PEDIGREE Batman (1989) Tim Burton had scored back-to-back offbeat hits with Pee Wees Big Adventure and Beetlejuice, but Batman was his first summer blockbuster. The film was written by several screenwriters, but primarily by Sam Hamm, who also wrote Never Cry Wolf and Monkeybone. Batman Forever (1995) Joel Schumacher was known for his glossy big studio pictures, such as St. Elmos Fire and The Lost Boys. Writing team of Lee Batchelor and Janet Scott-Batchelor got their first major big-screen credit for the script, along with future Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman. Batman and Robin (1997) Schumacher was back along with Goldsman, who wrote this one all by himself. Batman Begins (2005) Christopher Nolan has achieved both box office and critical acclaim with his thrillers Memento and Insomnia. Like Burton, this film was his crossover into blockbuster-dom. He co-wrote this film himself, along with David S. Goyer, known for his comic book screenplays. The Dark Knight (2008) Nolan was back in the directors seat. This time he co-wrote the screenplay with his brother, Jonathan, who also worked with him on The Prestige. Goyer helped with the story. WINNER: Nolan gets extra points for co-writing his own films, so The Dark Knight takes this round.
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