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Batman Returns (1992) Poster

Goofs

Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Penguin holds Catwoman's cat to the bed, hisses and meows are heard from it but it never opens its mouth.

Character error 

The penguin exhibit at the closed zoo is called Arctic World. Penguins are Antarctic creatures.

Continuity 

Catwoman's high heels become flat shoes when doing her backflips.
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Bruce Wayne puts his coat on twice after opening the secret entrance to the Batcave in the fish tank.
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When Bruce plays the CD, the Penguin's dialogue is spoken differently than when it was first recorded in the Batmobile.
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When Selina makes her Catwoman outfit she picks up a small pair of blue handled scissors, in the next shot she has a larger pair of pink scissors.
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When The Penguin is in the Hall of Records, we see him through a window and it's snowing outside. In the next shot we see the Batmobile come around the corner and it's not snowing, but in a shot of Batman from inside the Batmobile, it's snowing again.
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When Catwoman breaks into Schrek's Department Store she jumps off of the trampoline, and when she lands, her whip touches the floor. But in the next shot she still has the whip wrapped around her, and then starts to unwrap it.
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When Schreck is introducing the Penguin to his election staff, he is wearing a coat. Moments later, his coat is missing.
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During the 'Meow' Scene Catwoman is wearing flat shoes. After the store explodes and she climbs up the building she's wearing high heels.
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During the 'Lawn Dart' scene Penguin's left gray top coat sleeve is sagging off his shoulder revealing the lapel of his black tuxedo coat. As he stands and waves his hands about, his top coat covers the lapel. When the Penguin cackles at Batman's frame-up his lapel is revealed again.
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In the original staff meeting just before the first tree lighting ceremony, when Selina Kyle is serving coffee, the camera angle changes as she walks around Max Shreck and she ends up walking around him twice.
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Catwoman stabs Batman in the center of his abdomen, but when he returns to the Batcave, he pulls the piece of metal out of his right flank.
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When Selina comes home from the office and listens to her answering machine messages saying she has to go back to the office to get the Bruce Wayne file, she is wearing a brown dress suit. But when she comes home after being brought back to life by the cats, she is wearing a gray dress.
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After "rescuing" the mayor's baby, the Penguin rides one of his duck boats up on a scissor lift. The boat is shown to have short walls on the side and the duck's head is clearly the highest point on the boat. But when Penguin rises out of the manhole, his feet are nearly level with the ground, implying either he had another lift inside the boat or the rest of the boat was crushed against the sewer ceiling.
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When the Penguin attempts to kill Catwoman using his flying umbrella, when he delivers the line "good bye my unintended, go to heaven" his hands are empty. However in the next shot he has a glass in his hand.
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When the Penguin is speaking to Max Shreck in his underground Lair, the Penguin's necktie disappears and reappears several times.
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When Batman knocks the first skull clown off of the motorcycle, the motorcycle's windshield is already broken, but in the next shot, the windshield is intact.
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When Batman is in the Batcave and he removes Catwoman's claw from his side, the rectangular bulletproof guard on top of his glove is missing.
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When Penguin makes his small speech to the Cobblepot fans, the knot of his Edwardian tie is sagging but when finds Catwoman on his bed his tie knot is perked back up.
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The size of the window that Cobblepot looks out of.

Crew or equipment visible 

When Batman is shot off the roof by police, a hand is visible helping him onto the floor.
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When the Penguin is controlling the Batmobile, a mechanical lifting arm can be seen extending from the side of the building, moving a police car that the Batmobile smashes into.
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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.
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At the end of the movie when Penguin is accompanied into the water by penguins, when his body floats into the water, you can see the skid he's on slide out from under him and out of frame on the left middle of the screen.
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Factual errors 

When the Penguin makes the shadow of a bird on the ceiling, he is lying on a bed with his hands directly above his chest. So where is the light that causes the shadow?
If the guided Batarang had enough inertia to knock out the previous targets, the poodle that jumped up to intercept it before hitting the "Marie Antoinette" gang member would have just become part of the projectile.
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In the closing credits, Mike Edmonson's job in the film is listed as "Special Eefects Foreman" (all in caps.)
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

