Batman returns is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Batman (1989) movie. The movie features Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken and was directed by Tim Burton.
Tim Burton initially refused to undertake another Batman film due to his conflicted feelings about the first film, but he eventually agreed after Warner Brothers allowed him greater creative freedom to make the film he wanted. Annette Bening was set to play Catwoman, but she was replaced by Michelle Pfeiffer after Annette became pregnant.
Danny DeVito admitted that he didn’t feel at ease in his penguin suit, but that it helped him get into character for the part. He also had to use mouthwash laced with red and green food coloring to ‘create a horrible texture of some bizarre goo’ in his mouth.
The film received mostly positive reviews, while some critics complained that it was too dark, which we think is a bit absurd considering your main character is known as the Dark Knight.
On the overall, this is perhaps our favorite of Tim Burton’s two Batman films.
Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman is fantastic, and Michael Keaton’s Batman is always a delight.
I doubt they will ever do the Dark Knight Returns from the comics as a movie, but if they do it would be great if they could get Michael Keaton to don the hood and cowl again as an older more cynical Batman.
After defeating the Joker, Batman now encounters the Penguin, a twisted and damaged individual determined to fit into Gotham society. Max Schreck, a crooked businessman, is persuaded into assisting him in becoming Mayor of Gotham, and the two of them seek to cast Batman in a new light. However, earlier in the story, Max’s secretary, Selina Kyle, is pushed from a building and transforms into Catwoman, a mysterious figure with the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must try to clear his name while also contemplating what should be done with Catwoman.
10 Facts about Batman Returns:
- Danny Devito stayed in character in between takes.
- Warner Bros. had to constantly submit new Catwoman posters to various cities as many of the bus stop ads were being stolen. It eventually got so bad that police had to patrol the bus stops to catch the people trying to steal the posters before they had a chance to break the Plexiglas.
- The Catwoman suit was vacuum sealed once it was fitted on Michelle Pfeiffer. She only had a short amount of time to do her scene before they had to have it open up in fear of her passing out.
- The Catwoman suit made it impossible for her to hear her own voice and Tim Burton had to tell her to lower her voice as she would often shout her lines.
- Danny Devito spent at least 2 hours every day in the makeup chair for the Penguin and was forbidden to tell anyone how the makeup would eventually look, including his family.
- McDonalds in the US had to cancel a Happy Meal promotion after parents complained about the movies violent and sexual nature.
- Stan Winston told a story of how he and his crew were collecting the mechanical penguins after a day’s shoot and found one of the live penguins snuggled up asleep next to a mechanical one
- Christopher Walken’s character is named after actor Max Schreck who starred in Nosferatu (1922).
- Security on the set while filming was so tight that even Kevin Costner was refused entry to visit the set.
- This was the first Batman movie to use digital effects: The shield on the Batmobile and the remote controlled Batarang.