"Have you ever danced
with the devil in the pale moonlight?" The only
Batman movie that was released in the 80's was the
original of the movie series (1989), starring Michael
Keaton as Batman, Jack Nicholson as the Joker, Jack
Palance as mob boss Carl Grissom, and Kim Basinger as
Vicki Vale. This Batman movie was not as edgy as
future versions, but it was received in 1989.
The movie starts with the mayor of Gotham
City issuing an edict for the police force to increase
their efforts in cleaning up the city. During a
brawl in a chemical plant, criminal Jack Napier, second
to mob boss Grissom, is accidently knocked into a
chemical vat by Batman. Thought to be dead, in
reality, the chemical transforms Jack into the Joker.
The Joker then kills his Grissom and begins terrorizing
Gotham. He hatches a plan to lace hygiene products
with a chemical called "Smilex", which causes its
victims to laugh themselves to death (we can think of
worse ways to die).
Batman aims to destroy
the Joker's chemical plant whilst the Joker lures the
public into a planned Smilex attack by offering cash.
Batman arrives to save the day, and the Joker kidnaps
Vicki Vale, who has a thing for Batman. It was at
this point that Batman realizes it was the Joker who had
killed his parents when Batman was a child. In the
end, Batman rescues Vicki, kills the Joker, and saves
the day. The movie ends with Gotham City
installing a bat signal that would allow them to call on
Batman whenever he was needed.