Video: Batdance

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Batdance music video selected snapshots

Music Video details

First aired: June 1989
Producer(s): Greg Feinberg / Propaganda Films
Director: Albert Magnoli
Related home video/DVD: Batman (SE DVD release)
First (Commercially) Released: 18 October 2005


Date Institution, Country Award
This music video has not received any awards in the USA

Batdance is the thirty-first Prince video to have been released for broadcast.

It features Prince as himself (surrounded by his instruments) while he watches a complexly choreographed ballet of Batman-, Joker- and Vicki Vale dancers.

In their midst is also the Prince-invented character 'Gemini', (played by Prince) whose right half is Batman (without the face mask) and left half is The Joker (complete with face paint and green hair). The half good / half bad 'character' seems an unintentional reference to 'Twoface', another famous Batman character.

As 'himself' Prince plays various keyboards and a bass guitar, while he watches the ballet on a bat logo shaped screen. The Gemini character sees himself surrounded by five Batman- and five Joker dancers who fight-dance their way through the song, meanwhile never interacting with Gemini who sings Prince’s lines from the song.

For the second part of the song (the Vicki Vale part) the five Vicki Vale-dancers make their entrance and are being harressed by the Joker dancers. The electric chair from the lyrics is also depicted, shows with smoke coming of it as if an execution had just taken place on it. Eventually the video ends with Gemini hitting a detonator, exploding it.

The video was directed by Albert Magnoli, director of Purple Rain, whom by 1989 also acted as Prince’s manager.

Shooting Information
Shooting Sessions
Date Location Additional info
27 May 1989 Culver Studios, Culver City, CA, USA (assumed)
28 May 1989 Culver Studios, Culver City, CA, USA (assumed)
  • Prince
  • Five (unidentified) Batman dancers
  • Five (unidentified) Joker dancers
  • Five (unidentified) Vicki Vale dancers
  • Barry Lather - Choreography
  • Helen Hiatt- Costume design
  • Susan Stella - Costume design
  • Jim Bienke - Make-up and masks

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Batdance 6:51 Batman 2-DVD special edition (2005)

Prince streaming video platforms (2017)
Released for sale as separate track on iTunes (2017)

long version
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Batdance 4:49 promo only short version
Batdance 4:10 promo only Bat Mix
Batdance 4:12 promo only Vicki Vale Mix

Additional Information

See Also Quotation & triva

Batdance single.jpg

  • Two seldom seen variations of the “Batdance” video exist, Bat Mix' and Vicki Vale Mix. These two videos were made up of alternate and some unused footage from the regular Batdance video.
  • Nominations:
- Best Video: 10th BPI Awards (18 February 1990).
- Best Music Video: 4th Soul Train Awards (14 March 1990).
- Best Video from a Film: 1990 MTV Video Music Awards (6 September 1990)

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