The 50 Best Comic Book Movies

Batman

Director: Tim Burton
Year: 1989
This is the line of division—the movie that made comic-books-as-blockbusters what they are today. The summer of 1989 was completely covered in black and yellow Bat-symbols, and the movie itself was like nothing anyone had seen. Tim Burton was not a comics fan when he started the film, and to keep himself interested he mixed in film noir, Grand Guignol, German Expressionism, and a cast that no one would have predicted. With set designs by Academy Award winner Anton Furst, and an operatic theme by Danny Elfman, Batman created a world that was just as important as the Man in the Black Mask, and just as compelling.

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