A commendable Batman effort for 1989, but Tim Burton’s comic book film sags all throughout and is filled with characters with muddled and confusing motives. Standards for comic book movies in today’s world are at an all-time high, due to the MCU, and also Christopher Nolan’s masterful Batman trilogy. Nolan set the bar for what we come to expect with the Caped Crusader, no doubt influenced by Burton’s atmospheric setting, but also improving upon (and speeding up) the narrative and the stakes. Batman as the Dark Knight is a brooding depiction about character and conflict, which Burton’s film only ever touches upon. Jack Nicholson as the Joker is the obvious standout, but even the standards for his character have since become astronomical due to two iconic portrayals since the turn of the century. The dialogue holds up well, but almost everything else is pretty dated.