Batman Returns (1992)
Keaton & Burton reteam, adding in Danny DeVito's Penguin
and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman.
When Batman yanked off his mask, he had to rip the latex. How
did he put it on? (Joe Crowe)
Sentient, missile-toting penguins. Stooooopid. And that little
gaffe was just enough for Schumacher to get his pointy-toed
shoe in the door. . . . (Mark Finn)
Bloated backstory for the Penguin which ends up hamstringing
him as an effective villain. (Peggy Hailey)
An unforgivable wasting of the villainous potential of Christopher
Walken. (Peggy Hailey)
That critics and audiences complained that this movie was
too scary, unpleasant, and dark. It's Batman, people! (Jason
For a movie overloaded with backstory, nothing ever happens.
A plot would've been nice. (Jayme Blaschke)
gross-out take on the Penguin wasn't edgy. It was simply repulsive.
For two movies now, the "Dark Knight Detective" hasn't
done much detecting. He's simply reacting to the bad guys and
playing with his technology. Incorrectly. Remember when he did
that little scratchin' thing . . . with a CD? Goofball.
I didn't buy Catwoman's origin. She survived the fall because
she survived the fall? Uh, OK? I guess? It's the first hint
of the supernatural in a series that has tried very hard to
rationally explain everything so far. It felt stilted. (Mark
As much as the Bat-signal shining on Bruce Wayne sitting in
the darkness brooding rocked, his first appearance in costume
in the movie stunk. Instead of an ominous shadow falling across
the bad guys or somesuch, we get Batman behind the wheel of
a car, driving. It was intense driving, though. Man, those hands
were GRIPPING that wheel! (Joe Crowe)
First, no one should ever utter the word "poontang" unless
it is used ironically to ridicule people who use the word "poontang";
and even then — no. Second, Danny DeVito, in particular,
should never ever EVER be allowed to utter the word "poontang."
Thirdly, if it were completely unavoidable that Danny DeVito
should utter the word "poontang," he should, under no circumstances,
be permitted to say it while wearing a hideous prosthetic nose
and drooling a black oily substance. Ick! (Jason Myers)
The defeated Penguin being carried away by penguins. (Joe Crowe)
Tim Burton's Gotham had become familiar by this movie, but there
was still a balance between over-the-topness and dour reality.
You hear that, Schumacher? Balance! (Joe Crowe)
the shaky origin, Pfeiffer's Catwoman was beautiful and sexy
(if just a touch too dominatrix-esque for me). And DeVito's
Penguin was creepy and terrifying. The freak angle played well
with him. (Mark Finn)
Catwoman, Catwoman, Catwoman. How could any studio exec see
this film and think, "Hey! Halle Berry!" (Jayme
Catwoman, baby! Michelle Pfieffer hits all the right notes in
this one, and her damaged, borderline-schizophrenic Catwoman
is a perfect complement to Keaton's damaged, borderline-schizophrenic
Batman. (Peggy Hailey)
Fantastic character development and interplay. Batman actually
gets some personality this time around. (Jayme Blaschke)
If the first movie was all about the Joker, this one's
all about Catwoman, second-coolest Batman villain. The transformation
of Selina Kyle from mousy to catty. The way Selina breaks her
cheery "HELLO THERE" sign so it reads "HELL
HERE". The way Catwoman says "Meow." The way
she licks Batman's face. And the way Michelle Pfeiffer
looks in that catsuit? Purrrrfectly, clawfully cattractive.
"I don't know about you, Miss Kitty, but I feel so much . ..
yummier." (Jason Myers)
Abandoned zoo. Every major city needs at least one abandoned
zoo, preferably located between the abandoned movie studio and
abandoned amusement park. (Jayme Blaschke)
Nice Paul Reubens cameo as the Penguin's father. (Peggy Hailey)
The ambiguous ending of the Batman/Catwoman portion of the story.
It's a shame no one has explored this relationship further.
An attempt to make the hackneyed convention of Comic Book Talking
During A Fight Scene work. Catwoman's kicks were breaks
in the sentences. Not bad. It was a nice try at working actual
source material into the movies. (Mark Finn)
"Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it."
"But a kiss can be deadlier . . . if you mean it."
"Oh God, does this mean we have to start fighting now?"
One of the best all-time comic book moments in the history
of super hero movies. Prove me wrong; I dare you. (Mark Finn)