September 25

Batman, 1989

This week is a celebration here at Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers because we’ve turned ONE year old!

To usher in the monumental anniversary, J. Blake and Dion Baia have recorded a podcast that could be their most EPIC yet, presenting a film that played a huge role in their upbringing and practically revolutionized Hollywood moviemaking and marketing in the late 20th century; basically the 1977 Star Wars of their generation. If you haven’t guessed it already, we are speaking about 1989’s Batman, directed by Tim Burton.


Dion and Blake start off by reflecting on turning a year old, and the humbling experience it has been to hear from the fans they’ve gained who share the same love for movies as they do. The fellas chat about being part of a nostalgic generation, and attempt to set-up what it was like for them to be 10 year-olds living in a pre-Batman era and then live through that unbelievable summer of 1989, a perfect storm which has been dubbed in the annuls of history as Batmania.

Then they get into all things Batman: The lads go back and setup the history of comic books, from dime-store novels, pulp magazines to comic strips, and detail the elements in the culture that helped Bob Kane and Bill Finger create the Dark Knight. The boys proceed to go through the various eras of Batman, from the post WWII 50’s era Fredric Wertham crusade to clean up comics, to the ‘Pop1966 show that defined an era, to the ’70’s and ’80’s push to bring the character back to his roots. Once they get to the main course, Tim Burton’s 1989 tour de force, they track the 10-year journey of getting the film made, the various casting challenges posed (with Dion and Blake playing the BIGGEST version of their ‘What If ? Game EVER), and even tackle the argument of who was a better JokerJack Nicholson or Heath Ledger? Not to mention the 26 year-old surprise that could ultimately send them both to the HOSPITAL to get their stomach’s pumped!

Yes, as epic as this description is, it barely scratches the surface of this MEGA podcast to commemorate Saturday Night Movie Sleepover‘s one year anniversary. Go ahead and have a spin today!


(As of this recording, some great news has been released about Bill Finger finally receiving the Batman credit he deserves!)

(Straight out of the Saturday Night Movie Sleepover’s Archive, here is an original sketch by none other than Bob Kane himself!)

(As mentioned in the podcast, another straight out of the SNMS’s Archive is an ultra-rare, one of a kind original piece of art done by the Hanna Barbara legend Bob Singer of Batman and Robin with Scooby and Shaggy.

(To READ MORE on artist Bob Singer and his role in developing Hanna Barbara’s cartoon library, please read this EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW the boys did for 

(Check out the TRAILER that started it all, released Christmas of 1988 to build excitement for the June 23rd 1989 premiere)

(Have a look at various 1989 commercials to promote all things Batman, including toys, Nintendo games, the *cereal*, Michael Gough as Alfred in a Diet Coke commercial, and many more! Wow it brings back memories!!)

(Here’s an VERY RARE Warner Bros. Industrial Short [courtesy of] part of the 1988 press kit, which some say was made to show the stockholders how the tone and look of the film would be, which was shot while the project was still in preproduction, and has in-depth interviews with Production Designer Anton Furst, Director Tim Burton, SFX man John Evans, among many others.)

(For all everything else related to the 1989 Burton film among other things, check out

(HERE and HERE are some photo’s of the actual cereal box the boys opened on set and tried during the recording of their Batman 1989 podcast.)

(As referenced to in the podcast, have a gander at the 2011 Podwits article Dion did arguing Tim Burton‘s Batman films over Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy. )

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Posted September 25, 2015 by admin in category "Action", "Adventure", "Childrens", "DC Comics", "Drama", "Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers Exclusive


  1. By Dennis Atherton on

    Congrats on 1 year guys, the biggest compliment I can give you is as soon as I finished the podcast I bought Batman, I always loved it but I have seen it for years, I’m looking forward to a revisit. Cheers Dennis

    1. By admin (Post author) on

      Hey Dennis- Thank you SO MUCH, for listening to the cast (straight away as well- WOW!) and for the compliment! We really enjoyed doing this movie, it holds such a special place in our hearts. So glad you like the Saturday Night Movie Sleepovers, and hope you enjoy what we have coming down the pike! Take care and thank you so much again! Cheers!

  2. By Cullen on

    Granted late to the show but Great Podcast! Amongst a lot of interesting thoughts about Batman 89 I really enjoyed the Batman comic’s/t.v. history rundown. I should say I did listen to the Blob show right before this one (also great) and learned something was not right with the cereal but it didn’t have any serious repercussions. That being said, when you guys couldn’t stop grinding the Batman cereal and were making comments about the taste, smell and that fly’s immediately began to swarm, you had me laughing out loud in my office. That is some serious movie sleepover stuff! Again, glad there were no serious side effects and keep on doing your thing!

    1. By admin (Post author) on

      Hey Cullen! Thanks so much for listening and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to write us. So glad you are liking the podcast. Yes, thankfully no permanent side effects from that retro cereal. Ha. But thanks again!

    2. By J. Blake on

      On a serious note regarding the cereal, yes thankfully there were no permanent side-effects, but my mouth did go numb after that for several hours and I was worried there for awhile.

      By the way, I still have a bunch of leftovers. I can’t bring myself to throw it away. Lol.

      Thanks for listening and commenting!

      – J. Blake


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