Blast From The Past: BATMAN (1989) Promo Images With Michael Keaton & Jack Nicholson

Blast From The Past: BATMAN (1989) Promo Images With Michael Keaton & Jack Nicholson

Come check out 30 promotional images for Tim Burton's Batman (1989). The photos feature Jack Nicholson ("Bucket List") as The Joker, and Michael Keaton ("Mr. Mom") as the Dark Knight.

BATMAN (1989) was directed by Tim Burton, from a screenplay written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren. The film starred: Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jack Nicholson as Jack Napier/The Joker, Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale, Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth, Tracey Walter as Bob, Robert Wuhl as Alexander Knox, Pat Hingle as Commissioner Gordon, Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent, Jack Palance as Carl Grissom, and William Hootkins as Lt. Eckhardt. With a budget of $48 million, the filmed earned $411 million at the worldwide box office.

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ImnotDaredevil - 3/10/2013, 5:03 PM
Niklander - 3/10/2013, 5:04 PM
Keaton and Bale. Best Batmen to grace the silver screen
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:04 PM
I'd seen these before.

When I was a kid...Hamill and Nicholson were my Jokers. Now it's only Heath and Hamill for me ;)
thewonderer - 3/10/2013, 5:05 PM
Nothing like a hobbit Batman who willingly tries to the murder the Joker
Niklander - 3/10/2013, 5:05 PM
I liked Nolan's series AmericanPscho. Sure Rises dragged and eventually bored but the last 40 minutes,especially the last 5 minutes were pure GOLD
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:06 PM
@thewonderer- Why must you troll every damn thread about the Burton Bat films like that?

ImnotDaredevil - 3/10/2013, 5:07 PM
Love that last one of bats, looks like he's in a musical;)
jlabatman0511 - 3/10/2013, 5:09 PM
Awesome shots! One of the best movies ever!
Ryden - 3/10/2013, 5:09 PM
@Thewonderer - Oh yeah, because a Batman with throat cancer who quits being Batman forever is far better. Not to mention how he relies on Lucius Fox for EVERYTHING but hey-ho.
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:12 PM
Keaton will always be my Batman. Better than Bale IMHO and Batman Returns is still my #1 Bat-film. I don't care that they changed Penguin and Catwoman. Look i'm a childhood fan of the comics and cartoons but they did make Penguin pretty [frick]ing badass, spewing up bile and made him more deformed and grotesque, it was a great cinematic experience as a child. And of course Pfeifer's Catwoman, oooo la la, sexy as hell. Can't be beat. She was better than Hathaway despite Hathaway admittedly being a more accurate portrayal. Pfeifer's was more interesting though to me.
kapowargentina - 3/10/2013, 5:13 PM
Gotta love the picture of Joker on top of the page... I find it som "jokerish" I made a tribute of that image in watercolor
CaptainObvious - 3/10/2013, 5:13 PM
Most of these photos look like something out of a buddy-cop movie.
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:15 PM
Plus i loved the color-hues in the film. Dark to light, nightmarish looking zoo. It was great.

And the music at the end when Penguin falls to the ground after failing to kill Batman with his cutesy umbrella and the Penguins dragging him to the water, simply amazing and dramatic, it really set the tone.

I wish WB hadn't [frick]ed with Burton so much, requesting his Bat films be lighter in tone. Damn, we wouldn't have had freakin Batman and Robin :(
jerryblake - 3/10/2013, 5:15 PM
Blast From The Past, indeed

LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:17 PM
@jerry- I had that comicbook as a kid!!! Wish I still had it smh
jerryblake - 3/10/2013, 5:17 PM
still, this movie didn't aged so well.
jerryblake - 3/10/2013, 5:20 PM

I do not have mine too. I can't even remember was it mine, or my friend.

And the board game was trashed out.
superherofan21 - 3/10/2013, 5:27 PM
@SpidaTrav Um.... I'm sorry, but you must be mistaken. Those are pictures of Keaton and Nicholson. Not Bale and Ledger.
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:28 PM
@thewonderer- In addition to what Levi stated, he's right...Keaton-bats didn't TRY to kill Joker.

