Batman Returns

Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00pm | Regular admission prices

Part of our month-long Films of Tim Burton series – click here to view the schedule.

Michael Keaton returned to play the Caped Crusader in this dark and moody (not to mention, kinky) sequel to Burton’s original 1989 blockbuster.

“A fast, funny, exciting assault on the senses that easily outshines the original.” – Michael Dequina, Movie Report

The Joker no longer terrorizes Gotham City, but abandoned mutant baby Danny DeVito grows up to be Gotham City’s latest formidable monster, the ghastly Penguin – just one of several villainous opponents Bruce Wayne/Batman must face in his quest to bring law and order to his crime-infested hometown. As if the bird-brained, revenge-seeking Penguin and his diabolical plot to drain Gotham City of its energy supply wasn’t trouble enough, there’s also corrupt businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) and slinky masked vigilante Catwoman (a scene-stealing Michelle Pfeiffer) on board to give our hero more than a few sleepless nights. As with his first Batman film, director Burton brings his distinct visual style and Gothic sensibilities to all the frantic superhero action, but this time there’s a darker malevolence and simmering sensuality (courtesy of the twisted relationship between the repressed Batman and that kinky “kitten-with-a-whip,” Catwoman) lurking beneath the extraordinary production design and thundering Danny Elfman score. (Dir. by Tim Burton, 1992, USA, 126 mins., Rated PG-13)