With Michael Keaton poised to win an Oscar for his critically acclaimed performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2014 comic drama “Birdman” later this month, it’s a good time to revisit his breakthrough role as the caped crusader in Tim Burton’s 1989 superhero smash “Batman,” showing as part of the Cool Classics series at the Colony Theater in Raleigh on Wednesday. Keaton’s incarnation of The Dark Knight/Bruce Wayne battles the evil criminal mastermind “The Joker,” played to the hilarious hilt by Jack Nicholson, through the shadowy backdrop of Anton Furst and Peter Young’s Oscar-winning Gotham City set designs. The film also stars Kim Basinger, Jack Palance, Robert Wuhl and Billy Dee Williams, with a score by composer Danny Elfman, as well as songs written and performed by Prince. It starts at 8 p.m., and admission is $5. Details: 919-847-5677 or ambassadorcinemas.com.
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