20 curiosities and anecdotes of Batman Returns

Curiosities and anecdotes of Tim Burton's Batman Returns that turns 28 years old today in its theatrical release

Before Christopher Nolan's trilogy of the Dark Knight, Warner Bros released the first major adaptation of the character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger in theaters, from director Tim Burton in 1989. The first film was so successful which had a sequel, Batman Returns, a movie considered until the premiere of The Dark Knight, as the best movie of Gotham's masked crusader up to that moment. Although surely many of us think that this version of Batman closer to the dark and gothic tone of the comics is better than the more realistic version shown by Nolan in his films.

The sequel to that first Tim Burton movie turns 28 years old today, and what better chance to tell some of the curiosities and anecdotes that surrounded this fantastic movie from the DC Comics character.

1. Tim Burton and Michael Keaton had not signed for the sequel

Neither Tim Burton nor Michael Keaton signed a contract for a Batman sequel, among other things, because the director was not very happy with the result of the first installment. Finally the director agreed to direct it once the studio promised to meet all his demands, and the actor Michael Keaton after a juicy salary increase.

2. It was going to be a direct sequel to the first movie

The first script was written as a direct sequel, so it included a scene in which various gift shops sold fragments of the Bat-plane (destroyed in the first movie), revelations were made about Jack Naiper's past, and even Bruce Wayne. He was asking Vicky Vale to marry him. It was all scrapped when Burton asked that the film be made more as "a first part."

3. David Bowie was about to participate in the film

David Bowie Zoolander

The production of the film wanted to count on the legendary singer David Bowie, an actor they already wanted to count on to give life to the Joker to play the role of Max Schreck, a character who finally ended up playing Christopher Walken.

According to Marion Dougherty, casting director, Tim Burton was not entirely happy with Walken's choice as Max Shreck because "he was so scared." Seven years later, Burton returned to work with him to direct him as the headless horseman in his movie Sleepy Hollow.

4. Michelle Pfeiffer was not the first choice for Catwoman

Catwoman Michelle Pfeiffer

Originally the role was to go to actress Annette Bening but when Michelle Pfeiffer became pregnant she was the one who replaced her. Also, Meryl Streep was considered for the role, but Burton turned her down arguing that she was "too old" to play Cartwoman.

Catwoman's outfit is one of the elements that made Michelle Pfeiffer the best film version of the character, but wearing such a tight outfit was not easy for the actress, who required that she have to cover herself with dust to get into the tight suit and once put it vacuum packed. This fact caused the actress to have circulatory problems. Also, the costume was not designed so that the actress could go to the bathroom without having to undress completely so they had to modify the costume to improve that.

Pfeiffer trained for months and performed all of his whip movements on film and even in a scene where he puts a live bird in his mouth and then lets it fly, it was real and no computer generated effects were used.

5. They wanted Catwoman to die

Writer Daniel Waters wanted Catwoman to die at the end of the film when she is electrocuted alongside Max Shrek. After seeing how the public loved the character of Catwoman in the passing tests that were made of the film, Warner Bros decided to add the scene from the end of the film, practically two weeks before its release in order to leave open the possibility of spin-off with it. The reissue cost the studio a whopping $ 250,000, for just 2:17 minutes. Supposedly, Catwoman's head facing the Bat signal is a robot, since Pfeiffer was unable to record it.

6. Michael Keaton never saw the movie

Although he is the protagonist, Michael Keaton states that he never saw the full movie, and that he was not even very interested in the role and that his participation was only for financial reasons. He also edited the script and asked Batman to speak less. More than half of the character's lines were removed from the movie.

7. Two faces and Robin were going to appear

In principle, both Robin and Harvey Dent, already turned into Two Faces, were going to make their appearance in the film to continue with the third installment of the saga, a film in which they finally appeared but whose result thanks to director Joel Schumacher, was a So much quirky (to put it kindly). In Batman forever in addition to the director change, actor Billy Dee Williams was replaced by Tommy Lee Jones in the role of District Attorney, Harvey Dent.

Warner Bros. decision to do without Tim Burton after Batman Returns was because they wanted to give it a more appropriate approach to toys and have a larger number of sponsors. I guess that decision still pains the company as it marked the beginning of the end for the character on the big screen until the arrival of the Nolan trilogy in 2005.

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8. McDonald’s and the Penguin’s dick

McDonald’s, one of the film’s sponsors, objected to the black dick that came out of the Penguin's mouth. That gunk was the idea of ​​his interpreter, Danny Devito.

The actor who took the role from Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) revealed that he read in a newspaper that he was being considered for the role before it was officially proposed. Devito stayed in the character the whole time he was embedded in the Penguin costume when he was off camera and it took about four and a half hours to put on makeup to go on stage, although by the time they were finishing filming, that time was reduced three hours. Inexplicably, the actor was nominated for Worst Supporting Actor in the Razzies that year.

