Credits- Batman Returns (1992)

  • Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito & Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Directed By: Tim Burton

#45 Batman Returns (1992)

Bags don’t come more mixed than Batman Returns, a bona fide blockbuster which nevertheless established some of the more distressing trends for the comic book movies which followed it. The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) returns to director Tim Burton’s art deco Gotham, there to face the conniving Penguin (Danny DeVito) and sensual Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). Their battle scared up over $250 million worldwide, enough to land it the number 3 spot on 1992’s box office charts.

Like all Burton films, the production design is immaculate, revealing a Christmastime Gotham similar to yet distinct from the original Batman’s. Keaton does yeoman work in the lead, and Pfeiffer’s ferocious, unforgettable performance can still jump-start puberty in any boy within 100 yards. But Daniel Waters’ script is an unforgivable mess, and while the Penguin make-up looks brilliant, Burton sympathized too much with DeVito’s monster to make him an effective villain. Add to that a few bad guys too many (Christopher Walken is tossed into the mix as well) and some nonsensical gags (the less said about the Bat DJ the better), and this entry ultimately falls far behind Christopher Nolan’s superior take on the character.

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