Batman Returns

Batman Returns

Batman Returns

Director Tim Burton and actor Michael Keaton return in this stylised sequel to Batman’s 1989 feature film debut, pitting The Caped Crusader against Danny DeVito’s devious Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer’s elusive Catwoman.

With The Joker out of harm’s way, Batman now faces The Penguin, a hideously deformed, sewer-dwelling chap who develops a malicious intent on forcing society to accept him. Also running amok is a mysterious and destructive thief, Catwoman, whose intentions are not as clear.

Burton and Pfeiffer were originally attached to a Catwoman spin-off. However, the film’s development was trapped in limbo for years. Eventually, it turned into Halle Berry’s disappointing Catwoman (2004).

1992Rating: M, Low level violence126 minsUSA, UK
ActionAdventureFantasyThriller
Director:
Tim Burton ('Batman', 'Edward Scissorhands', 'Ed Wood', 'Big Fish', 'Alice in Wonderland')
Writer:
Daniel WatersSam Hamm
Cast:
Michael KeatonDanny DeVitoMichelle PfeifferChristopher WalkenMichael GoughMichael MurphyCristi ConawayAndrew Bryniarski

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Batman Returns / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A seamless, utterly consistent universe full of nasty notions about societal deterioration, greed and other base impulses.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Because the film's predominant motif is that of wounded individuals re-inventing themselves as wily villains, its most memorable episodes are early ones explaining each main character's transformation.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Odd and sad, but not exhilarating.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Burton continues to capture the essence of the Batman legend and more importantly his audiences imagination.

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