Also you go on and on about how the Burton Bat-films were vastly altered away from the comics but Heath's Joker was pretty [frick]ing altered if you ask me. Was it not?

Bane was hella altered...the entire League of Shadows lol.

I just don't get how a guy like you who claimed before that people who loved the Burton Batman films aren't "true" Bat-fans yet you go on and on about how Nolan's version was so much better and more faithful. Really? LMAO

Oh and let's not forget, WHO THE [frick] IS RACHEL DAWES??? She wasn't in the comics. But at least Burton's Batman films used Vicki Vale from the comics.

Suck on that.
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:30 PM
@superherofan- Yeah i agree with you, Heath was the better Joker. But IMHO Keaton is still the better Batman than throat-cancer Bale.

ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 3/10/2013, 5:31 PM
lmbo, i forgot that mother[frick]er is short. keaton was a good batman but a [frick]ing [frick]ing ugh [frick]ing horrible bruce wayne.
marvel72 - 3/10/2013, 5:32 PM
guys you must remember with thewonderer unless the movie is made by nolan it isn't a batman movie.

burton made two of the best batman movies ever,just think what we had before burton's take on the character......

the camp 60s tv show with adam west,thank f*ck for burton.
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:33 PM

Taking his height out of the equation and the fact that ya he didn't look like Wayne.

He still pulled off the role for that time period pretty [frick]ing well.
jlabatman0511 - 3/10/2013, 5:34 PM
the wonderer trying to keep it real:
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LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:35 PM
Burton made Batman relevant film-wise my entire childhood and of course gave rise to BTAS my most favorite animated series ever.
SamHell - 3/10/2013, 5:36 PM
Always loved Nicholson's Joker...somthin about him IDK.
and the look of Gotham City in Burton's version just looked soo much better
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:40 PM
@SamHell- Burton's Gotham City was superior to Nolan's. Nolan made Gotham too [frick]ing normal looking. lol

Burton's Gotham was more fantasy and seemed to spring right out from the comics!

I loved Burton's Bat-universe way more than Nolan's. And I always will.

Batman Returns- STILL to this day, my favorite Batman movie. Great action, great drama- you felt actual pity for Penguin and Catwoman and BOTH of them were technically pawns used by Max Shreck. Max Shreck was a complete BADASS who not only played everyone but was played by Christopher Walken, [frick]en epic. Penguin was portrayed awesomely and just EXTREMELY EPIC, Catwoman as well!

My favorite Batman movie :)
jerryblake - 3/10/2013, 5:40 PM
My guess is ... Keaton was good Wayne. Good Batman.
Bale was great Wayne, not so good Batman. Bale Batman was too fatigued, and too tired after 5 minutes of fighting crime. His voice sounded like he was going to die any moment.

Nicholson was good as Joker, Ledger was better. Ledger character was written as shark from "Jaws", pure evil, that's why he worked so well.

Nolan was better director. Sorry Tim.
AC1 - 3/10/2013, 5:42 PM
Alright movie, not great though. Batman was a monotonous killer. Joker wasn't Joker at all - he was just a random mobster who laughed a bit and danced to Prince. Gotham didn't feel like a place either, Burton aimed for claustrophobic but it ended up just looking like a stage. And the story was pretty boring and forgetful. But the worst thing - the lack of relationship between Batman and Joker. Joker didn't want Batman around at all, when really, Joker is meant to think of Batman as his soul-mate - this Joker wanted to kill him quick, make some money and retire.

