Elfman's score is iconic. The set design is amazing. The Prince songs are cool (although somewhat out of place and jarring 30 years on). Nicholson is fantastic (albeit much older and more rotund than I imagine the Joker). That's about everything positive I can say about a film I've seen probably twice in my life and didn't hold in high regard just a year out from its original release.
The Joker’s origin was, of course, borrowed from “The Man Behind the Red Hood”, a Golden Age story. What was different there, tho, and what Burton (and Allan Moore) got wrong, is that we didn’t see the Joker’s face before he was the Joker.
I still enjoy the original film. Not a fan of Keaton as Wayne but his Batman was fine. The look of the movie was cool, the music great. Better than growling sociopath Batman. I hear the latest version will be back to "detective" Batman. I hope so but not sure how faithful that will be. I'd like to see the Neal 70s era Batman on screen, so hoping that's what we get.
I really got sucked into the hype for Batman back then. Was in my junior year in college and was sporting no less than three different Bat-shirts. Batman was the first movie to get a 20 dollar pricetag on VHS. That Christmas, my friends gave me a total of nine copies of that movie.