“I am not a human being. I am an animal!” Oswald ‘The Penguin’ Cobblepot (Danny DeVito) declares his identity pretty overtly.Â Batman ReturnsÂ is not a subtle movie. Many would question why a superhero movie is being covered on a horror podcast. What is this, Horror News Radio? Well,Â 1)Â Batman ReturnsÂ has been suggested by fans, 2) We’ve got aÂ Justice LeagueÂ movie coming out and 3) there’s some pretty horrific stuff featured in there. How much? Listen to find out!
Decades of Horror 1990s And Beyond
Episode 30 â€“ Batman Returns (1992)
Batman ReturnsÂ had a lot to live up to. Being the sequel to 1989’sÂ BatmanÂ – a game changer in terms of blockbuster filmmaking – there’s a lot of mounting pressure. Director Tim Burton returned along with The Caped Crusader, but promised something a bit different. He kept the gothic noir setting and his Batman/Bruce Wayne actor Michael Keaton but put in a lot more stuff distinctive of him. Outcast villains like The Penguin or Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). A brand new shadowy corporate tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken). Black and white stripes. Yup, lots and lots of that. In other words, he turnedÂ Batman Returns into more of a Tim Burton film. Something that got him the boot from the franchise due to the macabre nature of the film.
Yet, does that seem to bad in hindsight, given some of the post-Batman ReturnsÂ films featuring The Dark Knight? That’s up for Thomas Mariani to decide, alongside his panel. Thomas, Chad Hunt, Jordan Worth Cobb and Adam Thomas all discuss what makesÂ Batman ReturnsÂ such a curious oddity. The campy qualities that recall the 1960s show. Some disturbing imagery that made McDonald’s cancel a Happy Meal tie in. Much like Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne’s relationship, there’s a whole lot of duality going on. But to quote Christopher Walken, “YAWN.” Why read about it when you can listen in as you slide into your own Batcave.
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