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24° & CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Sarah Ward
April 28, 2019
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'Batman' Anniversary Marathon

Go back to the 80s and 80s, Dark Knight-style.
By Sarah Ward
April 28, 2019
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What do Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer and George Clooney all have in common? For the period between 1989–1997, under the direction of Tim Burton and then Joel Schmacher, they each donned Bruce Wayne's slick suits by day and Batman's cape by night. Sure, everyone from Adam West to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck has played the Dark Knight, too; however this four-movie Batman series stands out. It's over-the-top, and yet not as campy as the original TV series. It enjoys its time in Gotham City, even if it's not as detailed — or serious — as Christopher Nolan's films. And it has more villains than the current DC Extended Universe.

2019 marks 30 years since Burton's first Keaton-starring Batman flick (and since its ace Prince soundtrack, too), and the Astor is celebrating, naturally. On the menu in one huge all-day anniversary marathon: the highs of the original and Batman Returns, plus the lows — and silliness — of Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.

Prepare to get comfy from 1pm on Saturday, May 25, with the films screening in new 4K restorations.

And if you love the initial movie but can't make a day of it, it's also screening again solo on May 28 and June 1.

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