25 Years Ago Today – Tim Burton’s “Batman”
June 23, 2014

It was 25 years ago today that a lot of us eagerly crammed into theaters across the US, waiting to have our minds blown by what director Tim Burton had put together with Michael Keaton and dream-casting Jack Nicolson for our beloved Batman.  We knew it would be something different that what we had gotten before…. and it was.


Personally I devoured everything I could get my hands on for this movie prior to it’s release.   I bought any magazine that had an article about it, cut things out of the newspaper.  I even bought the logo mobile out of the theater where I first saw the movie!

Happy Birthday 1989 Batman!   You re-set the course of the character for many years to come.

Here is the original trailer for the movie:

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • bub says:

    The one thing I remember before Batman was the previews for the upcoming movies were really loud.

  • demoncat_4 says:

    the one thing i remember most of the movie was jack saying wait till they get a load of me and the video prince made to tie into the thing. can’t believe its been 25 years since tim burtons take on batman and the first time warners other then the adam west 66 film put batman on the big screen.

  • danny says:

    i was the prime age for this movie when it came out and had been hyped for this movie since the first trailer on entertainment tonight. the movie itself ended up being everything i could hope for and i ended up seeing it 8 times in the theater. which, looking back now, i dont even know how that was possible..

  • StrangePlanet says:

    I remember that I was in the hospital when the ads for this movie were running on TV. And Jack/Joker’s line “Wait till they get a load of ME!” rang through my ears as I stumbled in pain through the empty hallways after being butchered by those doctors and I had such an odd sense of connection to the character in those moments.

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