“Tell me something, my friend…you ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?”

Long before Ben Affleck donned the Batsuit, there was Christian Bale. And before him there was Val Kilmer. And before him, George Clooney. But before ALL of them, there was Michael Keaton.

Who? The Mr. Mom guy? Johnny Dangerously himself? Beetlejuice? THAT guy?

Yes. That guy.

So who was the director? Ridley Scott? Richard Donner? Spielberg?

Um…Tim Burton.

Whoa, horsey! The guy that directed Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure??

One and the same.

Oh lord. That must have SUCKED!

Actually, friend, Batman was one of the finer ways we could think of to close out our favorite decade. Yeah yeah, there were plenty of nay-sayers who went ballistic when Keaton was cast, but when the finished product arrived on June 19, 1989, all was forgiven and forgotten.

Burton brought just enough of his ‘dark and twisted’ side to keep things interesting, and everything from Danny Elfman’s score to Prince’s supplemental music to Robert Wuhl’s hilarious turn as reporter Alexander Knox (“Lieutenant, is there a six-foot bat in Gotham City?”) made the film big-time awesome.

Nothing, however, was more memorable than Jack Nicholson’s Golden Globe-nominated performance as The Joker. His wry, sandpaper-dry delivery and menacing Nicholson-esque glare made him the best part of the whole flick. We may have wept a little as he destroyed all that art (to the tune of Prince’s “Partyman”) or when he hosted the worst parade this side of Macy’s (if Macy’s was a nightmare parade that ended with thousands of people unconscious and gasping for breath along the side of the road), but dammit we loved that guy.

Batman easily ended 1989 as the #1 flick, and it also wrapped the 80s at #4, behind only E.T., Empire, and Jedi. It was a monster hit and still remains one of our favorites…and heaven knows Keaton was better than the Clooney- and Kilmer-led Batman garbage that was soon to come in the (ugh) 90s.

“This town needs an enema!”

We ♥ Batman.


~ by weheart80s on June 26, 2017.

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