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Batman Returns

Directed by Tim Burton
United Kingdom, United States, 1992
Action, Crime, Comedy

Synopsis

After defeating The Joker, Batman must face the wrath of both The Penguin and Catwoman in addition to a corrupt businessman, all of whom threaten to take control over Gotham City.

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Batman Returns Directed by Tim Burton

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1993 | 2 nominations including: Best Effects, Visual Effects

BAFTA Awards

1993 | 2 nominations including: Best Make Up Artist

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

1993 | Nominee: Best Foreign Director

Hugo Awards

1993 | Nominee: Best Dramatic Presentation

It’s a deconstructive superhero film, and not in the Zack Snyder sense of too-cool-for-this posturing, positing superheroes as gods in thorough need of a Richard Dawkins to take them down. Batman Returns is fascinated and captivated by the kind of man who’d want to put on a bat costume and save people, digging deep into that man’s psyche and finding gnarled and depraved horrors just beneath.
June 16, 2017
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I haven’t seen the film in many, many years, and it is somehow even weirder than I remember. (Also, I don’t think I realized until now that Christopher Walken’s bewigged Max Shreck was supposed to be a parody of Donald Trump…) Batman is barely in the first 45 minutes of the film, and so much of it plays as a morbid black comedy, contrasting the grotesquerie of the Penguin and Catwoman and the fascist architecture of Gotham with the relative wholesomeness of Michael Keaton’s Dark Knight.
November 18, 2016
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Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS (1992, 126 min, 35mm) is a vision of sexual expansiveness, one of the dirtiest PG-13 films ever made. [It’s] easily the best Batman movie… BATMAN RETURNS is an anarchic, transgressive morality tale in which the conventional crime fighter and his conventional foe are equally in the wrong, in which the city is saved by the destruction of the order it tried so hard to enshrine.
July 03, 2015
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