Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. The sequel to the 1989 film Batman stars Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne / Batman, alongside Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken. Burton originally did not want to direct another Batman film and agreed to return only in change of more creative control.
In this movie Batman faces the Penguin, who plots to kill all of Gotham City’s firstborn sons, while dealing with Max Shreck, a corrupt tycoon who allies with the Penguin to bring Gotham City under his control, and Catwoman, who seeks vengeance against Shreck.
Batman Returns was released on June 19, 1992. It grossed $266.8 million worldwide on a total budget of $80 million and received positive reviews. Critics praised its action sequences, performances, Danny Elfman’s score, effects and villains, but its PG-13 rating was criticized due to the dark tone and violence. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects and Best Makeup, as well as two BAFTA awards.
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villains and is ranked number 401 in the Empire’s 500 Greatest Films.