June 19, 1992 marked as the opening of Tim Burton’s second installment in the Batman franchise with Batman Returns starring Michael Keaton once again as the Dark Knight. 25 years later, the cast and creative team of Batman Returns came together for a feature on The Hollywood Reporter to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie.
Michelle Pfeiffer joined the sequel as Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman who has had an on-and-off relationship with the Caped Crusader in the comics for many years. The actress reflected on how she was heartbroken that the role had gone to someone else when Annette Bening was initially cast as Catwoman. Luckily for Pfeiffer, she ended up getting the role anyway.
“As a young girl, I was completely obsessed with Catwoman. When I heard that Tim was making the film and Catwoman had already been cast, I was devastated. At the time, it was Annette Bening. Then she became pregnant. The rest is history. I remember telling Tim halfway through the script that I’d do the film, that’s how excited I was.”
While Pfeiffer joined Batman Returns as Catwoman, we also saw the introduction of Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. the Penguin, played by Danny DeVito. The actor shared his first meeting with Burton who gave DeVito a very particular gift that he still has today.
“When I met with Tim, he gave me a painting of this little creature on a yellow ball with red and white stripes. The caption is ‘My name is Jimmy, but my friends call me the hideous penguin boy.’ I’m staring at it right now. I carry it around with me wherever I go.”
Even though Batman Returns was considered a success, it unfortunately didn’t do as well as the first installment at the box office, with Batman earning $411.3 million while Returns only made $$266.8 million. Burton talked about how the studio essentially was pushing him out of the franchise.
“I don’t know if any ideas made it in. I realized halfway through my meeting with Warner Bros. that they didn’t really want me to do the movie. They kept saying, ‘Don’t you wanna go back and do a movie like Edward Scissorhands? Something smaller?’ I said, ‘You don’t want me to do the movie, do you?’
Daniel Walters, who wrote the screenplay, talked about how Keaton had some involvement with the script. According to the screenwriter, Keaton wanted his character to be less chatty and when Walters saw the finished version of the film, he understood where Keaton was coming from.
“My version of the script had more a lot more Batman and Bruce Wayne speeches. Michael Keaton would go through the script and say, ‘Hey, that’s a great line, but you gotta cut it. This is a good speech, but you gotta take it out.’ He wanted to have very minimal dialogue, especially in the Batsuit. When I saw the final film, I realized he was exactly right.”
Keaton discussed working in the Bat-suit which back then was definitely a bit more uncomfortable than the ones that Christian Bale and Ben Affleck have had to wear for their respective versions of Batman. The actor described how he had to move in a certain way for practicality’s sake.
“Once I realized how powerful the suit was in terms of an image on screen, I just used it. It was a practical move early on to move in a certain way because they hadn’t refined the suit and it wouldn’t function properly. I got around that by making bigger, bolder and stronger moves from the torso up, and it worked.”
Batman Returns is available on Blu-Ray and DVD as well as on Digital HD.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
5 Best Batman Moments Of The DCEU So Far
The DC Extended Universe is starting to slowly become a fully realized universe with several major heroes already being introduced. One of them being the Dark Knight himself: Batman. Ben Affleck portrayed a dark and tortured version of Bruce Wayne in 2016’s Batman V. Superman and in Suicide Squad. His take on the character set the tone of the universe and provided some excellent moments that stood apart from the actors who have portrayed Batman in the past. The DCEU has offered him some great moments and while I got a chance to look at Superman’s best moments so far, it is now time to look at the iconic Detective.
Here are the 5 greatest Batman moments of the DCEU so far.
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