Batman (1989)

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Batman (1989)

Batman is the 1989 feature film adaptation of the DC Comics character. Directed by Tim Burton (Planet of the Apes), Michael Keaton stars as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, who matches wits with the Joker (Jack Nicholson). This cycle of Batman films would span 4 films (including Batman Returns, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin) before Christopher Nolan's "reboot" of the franchise in 2005 with Batman Begins.

The following weapons were used in the film Batman:




Colt M1911A1

Bob (Tracey Walter) uses a Colt M1911A1 throughout the movie on several occasions. A random goon also uses one later in the movie.

Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Bob holding his Colt M1911A1 on Lt. Eckhardt.
Bob holding his Colt M1911A1 on Commissioner James Gordon.
Bob pointing his Colt M1911A1 at Bruce Wayne.
A goon shooting at the Batmobile with a Colt M1911A1.
A goon holds what appears to be a Colt M1911A1 pistol on Batman.
Another shot of the goon's Colt M1911A1.

Colt New Service

Jack Napier/The Joker (Jack Nicholson) uses a Colt New Service throughout most of the film including the BANG flag gun at the film's climax and flashback, where young Napier (Hugo E. Blick) is seen using the revolver in an alley. The only exception is one small edit when he pulls back the hammer in the Axis Chemical plant. A different revolver was used for this one shot.

Colt New Service - .45 calibre
Young Jack Napier (Hugo E. Blick) with the revolver in a flashback.
Another shot of Young Jack Napier's revolver.
Jack Napier holding his New Service while on the catwalk.
Jack's New Service laying on the catwalk after Batman knocks it out of his hands.
Jack holding his New Service after retrieving it.
Jack aiming his New Service.
The Joker holds the New Service.
The Joker gives his New Service to one of his goons.
The Joker shoots himself with this New Service, only to reveal it was a fake "BANG" flag gun.

Smith & Wesson Model 14

In a brief shot during the factory gunfight, Napier's Colt New Service changes to a Smith & Wesson Model 14, then changes back.

Smith & Wesson Model 14 - .38 Special
Jack Napier cocking the revolver, which is a Smith & Wesson Model 14 due to a continuity error.

Smith & Wesson Model 15-3

The Joker (Jack Nicholson) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 15-3 with a custom 21 inch barrel to shoot down the Batwing. We later see that the gun has a telescoping barrel when the Joker collapses it.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 .38 Special
The Joker's Smith & Wesson Model 15-3 in his waistband.
The Joker holding his 21 inch barrel Smith & Wesson Model 15-3.
The Joker aiming his Smith & Wesson Model 15-3 at the Batwing.
The Joker aiming his Smith & Wesson Model 15-3 at Vicki.

Smith & Wesson Model 1

The Joker (Jack Nicholson) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 1 when he confronts Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton). A metal plate Bruce hid under his shirt stops the bullet.

Smith & Wesson Model 1 First Issue - .22 Short.
"Tell me something my friend, you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" The Joker aims his Smith and Wesson Model 1 at Bruce Wayne.
The Joker holds his Smith & Wesson Model 1 after shooting Bruce.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Revolvers appear frequently throughout the film, notably in the hands of Nick (Christopher Fairbank), a mugger, at the beginning of the film. Another Model 19 is seen carried by Lt. Eckhardt (William Hootkins).

Smith & Wesson Model 19 - .357 Magnum.
A mugger (Christopher Fairbank) at the beginning of the movie holds a Model 19 on a woman.
The same thug holding his Model 19.
Lieutenant Eckhardt (William Hootkins) pointing his Model 19 at Jack Napier.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Gotham City Police Officers are seen with standard Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 - .38 Special
A police officer with his Model 10.
Police officers with their revolvers at the ready.

Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver

Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) tries to reach for what appears to be a Smith & Wesson M1917 revolver.

Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver (Military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP. Note the ejector-rod socket, common of a Smith revolver. Also note the S&W style cylinder release latch. These are the only easily distinguishable external differences between the Colt and S&W versions.
Carl Grissom trying to go for his Smith and Wesson to shoot Jack Napier.

