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Quiz: How well do you know the early Batman films?
It’s 31 years since the first Batman film – the one from the 1960s aside – hit our screens.

A FEW NEWS stories related to the first Batman films have emerged in recent days. 

Firstly, it is being reported that Michael Keaton – who appeared in Batman and Batman Returns – could be set to reprise his role as the caped crusader as he’s in talks to appear in an upcoming DC Comics movie. 

The second was the sad news that film director Joel Schumacher had died. As well as directing the likes of St Elmo’s Fire, Falling Down and Veronica Guerin, Schumacher had also directed the third and fourth installments Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

It’s also 31 years to the day that the first film was released in the US. 

This quiz is all about those first few Batman films – before Christopher Nolan’s reinvention of the franchise in the 2000s. Best of luck!

What shrewd move did Jack Nicholson reportedly make before agreeing to play The Joker in the first Batman?
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He stipulated his character had to get more screentime than Batman
He was free to stay in character at all times on set and was able to write his own lines

His contract stipulated Warner Bros had to successfully lobby for him to be nominated for an Oscar for the role
He took a pay cut in his basic salary in return for a percentage of the box office and merchandise sales
Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) playes the love interest of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the first film. What is her profession?
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Assistant district attorney

Lieutenant in Gotham PD
PA to one of the villains
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Catwoman in Batman Returns, but what's her character's real name in it?
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Selina Kyle
Barbara Gordon

Rachel Dawes
Pamela Isley
Which composer is behind the iconic music from the first films?
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John Williams
Hans Zimmer

Danny Elfman
Mark Mothersbaugh
In which film would you find the Red Triangle Gang?
Batman Returns

Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Which of these harebrained schemes does Edward Nygma/The Riddler come up with in Batman Forever?
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Turn public opinion against the Batman by implicating him in a series of bizarre crimes
Sending out strange infrared signals that compel people to kill each other, thus triggering a crime wave that overwhelms Batman

Steal all of Gotham's confidential information using a brainwave device people put on top of their tellies
Capturing Batman and reinstating Two Face as district attorney so Bruce Wayne can be tried for his violence against criminals in open court
Where does Bruce Wayne invite Dr Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) on their first date in Batman Forever?
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A football game
The circus

Arkham Asylum
The Batcave
Which of these lines is NOT uttered by Mr Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Batman and Robin?
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You're not sending me to the cooler
In this world, there's only one absolute... everything freezes!

Ice to see you
If revenge is a dish best served cold, then put on your Sunday finest. It's time to feast!
Who plays Batgirl in Batman & Robin?
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Brittany Murphy
Alicia Silverstone

Neve Campbell
Liv Tyler
Which film grossed more?
Batman Returns

Batman Forever
Batman & Robin
Answer all the questions to see your result!
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You scored out of !
The people of Gotham are safe on your watch
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
The Joker
You're devilishly clever but couldn't make it out on top
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
Commissioner Gordon
You're great, I guess. You still need Batman's help to come out on top, though.
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
Harvey 'Two Face' Dent
You agonised over a few of them cos you couldn't decide between two of the options
Share your result:
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You scored out of !
You'll have to do better than that to impress Batman
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