Rating: M
Length: 251 mins
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Sat 17th Sep:

Celebrate Batman Day on September 17 (yes it’s an actual day!) with a special double feature screening of Tim Burton’s Batman (’89) plus its sequel Batman Returns (1992) which is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary this year!

No one can deny the huge pop culture impact or importance of Burton’s iconic and at the time revolutionary take on the caped crusader, made during a time period where superhero films were considered to be mainly for the kids.

At the time and possibly not even since has a film had quite the same pop culture impact as Batman, an effect the media dubbed “Batmania” with over $750 million worth of merchandise sold in addition to the 400 million plus box office haul.

Cult filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith remembered: “That summer was huge. You couldn’t turn around without seeing the Bat-Signal somewhere. People were cutting it into their ****ing heads. It was just the summer of Batman and if you were a comic book fan it was pretty hot.”

Numerous A-list actors were considered for the role of Batman before Michael Keaton was cast.
Keaton’s casting caused a controversy since by 1988, he had become typecast as a comedic actor and many observers doubted he could portray a serious role.
Nicholson accepted the role of the Joker under strict conditions that dictated a high salary, a portion of the box office profits and his shooting schedule. The tone and themes of the film were influenced in part by Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns – two of the most acclaimed Batman Graphic Novels.

“The movie that gave birth to the summer blockbuster remains impressive” – Empire

“Director Tim Burton effectively echoes the visual style of the original Bob Kane comics while conjuring up a nightmarish world of his own” – Variety

“Dark, haunting and poetic” – Washington Post

Batman Returns the follow up in 1992, which celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year was also hugely popular though criticized by some parents for being too violent.

Burton originally did not want to direct another Batman film because of his mixed emotions toward the previous film in 1989.
Before Michelle Pfeiffer’s casting as Catwoman, Demi Moore and Nicole Kidman were each offered the role but both of them turned it down.

“Director Tim Burton’s dark, brooding atmosphere and Michael Keaton’s work as the tormented hero make the sequel better than the first.” – Rotten Tomatoes

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