7.0/10
211,701
606 user 151 critic

Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | | Action | 19 June 1992 (USA)
Trailer
0:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Director:

Writers:

(Batman characters), (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
1,220 ( 60)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Batman (1989)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Batman must battle Two-Face and The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey
Action | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Batman & Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell
Superman (1978)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman
Superman II (1980)
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner
Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth
Beetlejuice (1988)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a "bio-exorcist" in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The discovery of a massive river of ectoplasm and a resurgence of spectral activity allows the staff of Ghostbusters to revive the business.

Director: Ivan Reitman
Stars: Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver
Superman III (1983)
Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder
Gremlins (1984)
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A gentle man, with scissors for hands, is brought into a new community after living in isolation.

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken total control over the building of a media mogul.

Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Cristi Conaway ...
...
...
...
...
...
Jen
John Strong ...
Sword Swallower
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Having defeated the Joker, Batman now faces the Penguin - a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society. Crooked businessman Max Schreck is coerced into helping him become Mayor of Gotham and they both attempt to expose Batman in a different light. Earlier however, Selina Kyle, Max's secretary, is thrown from the top of a building and is transformed into Catwoman - a mysterious figure who has the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must attempt to clear his name, all the time deciding just what must be done with the Catwoman. Written by Graeme Roy <gsr@cbmamiga.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Bat, the Cat, the Penguin See more »

Genres:

Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brooding, dark violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

19 June 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batman 2  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$162,831,698 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (as Dolby Stereo®)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the first of the live action Batman films to use computer generated special effects: the shield on the Batmobile, as opposed to the previous film, and the remote controlled Batarang. See more »

Goofs

Just prior to the explosion of Shreck's, Catwoman famously back flips her way toward Batman and Penguin, who are directly in front of either side of the camera. On the VHS version, you can clearly see Michelle Pfeiffer, in catsuit, hunched down at the bottom of the screen, ready to jump up and "meow" for the camera once her acrobatic stunt double is out of the shot. Although the film's final editing didn't require the scene to be shot this way, Ms. Pfeiffer and her double still ended up in the same frame. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Happy Woman: Merry Christmas!
Happy Man: Merry Christmas!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #40.11 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Super Freak
Written by Rick James and Alonzo Miller
Orchestrated by Bruce Fowler
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

The best film in the Bat-franchise, by far...
2 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

As a life-long mega Bat-fan, I thought that Batman Returns did the best job (of all four films) of portraying the Dark Knight. Sure, the 1989's Batman was great, but it was lopsided; it might as well have been called "Joker" considering the focus of the film. Batman Returns allowed us a better look at Batman/Bruce Wayne himself, who was little more than an imposing supporting cast member in the first film; I loved Jack Nicholson's over-the-top performance, but THIS fanboy wanted more of the Caped Crusader in the film. Batman Returns gave us that and more...we got Batman/Bruce character development, the AWESOME give-and-take between Batman and Catwoman (one of the strangest courtships in comics), and Burton even tossed us a little bit of fun, dark humor with Shreck and the Penguin. Everyone's performances maintained consistent characterizations that came across beautifully as both mad and tragic; Keaton was subtly psychotic, Pfeiffer was fatally seductive, Walken was deliciously megalomaniacal, and DeVito was unwaveringly grotesque. Everyone pulled off their characters with gusto and memorable appeal. Though not as dark and gritty as the first film, "Returns" captured the subtle madness that permeates Gotham City. When you compare "Returns" to the other Batman films, it is easy to see that it gives Batman's world the touch of underlying insanity (as only Burton can capture) that the first film lacked (where was the Joker's twisted sense of humor?) and the last two increasingly turned into the Three Stooges ("Chicks dig the car"!?!). Batman Returns excelled in that it was a dark, disturbingly insane portrait of Batman and Gotham City; a film that carefully balances on the fine line where and darkness and madness meet. For those movie lovers brave enough to try walking that line, I recommend this film.


172 of 235 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Rank the live action Batman and Superman movies up to this point brianctyler-11531
Connections AndrewGS
Did anyone else like this one more than the 1st one? Rage-Kage
all those penguins in the film? vickiraj
Rank the Catwomen brianctyler-11531
Discuss Batman Returns (1992) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?