When Bruce plays the CD, just for fun he "scratches" it back and forth like a record a few times, and it sounds just like record scratches. Although the technology to do so in real life was not invented until much later, Batman is shown having several pieces of advanced technology that was impossible for the time (for example, the self propelled Batarang and the Batmobile's armor). There is no reason to believe Wayne did not invent it himself.
Catwoman engages Batman in a rooftop fight minutes after she destroys Shreck's Department store. But Shreck's Department store - in perfect condition - can be seen behind Batman while he is hanging from Catwoman's whip after falling over a ledge. However, Max Shreck is a very prominent, wealthy businessman in Gotham, so it is possible he has multiple department stores in the city.

Revealing mistakes 

The tombstones in the graveyard wobble when touched by the Penguin's coat (although this may be deliberate).
When the Mayor of Gotham City says, "Where is that insufferable son of a bitch?" you can see Commissioner Gordon mouthing his line.
Water reflections on walls during the underwater scenes are obviously lights.
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When Batman makes his first dramatic entrance to fight the clowns in his Batmobile, that clearly isn't snow being churned up by the wheels of his car.
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The snow floats on water.
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When the Penguin drives the Batmobile remotely, the cars it smashes are damaged just before it hits them.
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When Batman is on the roof and his cape becomes a glider, you can see that the glider is separate from his cape as his cape falls off behind him. When he floats down the glider cape once again resembles his regular cape.
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During Batman's rescue of Selina from the clown hostage-taker, the outline of the piece of building exterior that Batman knocks the clown out with can clearly be seen before he yanks on the wire.
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After Penguin slides out of the duck vehicle from his failed mayor campaign he's wearing his black tuxedo coat under his gray top coat. After he pets the penguins in the next scene he's only wearing his gray coat over his vest and shirt.
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When Batman swivels the Batmobile around to torch the thug blowing fire - the thug is clearly on fire before the fireball from the Batmobile hits him.
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When the baby is stolen during the press conference and the thief jumps down the man hole into the sewer you see the fake stone just beneath the surface of the man hole shake. This would suggest that it is made of plastic or rubber.
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In the re-released digitally updated version, when Batman extends his bat glider, as he goes off the roof you can clearly see the a line attached to the glider.
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When the Penguin detonated the explosives on the penguins there are two missiles in the center of the screen that appear to be stuck.
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The same switch is used in the Batmobile to turn on the rocket booster in the beginning and activate the Batmissile during the later chase. The Batmissile switch finally works, but it is in the off position.
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When Penguin is putting the campaign button on the young woman, at first glance the pin is closed, even though he's able to keep the pin from falling from the girl's sweater without opening the pin.
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When the Penguin rises from the sewer to return the mayor's baby, there's no way the mechanical duck he was on would have been able to go high enough to lift him all the way to the surface.
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Spoilers 

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Continuity 

When Bruce Wayne is being driven by Alfred at the end of the movie, the same car appears in the front and rear windows at least eight times.
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Continuity 

When Batman reveals his true identity at the end by tearing off his mask, the eye paint disappears right before the mask is removed.

Continuity 

During the Penguin's final speech, a glob of egg mixed with tomato lands on his left lapel. It completely disappears only seconds later, without even leaving a stain.
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Continuity 

Position of the Penguin on the stairs while he is shooting up the crowd during his final speech.
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Crew or equipment visible 

In the electrocution/explosion finale (on a wide long shot), a stuntman/technician can be seen running and hunched over from where the main character(s) were, to the viewers right, behind another part of the generator.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the penguins are pall-bearing The Penguin's body down the ramp to the pool, many of them are clearly not touching the body.
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Revealing mistakes 

When the Penguin dies and his pets slide him into the water you can see the slide-board he was laying on slip out ahead of him under water.
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