Classic Cinema: Batman Returns (1992) – Jason S. Lockard


It seems like every time we turn around there is news of another comic book related show or movie that is production or has been greenlighted. Well, here on Classic Cinema the last several months we have been looking back at some of the earlier attempts at adapting superheroes to the big screen.

In 1992 Tim Burton returned to the director’s chair for the sequel to his dark take on Batman. Michael Keaton returned to play Bruce Wayne/Batman but we needed a new villain who was a big enough to fill a villains shoes only one man could do it Danny DeVito.

The film takes place during the Christmas season. On a snowy Christmas night, Tucker and Esther Cobblepot throw their deformed infant child Oswald into Gotham River, fearing he would become a menace to society after attacking their pet cat. 33 years later, Max Shreck, a corrupt businessman joins forces with the now grotesque former Oswalt Cobblepot now known as Penguin. Their plan is to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them.

Where the first Batman film had a slight sense of humor, this one was more gross out viewing whether it’s the Penguin chowing down on fish or a person. You need to have a strong stomach to view this. But it is still extremly mild by today’s movie standards.

This Christmas season make another Christmas tradition by adding Batman Returns to your holiday programing. So until next month when we look back at another classic film. This is Jason Lockard reminding you, if you want to see a good movie, check out a classic.

Moral Rating: violence, scary images and adult situations
Audience: May not suitable for small children
Genre: action, adventure
Length: 126 minutes
Year of Release: 1992
Our Rating: A-