While Batman deals with a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaking havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman, a female employee of the latter becomes the Catwoman with her own vendetta.


Tim Burton


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 »





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


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

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Action | Crime | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The Penguin wears his signature monocle in three brief scenes, and in one scene, somebody sticks a cigarette holder in his mouth (although he immediately spits it out a second later). The film's promotional material and in-universe political campaign posters do, however, show him with his top hat, monocle, and cigarette holder in the classic Penguin style. See more »


(at around 17 mins) When the Mayor of Gotham City says, "Where is that insufferable son of a bitch?" you can see Commissioner Gordon mouthing his line. See more »


[first lines]
Happy Woman: Merry Christmas!
Happy Man: Merry Christmas!
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Crazy Credits

Of the four films from the Burton/Schumacher Batman franchise, this is the only one in which the opening credits sequence does not feature/use the Batman logo or a variation on it. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2008 UK Blu-ray Disc is, for the first time, completely uncut and rated '15'. It includes the director commentary from the 2005 US DVD which had been removed from its UK counterpart due to the cut version's different running time. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ryan Gosling/Leon Bridges (2015) See more »


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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20 September 2020 | by baileycrawlySee all my reviews

Batman Returns is much more in line with Burton's trademark style than the original Batman was, and perhaps that's because the studio may have lightened up a bit on him after the massive success of the first one. I may never know the reason, but this one is different than the predecessor.

Of course, the work the cast puts in determines the overall tone of the film, and this one has a few new characters - most notably Christopher Walken and Danny DeVito - who added something a little different that wasn't there before. DeVito plays The Penguin/creepy sexual predator, and Christoper Walken plays the holier-than-thou philanthropist who convinces an entire town of his kind actions while blinding them to the nasty realities. Those two characters bring about a much darker film, but it also gives characters that have even more depth than Nicholson's Joker.

The big question that is relevant to the film, however is: Is it good? The answer is yes, but it's not as good as the original Batman. DeVito really does a terrific job as The Penguin, and he sells his character pretty well. Of course, even under all the makeup, it's impossible to see him as anyone but Danny DeVito, but you would be hard-pressed to find anyone else as devoted to that role as he was. And he clearly enjoyed doing it a lot. The Penguin character, according to Burton, was the major issue the studio had with the film. The darkness, coupled with the effects of the character toward the end of the film, made it difficult to market him in a McDonalds Happy Meal, so Tim had to deal with a lot of back and forth to get this movie made.

Once again, we have the brilliant Danny Elfman doing the score, taking the work he did on the original and expanding upon it, doing a fantastic job as always. The film benefitted greatly from his work.

Batman Returns doesn't equal the quality and entertainment value of the original, but it does offer a fun and entertaining experience that's well worth watching.

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Release Date:

19 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batman 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,687,711, 21 June 1992

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo®)| Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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