Reworking movies into trailers for different genres is what the internet does, but this one for Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman is the best I’ve seen in awhile.
As the “Time Warp” designation suggests, it doesn’t transform the dark Keaton-Nicholson blockbuster into a different genre (like goofing it into the camp of the 1960s TV series). Rather, the people at Journey’s End have made this trailer a throwback to the 1940s Warner Bros. crime noir capers that Burton drew so much inspiration from.
It’s really effective, too, somehow transcending the expected black-and-white, film wear-and-tear treatment to actually make it feel as if it were legitimately pulled from the archives. (Using Max Steiner‘s score from The Big Sleep and Miklós Rózsa‘s music for Double Indemnity sure helps.)
The exercise really emphasizes just how much Burton pulled from those WB classics, even while also putting his own gothic spin on the whole thing.
Anyway, it’s great fun, really well done, and a perfect tribute to Burton’s groundbreaking take that was shattering box office records 30 years ago this summer.