LONGEVITY Batman: The Movie (1966) Though most of the campy conventions Biff! Pow and Robins Holy exclamations were originated in the TV series, this was originally intended to be the pilot, so they would have started here. No matter what the current trends in pop culture or Bat-interpretations, this Batman lives in his own goofy bubble. Batman (1989) Almost 20 years later and Batman movies are still being compared to this milestone. Nicholson set the benchmark for the Joker you dont see critics comparing Ledgers performance to Cesar Romero. Batman Returns (1992) Highly anticipated, but deeply disappointing to many, this Burton-directed follow-up was a box office hit anyway. But even though Burton had more creative control on this, its often overlooked in his oeuvre. The Dark Knight (2008) It hasnt even come out yet, but with hundreds of sold-out shows before opening day, near universal critical praise and superheroes enjoying a cinematic glory day, this one promises to be one thatll be around for a long, long time. WINNER: The Dark Knight could change everything, but the winner is still Burtons first Batman. People were shaving bat-symbols into their hair when this movie came out. Thats devotion.
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