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Batman Returns [1992] (2 discs)

Director:Tim Burton
Writer:Daniel Waters
Composer:Danny Elfman
Length:126 minutes
(2 hours 6 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
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IMDB Rating:6.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:80%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: The Penguin shows up in Gotham City and quickly vies for Mayor while Catwoman is on the prowl and out for revenge on the corrupt business man who she claimed "killed" her.

Reaction: Darker than the first outing, but this movie definitely has a number of great moments and still has much of the same stylistic charm that Tim Burton brings to everything he does.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Tim Burton => Director / Producer
Daniel Waters => Writer
Danny Elfman => Composer
Bob Kane => Characters
Andrew Bryniarski => Charles 'Chip' Shreck
Anna Katarina => Poodle Lady
Anthony De Longis => Terrifying Clown #2 (uncredited)
Christopher Walken => Max Shreck
Cristi Conaway => Ice Princess
Danny DeVito => Penguin / Oswald Cobblepot
Diane Salinger => Penguin's Mother
Doug Jones => Thin Clown
Jan Hooks => Jen
Michael Gough => Alfred Pennyworth
Michael Keaton => Bruce Wayne / Batman
Michael Murphy => The Mayor
Michelle Pfeiffer => Selina Kyle / Catwoman
Pat Hingle => Commissioner James Gordon
Paul Reubens => Penguin's Father
Sean Whalen => Paperboy
Vincent Schiavelli => Organ Grinder

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Danny DeVito refused a stand-in during the scene where the Penguin gets pelted with rotten food by an angry mob.
  • The Penguin's line: "I am an animal. I am *not* a human being," is a work on John Hurt's line: "I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!" as John Merrick in The Elephant Man.
  • During one scene, Michelle Pfeiffer had to put a live bird in her mouth.
  • When The Penguin first decides to run for mayor, someone puts a cigarette in his mouth, with a cigarette holder. A reference The Penguin from the batman TV show.
  • Michelle Pfeiffer got through 60 catsuits during the 6 month shoot, at a cost of $1,000 a time.
  • Christopher Walken's character is named Maximillian Shreck. In addition to the fact that "schreck" is the German word meaning "terror," the actor [?] Max Schreck played the first-ever vampire depicted on film in the silent-era classic Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.
  • The first script draft of Batman Returns was intended to be a direct-sequel to the previous film. As a result, sub plots and continuity from the first film that would have been addressed included gift shops selling fragments of the destroyed Bat-Wing, further revelations into the past of the now deceased Jack Napier AKA Joker, and even Bruce Wayne proposing to Vicki Vale by the end of the film. However, Tim Burton was uncomfortable in making a direct sequel and as a result, the script was rewritten. However, several plot elements from the original script did make it into the final draft. This included the Penguin and Catwoman's alliance, their framing of Batman, and the Dark Knight's escape via Bat-Glider. Further elements even made their way into the third film, Batman Forever, most notably the storming of Wayne Manor and the Batcave.
  • The final shot of the film, in which Catwoman is seen looking at the Bat-signal, was added as an afterthought, literally weeks before the film opened. The shot had to be filmed on a weekend, less than a day after conception, with a double for Michelle Pfeiffer. That single shot cost $250,000.
  • In Selina's apartment, her neon sign read "Hello There". But after she trashed her apartment, she knocked out the "O" in "Hello" and the "T" in "There", which caused the sign to read "Hell Here".
  • Security was so tight on the production that even Kevin Costner was refused permission to visit the set. Warner Brothers employed a private investigator firm when some shots of Danny DeVito in costume made it into the tabloids.
  • Composer Danny Elfman was one of the off-screen tomato and lettuce throwers during the Penguin's botched speech.