Batman 1989 Movie Cast - Where Are They Now?

Where are the principal cast members of the Dark Knight's first major cinematic foray?

Batman 1989 Spider-Man Homecoming Michael Keaton
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Time truly does fly, as is so shockingly evidenced by the fact that Tim Burton's groundbreaking 1989 Batman turned 32 years old this past summer.

Grossing over $400 million worldwide, the film proved the commercial viability of a beloved superhero property adapted to the big screen years before the Marvel Cinematic Universe perfected the formula.

But with such a huge chasm of time passing between the film's release and the present - not to mention the many Batman films made since - it's easy to lose track of what all the principal players are up to these days.

Some are older but still chipping away happily at their craft, others have enjoyed considerably greater success since the film's release, some have more-or-less retired from the industry in recent years, and inevitably, there are those who have sadly since passed away.

Though big-screen Batman movies have come an incredibly long way since Burton's original film, it's impossible to ignore its inestimable legacy in the pantheon of superhero cinema.

Too, we should celebrate the lives and careers of those front-and-center actors who helped it all come to fruition...

12. Billy Dee Williams - Harvey Dent

Batman 1989 Spider-Man Homecoming Michael Keaton
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Billy Dee Williams was originally supposed to reprise the role of Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's 1992 sequel Batman Returns, where he would transform into Dent's iconic villainous alter-ego, Two-Face.

Ultimately he was replaced with an entirely new original antagonist, Max Shreck (Christopher Walken), and that was Williams' Batman tenure all sewn up until he belatedly voiced Two-Face in 2017's The Lego Batman Movie.

During the near-three decades between the two projects, Williams scaled back his acting work considerably to focus on his love of painting, producing a reported 120 original pieces of art in just two years after wrapping Batman.

Williams' Hollywood work has largely been in the form of lower-budget productions, cameos in TV shows such as Scrubs, and voiceover work.

Williams did, however, receive a Best Supporting Male nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards for his performance in 2001's drama The Visit.

More recently, he appeared on Dancing with the Stars in 2014, and then reprised his star-making role of Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as voicing the character in numerous video games and animated productions.


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