Batman 1989 Movie Adaptation - Deluxe Edition Review - Master Class is in session
• Dennis O'Neil (Writer) • Jerry Ordway (Pencils-Cover)
•Steve Oliff (Colorist) • DC Comics (Publisher)
Batman 89 is still one of my favorite superhero movies. I've watched the Tim Burton Epic literally countless times. I'm also pretty sure I have the original Movie adaptation in one of my pullboxes. When I saw that the deluxe edition was available I knew I had to have it.
Before getting into the actual review I thought it was worth mentioning that this is a hardcover volume. The book is also a 2 in 1 edition. The book contains the original comic and also showcases the uncolored Jerry Ordway linework. This is an incredible presentation worthy of the Deluxe edition designate.
Let's continue with the D*ck-sucking shall we? Batman "89" is one of the best movie to comic adaptations I've ever read. The movie takes some liberties to the Batman mythos but it generally gets the characters right and it's hard to look at this incarnation and crying foul.
Dennis O'Neil does an amazing job adapting the film. It's a beat for beat adaptation of the movie with some slight adjustments. The scenes where Batman kills are deemphasized. The other adjustments are done mostly to add context to scenes or show different angles to the events.
Another cool aspect of the comic is that the likenesses are impeccable. Michael, Jack, Kim, and Robert all look like their big-screen counterparts and will further immerse you into this translation.
There has been plenty of shitty film to comic adaptations over the years. This isn't one of them. Batman 89 is one of the best film adaptation's available and really highlights the potential of the setting. There is no surprise that Bruce Timm and Paul Dini mined this era for Batman: The Animated series. This is a great book and worthy of all of the accolades it's received over the years.