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Old 07-25-2013, 01:21 PM   #757
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Default Re: The Official Batman (1989) Thread - Part 3

Originally Posted by BatLobsterRises View Post
I'm not trying to fuel the flames of a "Burtonite/Nolanite" war, but I think it's more than fair to say the the Nolan films were FAR more influenced by the 70s comics than Burton's. In fact, I've never heard anyone say that Burton's films had a strong 70s influence.
Well you just did! LITTLE KNOWN FACT: When TOM MANKEWITZ wrote the first draft for the 89 movie, he used the Englehardt/Rogers run (Strange Apparitions) as his basis for tone. The villains were going to be Joker, Penguin and Catwoman. When MANK left the project, ENGLEHARDT himself wrote a draft from what Mank had done, deleting Catwoman and having a Joker Penguin teamup! Ultimately Sam Hamm's script used elements from the Denny O'neil stories as well as the Joker origin from KILLING JOKE, using Alan Napier's name (Alfred from Batman show) for Jack the gangster and when Warren Scarem came in and did rewrites, he brought in a lot more of the Frank Miller darkness!

The reason why some fans come down on Batman 89 so hard since the Nolan films have been released is 2 fold: the Nolan films are newer and fans of the actual books don't read the 70's and 80's source material that the 89 film was based upon to understand how much more pure the 89 film is compared to the modern crime-drama trilogy that Nolan created.
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