In the summer of 1989, my brother and I were dropped off at a local cinema in Bend, Oregon, cash in hand from our parents to see the film, Batman. As we found our seats in the theater, my young mind had no idea what to expect. I knew very little about Batman other than what I had seen in comics, or on television via the 60's re-runs. All I knew was that I was excited to see the film ever since seeing the first trailer on television.
Looking back on that day, it's interesting that my brother went with me. He's never been into comics, to this day won't watch any of the numerous Marvel movies. Yet, on this day, he was side by side with his younger brother to take in the flick.
I soaked in every minute of the two hour and six minute film, enthralled with the sights, sounds, and everything in between. The movie was amazing, and I wanted more! This was easy to do, as Warner Bros. seemed eager and willing to promote the film through any form of merchandise they could license. Shirts, hats, drinking glasses, various novelty toys, Play-Doh sets, Toy Biz action figures, movie novelizations, soundtracks from both Prince and Danny Elfman, and a fantastic one-shot comic book adaptation from DC Comics, the latter of which we're focusing on today.
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