Batman Returns

June 26, 2014 | 4:10 p.m.

Batman 75: Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour unveils ‘The Batman Exhibit’

Danny DeVito, who portrayed the Penguin in "Batman Returns," flips the switch on the Bat-signal at the opening of the "Batman Exhibit," celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. Props, costumes and vehicles from all seven of the Dark Knight's live-action feature films with the studio are on display at two locations within the tour. (Raul Roa / Glendale News-Press)
What does it feel like to flip on the Bat-signal? Or stand toe-to-toe with Christian Bale’s Batsuit? And what does Bane’s bomb from “The Dark Knight Rises” look like up close? Bat-fans can find answers to these questions and more at “The Batman Exhibit,” a new installation that opened Thursday on the Warner Bros. VIP Studio Tour in Burbank as part of the ongoing celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary. Danny DeVito, who portrayed the Penguin in Tim Burton’s 1992 film “Batman Returns,” was on hand to turn on the Bat-signal and kick off the festivities. The exhibit features suits and cowls worn in all seven of the Caped Crusader’s live-action cinematic forays with Warner Bros. and the costumes of classic characters from the Batman universe, including Robin, the Joker, Two-Face, Catwoman, the Penguin, the Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Batgirl […]
June 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

Batman’s milestone year: 75 enduring images of the Dark Knight

This year, DC celebrates 75 years of the Dark Knight. (DC Entertainment)
Has it really been 75 years since Gotham first saw the Bat? Seventy-five years of vengeance, brooding detective work and campy shark fights? Three-quarters of a century of iconic introductions, gritty reboots and the ongoing vigil that Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s most iconic creation keeps over his city. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. (We’re still wrapping our minds around the fact that it’s been 25 years since Michael Keaton put on the cape and cowl.) Ever since Gotham’s winged creature of the night swooped down and cracked “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” the world — from the DC Universe to our own –  has never been the same. Although Superman made his debut a year earlier, Batman represented something truly new for comic readers. A tortured soul, a man driven by revenge yet committed to principles. […]
Aug. 13, 2012 | 1:18 p.m.

Tim Burton: Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was purr-fection

Mcihelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in 1992's "Batman Returns" (Warner Bros.)
Tim Burton has watched plenty of world-class actors while directing 15 feature films, but he sensed there was “something really special happening” when Michelle Pfeiffer played the practically purr-fect Catwoman in “Batman Returns,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this summer. “I don’t really go back and look at the movies but her performance in that was one of my favorite performances of anything by anyone in any movie that I’ve worked on,” Burton said recently. “It was just the best. Really, I’ll never forget her in that.” “Batman Returns, ” released in June 1992, is one of the seven films in the Warner Bros. Home Video collection “The Tim Burton Blu-ray Collection,” which arrives on store shelves Sept. 11 (but is already on sale at Amazon.com through a special exclusive arrangement). The film is also a timely one to revisit with […]
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