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Adam Schulman
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Keaton did an excellent job playing a character who wasn't really Bruce Wayne.

Nicholson was GREAT as the Joker. "I'm glad you're dead" in particular.

I love the look of Gotham City. Much more fun to look at than the Gotham of the Christopher Nolan movies.

The rubber Batman suit is very awkward. It even looked awkward at the time.

Not a great film. Probably not even a good film. But it has a few merits.
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Okay, I think I may be going senile...

When the first trailer for BATMAN came out in the winter/spring of '89, I'd taped it off of MTV's "The Big Picture" movie program, and of course, proceeded to watch it about a gazillion different times.  And in said trailer, Nicholson/The Joker delivers the line, "Where does he get those wonderful toys?"  Fine, good, it's a cute line...

But then I remember when the film came out (and on various viewings at home), that line was edited down so that it was actually a command to his goons:  "Get those wonderful toys."  Which I always found curious, and a bit clunky.

Well, fast forward to a few nights ago, when I watched the 2-disc special edition DVD, and I swear the line is back to the original, "Where does he get..."

IMDb does not mention any alternative versions with this discrepancy.  Am I imagining things???  Or have I been half-deaf for the past 30 years?


 




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Also:

Hunting around on YouTube and found this:



Typically snarky twentysomething, yet also makes some quite funny and spot-on points (just avoid the last 60 seconds when he asks for donations!).





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Posted: 24 June 2019 at 4:54pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

(I knew we were in trouble when Burton declared that he "didn't want to make a movie about a guy with a big chin and a big chest." Then don't do BATMAN!!)

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Burton also didn't know how to read comics. He said in an interview that he didn't know which direction to read the story panels in a comic book. His Batman movies were hot garbage. Luckily (or unluckily) I only paid to see the first movie. i refused to pay to watch any of the sequels.
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There’s a certain snobbery about not knowing how to read comics. I’ve encountered it many times, usually from women. Take that for what you will.
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I have fond memories, but I probably haven't seen this in at least 20 years. Wondering if I should revisit or just let it be. 
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Well, if I can speak some words of wisdom...
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Marc Baptiste
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Posted: 24 June 2019 at 7:29pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I loved it! I was 18 and very easily pleased - so there's that excuse.

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(I see what you did there, JB!)



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Christopher Frost
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I liked it. Is it a perfect movie or a perfect rendition of the character? No, but it was closer than what Hollywood had given us before. I rewatch it every few years or so and still enjoy it.

My only quibble with the film is Robert Wuhl as Knox. I find the character annoying and he doesn't really add anything to the film other than giving Vicki Vale a scene partner for exposition.

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To Shaun Barry, you are not going senile - those are my memories of that scene as well. 
The lack of ‘Where did he’ in the film was such a shocker because I too had watched that advert a gazillion times & it had been etched in to my brain.
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I liked the costume, after my initial shock of it being armour (& man oh man, hasn’t THAT cast a long, long shadow), I liked how they used the cape & I liked the Batmobile.

The rest I do not feel has aged well.
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