That's What's Up: What the 1989 Batman movie got right, and what it got wrong
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Q: What did the 1989 Batman film get right? What did it get wrong? — @_Miller_Andrew_
If you weren't around in 1989, I don't think I can accurately describe just how huge the Batman movie was. I mean, I was only six, and I remember how that logo was everywhere in the marketing blitz that led up to it, and as a kid who would literally watch two hours of the Adam West show every single day, I was beyond stoked. Sitting in the theater, two months before I turned seven, I loved everything about that movie, from "I'm Batman" all the way to the Bat-Signal lighting up the night at the end.
When I watched it again, though, only a few months later on a VHS tape that I'd literally been saving for the special occasion of staying home sick from school, I remember being really disappointed. Something was just off about the whole thing, and in the 30 years since, I've held onto that feeling and become a genuine Batman '89 hater. That doesn't mean that it didn't do anything right, though, so in the interest of keeping it positive, let's start there.