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 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 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 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 The Show (and was well before the Tranquil Tirades podcast and the Final Word existed), this review followed the standard 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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