I wasn’t fan of its predecessor, but this sequel gets a couple of things right where Batman failed. It certainly isn’t a great film, and I’m rather impressed these films made enough money that they made four of them. In any case, I think Batman Returns may be the best film in this series.
First things first, Tim Burton really toned down the “iconic shots” in this film and majorly increased the plot (i.e. it had a plot this time). There are 2.5 villains: the Penguin…a monster played by Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken plays himself (actually he plays Max Shreck, a power monger business man), and waffling Catwoman…played with a lot of crazy by Michelle Pfeiffer.
Overall, I liked this one better than the first one, but the whole raised by penguins thing still bothers me. 6 ramheads out of 10.
The 3rd film, Batman Forever, has Val Kilmer, and he plays a weird, but not terrible Batman. This has a very cartoon or video game feel, with a very enclosed world. There are a handful of villains, all of them pretty boring. 3 ramheads out of 10.
Batman & Robin
The 4th film, Batman and Robin, is bad. George Clooney is a terrible Batman. He has no presence on the screen at all. You don’t care about him or even realize he’s there most of the time. This film has the worst, cheapest, feel to it. There are a new handful of villains, including a pretty lame Bane. The only this that is interesting is the Batgirl story line, played strongly by Alicia Silverstone. 2 ramheads out of 10.
Interestingly, I liked the 2nd one best, but it is less memorable than the first one and the last one. The 3rd is totally forgettable and also bad.
Here ends my blast from the past to the Batman films of my childhood.