Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at Batman Returns… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
After three years of waiting, Batman fans finally got a sequel to the massive hit Batman. Tim Burton took a lot of persuading to do a sequel and didn’t just want to do a direct movie and end up repeating himself. Warners tempted him back by giving him lots of creative freedom which ended up being the movie’s downfall. Batman Returns is often remembered as a Tim Burton movie, not a Batman one.
Introducing three villains in the film – The Penguin, Catwoman and Max Shrek – Burton’s fascination with strange disturbed characters focuses all his attention on them and Batman becomes a secondary character in his own movie. Many fans love the darker style of Batman Returns, but it upset many children and parents at the time because of the mean-spirited attitude to the film.
As a Batman fan do you still enjoy the movie? Or do you feel it was a let down or maybe just enjoy it for its visual design?
Let’s take a trip back to 1992