Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Daniel Waters, Sam Hamm
Based on: Batman characters created by Bob Kane and published by DC Comics
Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, Michael Murphy.
Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy
Themes: Batman, Gotham City, DC Comics
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.
It is the sequel to Batman (1989) and the second installment in the 1989 - 1997 Batman series.
Reviews were critical of its tone and narrative but more favorable towards the cast, giving near-unanimous praise to Pfeiffer's performance.
Batman Returns has been reassessed as one of the best Batman films in the decades since its release, and its incarnations of Catwoman and Penguin are considered iconic.
MIX UP RATING: ★★★★★
Mix Up Theatre Top Movies: #44
MIX UP REVIEWS:
Stewart - ★★★★★
"This film seems to have just got better with age and now stands up as one of the best Batman movies. Burton's direction seems more his style this time around and the cast are all fantastic. Especially Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito - chewing up the scenery as the villains. Music is excellent by Danny Elfman, film looks great, it's also a weird Christmas movie. So kudos to everything. Love it!"
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One of the best TV shows based on DC Comics is Young Justice which looks at the new teen heroes taking over from the Justice League. It's excellent! The Batman movies were rebooted with Batman Begins (2005) after the success of Batman (1989) but failures of Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997). Danny DeVito and director Tim Burton teamed up again for the fantasy film Big Fish. There's a similar tone in Jim Carrey's The Mask. Meanwhile Catwoman was revised but on poor form with Catwoman (2004). Check out also more Batman TV shows including campy classic Batman (1966 TV) and the animated The Batman (2004 TV).
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