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Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Fantasy | 19 June 1992 (USA)
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Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.

Director:

Tim Burton

Writers:

Bob Kane (Batman characters), Daniel Waters (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Batman / Bruce Wayne
Danny DeVito ... Penguin
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Catwoman / Selina
Christopher Walken ... Max Shreck
Michael Gough ... Alfred
Michael Murphy ... Mayor
Cristi Conaway ... Ice Princess
Andrew Bryniarski ... Chip
Pat Hingle ... Commissioner Gordon
Vincent Schiavelli ... Organ Grinder
Steve Witting ... Josh
Jan Hooks ... Jen
John Strong John Strong ... Sword Swallower
Rick Zumwalt ... Tattooed Strongman
Anna Katarina ... Poodle Lady
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Storyline

In the sewers of gotham city to the rooftops of the gotham city the penguin wants to know where he came from well in his villain ways catwoman plans to kill rich man of gotham max shreak but as he battles with millionaire Bruce Wayne both ladies men have their own secrets Bruce Wayne is back as Bat man trying to stop the penguin Max is helping penguin steal gotham city while selina Kyle/catwoman tries to help penguin not knowing her man murder target also her murder is helping him but all four men have their goals taking gotham from crime winning gotham city assassination for two men and more money to be gotham citys number one rich man. Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Above Gotham, Looms Its Greatest Hero See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batman 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,687,711, 21 June 1992

Gross USA:

$162,902,340

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,903,053
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo®)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There are numerous references to Germany's "Weimar Republic" culture, which existed from 1919 to 1933. The outfit and look of The Penguin are based on the title character from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), and much of the scenery and set designs of this movie are inspired by the same movie. A villain is named after Max Schreck, another film star of "Weimar Republic" culture. Schreck suggests to The Penguin to make a "Reichstag fire", the terrorist act which the Nazi Party used as a pretext to seize power (saying they were guarding against terrorists) and disband the Weimar Republic. It is popularly assumed that the Nazis set the fire. See more »

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(at around 2h) The conductor of the music score Jonathan Sheffer is credited as Jonathon Sheffer. See more »

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[first lines]
Happy Woman: Merry Christmas!
Happy Man: Merry Christmas!
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The opening credits are of the Cobblepot baby's pram floating through the Gotham sewers. See more »

Alternate Versions

Reportedly, the South Korean VHS edition of "Batman Returns" remains infamous between Korean audiences because of its stupid cut by the video company: the movie runs 126m., but in order to put in on a 120m. cassette, the company cut the whole sequence of Selina's transformation to Catwoman. In theaters, it was intact. See more »

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Face to Face
Words by Steven Severin and Siouxsie Sioux
Music by Steven Severin, Siouxsie Sioux, Budgie, and Danny Elfman
Produced by Stephen Hague
Performed by Siouxsie and the Banshees
Courtesy of Polydor Limited and Geffen Records
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Entertaining, but far too much focus on spectacle over content
28 January 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Evil land developer Max Shreck teams up with sewer dweller The Penguin to plan to take over large areas of real estate. When Shreck's employee Selina Kyle discovers his plans he kills her, only for her to survive and develop Catwoman as an alter-ego. Gotham City's regular defender Batman, steps up to battle the villains while, as Bruce Wayne, he begins a romance with the sexually charged Kyle.

The second of the Batman series had the possibility to go one of two ways. 1 - it could go darker and look at the character of Batman in more detail and bring out the ambiguous nature of him more. Or 2 - it could take the blockbuster elements of the first and up the ante. With Burton on board it was always possible that it would go darker and complex than the first, however instead it panders to the mass audience. In fairness the studios had a lot of money to make from the films and merchandising so couldn't risk the sequel turning people off. So here we have a plot that doesn't really matter. At times it's not really clear why any of the villains are doing what they're doing, the thinnest of reasons suffice - the Penguin simply wants revenge for being dumped in the sewers at birth.

With the plot noted on a matchbox, Burton seems happy to concentrate on the set pieces. With the characters set up in the first film, he now can just jump in at the deep end. The end result is a endless run of explosions, gadgets and fights. Keaton is not so effective as he was in the first - mainly because his character isn't developed because we concentrate on the baddies instead. De Vito is a good Penguin and he doesn't ham as much as Nicholson did. Pfeiffer is definitely a better female role than Basinger was, but she isn't fully explored. Walken is always watchable as a bad guy, but here he can't rise above the material.

Overall this film bottled the opportunity to build on the dark original. Going for the `bang, bang, boom' audience it throws all it's energy into action and fights. Overall it's an uncoordinated mess - the name Batman deserved better.


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