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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.)

The movie was covered by James, Michael David Sims, and Ian Wilson as part of the "Dark Knight Discussions" series on Earth-2.net: The Show Episode 266.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Batman runs around killing a handful of thugs, while trying to stop the Joker, who is running around killing everyone. Meanwhile, a completely unlikeable bitch stalks Bruce Wayne.

Characters[edit | edit source]

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.

James: 3/5

Mike: 2/5

Ian: 3/5

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
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