.., The Batman ’89 Poster Made an Unscheduled Appearance In ‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’ (1989)?
Oh yeah It’s true.., A massive electronic Time Square billboard ad for Warner Bros 1989 modern classic ‘Batman‘ pops up in the 8th entry into the ‘Friday the 13th‘ series of the same year. Notoriously Friday 8 barely lives up to it’s ‘Takes Manhattan’ mantra, delivering only a handful of shots (and minutes) that are actually shot on location in New York City. To be fair NYC filming permits cost way more than any 80s Friday budget could ever afford. So they filmed most of the scenes on a boat and anything else that was supposed to be The Big Apple was either shot on a sound stage or in Vancouver BC. But if you’re going to blow your tiny budget on something it may as well be on a few glorious crane-shots of Jason Voorhees ascending into the bright lights of Time Square. During one such budget-blowing sweeping crane-shot the Batman logo gets a huge chunk of screen time as, of course, it was due for release the same year (and what a year ‘Die Hard‘ ‘Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade‘, ‘Back to the Future 2‘ and ‘Ghostbusters 2‘ to boot). A little extra free marketing for WB, whose campaign of blitzing every blank space with the infamous yellow/gold Bat-logo was in overdrive.
So there you have it. The horror film that delivers not only Kane Hodder’s Jason actually In Manhattan, but also an advert for Tim Burton’s Batman, and a kid who strangely looks a hell of a lot like English pro-footballer Michael Owen.