20 Things You Didn't Know About Batman Returns

Monkey genital maulings, eating live birds and an incredibly expensive final shot...

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For many cinema-goers, Batman Returns represents a high point in the Caped Crusader’s silver screen ventures. Occupying a sweet spot between the cartoonish capers of the source material and the darker, Neo-gothic stylings of director Tim Burton, the film was violent and unsettling, but never lost sight of the fact that, at it’s core, it was a comic book adaptation.

Whereas later efforts like The Dark Knight, and in a less direct sense, Joker, have sought to shift depictions of Batman towards the more credible realms of psychological thriller, Returns wasn’t afraid to wear its madcap, zany influences firmly on its sleeve - all while dialling the creepy up to 11.

Featuring an iconic performance from Danny DeVito as the skin-crawlingly deranged Oswald Cobblepot, not to mention Michelle Pfeiffer in that catsuit and Michael Keaton scowling at anything that breathes with the disaffection of a cranky toddler, the movie was an archetypal early ‘90s blockbuster smash, seasoned with a healthy sprinkling of that signature Burton peculiarity.

But beneath the layers of masks, latex, and prosthetic hook noses, there were a whole host of quirky details that went into the production process.

Here are 20 things you didn’t know about Batman Returns, because you deserve them, even if you don’t need them right now…


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