It's a watchable movie, and it has it's moments, but I think the reason it's held in such high regard is that it made Batman relevant again for a little while. It was the first real attempt at bringing Batman from the campy '60s interpretation into a darker, more serious character.
NeoBaggins - 3/10/2013, 5:43 PM
Shout-out to all the diehard 89Batman fans who became diehard fans in 2008.
NorseGod - 3/10/2013, 5:44 PM
So what's with the self-shot teenage girl?
Azrael725 - 3/10/2013, 5:44 PM
sweet! I'd seen some of these before, but still they are pretty awesome!
yingyangpalms - 3/10/2013, 5:46 PM
As for these comments about Keaton's Batman killing and Bale's being above killing, if a man wanted to wage a war against crime and the Mafia and that man goes into battle thinking he will never kill, even in self defense or to save lives, then that man is very stupid and is going to get people killed and die himself, unless of course hes in a movie and the writer simply has him survive.
In The Dark Knight the Joker blew up a police car, took down a Police copter killing more cops, and was firing a machine gun into automobiles killing those inside while Nolan's Batman did nothing to stop the Joker but instead...STOPPED HIMSELF. That's right, Nolan/Bales throat cancer Batman did nothing to protect himself or Gotham in that moment he instead rides past The Joker, says "AAAAAAAHHHH!", and crashes himself into a freaking truck.
Whats noble or heroic about that? It was one of the dumbest things that happened in the most overrated CBM trilogy ever made.
If that stupidity had not been written that way there wouldnt be a problem. But the overrated writer put Batman in a situation were he had to do something to stop the Joker from killing people and had Batman ATTACK himself instead.
In that instant Nolan's Batman became the worst Batman ever!
jessepostal - 3/10/2013, 5:47 PM
We are talking about two movies separated by 20 years. Movies didn't need to dive into explaining every detail like they do now. Movies were still fun back than, over time with technology and everything being done already things got boring or people got dumber. You cant put them against each other, today's standards obviously Nolan's is going to win. But if it was 1989 and you put them up against each other people would look at Nolan's like it was an ugly step child
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:49 PM
Burton's Gotham City was an actual comicbook world come to life which i loved as a kid. It really was beautiful. I'd [frick]ing move there even with all the crazies- Joker, Penguin and his Red Triangle Gang lol

@ACira- Ok...that's your view on Batman89. How about Batman Returns. I'll be harsh on you with that particular film, I take no prisoners lol. I love that movie ;)

Also Keaton's Batman WAS NOT a "monotonous killer" he wasn't even a killer. He knocked out some of Joker's thugs, two of them in the Axis chemical plant i seem to remember he HUNG THEM for the police to arrest. He punched a few out. He did not kill them. He even TRIED TO SAVE Jack Napier before he fell into the vat of chemicals.

He did not TRY to kill Joker at the end either, we've already established that earlier in this thread.

He didn't kill Penguin either, Penguin died of exhaustion and too much heat from the explosion HE HIMSELF created- Batman simply re-routed the penguins.

The big guy member of the Red Triangle Gang, yeah Batman attached an explosive to proof he died though. Plus realistically i think anyone in Batman's situation would have done the same, i actually loved that part because of how smooth and quickly Batman did that.

OrgasmicPotatoe - 3/10/2013, 5:50 PM
Keaton was awesome
Nicholson was awesome
Bale was awesome
Ledger was awesome

Can't you guys just [frick]ing enjoy it when they make good movies about the heroes you love ?

Fanboys are always nitpicking...
NoJobBOB - 3/10/2013, 5:51 PM
@thewonderer -

Love Micheal Keaton.
Thegeekygurl - 3/10/2013, 5:52 PM
@LP4 Seems like Keaton's Batman killed the black guy in the Belfry at the end and at the 1st of Batman Returns he triggered some fat dudes bomb he was wearing then threw him in a manhole where he blew chunks!
But at least he had some balls compared to Bale's weak, tired, scared and stupid Batman.
jerryblake - 3/10/2013, 5:52 PM

different times. different demands from the viewer. If you would go with Batman 1989 formula nowadays, it would end up like Batman and Robin. Or worse.
LP4 - 3/10/2013, 5:53 PM
Ya know, good point. I actually felt Nolan's Batman killing of Dent was worse than what Burton's Batman did to Joker in the 89' film.

Nolan's Batman INTENTIONALLY tackled Dent off the ledge onto the ground, KILLING him.

Burton's Batman tried to stop Joker from escaping and attached him to a gargoyle via bat-grapplinghook but did NOT try to kill him. He could have killed Joker. But chose to keep him stationary for the police waiting down below.

It was not Batman's fault the gargoyle came loose and thus Joker died.

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