The cry of "I am not a human being! I am a cold-blooded animal! ” is a reference (or parody) to The Elephant Man of 1980, as the protagonist Joseph Merrick yells “I'm not an animal! I'm a human being!" when he is harassed by some onlookers.

9. It broke record of collection

Batman Returns once held the world record for profit over its opening weekend, grossing $ 45.69 million. A figure worthy of a millionaire like Bruce Wayne.

10. Penguins on the set

At that time, the use of CGI was not very widespread and real penguins were used for the film, which had their own air-conditioned dressing room and a swimming pool. Three different species of penguins were used on set and some of them laid eggs shortly after their participation in the film, reflecting that filming was a good experience for the birds. It has been said that they had very rigorous care and all the necessary measures for their well-being during filming.

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11. Batman Returns about to be rated R

Because several parents claimed the film was "too dark and violent," it was rumored that it was on the verge of changing its rating from PG 13 to R.

12. The death of Bruce Wayne's parents

Batman Returns is the only film in this franchise that does not see the scene of the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents or his lonely childhood.

13. A Bloodthirsty Batman

It was one of the first major productions in which a "bloodthirsty" Batman is observed. In his first appearance in the film, he completely burns a fire-spitting fire that destroys the city.

14. Batman does not wear boots

In the movie Batman does not wear boots. Actually they are Air Jordan 6’s stuck to a platform. The Batman costume weighed around 25 kilos.

15. Max Shreck is a tribute to the name of the actor who starred in Nosferatu in 1922.

Friedrich Gustav Max Schreck was a German actor famous for his starring role in the F.W. Murnau Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens. The supposed lack of information about his life joins the black legend that emerged around the disturbing character he represents in the film, Count Orlok, an alter ego of Count Dracula. The myth says that the actor really was a vampire, and that director F.W. Murnau paid him to bite the protagonist's neck in the final scene of the film.

Christopher Walken as Max Shreck

16. Tribute to classic German cinema

The tribute to actor Friedrich Gustav Max Schreck is not the only one in the film that pays tribute to the German cinema of the Weimar Republic. The Penguin's costumes and the film's settings are based on Dr. Caligari's aesthetic from the 1920s.

17. Old school special effects

Batman Returns was one of the last major Hollywood productions to feature for most of the "old school" special effects feature film. For which at least 50 percent of Warner Studios used to put together Gotham City sets. The protection of the Batmobile and the Batibumerang are digital.

18. Cats approach me.

To get the cats to get close to Selina in the scene where she is thrown out the window, they had to put some tuna in their clothes.

19. The Kane Marriage Cameo

Bob Kane Batman returns

Stan Lee is not the only creator of comic book characters who made cameos in superhero movies. The Batman co-creator and his wife also contributed their bit in the Tim Burton movies. The note that the Circus monkey, Red Triangle, gives to the Penguin from Batman is written with the letter of Bob Kane and the woman who exclaims "it's like the toad that became a prince!" to refer to the Penguin when he makes citizens believe that he forgives his parents for throwing him into the sewers, it is Elizabeth Sanders, wife of Bob Kane. She also appears as the tabloid reporter on Batman Forever and Batman and Robin.

20. Premiere of animated series

The movie Batman returns was a great success and proof of this was the animated series Batman The Animated series developed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomsk which premiered a few months later than the film and was in many ways inspired by Tim Burton's version of the character. The familiar soundtrack composed for the Danny Elfman movie was even used for the series' opening titles.

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Title : Batman ReturnsSynopsis: Gotham City faces two peculiar new criminals: the fiendish and sinister Penguin, a lonely and strangely deformed creature, and the beautiful and seductive – albeit lethally dangerous – Catwoman. Batman must face Penguin, who wants to become the master of the city. Director (s): Tim BurtonCast: Michael Keaton
Danny DeVito
Michelle Pfeiffer
Christopher Walken
Michael Gough
Michael Murphy
Cristi Conaway
Andrew Bryniarski
Pat hingle
Vincent Schiavelli
Doug Jones
Steve Witting
Jan Hooks
John Strong
Rick Zumwalt
Anna Katarina
Gregory Scott Cummins
Travis McKenna
Branscome Richmond
Paul Reubens
Diane Salinger
Stuart lancaster
Sean Whalen
Erik onate
Joey DePinto
Steven brill
Neal Lerner
Elizabeth Sanders
Henry Kingi
Lisa Guerrero
Biff yeager
Robert Gossett
Adam Drescher
Bobby bell
Niki Botelho
Felix Chair
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