Batman Returns

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Batman Returns
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The bat, the cat, and the penguin.
Genre: Superhero
Directed By: Tim Burton
Written By: Daniel Waters (Story and screenplay)
Sam Hamm (Story)

Bob Kane and Bill Finger (Original character concepts)

Starring: Michael Keaton
Danny DeVito
Michelle Pfeiffer
Christopher Walken
Michael Gough
Pat Hingle
Michael Murphy
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: June 19, 1992
Runtime: 126 minutes
Country: United States
Prequel: Batman
Sequel: Batman Forever

Batman Returns is a 1992 superhero film starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michael Gough, Christopher Walken, and Michelle Pfeiffer. It is a sequel to the 1989 hit film Batman. The film was directed by Tim Burton.


Sometime after the events of the first film, Bruce Wayne/Batman finds out about a criminal named Oswald Cobblepot (Danny DeVito), known by many people as "The Penguin" due to his short stature. Bruce also meets up with a woman named Selina Kyle, better known by most residents of Gotham City as "Catwoman" due to her outfit.

Why It Rocks

  1. Michael Keaton returns as the title character Batman, and he is more powerful than he was in the first movie.
  2. Danny DeVito was an amazing choice to play The Penguin. Not only that but Michelle Pfeiffer also made an excellent Catwoman.
  3. The film's dark tone works pretty well (despite some a bit of flaw in this film See BQ#2), and manages to actually be even darker than The Dark Knight (depending on your opinion).
  4. The villains are extremely faithful to the source material.
  5. The setting of Gothman City during wintertime is well-done, as it stays faithful to the winter season. Not only that, but the idea of a darker tone Batman film taking place around Christmas time is very nifty.
  6. Tim Burton returns as director and his direction is sturdy as ever compared to its predecessor due to him getting more creative control from Warner Bros..
  7. You gotta admit, I played this stinkin' city like a harp from hell!
  8. Danny Elfman's amazing score is used again, and his soundtrack is even darker, depressing, and maybe better than his soundtrack from the first film.
  9. Great production design, especially Catwoman's apartment, and The Penguin's lair.
  10. The Penguin's minions are very diverse as well as the penguins depicted are a mix of animatronics, puppetry, actors in costumes, and even real ones.
  11. The idea of bombs strapped to penguins is both interesting and creative.
  12. Despite its depressing atmosphere, it's very appropriate and also because it doesn't take itself too seriously.
  13. The ending is very heartwarming to watch, just after the Penguin is killed, Bruce finds a black cat from Catwoman and he goes back to his car.

Bad Qualities

  1. Plot hole: Just like with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman never clears his name at least onscreen by the end of the film, but he is still contacted through the Bat-signal.
  2. The tone can be a bit rather inconsistent. Despite being considered one of the darkest Batman movies, there are a few campy moments, such as Batman fighting with Penguin's circus freak army who all act pretty goofy and silly, Penguin's rocket-launching penguins, and Penguin driving around in a giant duck vehicle. However, this might be intentional considering Tim Burton's trademark style and the attempts to balance out the dark tone with some levity, although it is still kind of jarring.
  3. Just like the previous film, the Arkham Asylum is still absent here and it was never mentioned.


Batman Returns received even more positive reviews from critics and audiences than the previous film, and the film currently holds an 80% "Certified fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 6.7 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first." Despite the positive reception from critics and audiences, the film was met with criticism from moral guardians for its darker and more violent tone.

Box Office

Batman Returns went straight to #1 on its opening weekend, grossing $45,687,711 domestically. It would later make a total domestic gross of $162,831,698. In foreign countries, it grossed $103,990,656. Overall, Batman Returns made $266,822,354 against its $80 million budget.

Awards and nominations

Batman Returns was nominated for 2 Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects. It did, however, manage to win a BMI Film & TV Award for Best Music.


