On the eightieth anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in comic books, and the thirtieth anniversary of 1989's BATMAN, we’re showing both of Tim Burton’s Caped Crusader movies back to back. Exactly thirty years ago, Burton’s groundbreaking BATMAN made the Dark Knight cool for a new generation. It’s a gothic and intelligent slice of synthetic mythology, instilled with enough moral and thematic ambiguities to make the eponymous superhero as sinister as the evil he confronts. Michael Keaton’s subtle, understated performance in the title role sets an effective contrast to Jack Nicholson’s Joker, who’s malevolent and hilariousby turns. Bigger, louder and even darker, the delightful twisted sequel BATMAN RETURNS arrived three years later, and swapped Nicholson’s Joker for Danny DeVito’s Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman.