Batman has seen many incarnations over the years including tv shows, movies, and numerous animated series. This week marked 25 years since Tim Burton brought the bat to the screen and reignited comics to screen craze.
|"Thug meet fist!"|
Despite many doubters about the casting of Michael Keaton (Warner Bros. received over 50,000 angry letters in an era before the internet), the film was a massive success. Keaton proved himself to be perhaps the best actor to strap on the cape to date while a superfluous Jack Nicholson turned in an epic performance as the Joker.
Watching the movie 25 years later, I still love it. It holds up well despite the lack of modern CGI wizardry that we've all come to expect. The movie just has a look and feel all of its own thanks to the style Tim Burton brought to the project.
|"You son of a bitch! You forgot|
to clean my litter box this week!"
How did Warner Bros. decide to improve the franchise? They introduced Joel Schumacher and gave the city of Gotham a major neon overhaul.
|"Is this the S & M party?"|
|"Blue meth! Thank you|
Christopher Nolan wiped the slate clean and started over in 2005 with Batman Begins. His Dark Knight trilogy saved the Batman franchise and did massive business at the box office worldwide. The movies are not perfect but they are pretty damn good, in my opinion, with my favorite being The Dark Knight. The work Heath Ledger did as the Joker was nothing short of brilliant. The Dark Knight Returns wrapped with the three film series and was for me the weakest entry of the trilogy but still a pretty enjoyable film.
Now we await the next chapter in Batman lore. Ben Affleck will be the next man to take on the role and early fan reaction has not been too enthusiastic to say the least. While I find the choice of Affleck to be a bit odd I’m willing to give it a chance. After all, 25 years ago nobody thought Michael Keaton could fill the cape and he turned out just fine.