Since 1966 there have been 8 Batman movies made, from directors;
Leslie H. Martinson (Batman 1966)
Tim Burton (Batman & Batman Returns)
Joel Schumacher (Batman Forever & Batman & Robin)
And the more recent and highly successful Christopher Nolan films (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises) or as they are more commonly known – the “Nolanverse”
Each director has taken there own unique spin on the Batman franchise, with the Tim Burton films taking on the dark and tormented world of Bruce Wayne as he struggles with the memory of losing his parents.
The first film “Batman” (1989) – although awaited with scepticism – once it was received in cinemas the fans loved it, despite the incorrect adaptations from the comics; mainly the way Tim Burton had the Joker kill Bruce Waynes parents.
The sequel “Batman Returns” (1992) which was also heavily criticised for being a little too dark, was still greeted with positive acclaim and triumphed in the box office.
When Joel Schumacher took over he wanted to take the direction of the films into a more ‘family friendly’ form as he believed that the previous films had under performed in the box office because they were too dark and too violent, which meant they lost out on the prime audience. Schumacher drew inspiration from the 1940′s/1950′s comics and also the 1960′s television series which definitely shows when watching the films, there is a lighter tone and what is described as “camp” undertones. It still however managed to gain the highest opening weekend of all time with $52.78 million in its first weekend.
Joel Schumacher’s second installment was “Batman & Robin” mostly known for its poor choice in cast and bad puns. The film received extremely poor reviews, which severely damaged its success at the box office. However if you can take the film with a pinch of salt, it’s still an enjoyable watch, even if your laughing at it, as opposed to with it.
Now I won’t go into too much detail about the Nolanverse films as I’m sure you’ve all seen them by now.
Anyway, the main purpose of this article is to look behind the films, past the screen and find out some hidden facts and movie trivia with the hope of telling you something you didn’t know. These are films that I have really enjoyed watching and enjoyed finding out these facts myself so hopefully I can pass that on.
This article was first posted on April 2, 2013