Webley Mk IV

Some of Joker's goons are armed with what appear to be Webley Mk IV revolvers in some scenes.

Webley Mk.IV WW2 British Army version chambered for .38 S&W
The Joker's mime goons wield Webley revolvers when they pick him up.
The Joker's goons shoot at the Batmobile with Webley Mk IVs.
Batman kicks the Webley out of the goon's hand.
The same goon holding his revolver.

Submachine Guns

M1928 Thompson

The Joker's goons use M1928 Thompson Submachine Guns multiple times throughout the movie.

M1928 Thompson with 50 round drum magazine - .45 ACP
M1928A1 Thompson with 30 round stick magazine - .45 ACP
Goons holding their M1928 Thompsons on the mob.
Another shot of a goon's M1928 Thompson.
Yet another shot of a goon's M1928 Thompson.
From left to right, 4 mime goons prepare to fire their M1928 Thompson SMGs.
A close-up of the muzzle flash coming from the Cutts compensator.
One of the mime goons with the M1928 Thompson.
A mime goon with his M1928 Thompson as Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) looks on.
A goon in the helicopter appears to have a M1928A1 Thompson with a 30 round stick magazine.
Vicki Vale spots a goon (Philip Tan) dancing with his M1928 Thompson with her camera.
A goon with his M1928 Thompson near the end of the movie.
A goon on the right fires his Thompson M1928 to clear people off Joker's float.
A goon with a Thompson SMG with a stick magazine.

Fake Villar-Perosa M1915

One of the submachine guns used by the Joker's mime goons appears to be a Villar-Perosa M1915 SMG. This is the exact same mock-up that was previously used in the 1987 film The Sicilian (because both films had the same armorers - Bapty & Co.).

Fake Villar Perosa from The Sicilian.jpg
For reference: Villar-Perosa M1915, fitted with wooden stock for off-hand use - 9 mm Glisenti
The goon second from the left holds the double barreled SMG.
What looks like a double barrel SMG at the bottom right corner of the screen.
The double barreled SMG's muzzle flash is seen.
At the bottom, the goon second from the right holds the double-barreled SMG.


The double-barreled SMG in a behind the scenes clip.


On Jack Napier's desk at his hideout, one of the photographs in a CIA file shows a dead soldier holding an Uzi with a unfolded stock, having been killed by a nerve gas that the Joker would eventually modify as his Smilex gas.

IMI Uzi 9x19mm
The photograph on the bottom right shows a dead soldier with a Uzi.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919

The guns that pop out of the Batmobile's fenders are two Browning M1919's. Seen toward the end of the movie as the Batmobile is entering the chemical plant.

Browning M1919 .30-06 on M2 tripod
One of the Browning M1919's mounted on the Batmobile.
The Batmobile fires its dual Browning M1919s.

GE M134 Minigun

Batman (Michael Keaton) has a mocked-up GE M134 Minigun on the Batwing, and uses it to shoot at The Joker near the end of the movie.

General Electric M134 with first pattern spade grip mount and crosshair sights. Note the lack of flash suppressor and three disked barrel cluster.
The mocked-up GE M134 Minigun mounted on the Batwing.


Krieghoff Model L flare pistol

The Joker uses a Krieghoff Model L flare pistol to shoot his TV, then proceeds to hand it to Bob.

Krieghoff Model L
The Joker shooting his TV.
The Joker handing the gun to Bob.

See Also

Batman Franchise
Films Michael Keaton Batman (1989)  •  Batman Returns (1992)
Val Kilmer Batman Forever (1995)
George Clooney Batman & Robin (1997)
Christian Bale Batman Begins (2005)  •  The Dark Knight (2008)  •  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Other Video Games Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)  •  Batman: Arkham City (2011)  •  Batman: Arkham Origins (2013)   •  Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)
Anime Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Television Gotham (2014)

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