Batman (1989)

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‘Ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?’ Batman asks the Joker at an inopportune moment. Ah, the 80s! Big and brash and everything here is literally as dark as the inside of the Batcave itself. This is where the reinvention commenced under the direction of Tim Burton (and the closest I got to the production was bumping into producer Jon Peters in Covent Garden one fine day in London where it was being shot … oh well.) With a screenplay by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren, DC were dragged into the post-modern age. Hamm said at the time that an origins story would destroy the mystique: we agree! The WGA strike prevented him from doing rewrites which were done by others and he then criticised but was powerless to change. Michael Keaton is the winged one (his casting caused a furore: ┬ásound familiar?!), Nicholson is his tricksy antithetical nemesis, and Gotham’s journalist Vicki Vale is built up from the beauteous curves and pretty screams of stunning Kim Basinger. ‘I love purple’, she purrs while sliding down the Joker … No wonder Prince wrote Scandalous for her: ┬áhis songs adorn the marvellous score by Danny Elfman and it’s one of the sexiest soundtracks I own (is it any wonder.) Simply amazing sets by Anton Furst and equally impressive cinematography by Roger Pratt. Big wow.