Batman is a 1989 superhero film directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger.
It is notable for being the movie that eventually made Batman: The Animated Series possible and the entire DC Animated Universe. For that, we all owe it a debt a gratitude. However, the movie has aged terribly, and is massively flawed nearly from start to finish with horrible dialogue, plot holes galore, and Batman becoming a mass-murderer. (The music was brilliant, though.)
Plot[edit | edit source]
Characters[edit | edit source]
- The Joker
- Vicki Vale
- Alexander Knox
- Alfred Pennyworth
- Commissioner Gordon
- Carl Grissom
- Lt. Eckhardt
- Bob the Goon
The Episode[edit | edit source]
This was one of the most anticipated episodes of Earth-2.net: The Show up to that point, as Mike Sims had made his displeasure with the Burton Batman films extremely vocal on World's Finest Podcast and the Earth-2.net forums.
Highlights[edit | edit source]
- The first instance of Mike Sims banging his head on a desk
- "Shoot to kill, if you know what I mean." I think "shoot to kill" kind of implies what you mean, dude.
Grades[edit | edit source]
As this review was done on Earth-2.net: The Show (and was well before the Tranquil Tirades podcast and the Final Word existed), this review followed the standard Earth-2.net: The Show numeric grading scale of 0-5.
Tiradesverse tropes[edit | edit source]
- Protagonist? - Vicki Vale
- There Are No Police - An example where the police are so incompetent that their commissioner can't do anything about a guy (Eckhardt) who he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt is on the take
- Finer Cronies and Goons, Inc. - Bob the Goon, as well as all the other mobsters
- Plot convenience
- Vicki Vale has passes to Bruce Wayne's charity event
- Vicki is fooled into showing up at the museum because she thought Bruce told her to be there--how she was fooled is never explained
- Fast and Loose with Time - The Joker's toxic household goods are manufactured, shipped, marketed, and make it into the entirety of Gotham homes in the span of a couple days
- Foot sweeps