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The Weirdest Batman Movie Turns 25

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After the massive box-office hit that was 1989's Batman, director Tim Burton returned for its even higher-budget followup, 1992's Batman Returns.


The hype was even more massive this time around. Michael Keaton returned as the Caped Crusader, and this time he was joined by not one, but two of his most famous foes: Danny DeVito's The Penguin, and Michelle Pfeifer's Catwoman.


In honor of its 25th birthday, let's take a look at some of the interesting thing about this movie.

1) Michelle Pfeifer went through 60 catsuits


This was over a 6 month shooting period, apparently costing the studio about $1000 per suit. When asked about the costume, Pfeifer responded that as soon as filming was completed, she never wanted to see it again for the rest of her life.

We can only imagine how relieved she was to rip the mask off.Batman Wiki

2) Batman straight up kills a guy.

Yeah. That's Batman, the superhero who insists on never killing anybody, strapping dynamite to an evil circus performer, knocking him down a drain, and walking away from the resulting, definitely fatal explosion.

Jeeze dude...The Sports Hero

3) Christopher Walken made Tim Burton uncomfortable


I remind you that Tim Burton is the director of strange, sometimes genuinely creepy films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow. But no, according to the film's casting director, Tim Burton's comment on Walken was "The man scares the hell out of me."

Can't imagine why.Villains Wikia

4) Danny DeVito stayed in character between takes


In an effort to truly manifest the sheer weird grossness of this film's version of The Penguin, Danny DeVito remained in character even when the cameras weren't rolling. I'm sure this didn't unnerve a single cast or crew member at any point.


5) It broke box office records


The film made nearly $44.7 Million in its opening 3 days, which at the time was unprecedented. However, this would soon be beaten with the release of Jurassic Park the year after.

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