WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Batman Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in September to celebrate its films, TV, and comics.
Cinemark is showing three exclusive Batman classics for fans to relive some of his greatest memories for one day only as part of his special day on September 17th. The schedule for the films is as follows:
- Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993) — 2:15 p.m. This big-screen extension of the beloved “Batman: The Animated Series,” finds Bruce Wayne/Batman taking on a new threat in Gotham — the mysterious and ghoulish Phantasm. Which of Bruce’s acquaintances hides behind the shroud and why are they targeting some of the city’s most powerful people? Did you know? “Mask of the Phantasm” was a commercial flop upon its release but has generated a fierce cult following in the following decades. Cinema news outlet ScreenRant named it the best animated Batman movie of all-time just this year.
- Batman (1989) — 4:30 p.m. It’s the live-action film that truly began Batman’s silver screen reign (though it’s not the first live action “Batman” movie). Director Tim Burton puts extra goth in Gotham all while centering Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) against his arch-nemesis, the Joker (played by a properly over-the-top Jack Nicholson). Some of the series’ most signature aesthetics originate with 1989’s “Batman,” as does a soundtrack by Prince. “Batdance,” anyone?
- Batman Returns (1992) — 7:25 p.m. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this triple-header of the Bat, the Bird and the Cat. In his second (and so far final) appearance, Keaton reprises his role as Batman and takes on not one but two villains, the nefarious mayoral candidate Penguin (Danny DeVito) and the mischievous bombshell Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). “Batman Returns” — sometimes cheekily considered a Christmas movie — is the final entry by Burton in the franchise.
Tickets are on sale now at participating theatres.
- North Haven