Batdance is a Prince video released for broadcast and to promote the single.
The video was directed by Albert Magnoli, director of Purple Rain and Sign O’ The Times, whom by 1989 also acted as Prince’s manager. The video was to be choreographed by Paula Abdul, but this could not be done due to scheduling conflicts.
Shooting took place on 27 & 28 May 1989. The video 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.