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Here is the novelization of the blockbuster Warner Brothers summer movie of 1989, Batman, from the author of The Lost Boys movie tie-in and the Ebenezzum fantasy series. Stars Jack Nicholson, Michael Keaton and Kim Basinger....

Title : Batman
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ISBN : 9780446354875
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Batman Reviews

  • Ε.Χ.Γ. ⚓
    2019-05-08 08:28

    Χωρίς να έχω δει την ταινία, στην οποία βασίστηκε το βιβλίο, μπόρεσα να πλάσω μια λεπτομερή εικόνα στο μυαλό μου με τη βοήθεια της εξαιρετικής περιγραφής του συγγραφέα. Συνδυάζει δράση, την πάλη ανάμεσα στο καλό και στο κακό και τις όμορφες αναμνήσεις που είχαμε από τον Batman ως παιδιά με τη μυρωδιά και την αυθεντικότητα ενός παλιού βιβλίου (η έκδοση είναι του 1989).

  • Corey
    2019-05-15 02:25

    I first saw the Batman 1989 version when I was 8 years old, and I thought it was the coolest movie ever since Star Wars! I've been a die-hard Batman film ever since. Michael Keaton was a great Batman and Jack Nicholson was phenomenal as The Joker.The book follow the movie fairly well. Batman wages war on the criminal underworld of Gotham City, but when the Joker comes to power, he takes over the underworld and wants to rule Gotham City, but also shows interest in Photographer Vicki Vale, who show's a professional interest in Batman, and is also dating Bruce Wayne, who as we all know is also the Caped Crusader, Batman!

  • Kevin Mullikin
    2019-04-26 04:38

    Normally I am a big fan of reading books before their movie adaptation is released. This is one example of where I preferred the movie to the book. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Craig Shaw Garder, and I think the book was well written, however there were some really out of place scenes in this adaptation that I felt did not fit the overall flow of the story. For example, most people will recall the scene in the movie where Bruce Wayne shows up at Vicki Vale's apartment and the two have an arguement. Bruce attempts to tell her that he is Batman, but the Joker and his goons arrive. In the book adaption, Bruce pulls out his utility belt and proceeds to examine the box the Joker sends her, which is there before hand. Additionally, after the Joker leaves, Bruce puts on a ski mask and tries to chase the Joker down in his car, while wearing his utility belt. There are a few other scenes that just didn't quite work for me. Other than that, Gardner did a good job of painting the Gotham City picture as a city of slime and crime.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-08 06:52

    Ties both the new and old versions of the movie together, but when I get the visual picture of the Joker, I always picture Heath Ledgers version. To me, that is the Joker that can be Batman's ultimate enemy. Jack Nicholson looks like a clown in comparison.

  • Jevron McCrory
    2019-05-12 02:42

    One of the very first books I ever read! I still have the copy and I get chills reading it! Viva la Burton's Batman!

  • Andrew
    2019-05-09 03:49

    I loved this film for many reasons - it was a Tim Burton film with a score from Danny Elfman - I was hooked, however it was also the introduction of a new kind of Batman. Up till that point Batman was a cheesy 60s psychedelic roller coaster that just didnt reflect some of the comics and graphic novels coming out at the time (Year One?) So yes when this film came out I loved it - okay watching it now especially with the later incarnations to compare against has taken some of the wow factor out of it - and I realise that there was still a lot of comic book left in the film.However we are talking about the book and for that I was equally blown away with. Now I have put down todays date but in all honesty I cannot remember the first time I read it - no doubt within minutes of getting my copy home as soon as it had been released. Craig Shaw Gardner has reputation for humorous fantasies and several TV novelisations so he is no slouch at this sort of thing but in places it did feel like it was literally taken from the film script but hey I loved the film so no worries there. So in short it was solid rendition of a favourite film of mine and one that will no doubt be read (and watched again and again)

  • Jake
    2019-05-15 07:47

    I became a Batman freak when the Tim Burton version arrived in theatres. I started reading the comics. I wore a Batman t-shirt to school. Even tried to make my own mask out of cardboard. Yeah, that was an embarassing disaster. And though I rarely do, I bought and read the novelization.As with all novelizations, the book differs from the movie here and there. The book author works with the script prior to the final cut of the film being assembled. What I enjoyed about this novelization was some of the characters' introspection, including Commissioner Gordon, who admits to himself he kind of wishes he was Batman. Anywhooo, fun movie. Fun novelization. 'nuff said.

  • Ryan Solski
    2019-05-15 07:46

    Man, having this book since childhood, I reread it after more than 20 years to realize that the story still holds up. One of the better reads for Batman fans would be the movie script novelizations. Something about how a book translates into a movie, or how a script translates into a book, makes it really interesting for its comparative viewing. Joker is quite the gang leader!

