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Batman (1989, Tim Burton) - Constantly problematic and constantly great big screen comic book movie with fantastic direction from Burton, wonderful score (from Danny Elfman), a good (against type) performance from Michael Keaton in the title role, and spell-binding production design. The minuses include leading lady Kim Basinger, who’s often quite bad, some clunky plotting, and a disinterested (albeit not contemptuously so) Jack Nicholson as the Joker. It’s occasionally rough going, but solid. Followed by BATMAN RETURNS. DVD, Blu-ray, Streaming.
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