Batman, Joker, and their alter-egos form the main chess pieces, while Gotham forms the chess board, and there was potential for a real interesting dynamic between them.
Easily the most iconic Batman movie before The Dark Knight came out, Tim Burton's Batman redifined the superhero scene where Marvel kept failing before the X-Men franchise.
Michael Keaton is the other standout performer, and has easily the most layered performance, not just handling Bruce Wayne and Batman, but also tortured Bruce Wayne, public Bruce Wayne, and meltdown Bruce Wayne in Vicki's apartment.
To add to Batman's problems, a new villian rises in the form of the wild Joker, who plans to bring chaos to Gotham, and Batman's alter ego's love interest, Vicki Vale.
Michael Keaton & Jack Nicholson hold great performances in the film and make the rivalry between both characters very convincing.
Synopsis : After seeing this , I would credit Batman Begins : which I hated as being the best live action Batman film.