N.p. DC Comics, 1989. Vintage publicity photograph of director Tim Burton from the 1989 film.

Richard Donner directed the highly successful superhero film "Superman" (starring Christopher Reeves) in 1978, but it was Burton's dark and semiserious anti-hero take on the DC Comic character "Batman" that would be repeatedly emulated over the next three decades, and is largely responsible for the modern day superhero film genre.

"Batman" spawned three direct sequels "Batman Returns" (1989), "Batman Forever" (1995), and "Batman and Robin" (1997). Joel Schumacher took over directing the franchise after "Batman Returns," and replaced Michael Keaton's Batman with Val Kilmer and George Clooney, respectively.

Director Christopher Nolan would resurrect the franchise in the highly successful "Dark Knight Trilogy" ("Batman Begins" [2005], "The Dark Knight" [2008], and "The Dark Knight Rises" [2012]) with Christian Bale in the lead. Several more films have since been spawned from the DC Comic's character universe as well as another pending re-invention ("The Batman") to be directed by Matt Reeves, with Robert Pattinson in the lead, for 2022.

Winner of an Academy Award.

Set in Gotham City, shot on location in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and London, England.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

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