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Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Fantasy | 19 June 1992 (USA)
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Batman returns to the big screen when a deformed man calling himself the Penguin wreaks havoc across Gotham with the help of a cruel businessman.


Tim Burton


Bob Kane (Batman characters), Daniel Waters (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 27 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Batman / Bruce Wayne
Danny DeVito ... Penguin
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Catwoman / Selina
Christopher Walken ... Max Shreck
Michael Gough ... Alfred
Michael Murphy ... Mayor
Cristi Conaway ... Ice Princess
Andrew Bryniarski ... Chip
Pat Hingle ... Commissioner Gordon
Vincent Schiavelli ... Organ Grinder
Steve Witting ... Josh
Jan Hooks ... Jen
John Strong John Strong ... Sword Swallower
Rick Zumwalt ... Tattooed Strongman
Anna Katarina ... Poodle Lady


In the sewers of gotham city to the rooftops of the gotham city the penguin wants to know where he came from well in his villain ways catwoman plans to kill rich man of gotham max shreak but as he battles with millionaire Bruce Wayne both ladies men have their own secrets Bruce Wayne is back as Bat man trying to stop the penguin Max is helping penguin steal gotham city while selina Kyle/catwoman tries to help penguin not knowing her man murder target also her murder is helping him but all four men have their goals taking gotham from crime winning gotham city assassination for two men and more money to be gotham citys number one rich man. Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


While She Craves a Romance She can Sink Her Claws Into, He Plots a Fowl Reign of Destruction, See more »


Action | Crime | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brooding, dark violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


First Batman adaptation in which the real names of The Penguin and Catwoman, as established in the comics (Oswald Cobblepot and Selina Kyle), are used. See more »


(at around 14 mins) The same switch is used in the Batmobile to turn on the rocket booster in the beginning and activate the Batmissile during the later chase. The Batmissile switch finally works, but it is in the off position. See more »


[first lines]
Happy Woman: Merry Christmas!
Happy Man: Merry Christmas!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are of the Cobblepot baby's pram floating through the Gotham sewers. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the UK the film was cut by 9 seconds at its cinema release. One cut was of a clown swinging nunchakus, the other was of Catwoman putting some spray-paint cans in a microwave to start an explosion at a department store. These cuts also applied to all pre-2005 VHS and DVD releases. In 2005, the film was resubmitted for the special edition DVD release. The BBFC downgraded the certificate back to the original 12 certificate (which was not possible in 1992, when the 12 certificate was cinema only), and waived the cuts to the chain-sticks scene, but the aerosol in the microwave scene remained cut on the grounds that it was a potentially dangerous imitable technique. Various extra features being rated 15 caused the overall category of the DVD to be 15. The resulting cuts meant that the audio commentary was dropped from the UK release (probably because it would have been out of sync), although it is still mistakenly advertised as present on the DVD packaging. All previous BBFC cuts were finally fully waived in 2009 for the Blu-ray release, and the film upgraded to 15. See more »


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Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
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User Reviews

Overstuffed sequel, barely any Batman

After re-watching the original 1989 Batman I came away lukewarm about it. It's a classic, but not one that has aged well.

Watching Returns right after the 1989 movie...I now appreciated the 1989 movie much more as Returns is a tough watch.

For a movie called Batman Returns, the titular character is nowhere to be seen for 80% of the movie. The plot focuses way too much on Penguin and Catwoman. Our caped crusader has essentially no focus at all. A majority of his time is the romance with Selina/Catwoman and even those moments aren't building up to any kind of meaningful depth.

The visuals are as stellar than ever and the practical effects aren't too shabby. Keaton still has a bit of the neck issues with the suit, but overall the effects are really good.

As with the first, the script here is just the main issue here. The rest of the parts of the movie are already great, it's just the script that really puts all of the rest of the production to waste. Though the lack of sets kind of cheapens the feel. It felt like there were only 3 different locations in the whole movie. It makes the scope of the movie seem way too small.

There's never really much going on and when there is, it's not very well established or crafted. Scenes just kind of happen without warrant and rarely add anything to the plot.

There's also way too many plot holes or too unbelievable moments. I mean how the hell do Penguin's goons get the schematics for the Batmobile? Why are there NO cops anywhere to stop the Penguin's circus train from driving in the night? Why does Batman have his logo all over everything? Just things there and there that just make zero sense thematically.

The performances are solid. DeVito is good, but the script makes him a little too horny and creepy. I don't know how they allowed any of the innuendos in it. They were super obvious and not smartly hidden and even as adult they were just gross and creepy. He was already creepy enough on his own without him joking about humping Catwoman.

It's just a movie that is all over the place. It's got a poor script and some really questionable moments. It just falls flat overall. It's probably for the best that Burton didn't do anymore, but then again we got the so bad they're funny Schumacher movies.

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Release Date:

19 June 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Batman 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,687,711, 21 June 1992

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo®)| Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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