Vicki Vale is featured prominently in the 1989 film Batman, played by Kim Basinger. Sean Young was originally cast as Vicki before being forced to bow out due to an injury from a horse-riding scene that was ultimately deleted from the film. When the movie begins, Vicki has come to Gotham City to do a story on Batman, but she soon becomes romantically involved with Bruce Wayne, unaware that he and Batman are one and the same person. She later becomes drawn into the conflict with the Joker when the Clown Prince of Crime develops an affection for her. Eventually Vicki does learn Bruce's secret identity and is present during Batman's final confrontation with the Joker on top of Gotham City Cathedral. At the end of the film, Alfred Pennyworth chauffeurs her to Wayne Manor to await Bruce's return once the night's crimefighting is done.
Vicki does not appear in the sequel Batman Returns, but is mentioned once during a conversation between Bruce and Selina Kyle, where Bruce mentions that Vicki ended their relationship because ultimately she couldn't accept his dual life. She is also mentioned flippantly when Bruce reminds Alfred of him letting her into the Batcave in the first film.