Ever wanted to know a little bit more about the Batman Returns? Of course you do – it’s an awesome movie!
Well, today you’re in luck, as I am taking a look at Batman Returns (1992) to serve up some facts about the movie. Below you will discover some little nuggets of info, offering you a further insight into this creatively creepy comic book yarn.
Did you know… after completing Batman (1989), director Tim Burton was reluctant to come back for a sequel?
Warner Bros convinced Burton to return by giving him more creative control. Discussing the situation on Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, writer Sam Hamm, said: “He was very reluctant to get involved and finally, the way that they kind of got to him, was to say ‘what if you know… what if the second movie is really just a Tim Burton movie?’.”
Did you know… Annette Benning was originally cast in the role of Catwoman?
Benning dropped out of the role shortly after she discovered she was pregnant.
Michelle Pfeiffer took over the part, but not before Sean Young – the actress originally set to play Vicki Vale in Batman (1989) – turned up at the Warner Bros Studio lot dressed in a homemade Catwoman outfit. Her plan was to convince director Tim Burton that she could play the part of Catwoman. It didn’t work.
Did you know… Elizabeth Sanders – actress and wife of Batman co-creator, Bob Kane – made a brief cameo appearance in Batman Returns?
Sanders appears very briefly as a Gotham Citizen. She later returned to the Batman movie series in the role of Gossip Gerty for Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).
Did you know… Paul Reubens and Diane Salinger cameoed as the Penguin’s parents, Tucker and Esther Cobblepot?
The actors had previously worked with director, Tim Burton on Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985).
Did you know… Michelle Pfeiffer had to put a live bird in her mouth during the filming of Batman Returns?
A scene involving Catwoman and Penguin called for Pfeiffer’s character to have a bird fly out of her mouth. Not only did the actress go method and use a real animal, she repeated this action on more than one occasion.
Did you know… the penguins that appear throughout Batman Returns are a mixture of real birds, actors in suits, and animatronic creations?
In order to keep the real penguins comfortable, the temperature of the set was lowered to suit the penguins’ needs during production.
Did you know… Harvey Dent (better known to comic book fans as Two-Face) appeared in early drafts of the Batman Returns script?
During the writing process a decision was made not to include Dent in the movie, so elements of his character were transferred to newly created villain, Max Shreck.
Did you know… amongst the photographs in Max Shreck’s office, there is a picture of Shreck with actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Schwarzenegger would later go on to play Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
Did you know… the final shot of the movie – the reappearance of Catwoman – was inserted at the very last minute?
Michelle Pfeiffer was not available for the shot, so a double took her place. The shot cost $250,000.
Did you know… upon release Batman Returns received mixed reviews and came under fire for its dark tone and content?
Discussing the reaction to the movie, producer Denise Di Novi told Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, “It did have a darkness, and a complexity and a resonance that I think the audience at the time…. a lot of people didn’t expect. It wasn’t just a fun, cool comic book movie. It was something more than that.”
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