Batman 1989 movie

No. 4: "Batman" (1989)

After the "Superman" series came to a dismal end in 1987, the superhero movie genre was rejuvenated two years later -- not so much with a re-introduction to DC Comics' Batman legend and his iconic nemesis, The Joker, but with director Tim Burton's daring casting choices in the key roles: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

But thanks to the comedian's deathly serious role as Bruce Wayne/Batman and the serious actor's turn as a deadly but hilarious Joker, "Batman" quickly earned its classic movie status.

With Burton at the helm, it wasn't a shock that we saw The Dark Knight through a twisted, dark maze of havoc created by The Joker -- a far cry from the lightweight camp of the "Batman" television series (1966-1968) starring Adam West in the title role and Burt Ward as his sidekick, Robin.

The film was a monster hit and spawned one Burton-directed sequel, before the series descended into a hapless quadrilogy and the "Batman" series turned into an embarrassing "in-thing to do" for the "who's who" in Hollywood.

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