Batman

Batman

The creators of the popular The Batman animated series pit the Caped Crusader against the Prince of Darkness in this energetic full-length animated feature. This isn't the first time Batman (Rino Romano) has squared off against Dracula--the Dark Knight faced him in the critically acclaimed graphic novel Red Rain--but in this battle, he's up against not only the King of the Vampires (voiced with gusto by Peter Stormare) but his longtime foes the Joker (Kevin Michael Richardson) and the Penguin (Spongebob Squarepants' Tom Kenny); it's the latter who accidentally revives Dracula, and reluctantly aids the bloodsucker in unleashing a wave of vampirism in Gotham. Can the Batman defeat this terrible trio in time before lady-love Vicky Vale (Tara Strong) becomes their next victim? Only one way to find out--and while you're enjoying the film, be sure to explore the supplemental features, which include "Voices in Close-up," with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the film's vocal talent, as well as "City of the Knight," a game that allows access to additional behind-the-scenes glimpses. --Paul Gaita

Director(s): Lambert Hillyer
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 26 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.6
Metacritic:
69
Rotten Tomatoes:
72%
Unrated
Year:
1989
3019
3,873 Views

[Grissom, in his penthouse, reads a newspaper proclaiming Harvey Dent's plan to target organized crime in Gotham City.]

Carl Grissom:
Say this son of a bitch makes a connection with us and with Axis Chemicals. What kind of damage are we looking at?

Mobster:
If he ties us in with Axis Chemical, we're dead and buried. We should move immediately.

Jack Napier:
[fiddling with a deck of playing cards] I say we break into the place, trash the office, make off with the records, and say it was industrial espionage.

Carl Grissom:
Jack, smart thinking. That's the way to go. In fact, I'd like you to handle this operation personally.

Jack Napier:
[surprised] Me?

[He draws a Joker from the deck and sees Alicia entering the penthouse.]

Carl Grissom:
Hello, sweetheart! I wonder if - if you'd mind waiting in the next room.

[She does so, giving Napier a sultry look that Grissom spots.]

Carl Grissom:
That's all, gentlemen, thank you, thank you, gentlemen, that's all.

[The other mobsters file out, leaving Grissom and Napier alone.]

Jack Napier:
Carl, uh, can we get somebody else to do this? The fumes in that place...

Carl Grissom:
Jack...it's an important job. I need someone I can trust. You are my number-one guy. Now, don't forget... [sprays the deck into Napier's hat] ...your lucky deck.

[Napier leaves, still uneasy.]

Carl Grissom:
[to himself, picking up telephone receiver] My friend, your luck is about to change. [dials number]

Police dispatcher:
Police Department.

Carl Grissom:
Get me Lieutenant Eckhardt.

The Joker:
So, gentlemen, that's how it is. Until Grissom, uh.... [chuckles] .... resurfaces, I'm the acting President, and I say starting with this anniversary festival, we run this city into the ground.

Vinnie Ricorso:
Why don't we hear this from Grissom?

Antoine Rotelli:
Yeah, and what's with that stupid grin?

The Joker:
Life's been good to me.

Antoine Rotelli:
What if we say "no"?

The Joker:
[stands up and comes towards Rotelli] Well, Tony, nobody wants a war. And if we can't do business, why, we'll just shake hands, and that'll be it. [reaches out his hand for a shake]

Antoine Rotelli:
Yeah?

The Joker:
Yeah.

[Joker grabs Rotelli's hand and starts electrocuting him via joy buzzer-esque device hidden in his palm]

The Joker:
[acts surprised, looking at other gangsters] Woo! Woo! [chuckles] I got a live one here! [laughs maniacally while Rotelli catches fire] Oh, there'll be hot time in the old town tonight!

[Joker continues to laugh maniacally and eventually releases Rotelli's body, which - now reduced to a blackened, smoldering skeleton - falls back into the chair; at this moment, Joker's goons enter the room and surround the mob leaders, holding them at a gunpoint]

The Joker:
[laughs] Antoine got a little hot under the collar!

Vinnie Ricorso:
You're crazy.

The Joker:
Have you not heard of the healing power of laughter? [laughs again and starts erasing his make-up, revealing white skin underneath] NOW, GET OUTTA HERE!!!! [Joker's goons force the gangsters out of the room] And think it over. [laughs again]

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