Directed by: Tim Burton
Story by: Sam Hamm
Starring: Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman
Jack Nicholson as Joker
Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale
As a child, billionaire Bruce Wayne sees his parents murdered and therefore vows to avenge their deaths in a lifelong battle against crime as the costumed vigilante Batman while concealing his secret identity behind his playboy image. By the time he begins his career as Gotham City's protector, the city is controlled by crime boss Carl Grissom, and his second in command, Jack Napier, who has a sadistic sense of humor. Despite the efforts of newly-elected district attorney Harvey Dent and police commissioner James Gordon, the police department remains corrupt. Reporter Alexander Knox and photo-journalist Vicki Vale begin investigating the rumors of a shadowy crimefighter (Batman himself) terrorizing the city's criminals by night.
Vicki and Knox attend a benefit at Wayne Manor, where Bruce is taken by Vicki's charms, while Napier is sent to raid the Axis Chemicals factory. When the police receive a tip-off and arrive to arrest him, Napier realizes he has been tricked by his boss for his affair with Grissom's mistress. In the midst of the resulting gunfight, Batman arrives and attacks Napier's henchmen. Napier fires at Batman, who deflects the bullet off his steel gauntlet and strikes it into Napier's face; whereupon Napier topples over a platform rail into a large vat of chemicals. Shortly thereafter, he emerges from an adjacent catch basin, his skin bleached white, his hair dyed green, and his lips dyed red.
Quotes: "I have given a name to my pain, and its Batman." ~Joker
"Where does he get those wonderful toys?" ~Joker
"Y'see my life is really...complex." ~Bruce Wayne