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Matt Reed
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Posted: 25 June 2019 at 8:33pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Elfman's score is iconic.  The set design is amazing. The Prince songs are cool (although somewhat out of place and jarring 30 years on). Nicholson is fantastic (albeit much older and more rotund than I imagine the Joker).  That's about everything positive I can say about a film I've seen probably twice in my life and didn't hold in high regard just a year out from its original release.
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Elfman's score (NOT the Prince songs) has really stood the test of time, and is arguably the best thing to come from the '89 BATMAN... next to that spectacular Batmobile!



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Posted: 25 June 2019 at 11:57pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I ordered the Batmobile blueprints off QVC back then.....and still have them, tube and all. They're in a cabinet in my bedroom.


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Just watching a Batman movie at the cinema was pretty cool. And there's lots about this movie that I really like.

But giving Joker an origin was jarring even at the time.
And Keaton, while always watchable, was NOT a good choice for Batman. 

Elfman's score is probably the fondest memory I have of this film.

But it's still the most decent Batman movie we had until BATMAN BEGINS came along. 
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The Joker’s origin was, of course, borrowed from “The Man Behind the Red Hood”, a Golden Age story. What was different there, tho, and what Burton (and Allan Moore) got wrong, is that we didn’t see the Joker’s face before he was the Joker.
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I still enjoy the original film. Not a fan of Keaton as Wayne but his Batman was fine. The look of the movie was cool, the music great. Better than growling sociopath Batman. I hear the latest version will be back to "detective" Batman. I hope so but not sure how faithful that will be. I'd like to see the Neal 70s era Batman on screen, so hoping that's what we get. 
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...his Batman was fine.

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His Batman was a rubber suit. I recall a shot—first or second film?—of the empty batsuit in some kind of closet/vault, and it looked every bit as imposing as when Keaton (or a stuntman) was in it.

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LOVE the Prince soundtrack for this film.
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I really got sucked into the hype for Batman back then.  Was in my junior year in college  and was sporting no less than three different  Bat-shirts.  Batman was the first movie to get a 20 dollar pricetag on VHS.  That Christmas, my friends gave me a total of nine copies of that movie.

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