Wednesday, December 18, 2013

North Carolina Recalls the 1989 BATMAN Movie! Keaton! Nicholson! DC Comics!

Unearthed at last! Here are some local (to Charlotte, North Carolina) articles and clippings dealing with the juggernaut that was 1989's BATMAN movie! The nation was rocked by this long-planned film (first announced in 1980) finally coming to the big screen, complete with casting controversies (Michael Keaton as BATMAN?!), rumors (is Robin in it or not?), and more freakish fanboy furor than you could shake a wobbly Batarang at! Click below to enlarge each article about the film, Batman fans, and the famed comics Caped Crusader himself!

I can name every Bat-item in that pic above! Terry Manus (who once told me he 
was instructed to pose as a "gosh-wow" fanboy in the above pics) was a long-time
staple of the local Metrolina Expo, a super-flea market in the 80s and 90s here,
 in the days before eBay. He always had tons of Batman and comic-related
toys for sale or trade!

Manus' collection was impressive, and it's odd to think there are now
many fans who have equally large collections consisting only of Bat-toys 

made for and after the 1989 movie, premiering at the time of this 
article's publication!

The article above was written by Lawrence Toppman, who still writes
opinion-swaying reviews (and is kind to today's deluge of comic-centric
films) for the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, and Bill James was (and is still)
part of this area's JOHN BOY & BILLY radio show!

Oh, if only this reviewer could see the BATMAN films to come! More plot-holes,
more outrageousness, more guest stars mugging shamelessly throughout the sequels!

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Tony Nichols said...

Ha! That reminds me of something that happened to my friend at that time. The day the movie was released, he walked into a local (Raleigh, NC) comic shop, wearing a suit and tie, fresh from work. A reporter from the News and Observer was there, doing a story on the release of the movie, and was snapping photos of the "grown up" who was interested in comics. Great for the store owner, right? As soon as the reporter was done with the pics, the store owner yelled at my friend (witnessed by the reporter) that if he "wasn't gonna buy something, move along, this isn't a library". So my friend left, never to return.


Al Bigley said...


Thanks for the comment.

That speaks volumes about reporters AND comic shop owners!

Al Bigley