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Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Action  |  19 June 1992 (USA)
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When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.



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Having defeated the Joker, Batman now faces the Penguin - a warped and deformed individual who is intent on being accepted into Gotham society. Crooked businessman Max Schreck is coerced into helping him become Mayor of Gotham and they both attempt to expose Batman in a different light. Earlier however, Selina Kyle, Max's secretary, is thrown from the top of a building and is transformed into Catwoman - a mysterious figure who has the same personality disorder as Batman. Batman must attempt to clear his name, all the time deciding just what must be done with the Catwoman. Written by Graeme Roy <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The Bat, the Cat, the Penguin See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brooding, dark violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Batman 2  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)


$162,831,698 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the comic books, the Penguin's name is traditionally Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot. In the movie, Oswald Cobblepot is mentioned several times, but the middle name is left out. See more »


After "rescuing" the mayor's baby, the Penguin rides one of his duck boats up on a scissor lift. The boat is shown to have short walls on the side and the duck's head is clearly the highest point on the boat. But when Penguin rises out of the manhole, his feet are nearly level with the ground, implying either he had another lift inside the boat or the rest of the boat was crushed against the sewer ceiling. See more »


[first lines]
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A sequel worthy of an excellent movie!
19 September 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Ah, Batman Returns, is it possible to have a sequel to be almost as good as the original? With Batman Returns, it came pretty close! We have terrific actors and a great plot with the dark knight and two new villains, Catwoman and The Penguin. We have Michael Keaton back as Batman and he's still awesome than ever. Michelle Pfieffer, the perfect choice for Catwoman and was perfectly cast into place. As much as I love and is such an incredible actress Annette Benning, she couldn't have been Catwoman, she doesn't really have the look. Danny DeVito, who could have imagined him as The Penguin? He was just great and terrifying!

Batman returns with a more loving community of Gotham City, they are celebrating Christmas time with, Max Shrek played by a creepy Christopher Walken. The perfect villain who mistreats his lovely secretary, Selina who happens to hear too much at his office causing him to push her out the window in hopes that she dies and will never reveal the information of knowing the Penguin and the attempt to make him loved in Gotham. When she survives and is awakened by cats, she wants revenge and is ready to go at it with her cats! But there is also another active villain, The Penguin who is in search of his parents that abandoned him and now he is looking to be the new mayor of Gotham City! Can Batman be able to stop both super villains from creating their hanous acts and stop the mayor from destroying the city as well?

You'll have to see! Batman Returns is just as good as the original Batman, despite the first one remaining the true classic, this one still takes you for a ride. And come on, I mean we've got Michelle in leather! Her classic moment of just meeting Batman and The Penguin "Meow" is classic! There are memorable characters, lines, and sets! You'll have a blast! Trust me!


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