Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton in ‘Batman’

April 19, 2014 | 11:58 a.m.

In 1989, Batman returned to the silver screen in the Tim Burton-directed "Batman." Fans were initially worried when Michael Keaton was cast as the Batman, as the actor had primarily been known for his comedic roles. But Burton wanted Keaton after working with him on "Beetlejuice." Jack Nicholson starred as the Joker. The film's success was a watershed moment for the character.(Warner Bros.)

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