All this so citizens wouldn't lose faith in Harvey Dent who, out of the public eye, already made his dark descent into Two-Face. And, of course, Bruce gracefully retires at the end of Rises. With around a year in between Begins and TDK, there are still organized-crime related stories to tell.
Of course, this one was a mega hit. The first Batman movie in more than 20 years, and it was dark? Well, darker than the '66 show, anyway. It was comic-accurate. Well, aside from Batman killing people, but none of the other movies got that right, either. If you were ten years old in 1989, this would have to be your favorite thing ever. What impresses me is how much of this movie made it into mainstream Bat-canon. The Batwing design has remained exactly that for coming up on 30 years.
Widely considered one of the hidden gems of the Batman cinematic canon, Mask of the Phantasm is a smart, highly entertaining movie that features a stellar voice cast, including Luke Skywalker himself. The movie definitely has some of the mature themes that are a consistent part of the Batman universe, including grief, revenge, and the darkness that exists in everyone. Still, the fact that the movie is animated naturally makes it much more kid-friendly than the majority of live-action Batman films.
In the summer of 1989, Batman came to the big screen for the first time since 1966. Thanks to the work of comic artists like Frank Miller, the public was ready for a new, darker take on the caped crusader. Warner Brothers had Tim Burton bring his unique style to the movie, with Anton Furst as production designer and Julian Caldow as concept illustrator for the Batmobile. The team created a car unlike any previous incarnation, a combination of brute force and classic design aesthetics. To build the car, the production team spliced together two Impala chassis, and the car was powered by a Chevy V8. The body was a custom-built fabrication, and the whole thing rides on a set of Mickey Thompson racing tires on custom wheels.
Directed by Matt Reeves, this Batman movie is dark, twisted, and serious. Zoe Kravitz stars alongside Pattinson as Catwoman, a thief and a night club waitress who crosses paths with the reclusive billionaire-turned-vigilante known as Bruce Wayne. But cat and bat must work together to come up against the sociopathic serial killer who calls himself The Riddler (played by Paul Dano).
Gothic, Part 2 of 5. The underworld has turned to Batman to save them from the deadly menace of Mr. Whisper, a foe who turns out to be even more than the Darknight Detective can handle. Written by Grant Morrison, with art and cover by Klaus Janson. Deluxe format.Cover price $1.50.
Gothic, Part 3 of 5. Batman's investigation into Mr. Whisper's past takes him to Bavaria...and ties to his own father, as well as dark, hidden secrets about his own past and future. Written by Grant Morrison, with art and cover by Klaus Janson. Deluxe format.Cover price $1.50. 2b1af7f3a8