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082: Batman (1989)

Maximilian Rivera October 15, 2017


By Max Rivera | @MaxRiveraFilm

PremiseThe Dark Knight of Gotham City wages his war on crime and faces his first major enemy — gangster and homicidal clown, the Joker

Rotten Tomatoes ​Score: 72%


If you don’t know, Batman was directed by Tim Burton. It’s written by Sam Hamm and Warren Skaaren, and while their names rhyme, I don’t think that was on purpose. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, and Jack Palance.

Things we talk about:

  • American Vandal on Netflix
  • The current popularity rise of Dungeons and Dragons. Recently, more celebrities have been open about playing it — Vin Diesel, Joe Manganiello, and Deborah Ann Woll for example. There is a growing pop culture acceptance of pen and paper roleplaying, with popular podcasts and web shows including: Critical Role, The Adventure Zone, and Cosmic Crit.
  • There is a new Stranger Things  season 2 trailer. We discuss whether or not you should watch a trailer if you know you’re in and it’s not gonna add to your enjoyment.
  • There are some Blade Runner short films, Max watched all  three of them. We get lost in the weeds about how you pronounce Denis Villeneuve’s name.
  • We ponder if Blade Runner 2049′s struggle in the box office should affect how we view the film?
  • – Blade Runner (1982) is an influential science fiction film that changed science fiction and defined the whole cyberpunk genre; Max suggests that Batman (1989) defined the whole superhero genre.
  • This week’s hashtag to use when discussing our episode is #touchstone.


​Questions We Ask:

  • How does this movie compare to the other 90s Batman movies
  • How does this film hold up compared to the Christopher Nolan Batman movies?
  • Is Michael Keaton a good Batman? Is Jack Nicholson a good Joker?
  • Do we love or hate the Prince soundtrack?
  • How did this influence the superhero genre?
  • How would YOU rank all of the Bruce Waynes out there?

Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.