In director Tim Burton's sequel to his successful BATMAN (1989), the Caped Crusador (Michael Keaton) is pitted against the demented, ravenous Penguin (Danny DeVito), a pitiful, orphaned psychopathic freak who once went on a baby-killing spree, and a "power" hungry capitalist villain Max Shreck (Christopher Walken). As the two criminals plot to gain domination over Gotham City, BATMAN must plot to stop them.
In the highly stylized BATMAN RETURNS--complete with dark, Gothic architecture and moody lighting--Batman (and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne) is thrown a third enemy, a terrible distraction: Cat Woman (fearlessly and fabulously played by Michelle Pfeiffer). She is the slinky, sharp-clawed alter-ego of Shreck's secretary Selina. Batman must overcome his own dark past, and his present love entanglements, to rid Gotham of it's evil enemies, this time with even more intricately designed sets and tongue-in-cheek humor, making BATMAN RETURNS an action-packed, but darkly fun adventure.
Danny DeVito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Danny De Vito - American actor/director, HOFFA (1992)
Tim Burton - American director
Timothy Burton - American director
Michael Keaton - Actor/Producer, BATMAN (1989)
Michael John Douglas - Actor/Producer, BATMAN (1989)
Pat Hingle - American Actor
Michael Gough - British Actor
Cristi Conaway - Actress
Pee-Wee Herman - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Reubens - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Rubenfeld - Actor/Children's Show Host
Paul Mall - Actor/Children's Show Host
Michelle Pfeiffer - American actress, SCARFACE, DANGEROUS LIAISONS
Christopher Walken - Oscar-winning American actor, THE DEER HUNTER
Michael Murphy - Narrator, LAS VEGAS: AN UNCOVENTIONAL HISTORY (2005)
Andrew Bryniarski - Supporting Actor
Gotham City is once again under siege, this time by the sinister Penguin. A malformed baby thrown into the sewers to drown, The Penguin survived and decided to exact revenge against the hated metropolis during its grand Christmas celebration. Batman must stop the madman and his band of furry, but deadly, little penguins. To complicate matters, the caped crusader also has to contend with a sexy new vigilante whose moral stance is slightly more ambiguous than his own -- the cruel and sexy Catwoman.
Theatrical release: June 19, 1992. Both BATMAN films were based on the popular comic book characters created by Bob Kane for DC Comics, but also on the Batman Dark Knight graphic comic books created by Frank Miller. Estimated budget: $70 million. BATMAN RETURNS grossed more than $265 million worldwide. Christopher Walken's character Max Shreck was named after the actor (Max Schreck, with an "sch") who played the vampire in NOSFERATU (1922). Annette Bening was originally slated for the role of Catwoman. But, due to her pregnancy, she was replaced by Michelle Pfeiffer. BATMAN'S Academy Award-winning production designer Anton Furst committed suicide before work began on the sequel. Bo Welch replaced him and based his designs on Furst's.
"...Sprightly....Burton creates a wicked world of misfits..." - 06/19/1992 New York Times, p.C1
"...As Catwoman, terrific Michelle Pfeiffer goes from mousy secretary to liberated lionness. As flipper-fingered Penguin, Danny DeVito is an orchestra of evil intentions..." - 06/19/1992 USA Today, p.1D
"...The runaway star here is Pfeiffer, whose performance is a sexy, comic triumph..." - 06/26/1992 Entertainment Weekly, p.90
"...[Burton's] dark, melancholy vision is undeniably something to see....[An] always visually inventive film..." - 06/19/1992 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...A most intriguing movie, great to look at, fun to talk about..." - 06/19/1992 Chicago Sun-Times, p.43