Kevin Smith has a sick podcast called Fatman on Batman. Hands down the best podcast in his expansive network of internet talk radio. I do have a single gripe with it, though. Every so often, he makes reference to the 1989 Tim Burton-helmed Batman, starring Michael Keaton, and says… get this… THAT IT DOESN’T HOLD UP TODAY!
I couldn’t disagree more. Michael Keaton never struck me as a badass Batman, but that’s kind of the point of the Bruce Wayne alter-ego. He’s a goofball playboy who can’t be bothered with anything deeper than superficial matters. That’s why Keaton was perfect. And the Joker? Don’t get me wrong, Heath Ledger’s take was hamazing. Ham. Azing. But if I’m a common thug, I would NEVER be a part of that maniac’s gang. Meanwhile, Jack Nicholson’s Joker was believable as crime lord, psychopath AND over-the-top super villain. He hit so many notes, the man was a veritable solo symphony. The other thing makes 1989’s Batman the BOMB?
Suck it, tumbler.
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