Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basinger plays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a takeover of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy. Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve. --Jeff Shannon

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Michael KeatonBatman/Bruce Wayne
Jack NicholsonJoker/Jack Napier
Kim BasingerVicki Vale
Robert WuhlAlexander Knox
Pat HingleCommissioner James Gordon
Billy Dee WilliamsHarvey Dent
Michael GoughAlfred Pennyworth
Jack PalanceCarl Grissom
Jerry HallAlicia Hunt
Tracey WalterBob the Goon
Lee WallaceThe Mayor
William HootkinsLt. Echkart
Christopher FairbankNic

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