On This Day, June 23rd

2. 1989: Batman is released

Photo: bamsmackpow

Photo: bamsmackpow

Photo: biography

Photo: biography

The summer of 1989 would see the start of a trend that has now become a standard, the summer blockbuster movie. After months of advertising, Tim Burton released his version of Batman in theaters worldwide on this date and it was a box office smash hit. The film grossed more than $100 million in just ten days. There was controversy regarding the casting of Michael Keaton versus the leading men of Hollywood such as Ford, Costner and Gibson. Burton wanted to used a somewhat unknown actor for the part and after working with Keaton on Beetlejuice he felt it was a perfect fit. Keaton ended up doing a fantastic job and Jack Nicholson playing the Joker might be one of the best villain characters of all time. This version of Batman went on to start a long list of different versions of the story including the sequel that also starred Keaton, Batman Returns.


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