Chandler’s Trailers: “Batman Returns” (1992)


batmanreturns    Tim Burton’s second film outing exploring Gotham City’s Caped Crusader is once again long on annoying guest villains and short on the main character. Though cheerfully absent of the destructive narcissism of a particular Nicholson, the film is a seamless continuation of the first film’s few strengths but an escalation of it’s more gratingly unnecessary flaws. In this installment, Batman is faced with two different costumed foes: a mutant Penguin and Catwoman; played respectively by a typically scene chewing (and drooling) Danny DeVito and a sumptuously playful Michele Pfeiffer. Again, Gotham City seems suspiciously underpopulated, as if the film’s budget didn’t extend beyond needlessly busy art direction to suit Burton’s (by now) tiresome visual scheme. It all begins well until the forced mechanics of cartoon villainy undercut the deliberate solemnity of the portrayal of the film’s hero. 

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5 Responses to Chandler’s Trailers: “Batman Returns” (1992)

  1. ghostof82 says:

    Yeah, I loved the original Tim Burton Batman but this one was a big disappointment. Filming it in America did it few favours, I preferred the English feel of the original, it felt more ‘real’ if such a thing is possible for a Tim Burton picture. This one was too much fantasy. MInd, yes, the subsequent films went even more fantasy and sillier.

  2. Alex Good says:

    This was an absolutely terrible movie. The amazing thing is that the next two in the series were much worse.

  3. beetleypete says:

    I have never seen a ‘Batman franchise’ film. Not really my thing. I was tempted by Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, but resisted. I saw ‘Superman’, but that had Valerie Perrine’s involvement to entice me.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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