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- Did you have these Topps BATMAN RETURNS trading cards? I did. Why did I? Did they come with a Happy Meal?
(1992): This, though: this is more like it. Batman Returns
, like the original, deviates from most modern comics incarnations of the character in key ways: this Bruce Wayne doesn't use gregarious charm to mask his inner demons; this Batman doesn't seem particularly concerned with not taking lives, or doing more than cursory detective work. But in Batman Returns
, these changes feel more organic, because with the introduction of a similarly altered Catwoman (now given a vaguely supernatural lifespan) and Penguin (in the comics, basically just a quirky gangster; here, a murderous and sometimes pitiable grotesque), Burton constructs a full reinterpretation of the material. This is a warped funhouse Batman, whose enemies become twisted reflections of his own fractured, lonely psyche. Indeed, the loneliness of this movie is fascinating and sometimes heartbreaking: Batman, Catwoman, and the Penguin barely have a friend between them (Batman comes closest with his butler Alfred, but that role is marginalized in the first film series, as is a more buffoonish Commissioner Gordon). Also, good luck to Anne Hathaway, because Michelle Pfeifer's Selina Kyle/Catwoman is the most interesting and complex villain and love interest of Batman Movies Mark 1. Grade: A