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Batman Returns (Widescreen/Full Screen)
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The first Batman sequel takes a wicked turn with the villainous exploits of the freakish and mean-spirited Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose criminal collaboration with evil tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) threatens to drain Gotham City of its energy supply. As if that weren't enough, Batman (Michael Keaton) has his hands full with the vengeful Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), who turns out to be a lot more dangerous than a kitten with a whip. As with the first Batman feature, director Tim Burton brings his distinct visual style to the frantic action, but this time there's a darker malevolence lurking beneath all that extraordinary production design. --Jeff Shannon
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Adding to the mix is one Selina Kyle, Shreck’s lowly assistant, er, secretary, who, after a bad night with her boss, becomes Catwoman.
The Bat Signal shines and the Dark Knight returns to once again rid Gotham of chaos and restore order.
Michael Keaton is back as Gotham’s Guardian and brings to the role all the mystery and edge that made the ’89 movie so popular. What’s even better is that this movie actually has Batman in it and the vigilante appears, clad in black armor, more than just four times like in the previous flick.
Danny DeVito as the Penguin does a great job given what he had to work with. Though the Penguin in this film is not the same as the one in the comics, DeVito still did well portraying a man who was born . . . a little different.
Michelle Pfeiffer pulls off the dual role of Selina Kyle/Catwoman nicely. In fact, she plays four distinct roles in this film, all in one character: nerdy Selina, hip Selina, crazy Selina and Catwoman.
This film is filled with action, darkness and fun, all set in Tim Burton’s eerie Gotham City, which was a character on its own in this film and its predecessor.
It’s the hokey plot that’s earning this film a lower rating than the previous one. Had the story been better, this movie had the potential to be one of the best superhero flicks ever.
There is a love/hate relationship between Batman/Keaton and Catwoman. She is a woman that plays very hard to get, one minute she is snuggling to him and the next she is trying to slash Batman with her claws. It is clear that Batman loves her and recognizes her as the tycoon’s administrative assistant.
The Penguin is very well played by DeVito, the success of hero films is largely determined by the power of the villain, rather than how the hero is played. The hero can show weakness, as Batman does in this movie, but the villain cannot.
As is the case with all franchise movies, there is a significant difference in the quality of the Batman movies. This is one of the better ones, Burton is great as a director and the antagonisms between the foursome keep the action moving. There are shifting alliances, the potential for a great deal of back-stabbing and ways in which Batman can save the day and the city. You both hope he gets the girl and prefer that he doesn’t.
"Batman Returns" seems much more a Tim Burton film; weirder, more perverse, funnier and more unpredictable than its predecessor. While the film lacks Nicholson's magic, it gains a great, funny, and twistedly sexy performance by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, her dark, dual personality mirroring Batman/Bruce Wayne's schizophrenic existence, and drawing these two "enemies" together like moths to flame.
Also fun and often fascinating are Danny DeVito's so pathetic you could almost like him, but so dark he's unredeemable Penguin. And Christopher Walken is a blast comparatively underplaying evil capitalist billionaire Max Schrek.
The film looks gorgeous, arguably better than the first. And if the production design can't match the grandeur of Anton Furst's sets for "Batman". these have a lot more Tim Burton surrealist fun-house/nightmare aesthetic.
What's missing is much of a clear plot, story elements coming and going a bit randomly. And, like the first film, "Batman" himself is made less interesting than the bad guys. But Burton has always been at his best exploring outsider characters, and creating nightmare dreamscapes, and he gets to do a lot more of that here. As one critic put it; this is a somewhat weaker "Batman" film, but a much better Tim Burton film.
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Great Movie, Great Steel. I love the look of the steel and how it falls into the same design as the original steel for the first movie.Published 22 months ago by Marcello Tomasella
Awesome collectible packaging! An essential for any steelbook or Batman Collector. Love the artwork that they used for the case!Published 22 months ago by Gianluca Da Silva
Great movie that brought back a lot of memories! Loved the crisp picture because sometimes you have old movies that are "restored" on blu-ray but are not up to blu-ray... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2014 by Brennan Uhyn
This is the first Batman movie I have ever seen when I was kid and I still love it today. Amazing actors, and Tim Burton is amazing director. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2013 by Cathy De Bastos
Come on this is the first batman. The movie was great and I think Michael Keaton will always be the best batman. Not liking the Penguin or Catwoman in this moviePublished on March 14 2013 by Andrew Palmer
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