Batman Returns (1992) Review

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice hits Cinemas March 25th 2016 as the collective nerd word waits with baited breath as two of the most iconic hero’s of all time go one on one.

so what better way to look forward to the future than to have a glance back at the highs and lows (So many low’s) of the icons that changed the genre forever!

Director Tim Burton refused to lighten up for the second of the Batman movies (Not That im complaining) and the result is another moody, gloomy and occasionally perverse portrait of the Dark Knight. As with the first in the series, the sets are suitably stunning, and, while action may not be Burton’s strongest suit, there are still some dazzling set pieces and a whole range of new gadgets

Sequel to the 1989 action fantasy Batman, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer. The Caped Crusader returns to action when Gotham City is threatened by corrupt tycoon Max Shreck and the vengeful Penguin. As he battles the forces of crime, Batman discovers a deadly new foe in the shape of feline vigilante, Catwoman.

In the dark and brutal city of Gotham, the masked vigilante Batman (Michael Keaton) fights crime to rid the street of the scum that took the lives of his parents.

The hero also fights the good fight in his guise as multimillionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, doing everything in his power to stop crooked industrialist Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) from building a new and unnecessary power plant which, unbeknownst to anyone but Schreck, is actually designed to suck the power from Gotham and give him a monopoly on energy.

When a gang of clowns, circus performers, and sideshow freaks disrupts the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Gotham Plaza, Batman swings into action to stop them, but is not able to rescue Schreck, who is kidnapped by the gang.

Taken deep within the bowels of the city’s sewer system, Schreck is introduced to the gang’s ringleader: The Penguin (Danny DeVito), a deformed and maniacal criminal genius who blackmails Schreck into helping him ascend into the public eye. “Saving” the mayor’s (Michael Murphy) baby from a clown kidnapper, the Penguin is soon the darling of Gotham.

This movie is even darker than the first. It concentrates upon the cruelty of society as well as the inner struggle that many have just to get by in the world. Keaton as Batman and gets much better lines and scenes this time around (Eat floor high fiber!)  and set the bench mark for yeas to come.

As for Devito and Pfeiffer has there ever been a more definitive version of their receptive characters since this hit theaters in 1992? i my opinion not at all. The Batman franchise would change so much in the next two installments hardly resembling what we have here and that’s such a shame that is couldn’t stay true to such a winning formula.

so out of a possible five stars Batman Returns gains:

✪✪✪✪

Whilst on par with the original, it was always going to be difficult to surpass Nicholson as the Joker

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