The Batman Anthology universe, more commonly known as the "Burtonverse," is the fictional shared universe that comprises of the Batman Anthology series—Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Batman Forever (1995), and Batman & Robin (1997)—as well as the films' various tie-in media such as comics, novels, and video games.
The continuity of the films had been kept vague, never precisely explained for thirty years. The first time they were formally associated together was the The Batman Legacy: All 4 Feature-Length Films VHS box set.
Modern place in the Multiverse
In the Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths, general audiences were introduced to the multiverse concept. Robert Wuhl was brought back to portray Alexander Knox, after producers failed convince other cast members to appear. A designation of Earth-89 appeared on the screen. In Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part One, Earth-89 was destroyed by antimatter at the beginning of the Anti-Monitor Crisis, but a new version of it was later created when the Paragons and the Spectre created a new multiverse. In Crisis Aftermath, it was revealed through a game show question card that Earth-97 was the designation for Joel Schumacher's films Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
Cinema and comic book revival
It was later announced that Michael Keaton would be reprising his role as Batman in the upcoming film The Flash, "taking back" the role after subsequent portrayals by Val Kilmer and George Clooney. In February 2021, DC Comics announced a new comics series titled Batman '89, that would tell a new canonical story that takes place directly after Batman Returns, ignoring the events of Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. It is speculated that this new run will have some kind of impact on The Flash, serving as bridge of sorts between Batman Returns and where we see Batman in the new film.
With the release of Batman '89 as well as the upcoming film The Flash, the Burtonverse has been split into two major timelines, creating two distinct Earths that diverge after Batman Returns, according to Batman '89 creator Joe Quinones.
- Earth-89: The timeline where the comic series Batman '89 follows the theatrical films Batman and Batman Returns.
- Earth-97: The timeline where Joel Schumacher's films Batman Forever and Batman & Robin follow the two original Tim Burton films.
|US release date||Director||Written by|
|Batman||June 23, 1989||Tim Burton||Warren Skaaren based on a story by Sam Hamm|
|Batman Returns||June 19, 1992||Wesley Strick based on a story by Daniel Waters|
|Batman Forever||June 16, 1995||Joel Schumacher||Akiva Goldsman based on a story by Janet & Lee Batchler|
|Batman & Robin||June 20, 1997||Akiva Goldsman|
- Main article: Batman (film)
In 1986, Tim Burton took over as director of the first Batman film. Steve Englehart and Julie Hickson both wrote film treatments, before Sam Hamm wrote the first screenplay. Numerous A-list actors had turned the offer to play the titular role of Batman, dismissing the concept as silly. Michael Keaton agreed to read the script after having positive working experience with Burton previously. Warner Brothers wanted Jack Nicholson as the Joker, which he eventually accepted under certain conditions.
Batman Returns (1992)
- Main article: Batman Returns
The studio insisted that Danny DeVito play the Penguin, who they saw as the "Number Two" villain due the number of appearances on the live-action show. This was the primary preordained mandate for every potential sequel to Batman. Tim Burton wanted to use Catwoman, so a compromise was made to include both. This set a precedent that two primary villains be featured per movie. Every sequel in the series would feature one well known villain chosen by the studio and another villain handpicked by the director.
Batman Forever (1995)
- Main article: Batman Forever
Warner Brothers hoped that Robin Williams would accept the role of Riddler for the third film. They also assumed Michael Keaton would reprise his role but neither came to pass. Tommy Lee Jones was the first actor officially cast while Keaton was still in negotiations. Rene Russo was initially cast a Chase Meridian. Eventually it was decided to go with a much younger cast, but Jones remained.
Batman & Robin (1997)
- Main article: Batman & Robin
To be added
The Flash (2022)
- Main article: The Flash
To be added
|Title||US release date||Composer||Length||Label|
|Batman: Original Motion Picture Score||May 1989||Danny Elfman||54:45||Warner Bros. Records|
|Batman Returns: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack||June 23, 1992||69:55|
|Batman Forever: Original Motion Picture Score Album||July 11, 1995||Elliot Goldenthal||41:01||Atlantic Records|
|Batman & Robin: Music from and Inspired by the "Batman & Robin" Motion Picture||May 27, 1997||67:06||Warner Bros. Records|
|Title||US release date||Artist (s)||Length||Film|
|"Batdance"||June 8, 1989||Prince||6:13||Batman|
|"Partyman"||August 18, 1989||3:11|
|"The Arms of Orion"||October 16, 1989||5:02|
|"Scandalous!"||November 28, 1989||6:14|
|"The Future"||May 18, 1990||4:07|
|"Face to Face"||July 13, 1992||Siouxsie and the Banshees||4:17||Batman Returns|
|"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me"||June 5, 1995||U2||4:47||Batman Forever|
|"Kiss from a Rose"||June 6, 1995||Seal||4:47|
|"The Riddler"||October 24, 1995||Method Man||3:30|
|"Where Are You Now?"||November 1995||Brandy||3:57|
|"Smash It Up"||November 1995||The Offspring||3:24|
|"Nobody Lives Without Love"||December 1995||Eddi Reader||5:05|
|"The End Is the Beginning Is the End"||April 4, 1997||The Smashing Pumpkins||5:07||Batman & Robin|
|"Look into My Eyes"||May 30, 1997||Bone Thugs-n-Harmony||4:20|
|"House on Fire"||June 1997||Arkarna||3:24|
|"Gotham City"||June 3, 1997||R. Kelly||4:55|
|"Foolish Games"||July 8, 1997||Jewel||5:39|
|"Moaner"||July 21, 1997||Underworld||10:17|
|"Lazy Eye"||July 1997||Goo Goo Dolls||3:04|
|Batman||1||August 1989||Sam Hamm, Dennis O'Neil||Jerry Ordway, John Costanza, Steve Oliff||One-shot adaptation of Batman|
|Batman Returns||1||August 1992||Dennis O'Neill||Steve Erwin, José Luis García-López, Tom McCraw, John Costanza||One-shot adaptation of Batman Returns|
|Batman Forever||1||August 1995||Dennis O'Neill||Michal Dutkiewicz, Scott Hanna, Adrienne Roy, Albert DeGuzman||One-shot adaptation of Batman Forever|
|Batman & Robin||1||1997||Dennis O'Neill||Rodolfo Damaggio, Bill Sienkiewicz, Pat Garrahy, Albert DeGuzman||One-shot adaptation of Batman & Robin|
|Batman '89||6||August 10, 2021 – January 11, 2022||Sam Hamm||Joe Quinones||Sequel series set after the events of Batman Returns and ignoring the events of Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.|
|Title||US release date||Publisher||Developer||Platforms|
|Batman: The Video Game||1990||Sunsoft||Arcade|
|Batman: The Video Game||Genesis|
|Batman: The Video Game||Game Boy|
|Batman Returns||Sega||Game Gear, Genesis, Master System, Sega CD|
|Batman Forever: The Arcade Game||1996||Acclaim||Iguana Entertainment||Arcade, PlayStation, Saturn|
|Batman Forever||1995||Probe Entertainment||Game Boy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNES, PC|
|Batman & Robin||July 31, 1998||PlayStation|