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In the movie Batman (1989), Jack Napier/The Joker is shown to have killed Bruce Wayne's parents, Thomas and Martha Wayne. Jack Napier looks like he would have been in his mid-20s or early 30s during the shooting. And Bruce would have been around 8-12 years of age. So later on, when Bruce eventually becomes the Batman fights the Joker, wouldn't their age gap be a lot larger than what's portrayed by Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson?

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Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton are 14 years apart. Remember that Gabrielle Carteris was 21 when she first started filming Beverly Hills 90210, when she was supposed to be 17-ish in age for the role. Assuming Joker was in his early 20's when he killed Bruce's parents, and Bruce was roughly 8, you're talking about maybe a 5 year difference in Nicholson's actual age vs the age he portrayed Joker to be? Definitely plausible.

So, to answer the question, Batman would be mid-to-late 30's and Joker would be about 50. That's pretty much what it looked like on screen.

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  • Where did you get "mid-to-late 40's"?
    – colmde
    Oct 20 at 8:26
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    "Assuming Joker was in his early 20's when he killed Bruce's parents, and Bruce was roughly 8, you're talking about maybe a 5 year difference in Nicholson's actual age vs the age he portrayed Joker to be" — 8 plus 14 is 22, so it looks more like a 0-year difference to me. Oct 20 at 8:30
  • While watching the movie, I thought Jack Napier was in his 30s and not about 50.
    – Simba3696
    Oct 20 at 18:31
  • There is a TV Trope "Dawson casting" for adult actors protraying teenages, but there are even more extreme age differences between actors and characters. I know of a television episode where a fictional version of a historical character who lived to be 14 is protrayed by an actor 4 times that age who didn't look younger than his real age. tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DawsonCasting Oct 20 at 22:17

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