The original Batman movie quadrilogy – Batman, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin – are returning to theaters for a big anniversary. 2019 marks the 80th anniversary of Batman’s debut in the pages of DC Comics, and it’s a momentous occasion indeed. Gotham’s protector is one of – if not the – most popular superheroes in the world, and while it’s been awhile since he’s really gotten his due on the big screen, The Caped Crusader certainly sports a colorful theatrical history.
Batman’s film debut came in 1966, in an unabashedly campy but still quite fun TV show spinoff of the classic Batman series starring Adam West as the titular hero and Burt Ward as Robin. Bruce Wayne’s alter ego wouldn’t return to theaters until 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton, featuring Michael Keaton’s Bats squaring off against Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Keaton and Burton would come back for 1992’s Batman Returns, which added Danny DeVito’s Penguin and Michelle Pfieffer’s Catwoman to the mix. Unfortunately, Joel Schumacher’s 1995 Batman Forever and 1997 Batman & Robin were seen as big drops in quality by most.
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