John Joseph Nicholson, an American actor, and filmmaker was born on April 22, 1937, and has had a career spanning more than 50 years. He is noted for his portrayals as humorous characters, romantic leads, anti-heroes, and villains in both leading and supporting parts. Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters and Peter Guber. It is the first episode in Warner Bros.’ Batman film franchise. Along with Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, and Jack Palance, the film stars Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman. The film depicts the fight between the titular character and the Joker at the start of the title character’s war on crime.
Before Sam Hamm wrote the initial script, Steve Englehart and Julie Hickson wrote picture proposals after Burton was chosen as director in 1986. After the success of Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice, Batman was given the green light (1988). Before Keaton was hired as Batman, a number of A-list actors were considered. Keaton’s hiring was contentious because, by 1988, he had established himself as a humorous actor, and many observers doubted that he could play a serious character.
Batman was a critical and financial triumph, grossing more than $400 million at the box office. At the time of its release, it was the fifth-highest-grossing picture in history. For Nicholson’s performance, the film got many Saturn Award nominations and a Golden Globe nomination, and it won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction.
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