The film celebrates its 30th anniversary in June. What makes the film stand out after all these years, and from most superhero films, is how theatrical the film looks. Theatrical, as in how unnaturally stylish the film looks, in comparison to the more naturalistic superhero films that have come out since then. The massive promotion campaign that went on for the film also played a major factor for the film in raising its hype, but thankfully the film handled it and become iconic in its own right. Tim Burton’s gothic style turns Gotham City into a nocturnal 40s-80s fused-style wonderland; the ideal setting for a man to dress up as a bat and a demented clownish gangster to caper about. Production designer Anton Furst won an Oscar for the film; he committed suicide, which is a shame. The script is its own tale, but draws from notable Batman comics THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS and THE KILLING JOKE. And it's got some fun lines too. ("Where does he get these wonderful toys?") Keaton is an awkward Bruce Wayne and is too easily seen though (a visible flaw, thanks to Burton's taste for damaged outsiders), but his Batman is menacing and badass. Jack Nicholson is charming and creepy. I didn’t mind this Joker being also based on Joe Chill because it ties the hero and villain together in a manner I found satisfying. Early Tim Burton direction is a joy to watch (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands). His films didn’t appear pretentious but were stylish and enjoyable to watch. I don’t know if I’ll watch DUMBO (comes out this year, also stars Keaton), but I will watch Batman again and again. Danny Elfman’s score is operatic and glorious. And let’s not forget, the film inspired Bruce Timm’s series, or at least contributed to its production. This film is a solid watch, 30 years on.