Batman Returns

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Year of Release: 1992

Genre: Comic Book

Related to/Remake of: Batman (1989), Batman Forever (sequel), Batman & Robin (sequel)

Directed By: Tim Burton

Music By: Danny Elfman

Starring: Michael Keaton (as Bruce Wayne/Batman), Danny DeVito (as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin), Michelle Pfeiffer (as Selina Kyle/Catwoman), Christopher Walken (as Max Shreck), and Michael Gough (as Alfred Pennyworth)

Basic Plot: Catwoman joins forces with The Penguin to bring down Batman and wreck havoc on Gotham.

Rating (Out of 4): 3

Pros: The follow up to Burton’s 1989 film, this is another dark and, at times, ghoulish look at the city of Gotham and its lone protector against the forces of evil. Burton does great work establishing Bruce Wayne/Batman as a tortured soul who struggles with both sides of his identity. DeVito’s work as Cobblepot/Penguin is also first rate as he manages to be equal parts sympathetic and repellent, and Michelle Pfeiffer is sleek and sexy as Catwoman. Also, Christopher Walken steals every scene he’s in as the despicable businessman, Max Shreck.

Cons: A somewhat more disturbing film at times than the previous installment. Also, some dialogue comes across as being overly-clever and unlikely to be uttered in a realistic setting.

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