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10 months ago
Score 1
This is way better than The Dark Knight trilogy imo

Shish kabab

one month ago
Score 2
The Penguin's death was sooooo sad :(


18 days ago
Score 1
It was sad. It was also pretty chilling to me, with the penguins carrying him to the water.


one month ago
Score 0
One of Darklordjadow1's least favorite Batman movies.

Creeper guy

26 days ago
Score 0
I think the deaths of The Joker and The Penguin were unintentional in my opinion.


21 days ago
Score 1

Ok Jesus Christ, the bad qualities are so terrible. Let's go on another whiny rampage lmao:

1. The film, just like its predecessor, doesn't flesh out Batman's backstory to the fullest.

1, do we need a fully fleshed out backstory? It was already done well enough in the previous film. 2, Batman Begins proved that fleshing out someone's backstory to the fullest doesn't always work (in my opinion).

2. In regards to Batman, just like in its predecessor, the film seems to focus more on the Penguin, Max Shreck, and Catwoman than on Batman, though unlike the previous film, where Michael Keaton's name was after Jack Nicholson's in the credits and poster, here Keaton's name is before the names of Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer.

I'm pretty sure this movie focuses more on the villains than the 1989 film, so this reason might be bullshit. Another bullshit thing is the fact that this makes it look like it's not a good thing to pay attention to the villains. While I get the point, it's executed poorly.

3. Despite that one of Batman's core rules in the comic books is to never kill, Batman doesn't seem to worry about this just like in the previous film, but one scene that really bugs some fans is the one in which the Tattooed Strongman punches him and in response, Batman hits him and ties up a clock bomb on the goon's stomach before knocking him into the sewers to gruesomely explode. What's worse is that Batman freaking' smirks like if he was saying "Nobody will ever know how much I loved to kill you" before knocking the Tattooed Strongman to explore alone. What's wrong with you, Batsy?

Holy fuck, this is so damn long, and so poorly written. Also, Batman kills people in the comics, the 1989 film, the Dark Knight trilogy, and the shitty BvS flick.

4. Although it's an integral setting in the comic books, Arkham Asylum is nowhere to be seen here nor in its predecessor, which is a wasted opportunity given that its eerie and grim atmosphere could match Tim Burton's style, but as pointed out below, what purpose the Asylum could have if Batman kills his enemies all the time here? This was ultimately rectified in Batman Forever.

I get that it would've been a great opportunity, but not every Batman movie needs Arkham Asylum. Also, it is barely an integral setting in the other Batman films.

5. Plot hole: Just like with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman never clears his name at least onscreen by the end of the film, but he is still contacted through the Bat-signal.

The hell is that supposed to mean? BuT hE iS sTiLl CoNtAcTeD tHrOuGh ThE bAt-SiGnAl, shut up. That's not supposed to be confusing. The only thing that's confusing is why you put that there like it's supposed to mean something. Also, can't you fill in the details and infer that his name was cleared? Yes, show don't tell and all that crap, but you don't have to treat your audience like their stupid. Well, I guess you do after they post things like this.

6. The tone is sometimes inconsistent. Despite being considering one of the darkest Batman movies, it also has a lot of campy moments, such as Batman fighting with Penguin's circus freak army who all act pretty goofy and silly, Penguin's rocket launching penguins and Penguin driving around in a giant duck vehicle.

It's dark and fucked up, and it's consistent. The campy stuff is just Tim Burton's natural messed up creations.

7. The Penguin being horny is very unusual for the character and the fact that he tries to sleep with Catwoman is very disgusting.

I'm pretty sure it was a one time thing, but I kinda get what you mean.

Also, copying and pasting bad qualities from one page to the other (in this case, Batman 1989 to this movie) isn't smart, clever, cute, or cool. It's just lazy and sometimes self-contradictory.


20 days ago
Score 1
You're right. :(


16 days ago
Score 0
Yeah. Even I made a very laconic and brief summary of that to fix it.


6 days ago
Score 1
Arguably the best DC sequel since Superman II!

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