Continuity mistake: In the scene where Joker has broken in on the mayor's televised speech to the citizens of Gotham to challenge Batman to a "big duke-a-roo", Bruce freezes the live broadcast on a close-up of the Joker. He then flashes back to his parents murder. After the flashback, he looks again at the freeze frame picture of the Joker, but it is a different picture. When he freezes it, Joker's eyes are closed. When he comes back to the picture, his eyes are open.

Continuity mistake: When Joker sees himself for the first time he hits the light and the bulb smashes against the wall. In the wide shot the light is still swinging and you can see that the bulb is intact.

Continuity mistake: At the cathedral scene, when Batman & Vicky are hanging at the ridge, and the Joker is about to be picked up by the helicopter, the color of Joker's jacket changes from purple (front shot) to red/orange (shot from above) and back again. The orange one may be his blouse, as it has the same colour visible under his jacket in the front shot. Then, the same jacket and hat are seen hung over the gargoyle just a few seconds later.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where the Batmobile automatically drives to Batman's and Vicky's location, a couple of patrol cars start following the Batmobile. When the Batmobile reaches Batman, they have mysteriously disappeared. (01:12:16)

Continuity mistake: When Batman and Vicky are running from Joker's museum plot, and are running from Joker's henchmen, he shoots a cable up to a walkway. As the camera shows him firing, he fires the rope at a 45 degree angle, yet when he and Vicky are going up on the rope, the walkway is directly above them and the rope is perpendicular to the ground.

Continuity mistake: At one point during the car chase through downtown Gotham City, the Batmobile maneuvers a sharp turn with the aid of a cable that launches from the driver's side and hooks onto a steel beam structure nearby. But as the Batmobile starts cornering, notice how the cable appears fastened in a different manner. Between shots, it has tied itself completely around the beam instead. (01:08:15)

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Continuity mistake: Towards the end of the gunfire exchange scene at Axis Chemicals - from the point at which Joker was pondering an escape on the catwalk until Batman turns around to see the shadow of a police officer closing in on him - notice how the exit bears an altogether different appearance between views. (00:27:35 - 00:29:40)


Continuity mistake: After asking Joker if he's ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight, Batman throws a right hand punch. However in the following shot Joker is seen getting hit with the left fist instead. (01:54:30)


Continuity mistake: When Vicki and Bruce take their plates to finish the supper in the kitchen, Vicki grabs her glass twice.

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Continuity mistake: As Vicki waits at the museum cafeteria, you can see "Fluegelheim Museum" is printed on the menu on her table. But when she escapes with Batman, the sign at the front entrance of the building says "Flugelheim Museum". (01:00:30 - 01:07:20)

Continuity mistake: When the Joker is watching the pictures that his henchman gives him, he puts the one with Alexander Knox on the table. Then, he looks at Vicki's picture and there's now another picture on the table.

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Continuity mistake: Vicky Vale's first name is V-I-C-K-I in the credits. On the cover of the magazine, it's spelled V-I-C-K-Y.

Continuity mistake: When Batman collects the balloons' cables in his flying vehicle's anterior contraption, he gets 6 or 7 cables caught, but when he closes the scissor-like mechanism, there are only 5 visible cables. Also, when he collects them, they gather at the back of the mechanism, but when he closes it, they are neatly caught in small notches.

Continuity mistake: After electrocuting the guy at the end of the table in the crime-bosses scene, Joker (Jack Nicholson) clearly tries to put the scarf into his chest pocket but fails and lowers his hand while still holding it. But in the next shot the scarf is perfectly in place.

Continuity mistake: Whenever shots show the view looking down on the ground when Batman and Vicky are hanging from the cathedral, it only shows two spotlights shining upwards from the ground. In other shots just showing the upper part of the cathedral, there are three or four beams visible. Also, the movement of the beams from the ground and the ones actually on the actors don't correlate between shots.

Continuity mistake: When Batman is first seen at the beginning of the scene at Axis Chemicals, he pulls a thug over a rail and hangs him from it. But when we see Batman standing over the rail, the thug is hanging from a pulley on the ceiling.

Continuity mistake: After rescuing Vicki from the museum, Batman leads Joker's henchmen on a downtown chase with the Batmobile. One car on his tail causes a major pileup at the intersection near Monarch Theatre. A short time later when the unmanned Batmobile is making its way down the street, it passes right through that very same intersection. This time, however, there are no indications that a pileup ever took place just moments before. All mangled vehicles and debris have disappeared. (01:08:20 - 01:12:00)


Continuity mistake: The background behind Bruce's TV set changes all by itself in the scene where he and Alfred are watching Joker's Smylex commercial. (00:56:55)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Vicki introduces herself to Knox at Gotham Globe, the newspaper she's reading changes between shots. (00:13:25)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where the joker fires at Batman using his extra long gun, the barrel is straight and solid, yet when he is forcing Vicki up the Cathedral steps, he collapses the gun into a pistol.

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Continuity mistake: When the Joker's henchmen are trashing the museum, one guy puts purple handprints all over a portrait, later the Joker walks by the same portrait and the handprints are gone. (00:59:55)

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Trivia: The Joker says "better make it ten [minutes]", before heading up Gotham Cathedral. Exactly 10 minutes later, the helicopter flies into shot to get him. (01:42:00 - 01:52:00)

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