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Michael Keaton’s ‘Batman’ returning to theaters for 30th anniversary

Brian C. Rittmeyer
Warner Brothers
Batman (Michael Keaton) confronts The Joker (Jack Nicholson) in 1989’s “Batman.”

You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight?

You may have had you been at movie theaters in 1989, when Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton donned the cowl in Tim Burton’s first “Batman” movie.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, and Batman’s 80th anniversary, the movie is returning to theaters for showings on Saturday. Showtimes are listed for 1 p.m. at Cinemark theaters in Frazer, Monroeville and the North Hills; and at Southside Works Cinema.

Participating theaters can be found at Fathom Events.

Batman made his first appearance in Detective Comics No. 27 in 1939.

The 1989 movie starred Jack Nicholson as The Joker and Kim Basinger as Vicki Vale. Its soundtrack featured music by Prince.

“Batman” grossed $251 million domestically on a $35 million production budget, and earned $411 million worldwide. It had the highest-earning opening weekend of 1989, and was No. 1 for the year domestically. Worldwide, it came in second to “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

While in the movie The Joker may have complained about a man dressed as a bat getting all of his press, Nicholson’s Joker is widely regarded as overshadowing Keaton’s Batman with his many memorable lines, including, “This town needs an enema!”

It started a trend of the villain — or villains, as Batman faced multiple adversaries in future films — overshadowing the caped crusader, something that was not corrected until Christian Bale took on the role in the 2005 origin film “Batman Begins.”

The three sequels that followed also will be getting theater showings in May.

Keaton portrayed Batman one more time, in 1992’s “Batman Returns.” That film will return to theaters for showings on May 6. It featured memorable performances by Danny DeVito as Penguin, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.

Val Kilmer took over in 1995 for “Batman Forever,” which will be shown on May 12. Joel Schumacher replaced Burton as director, and the film featured Tommy Lee Jones as Harvey Two-Face and Jim Carrey as The Riddler. Chris O’Donnell was introduced as Dick Grayson and Batman’s sidekick, Robin.

The much-maligned “Batman & Robin,” from 1997 and featuring George Clooney as Batman, will be shown on May 14 in case anyone wants to revisit a batsuit with nipples, Batman flashing his bat credit card, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a very punny Mr. Freeze.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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