The sequel… Batman?
In 1989 and 1992, director Tim Burton created a sensation with his films Batman and Batman Returns, starring Michael Keaton. This comic continues the successful adaptations of the blockbuster film with a new adventure: District Attorney Harvey Dent finally wants to restore peace and order to gloomy Gotham City, but to do so he sets his sights on the Dark Knight of all people. This meets Catwoman again, and becomes young new crime-fighter Robin!
Batman 89 is a sequel to the first two Batman films of those years, which was created with the support of the screenwriter of the time. In terms of drawing technology, you’re on a good level here. In fact, the characters are still the same as their acting counterparts, and although Tim Burton’s Dark Gotham captures so well, you can always see all the details, even in the backgrounds and fight scenes.
In terms of plot, the main focus here is on Harvey Dent, who landed a huge role in the first movie before things turned out differently. In the third part (Joel Schumacher films) a different approach was taken. So, Harvey is black again and dating Barbara Gordon, which is an interesting twist.
But not only that, Robin is also introduced to the Batverse, in this case also as a black-skinned man. In general, one of the problem areas of Gotham is also a theme, and Bruce Wayne is also struggling with himself and his path as Batman. The character’s inner turmoil is well shown and brings additional results later, especially in interactions with Robin.
But even Harvey’s motivation could almost have come from the Nolan trilogy, because there, too, Harvey wanted to make things better before everything calmed down. Whether a reference to the multiverse is really necessary is an open question at this point, but here too you can understand the slow descent of the madness.
Of course, what is also typical in movies is that the bad guys always die at the end. This was the case until the Nolan era, especially when they learned Bruce’s secret. Movies have always been an exception here and this comic is no exception. You don’t stop at some good characters here either and they bless their time.
But here one also undoubtedly benefited from the fact that one is in a kind of multiverse here, where one can just rip off one’s own momentum. And this worked really well.
Oh yeah, the return of Selina Kyle (in Michelle Pfeiffer’s version) should go unmentioned at this point, even if she appears to be treading water and ultimately still can’t make out who’s being heard now. However, she’s also got some pretty sweet scenes with Bruce.
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