Batman Returns

Batman Returns

Tim Burton (1992)

121min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Tim Burton refused to lighten up for the second of the Batman movies (we would have to wait for the Joel Schumacher-directed Batman Forever 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 Batman, the villains bag all the best lines - Danny DeVito's tragic Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer in that 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.

Summary

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

Bruce Wayne/Batman Michael Keaton
Selina Kyle/Catwoman Michelle Pfeiffer
Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin Danny DeVito
Max Shreck Christopher Walken
Alfred Michael Gough
Commissioner Gordon Pat Hingle
Mayor Michael Murphy
Organ grinder Vincent Schiavelli
Ice Princess Cristi Conaway
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Contains violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama