Batman Returns

Out Now On-Demand

The Bat, the Cat, the Penguin.

Director Tim Burton and actor Michael Keaton return in this stylised sequel to Batman’s 1989 feature film debut, pitting The Caped Crusader against Danny DeVito’s devious Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer’s elusive Catwoman.

With The Joker out of harm’s way, Batman now faces The Penguin, a hideously deformed, sewer-dwelling chap who develops a malicious intent on forcing society to accept him. Also running amok is a mysterious and destructive thief, Catwoman, whose intentions are not as clear.

Burton and Pfeiffer were originally attached to a Catwoman spin-off. However, the film’s development was trapped in limbo for years. Eventually, it turned into Halle Berry’s disappointing Catwoman (2004).

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Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

126mins

Rating: PG contains violence

USA, UK

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Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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Odd and sad, but not exhilarating.

Empire (UK)

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Burton continues to capture the essence of the Batman legend and more importantly his audiences imagination.

New York Times

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Because the film's predominant motif is that of wounded individuals re-inventing themselves as wily villains, its most memorable episodes are early ones explaining each main character's transformation.

Variety (USA)

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A seamless, utterly consistent universe full of nasty notions about societal deterioration, greed and other base impulses.