With the impending release of The Dark knight Returns nearly upon us, Lost in the Multiplex has begun looking back at all the previous Bat movie outings. I recently took a look at Tim Burton’s Batman Returns:
Tim Burton’s second Batman outing was a typically stylish, gothic (I’ll try not to use this word too much) and nightmarish vision of the Bat legend. Granted much greater creative control than with his first Batman movie after that film’s incredible success at the box office, the director assembled another impressive cast and created some deliciously deranged and tortured characters for them to play with. Whilst the director himself hasn’t always agreed, I’d go as far as to say that this movie was a far darker affair than its predecessor. The violence seems somehow stronger, the sexual fetishisation is more prevalent and the recurring theme of childhood trauma and its mentally scarring affects is thrust to the fore.
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Lost in the Multiplex : Batman Returns