25 years after Tim Burton's 'Batman', franchise still soaring

Movie series has made nearly $2 billion since 1989

While it's been 75 years since Batman's first appearance in "Detective Comics" issue #27, many casual fans didn't get into the Caped Crusader until director Tim Burton's film adaptation 50 years later. "Batman," starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger, hit theaters on June 23, 1989 and went to on make over $250 million at the box office.

That film also started a resuregeance in Batman interest, leading to six other big-budget movies being made since. With the Dark Knight's next big screen outing slated for 2016, it's clear Batman's popularity isn't waning. Here are some facts and figures about the franchise since Burton's film hit theaters 25 years ago:

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