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Cult 101: Batman Returns (1992)

Opens on December 15

Director: Tim Burton Run Time: 126 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 1992

Starring: Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito, Michael Gough, Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer

Country: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English

Presented as part of the 2023 edition of Cult 101.

About the film:

In the second of Tim Burton’s 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 feline friend… or foe.

About the filmmaker:

Tim Burton is an American filmmaker, animator, and artist best known for his distinctive style of gothic fantasy and horror. Burton has written, directed, and produced numerous iconic films – encompassing cult favorites, box office smashes and inventive adaptations. He is credited with kickstarting the juggernaut of superhero films with Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992), reinvigorating stop-motion animation with Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Corpse Bride (2005), putting a macabre twist on grand scale musicals with Sweeney Todd (2007), and creating some of cinema’s most iconic antiheroes with Beetlejuice (1988) and Edward Scissorhands (1990). Outside of feature films, Burton has also turned his hand to music videos, television series, short films and advertisements. His accolades include nominations for two Academy Awards and three BAFTA Awards, and wins for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

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