Grant Morrison's Guide to Batman on the Big Screen

'He's got everything,' says auteur

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Tim Burton's 1989 'Batman'

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"Tim Burton's version is nothing like Frank Miller's Batman, but obviously it happened because of what Miller did in changing the consciousness of people towards Batman as an icon. It kind of shocked people – it allowed for Batman, at least, not to be treated as a purely camp or comedic or vaudeville type. That's what a lot of fans didn't like in Michael Keaton. He was a comedian – so, again, it was going be another cartoonish performance, and it kind of was – but it was a really Goth cartoon. What Michael Keaton brought to it was more in the Bruce Wayne role because, with Keaton, you really felt that Bruce Wayne was this damaged child. He was constantly bewildered. I thought it was a great performance. After you saw him as Bruce Wayne, you were willing to just buy the guy as Batman."

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