Directed by Tim Burton
  • US
  • 126 minutes
  • 1989

Simon Trezise of Trinity College Dublin will give a talk on the music of Batman before the film.

After the cult hit Beetlejuice, director Tim Burton’s second collaboration with Danny Elfman and Michael Keaton catapulted him into the major league of Hollywood director’s with Batman, one of the biggest blockbusters of 1989 and a film that grossed over $400 million worldwide.

Eschewing the camp cartoonery of the 1960s television series, Burton took the franchise back to its comic book roots with adult themes and a set straight out of film noir. Michael Keaton is suitably austere as the brooding crusader, while Jack Nicholson steals the show as the Joker, a “masterpiece of sinister comic acting” (Variety) that set the bar for Heath Ledger’s turn two decades later.

Batman was the first film to release not one soundtrack but two – one by Prince, and the other by Danny Elfman, whose work is celebrated this year at JDIFF. Both were hits, and three years later Elfman reprised his role for Batman Returns. By then, The Simpsons was already on the way to making him a household name. -Alistair Daniel, Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger