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Batman in TV and Film

And then once again Batman slept the sleep of the just for over two more decades until in 1989, Tim Burton was assigned to the task of resurrecting the Caped Crusader. Burton was at that point an extremely unlikely choice to take on the task of a superhero movie. His previous projects like “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and “Edward Scissorhands” did not seem to particularly lend themselves to a straightforward Batman film. Yet neither would he seem suited for the kind of lighthearted jokey pop art take on Batman perpetrated by the television series. And indeed “Batman” circa 1989 went in a direction of a whole different sort, giving us a decaying Urban environment far closer to Batman’s roots fighting corrupt gangsters, while at the same time adding a gothic and freakish air to everything.

However Burton increasingly lost all restrain in making the sequel, “Batman Returns” turning what had been a gothic touch into a deformed vision. The usually spiffy and debonair Penguin was rendered as a twisted lunatic freak who feasts on raw fish and human blood, when he chooses. Catwoman is rendered as a borderline psychotic victim of Max Shreck– formerly intended to be Two Face. While Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, like that of Danny DeVito and Christopher Walken, was excellent — the character meant to serve as an antagonist and romantic interest for Batman was instead a twisted lunatic.

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  • James Robert Howard May 1, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    Wow. What do you do for a living that you have so much time to write rambling, badly written “analyses” of the completely obvious?

    Really? Late night comedy shows aren’t as funny twenty years later? Wow. How insightful! It’s amazing you haven’t been discovered and snapped up by someone who actually pays people to write that sort of thing.

  • O_Deus May 1, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    congratulations now you’re just trolling

    so how does it feel to be a troll?

  • James Robert Howard May 1, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    Why do you hate Catholics so much?

  • James Robert Howard May 1, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Oh, and is a troll someone who calls people names to their faces? Okay. I’m a troll. What’s a person who does it behind peoples’ backs?

    And why DO you hate Catholics?

  • O_Deus May 1, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    I don’t hate Catholics. I hate broccoli.

    So tell me again why are you a crazy person?

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