In director Tim Burton's adaptation of the comic book classic, Bruce Wayne starts to make a name for himself as a masked avenger to the criminal set just when the flamboyant Joker takes over as tops in the Mafia.
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- Tim Burton
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1990 BAFTA®
- Best Supporting Actor nominee: Jack Nicholson
- 1990 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
- Top 100 Movies nominee
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
- 1990 Academy Award®
- Best Art Direction
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; cast and crew information; production notes.
English, French, Spanish (Neutral), Chinese Simplified, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, SwedishClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby True HD, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Portuguese: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; making-of featurette; director's commentary.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Batman is the 1989 movie starring Micheal Keaton as "the Caped Crusader"; this was the first reintroduction to the darker, more "noir" Batman instead of the campier 1960s Batman that was the most well-known version. Kids watching this movie will see the murder of parents before their own kids, disfigurement, a quill pen jabbed in a man's throat and another man electrocuted to death, along with numerous shoot-outs, wild chases, and vigilantism portrayed in a favorable light. Expect some profanity, including "bitch" and "s--t"; cigarette and cigar smoking; and champagne drinking -- a woman acts drunk before an implied one-night stand with Bruce Wayne. The Joker makes sexual advances toward Vicki Vale. Prostitutes walk up and down a bustling and crime-filled city street; one of them accosts a young boy.
- Sexual Content
- Implied sex between Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Vicki Vale. The Joker makes sexual advances toward Vicki Vale. Prostitutes walk up and down a bustling and crime-filled city street; one of them accosts a young boy.
- Numerous shoot-outs, killings, chases, and fight scenes. In a flashback, Bruce Wayne remembers witnessing his parents' killing; the film's first scene parallels this with a present-day child seeing his father killed by a mugger. The Joker kills one victim with a quill pen in the throat and electrocutes another. Batman and Vicki nearly die at the movie's end while hanging from a ledge. Fights with knives and swords. Talk of the Joker's ex-girlfriend committing suicide.
- "Son of a bitch," "s--t," "dick," "bastard."
- Social Behavior
- The lines between good and evil are not clear-cut, and though Batman/Bruce Wayne are the heroes, their motivations are as much rooted in vigilante justice as the desire to do good -- perhaps even more so.
- Movie based on iconic comic-book hero created by DC Comics, which has also led to the merchandising of toys, clothing, games, and so on.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Cigar and cigarette smoking. Champagne drinking -- a woman acts drunk with a man after a dinner date, stumbling, slurring her speech.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it