Batman

    by dukeroberts

    I also love The Dark Knight. I like Batman Returns and Batman Begins a little less. I much prefer Keaton's Bat costume to Bale's. I also prefer Burton's Batmobile to the ugly Tumbler. I prefer Gary Oldman's Gordon to Pat Hingle's. There are many things to like about each. I like both iterations. I do not care for Schumacher's "vision" of Batman, although I did kind of like Batman Forever. I hated Batman and Robin though. I love the old 60's TV show and that Batmobile too. I can like different things about each one and not totally shit on the rest. I love The Adventures of Superman starring George Reeves and the first two Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve. III and IV are really dumb and Superman Returns was offensive garbage. I like the 70's Spider-Man TV series and virtually every animated incarnation. I love the first two Spider-Man movies, not so much the third, but I didn't hate it. There was just much less to like. I will see The Amazing Spider-Man on opening day.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST

    This movie has aged really really well if you ask me

    by Autodidact

    I have fallen in love with it all over again on blu-ray.

  • Feb. 27, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST


    by Autodidact

  • Feb. 28, 2012, midnight CST

    Bale's Bruce Wayne sucks

    by Autodidact

    He's far too well adjusted emotionally and never does much Batstuff. You never see him training or honing his skills, just doing a bunch of gadget development.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 12:24 a.m. CST

    The one thing I remember about seeing it in the theater

    by disfigurehead

    The previews were so freakin loud. Great movie and great soundtrack.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Hey WB, here's a genius idea post Nolan-verse

    by FuriousStyles

    Get Zack Snyder to do The Dark Knight Returns, starring... Adam West. No jokes, no tongue in cheek. Do it.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 5:33 a.m. CST

    moosemalloy, I see. Please accept my humble apology sir.

    by ChickenStu

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    She's about to trade up.

    by FlyingToupee

  • i agree but you should listen the greek actor who has dubbed the TAS series and the Batman animated movies for the home cinema market here.His voice is like the darkness itself talking,completely chilling and dark.It fits perfectly Batman's voice,though not much Wayne's.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Best Batman voice! Shortest prosthetic jawed Batman ever!

    by UltraTron

    He's saying- but Tim, are you sure this is a good idea? I know we've filmed a lot of the movie but I'm actually shorter than you and I'm supposed to be batman. Ya know? A heroic figure? Anyway I was thinking Alec Baldwin might be better or maybe an unknown.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 7:56 a.m. CST

    Arkham City is the best Batman anything

    by UltraTron

  • I instantly knew button hadn't the slightest idea what he was doing at that moment. Never in any issue did batman just stand around waiting to be shot in the chest. He does this a couple times in the movie. Even plays dead with the possum attack. Just terrible. If I had directed this as a teenager batman would have flipped out of the way with a circus performer stunt-man.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Batman didn't flip around until batman forever.

    by UltraTron

    At least he adopted Steven Seagal moves in Returns

  • Can you guys pad him up a bit- maybe give him a prosthetic jaw enhancement? Thanks. I'm off to buy some weird memorabilia

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Now that!

    by phifty2

    Looks like Batman!

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 8:26 a.m. CST

    The Dark Knight Returns

    by MatrixMonkey

    I was thinking of a match-up between Clint Eastwood (Batman) and Jon Hamm (Superman).

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 8:37 a.m. CST

    auburn3020 "unspeakably bad"

    by phifty2

    Are you out of your mind?

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    Burton's Batman hasn't aged well? And what Dark Knight has??

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Look everything is going to age, I mean come on, Dark Knight Returns is already dated with the whole heavy handed war on terror allegory and the joyless hero that is almost a cliche of millenial cinema. I like the Nolan films and the Burton ones for different reasons. Burton's have a much more operatic tone that seems more in line with the comics, the Nolan ones (especially Dark Knight) a nicely done (but maybe a little overlong) crime films that just happen to have Batman in them.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 8:51 a.m. CST

    And yes the plot of Batman 1989 is bad

    by Samuel Fulmer

    But it's probably got the most quoteable dialogue of an 80's film this side of Raiders and Ghostbusters.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 10 a.m. CST

    Batman (1989) references the Corto Maltese.

    by Royston Lodge

    That alone redeems it in my eyes.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I think Burton's Batman has aged better than the others.

    by Blue_Demon

    The design for Gotham city was not of this time and the clothing was 1940s - 1950s. Basically, a timeless film. @matrixmonkey...I think Stephen McHattie would make a great Dark Knight in a film version of The Dark Knight Returns. I love Clint, but he may be a bit too old (would have been perfect in 1986.)

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 10:43 a.m. CST

    People on this site are challenged with the concept of things aging

    by Autodidact

    And yes the design and costuming style of Batman 1989 means it's aging better than TDK.

  • They actually made an SNL skit about how quotable Caddyshack is.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Blue_Demon

    I agree. Hands down the best Batman costume on film (not counting the one from Batman: Dead End because as slick as that was, I consider it a fan film). I love the way Bob Ringwood incorporated the chest insignia to anchor the cape (okay, that sounded a As the movies progressed, the suit seemed to get more and more mechanical. In Batman Returns, it has segmented abs (while Batman simply had molded abs) and by the time we get to Nolan's Batman, the guy's just a S.W.A.T. trooper (all pads, straps and buckles) with pointed ears. And damned if Bale's Batman doesn't look a little pin-headed with his fat mouth bulging out of the cowl. Jeez.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Bob? Gun!

    by BiggusDickus


  • Feb. 28, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I'm only laughing on the outside...

    by BiggusDickus

    My smile is just skin-deep. If you could see inside, I'm really crying. You might join me for a weep!

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    You're a vicious bastard Rotelli. I'm glad you're dead.

    by Royston Lodge

    Ha ha ha ha ha heh heh heh heh heh ... I'm glad you're dead! Heh heh heh heh heh...

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Of the Burton Batmans

    by eric haislar

    The Returns costume is my favorite also my fav film of the series.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Don't know if someones posted this...

    by BookhouseBoy

    Lt.Eckhart is Porkins from Star Wars lol

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Which one is Tim Burton?

    by v3d

  • In this movie he is a vengeance motivated bordeline psychopath - who basically KILLS anyone who gets in his fucking way. That totally goes against Bob Kane's vision for the character. And what the fuck was all that business about the Joker being responsible for his parents' death? The comics and Nolan's movies were about a man standing up for what he believes is right - justice. Justice done the right way. A man who adheres to a strict moral code which he won''t break. This damn Burton movie is basically about a traumatised man acting out on a bizarre revenge fantasy. He's basically no better than the bad guys. This is no more than Dirty Harry in a bat-suit.

  • Feb. 28, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    In 1989's Batman

    by dukeroberts

    Who did Batman kill? He didn't kill the Joker. He slipped. Who did he kill?

  • Feb. 29, 2012, 5:32 a.m. CST



    In Batman 89 he throws the big guy Lawrence down the bell tower to his death and blows the goons surrounding the Batmobile at the Chemical Works to kingdom come with hubcap bombs. In Batman Returns he goes further and burns a man to death using the Batmobile's afterburners. Nolan's Bat kills at least three times too though.