  • Eric
    2019-05-14 02:39

    Gotham City was a total crap mess. “Decent people shouldn’t live here,” said the Joker in a rare moment of clarity. “They’d be happier someplace else.” Like Metropolis, perhaps.Full review here:

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-07 05:47

    I love the film this book ties in with, and though I'm not really a big fan of movie novels, this one wasn't bad. It was well-detailed, though rather fast-paced, and it had several screenshots included.

  • Lee Houston,
    2019-04-26 06:34

    A good novel in and of itself An advisory for the purists out there: author based his work upon the shooting script, not what appeared via the final edit, so some detail discrepancies occur.

  • Beau Johnston
    2019-05-21 07:28

    As a young Batman fan, I couldn't wait for this movie to be released. And I wasn't disappointed (it was this point in time that Tim Burton became my favorite movie director).The book was a fun read, and certainly worth spending some of my hard earned cash on.

  • Richard
    2019-05-14 02:28

    damn i miss novelisations that came out before the movie. this was on sale about 5 weeks before the film came out and being a 15 year old movie nerd I had to have it. nostalgia gives it 3 stars, but it was more likely 2 stars

  • Brittany ♥♥~Proud Hufflepuff and supporter of S.P.E.W. ~♥♥
    2019-04-28 05:42

    It definitely wasn't the movie...but it wasn't a bad read either. Although I'm not sure I'd be able to read the book and watch the movie that closely might drive me crazy!! But being able to read one of my favorite movies is amazing :)

  • Scott Macauley
    2019-04-29 08:43

    I read this twice when I was a kid, before even seeing the movie. Pretty much the only book I can say that about.

  • Chris
    2019-04-26 02:42

    Worth reading.

  • Nika Anuk
    2019-05-03 06:49

    Surprisingly good book. I didn't expect much to by honest but as fan of Batman I really wanted to try it. What I've got is a good book with good characters.

  • Butterflykatana
    2019-05-14 08:35

    My Brother and I fought over this book every chaptor. Great story and enough little things to keep you reading even when you seen the movie 3+ times.

  • Brant
    2019-04-21 02:51

    I really don't know whether this was a good or bad book. I do know that I read and re-read it when I was twelve years old, and for that it has earned its 5 stars.

  • R.
    2019-05-01 05:40

    I was disappointed that the "Cowboy Batman" (Batman chasing the Joker through Gotham on horseback; a nod to the Lone Ranger, I suppose) scene wasn't in the movie.

  • Arlene Allen
    2019-05-02 03:39

    Don't ask why.

