4 Film Favorites: Batman Collection (Batman / Batman Forever / Batman and Robin / Batman Returns)

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  • Dc Comics 4 Film Favorites: Batman
  • Batman
    Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an
    occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution
    in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basinger
    plays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who
    plots a takeover of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton
    Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy.
    Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve. --Jeff Shannon

    Batman Returns
    Tim Burton's sequel to his phenomenally successful 1989 "Batman" doesn't try to top the first picture, either with
    splashier special effects or with loftier pretensions to significance; nor does it simply go through the motions,
    repeating the surefire stuff with a self-satisfied air of professionalism. It's a blend of playful novelty and
    reassuring familiarity-a difficult mixture to get right. This time, the hero (again Michael Keaton) does battle with a
    greedy businessman named Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) and the roly-poly arch-criminal known as the Penguin (Danny
    DeVito). And whenever Batman ventures out on one of his nocturnal crime-fighting missions, he runs into a mysterious
    woman who dresses like a cat and carries a whip. The hilariously twisted relationship between the hero and the Catwoman
    (Michelle Pfeiffer) plays like an apache dance in animal costumes, and it's the glory of the movie. The cat clothes seem
    to release something strange and wild in Pfeiffer: her performance is ferociously sexy and uninhibitedly, over-the-top
    funny. As in the first movie, Burton gives the material a luxurious masked-ball quality and a sly contemporary wit
    without violating the myth's low, cheesy comic-book origins. He's an artist who's comfortable with both the higher
    aspirations and the lower instincts of his nature as an entertainer: he and Batman are an ideal match.

    Batman Forever
    When Tim Burton and Michael Keaton announced that they'd had enough of the Batman franchise, director Joel Schumacher
    stepped in (with Burton as coproducer) to make this action-packed extravaganza starring Val Kilmer as the caped
    crusader. Batman is up against two of Gotham City's most colorful criminals, the Riddler (a role tailor-made for
    funnyman Jim Carrey) and the diabolical Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), who join forces to conquer Gotham's population with
    a brain-draining device. Nicole Kidman plays the seductive psychologist who wants to know what makes Batman tick.
    Boasting a redesigned Batmobile and plenty of new Bat hardware, Batman Forever also introduces Robin the Boy Wonder
    (Chris O'Donnell) whose close alliance with Batman led more than a few critics to ponder the series' homoerotic subtext.
    No matter how you interpret it, Schumacher's take on the Batman legacy is simultaneously amusing, lavishly epic, and
    prone to chronic sensory overload. --Jeff Shannon

    Batman & Robin
    Following Val Kilmer's portrayal of the caped crusader in Batman Forever, the fourth Batman feature stars George
    Clooney under the pointy-eared cowl, with Chris O'Donnell returning as Robin the Boy Wonder. This time the dynamic duo
    is up against the nefarious Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is bent on turning the world into an iceberg, and
    the slyly seductive but highly toxic Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman), who wants to eliminate all animal life and turn the Earth
    into a gigantic greenhouse. Alicia Silverstone lends a hand as Batgirl, and Elle McPherson plays the thankless role of
    Batman/Bruce Wayne's fiancée. A sensory assault of dazzling colors, senseless action, and lavish sets run amok, this
    Batman & Robin offers an overdose of eye candy, but it is strictly for devoted Bat-o-philes. --Jeff Shannon

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