Movies Batman Returns (1992, Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer) Published 6 months ago on November 14, 2018 After the success of the first film, Tim Burton returned to helm this sequel, with Keaton reprising his role as the eponymous hero, Danny DeVito as the villainous Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. The Penguin plots to become Mayor of Gotham City by playing on his disabilities. Catwoman has different plans. She was dowdy secretary Slene Kyle, who found out that her boss Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) was planning to defraud the city with his new power plant. Thrown out of a window, she survives thanks to the attentions of the city’s stray moggies and, taking on their powers as well as making herself a very tight suit, she swears revenge of Schreck. Burton weaves the two plotlines together well: Catwoman and the Penguin form an alliance; but she is similtaneously fascinated by Batman (as he is by her). Also to the fore is Batman’s continued insecurity: is he a superhero or a violent vigilante? And there is also some sympathy for the Penguin, who was abandoned at birth because of his deformities and is desperate to know why his parents treated him so cruelly. But the real star is Pfeiffer, who throws herself into the role of Catwoman with a performance that Halle Berry could have learnt a lot from, stealing the film from Keaton with both her look and the erotic wordplay she shares with an adversary who could become her partner. Walken, as the evil Max Schreck (a nice nod from Burton to one of his cinematic heroes), is suitably villainous, while another star is Gotham City, a dark art-deco nightmare so typical of Burton’s vision. production details USA | 126 minutes | 1992 Director: Tim Burton Writer: Daniel Walters Creator: Bob Kane cast Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle / Catwoman Christopher Walken as Max Shreck Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth Michael Murphy as The Mayor Cristi Conaway as Ice Princess Andrew Bryniarski as Charles ‘Chip’ Shreck Pat Hingle as Commissioner James Gordon Vincent Schiavelli as Organ Grinder Steve Witting as Josh Jan Hooks as Jen John Strong as Sword Swallower Rick Zumwalt as Tattooed Strongman Anna Katarina as Poodle Lady Gregory Scott Cummins as Acrobat Thug One Erika Andersch as Knifethrower Dame Travis McKenna as Fat Clown Doug Jones as Thin Clown Branscombe Richmond as Terrifying Clown #1 Paul Reubens as Penguin’s Father Diane Salinger as Penguin’s Mother Stuart Lancaster as Penguin’s Doctor Cal Hoffman as Happy Man Joan Jurige as Happy Woman Rosie O’Connor as Adorable Little Girl Sean Whalen as Paperboy Erik Onate as Aggressive Reporter Joey DePinto as Shreck Security Guard Steven Brill as Gothamite #1 Neal Lerner as Gothamite #2 Ashley Tillman as Gothamite #3 Elizabeth Sanders as Gothamite #4 Joan Giammarco as Female Victim Frank DiElsi as Security #1 Biff Yeager as Security #2 Robert Gossett as TV Anchorman Adam Drescher as Crowd Member Bobby Bell as Emperor Penguin Niki Botelho as Emperor Penguin Susan Rossitto as Emperor Penguin Margarita Farrell as Emperor Penguin Denise Killpack as Emperor Penguin Felix Silla as Emperor Penguin Debbie Lee Carrington as Emperor Penguin Anthony De Longis as Terrifying Clown #2 (uncredited) Desi Singh as Clown with Flaming Crossbow (uncredited) Darla as Ratty Poodle (uncredited) ActionAndrew BryniarskiBob KaneChristopher WalkenCristi ConawayDaniel WatersDanny DeVitoFantasyJan HooksMichael GoughMichael KeatonMichael MurphyMichelle PfeifferPat HingleSteve WittingTim BurtonVincent SchiavelliWesley Strick Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes3 hours ago Victorian Sensations: Seeing and Believing Series Final Wed 5 Jun on BBC Four In the final episode of this series, psychotherapist Philippa Perry explores how the late Victorian passion for science co-existed with... 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