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1992: Batman Returns

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In 1992, director, Tim Burton, directed Batman Returns. Michael Keaton reprises his role as Batman, also playing Bruce Wayne, this time, battling the crazily eccentric Penguin (Danny DeVito). However, the Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) also decides to join in, stirring things up between Batman and the Penguin, whilst trying to achieve her own goals.

The movie sees Batman trying to clear his name of a negative image from the population of Gotham City, due to the Penguin, and business man, Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) trying to give the image of Batman being a bad person. Whilst trying to overcome this problem, and bring down Penguin and Shreck, Batman must also decide what is to become of Catwoman, who, as seductive as she may be, causes havoc for Batman. The movie ends with Penguin dying, whilst attempting to kill Batman, and Catwoman/Selina Kyle electrocuting Shreck, who tried to kill her, before making a quick escape, although the movie ends showing the audience that Catwoman still roams the city of Gotham.

Although this one, like all of the older Batman movies, was quite comically driven, in terms of its humourous aspect, costume design and so on, Tim Burton still managed to do a good job of it, and the Batmobile, as usual, was awesome, with the driving action sequences being great and thoroughly enjoyable. As mentioned, although comically driven, this movie is still quite dark in many aspects, in comparison to the rest of the Pre-Nolan Batman flicks, which is definitely a good thing for the Batman movies. It’s also one of the Batman movies which doesn’t feature the character of Robin, which can only be a positive aspect…

Batman Returns is definitely one of the better movies of the old set of Batman movies, and a thoroughly enjoyable and developed one, in terms of the characters and storyline, so watch it – it’s Bat-tastic.

By Manpreet Singh

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