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March 6th, 2013 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Batman (1989)… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…

Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…

The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.

“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”


After ten years of development hell Batman finally hit the big screen in the summer of 1989. People went crazy for the film and Warner Brothers went over the top with their advertising so no-one would forget that Batman was finally here. This new version of Batman was dark and gothic, a huge departure from what the general public thought of Batman, gone was the campy image, replaced with adult themes and a serious tone, it delighted many fans and became a huge success on release, breaking many box office records.
The fans were very happy with how the film looked but many felt it changed Batman’s mythology, gone was the idea of Bruce Wayne’s parents being killed by a random thug (Joe Chill) but instead they are killed by The Joker. Bruce’s love interest is allowed into the Batcave without his permission by Alfred. There were many little things they took liberties which got the fans very upset at the time. it still causes debates now and the idea of Batman killing his victims leaves fans divided.
Once Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman arrived in the form of Batman Begins, many critics hailed it as the best Batman film to date because it stayed faithful to the character of Bruce Wayne and made him central to the story and not be thrown into the background where the villains can take centre stage.
Let’s dive right in and find out if this Batman film still has its wings and can still entertain and thrill new audiences with its visual design and performances despite not being as true to its roots…

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