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Director Tim Burton refused to lighten up for the second of the Batman movies (we would have to wait for the Joel Schumacher-directed
for that) and the result is another moody, gloomy and occasionally perverse portrait of the Dark Knight. As with the first in the series, the sets are suitably stunning, and, while action may not be Burton's strongest suit, there are still some dazzling set pieces and a whole range of new gadgets. The only real problem here is that, as in
, the villains bag all the best lines - Danny DeVito's tragic Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer in
suit as Catwoman - with poor old Michael Keaton's Bruce Wayne left to look vaguely troubled while his alter ego Batman bashes the baddies. Even though fans of the 1960s TV show may reject its brooding atmosphere, this is still impressive stuff.
The masked hero returns to face the Penguin, a grotesque crime boss dwelling in the sewers who conspires with a corrupt businessman to make himself mayor. When the tycoon tries to kill his secretary, she returns as vengeful vigilante Catwoman, who soon forms an intense relationship with the dark knight in both their costumed and real identities. Tim Burton's comic-book adventure sequel, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Cast & Crew
Batman / Bruce Wayne
Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin
Catwoman / Selina Kyle
Michael Murphy (1)
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