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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 »



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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

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Action | Crime | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

$16,071,282, 21 June 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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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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The Batman film franchise has attracted the longest list of actors and actresses who have Oscar and Golden Globe wins or nominations. Twenty Oscars, thirty-four Golden Globes. The franchise has won three Oscars. Jack Nicholson - Joker Three Oscars, nine nominations Seven Golden Globes, ten nominations George Clooney - Batman Two Oscar, four nominations Four Golden Globes, seven nominations Michael Caine - Alfred Two Oscars, four nominations Three Golden Globes, eight nominations Tommy Lee Jones - Two-Face One Oscar, three nominations One Golden Globe, three nominations Christian Bale - Batman One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, one nomination Halle Berry - Catwoman One Oscar One Golden Globe, three nominations Heath Ledger - Joker (only actor to win Oscar or Golden Globe for Batman character performance) One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, one nomination Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale One Oscar One Golden Globe, one nomination Nicole Kidman - Dr. Chase Meridian One Oscar, two nomination Three Golden Globes, six nominations Ben Affleck - Batman Two Oscars, two nominations Two Golden Globes, one nomination Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox One Oscar, three nominations Two Golden Globes, four nominations Anne Hathaway - Catwoman One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, two nominations Marion Cotillard - Miranda One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, two nominations Michelle Pfeiffer - Catwoman Three Oscar Nominations One Golden Globe, five nominations Tom Wilkinson - Carmine Falcone Two Oscar nominations One Golden Globe, three nominations Uma Thurman - Poison Ivy One Oscar nomination One Golden Globe, three nominations Liam Neeson - Henri Ducard One Oscar nomination Three Golden Globe nominations Gary Oldman - James Gordon One Oscar nomination Michael Keaton - Batman One Oscar, one Golden Globe Danny DeVito - Penguin One Oscar nomination One Golden Globe, five nominations Maggie Gyllenhaal - Rachel Dawes One Oscar nomination One Golden Globe, two nominations Matthew Modine - Foley Two Golden Globe nominations Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Blake Two Golden Globe nominations See more »


(at around 2h) In the closing credits, Mike Edmonson's job in the film is listed as "Special Eefects Foreman" (all in caps.) See more »


[first lines]
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Visually impressive...but that's it
11 February 2007 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

The Pengiun (Danny DeVito) and evil millionaire Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) team up to rule Gotham City. Batman (Michael Keaton) tries to stop them. He also has to deal with Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) who has ideas of her own.

Dark and pretty sick sequel to the 1989 "Batman". For starters the villains are pretty silly. DeVito is in an obvious fat suit as the Penguin and his character is needlessly grotesque. Walken sleep walks through his role (as always). Pfeiffer REALLY tries (and looks great in that costume) but her character goes all over the place and acts real strange (even for a Tim Burton film). Keaton is miscast--but he IS good. The movie is filled with stupid one liners which come out of nowhere and seem totally out of place in this context. The tone of the movie keeps switching gears--from comedy, to action, to horror, to romance--erratically. Also Batman kills two people (!!!), little babies are kidnapped and/or put in danger, the sexual aggressiveness of Catwoman is REALLY strong (for a PG-13 movie), the Penguin bites somebody on the nose and people are casually killed left and right. The story also ceases to make sense at certain points and goes barreling out of control by the end. I mean--penguins with BOMBS on their backs invading Gotham City? Come on! Director Tim Burton seems only concerned about production design and special effects. They are impressive (especially Wayne Manor) but swallow the story and the actors. Also the constant dark tone and cruelness really wears one down after a while. I kept watching but the darkness of this one was really too strong--this deserved an R rating.

This was a big hit but parents who saw it with their children were (understandably) outraged and bombarded Warner Bros. with letters and calls. Because of that Burton had no hand in "Batman Forever" (the next movie). I do think Batman movies should be dark but not at the expense of characters and plot lines. And did Burton really think it was wise to have so much violence in a film children were going to see? And Batman should not kill. I give this a 6 for production design alone. Don't let little kids see this.

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