Re: am I the only one who DIDN'T think Nicholson nailed joker??
Well, take this from someone who's first real impression of Batman was from Batman89. I enjoyed the movie very much. It is clearly a classic. I was a child when I first saw it, but I remember thinking 2 things in particular. Bruce Wayne seemed like a wuss and a weirdo, and the Joker looked like he was TRYING really, really hard to be funny. So, no, I do not think it is a definitive performance. Jack Nicholson played psycho pretty good - I recently saw Cuckoo's Nest, but his humor and REALLY laughing at some sick things was really missing.
As a side note: Two other things bugged me about Batman 89...
1. Joker's origin is just all wrong...save falling into the vat of chemicals. Jack Napier? Killing Bruce's parents? Ick.
2. Batman doesn't SHOOT BULLETS. For the love of God, the man hates guns! Why is he shooting at the parade from his plane? I remember seeing that recently and my jaw dropped. I thought, "Is Batman insane?"
Gambit after taking down Wolverine: "For the record, though, just to make it official, BANG ... you dead."
Gambit to Magneto: "Pardon my asking, m'sieu...but who died and made you God?"