Who played the lead role in 1989 film version of Batman ?
came the movies. In 1989 Tim Burton cast Michael Keaton to play the lead role in what became the first Batman movie, titled simply, Batman. The movie became the highest-grossing film for 1989.
Following on that success, Batman Returns was released in 1992, again with Keaton playing the Caped Crusader. This, like its predecessor, was a financial and critical success. Fans enjoyed the darker, more tormented Batman and flocked to the box offices.
Batman Forever was released in 1995, but with Tim Burton in the role of producer. Michael Keaton did not want to play the lead role under new director Joel Schumacher, and turned down the offer to play Batman in this movie. The role then went to Val Kilmer. Batman Forever was the first film to introduce Batmans sidekick, Robin, played by Chris ODonnell. The film was lighter in tone than the prior two. It went on to make money, but was not the critical success that Batman and Batman Returns had become.