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Batman Returns Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Batman Returns hit theaters on this day 30 years ago.

The sequel to Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman starring Michael Keaton, Batman Returns, came out in theaters on June 19th, 1992. The sequel was set behind a Christmas backdrop but was released during the summer. It gave us Michelle Pfeiffer, who delivered an iconic performance as Catwoman. We also got Danny DeVito as the Penguin. The film was much darker, with more violence than its predecessor. Toy and food companies called the film too dark and gritty for kids despite selling out all the movie’s promotional products. The movie made $162,831,698 domestically during its theatrical run. Joel Schumacher would take over the franchise after Burton’s departure, and Val Kilmer would take up the mantle of the Dark Knight. Keaton will reprise his role as Batman in The Flash and Batgirl movies.

Batman Returns Poster

Synopsis

In the second of the blockbuster Batman films, the physically deformed criminal genius The Penguin threatens Gotham City–and, helpless, the entire city can only pray that Batman Returns. Only Batman (Michael Keaton) can defend the city from total chaos as The Penguin (Danny DeVito) lays twisted waste to a great metropolis. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight may have met his equal in the lethally lithe Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer)–only he doesn’t know if she is a feline friend or foe.

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