  • Lucy
    2019-05-15 03:27

    parents wouldn't let us see movie so we read book later on instead

  • Bruce
    2019-04-20 00:46

    This book explains a lot about Batman and Bruce Wayne

  • Andy
    2019-05-02 03:43


  • Kooshmeister
    2019-05-08 04:36

    Published in 1989 a few weeks before Tim Burton’s massively successful film, this novelization by Craig Shaw Gardner is a bit rough around the edges, and I don’t mean from shelf wear. Gardner’s approach to writing is hit or miss, but fortunately, despite being very workmanlike, his Batman novel is a good read.Gotham City is a cesspool of crime. We begin with a family trying to find their way home through the crowded, dirty city at night, only to be waylaid by a pair of muggers while taking a shortcut through an alley. No, this isn’t the Waynes. The little boy is named Jimmy, and the crooks just knock his dad out rather than killing him, before absconding with his wallet. The bad guys, Nick and Eddie, think they’ve gotten away scot-free, but unfortunately for them, a dark avenger has witnessed the crime…Hiding out on a rooftop, the thieves count their loot and shoot the breeze. Eddie is nervous. He chides Nick for his use of too much violence in the mugging, and is also eager to get home because of “the Bat.” Nic mocks him for his worries. “The Bat” is a legendary figure in the seedy underworld of Gotham; a mysterious cloaked figure who may or may not be a humanoid bat. Nick pooh-poohs such ridiculous talk… until the crunch of foot on gravel alerts the men that they’re not alone.A caped figure in a mask quickly takes out Eddie, and then holds Nick over the ledge as he begs for his life.“You’re trespassing, rat breath,” Batman says.“Trespassing? You don’t own the night!” Nick protests with some unwarranted bravado.“I want you to tell your friends,” Batman goes on as if the scumbag hadn’t spoken. “Tell all your friends. … I am the night!”And with that, we’re introduced to Craig Shaw Gardner’s Batman.This is a novelization of the 1989 Tim Burton film. Gardner’s prose is a little workmanlike and dry, but it’s still a decent enough read if you’re a fan of the film, and the best scenes are the parts told from the Joker’s P.O.V. They’re very darkly humorous.Like many such books contains some deleted or otherwise entirely invented material such as the Joker kidnapping Vicki Vale from her apartment and then driving to the unveiling of a statue of Mayor Borg. Bruce Wayne follows, changing into Batman, and, not having the Batmobile handy, swipes a horse from a mounted policeman, and consequently Gardner treats us to an extended horse vs. van chase scene. At the unveiling, the Joker substitutes the statue of Borg for a rocket-powered statue of himself (!) because, well, he’s the Joker and that’s the kind of idiotic nonsense he does, I guess.When Batman appears, the Joker takes Borg hostage. The Dark Knight orders the villain to release the mayor, whereupon the Joker pleads, “Can’t I keep him? I’ll feed him! Honest!” This is great stuff. When he’s inevitably foiled by Batman, the Joker escapes by riding on the statue as it shoots off into the sky (!!!).The reason for Commissioner Gordon and co. being late to the parade is given as the Joker dosing their coffee with sleeping drugs. There’s also an extended sequence of the Joker and his henchmen stealing the parade floats and balloons from a warehouse, explaining where he got them from.And speaking of explaining things, you know how in the movie when Batman gets to the top of the church there’s suddenly three henchmen he has to fight? Gardner explain’s their presence by saying that following Batman attacking the Joker’s parade in the Batwing, they ran up there to hide. Good work, Mr. Gardner! This is what tie-in books are good for, explaining stuff that was confusing in the movie.There’s also some added dialogue from the Joker in a couple of scenes, and one in particular I liked following the destruction of Axis Chemicals, just before the Joker leaves for the parade. He demands Batman show up there because he wants that “big duke-a-roo” he promised viewers on TV, vowing to kill “a thousand people an hour” until Batman arrives. What a jerk!There’s one weird scene at the end, though. Somehow, after he gets himself and Vicki down from the church, Batman takes off his cape and cowl and wraps Alexander Knox in it (!) before the police get there. I guess they’re busy examining the Joker’s body but Gardner isn’t entirely clear. Of course, when the cops run over, they think they’ve got Batman, but upon whisking the cape off of the shrouded, unconscious form, they discover it’s just everyone’s least favorite reporter. Knox wakes up and jokingly asks if he can still make the late edition.Insert laugh track.The ending is superb, so I’ll quote it verbatim. It describes Batman standing atop a roof surrounded by gargoyles (gargoyles being a motif in the book): “They turned off the Bat-Signal as the Sun set over Gotham City. A much quieter Gotham City. Down on the streets, music played, people laughed, life went on. And overhead, the gargoyles watched silently from the old Gotham Cathedral. Long ago, it was believed that gargoyles could protect a place from evil. One of the gargoyles moved. It was the Batman.”Great stuff!All in all, a pretty thorough novelization with some fun sequences by Gardner. Gardner’s book was popular when it came out, too. According to a news segment from ‘89, it sold over a million copies and spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List.A shame his Batman Returns novel wasn’t as great, and was even more workmanlike.

  • Rebecca Rogers
    2019-04-23 07:26

    even in the book Vicki vale screams too much....

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-05-04 03:32

    A nicely done movie adaptation.Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author.5 stars... I loved this book! It has earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  • Mark R.
    2019-04-27 02:31

    Craig Shaw Gardner's novelization of Tim Burton's 1989 film "Batman" is probably as good as such a book could be. Some novelizations will work better than others; in the case of something like "Batman," much of the appeal of the film is in its visuals, Burton's wonderful sets, costumes, etc.Gardner does an adequate job with the creatively unrewarding task of adapting "Batman" into book form (I'm sure it wasn't monetarily unrewarding, and might have even been kind of fun to write). Some of the narration and word repetition is a bit lazy, but what the hell.And for Batman completists, the novelization contains a few scenes and lines of dialogue not contained in the movie. Batman chases the Joker's van on horseback, for instance.

  • Alexander Draganov
    2019-05-06 03:54

    "Boom shakalakalaka, Boom shakalaka..."Very cool novelization with some "deleted scenes" from an earlier version of the script, good descriptions of Batman, almost exclusively given from Vicky Vale, thus allowing the hero to remain mysterious, and brilliant presentation of the Joker. I liked it more than "The Dark Knight" novelization of Dennis O'Neil!

  • Victor Orozco
    2019-04-21 03:41

    Not bad. Captures the movie very well, bringing back some memories from the first time I watched it. I do find some thing's interesting, particularly the scene with the statue that wasn't done in the movie. As well as the fact that there were no cops at the climax between Batman and Joker.Not a perfect Batman story but a decent attempt. B