This month sees the 25th anniversary for the release of the comic book movie that boasts the most impact on cinematic history, and paved the way for the rise of the all-powerful genre as it now exists. Tim Burton's Batman exploded into cinemas on 23rd June 1989, making an immediate and unprecedented impact that fundamentally changed cinema at the deepest levels, and reimagined the way that blockbusters were both made and marketed. The legacy has not always been a positive thing, as the film also inspired some of the worst current trends in blockbuster film-making, but it's hard not to marvel at the thinking never before seen, on such a scale that whipped up a storm of Bat-Mania ahead of release. And boy did the film deliver: Burton's original is still counted as one of the best comic book movies ever made, without the weight of today's media monster behind it, and though Christopher Nolan's trilogy has more recently become the pinnacle for some Bat-fans, Burton did a lot of things better and before. With that in mind, and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the film's release, we're looking back at the elements of Burton's Bat-masterpiece (and its sequel) that are still the best parts of the history of Batman on film.
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