At least fifty percent of the Warner Brothers lot was taken up with Gotham City sets.
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According to casting director Marion Dougherty, Tim Burton was reportedly uncomfortable with casting Christopher Walken as Max Shreck. When she asked him why, he said, "Because that man scares the hell out of me." However, the decision must have ultimately grown on Burton, as Walken was cast again in Sleepy Hollow (1999). He was also cast to play Brainiac in the aborted Superman Lives project.
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The first film made in Dolby Digital.
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When asked during a 2007 talk show appearance if she ever felt nostalgic and put on the cat suit to amuse her husband, Michelle Pfeiffer stated that once filming was over, she never wanted to see the costume again for as long as she lived.
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Several modifications were made to the Batsuit, including the color scheme and chestplate logo. At the request of Michael Keaton, a zipper was also added to the pants.
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The production wanted to use King Penguins, but the only tame ones in captivity were at a bird sanctuary in the Cotswolds, deep in the English countryside. So the birds were flown over to the States in the refrigerated hold of a plane, they were given their own refrigerated trailer, their own swimming pool, with half a ton of fresh ice every day, and had fresh fish delivered daily straight from the docks. Even though the temperature outside frequently topped one hundred degrees, the entire set was refrigerated down to thirty-five degrees. The birds also had an around-the-clock bodyguard. Clearly the birds enjoyed the experience as, following their stint in Hollywood, most of them had mated and produced eggs, the sure sign of a contented penguin.
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Burgess Meredith, who played The Penguin on Batman (1966), and in Batman (1966), was asked to play the Penguin's father in the opening of the film, but illness prevented him from it.
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Danny DeVito was advised by friend Jack Nicholson, aware of his own financial success with Batman (1989), to take the role of The Penguin.
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In an interview for television, Stan Winston told a little anecdote about how his crew were collecting the mechanical penguins after a day's shoot, and found one of the live penguins snuggled up asleep against a mechanical one.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) Danny DeVito refused a stand-in for the scene where the Penguin gets pelted with rotten food by an angry mob.
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Michael Keaton was alleged to have earned $11 million for reprising his role as the Caped Crusader. The Warner Brothers executives were very uneasy with this. However, director Tim Burton stated that he personally believed Keaton deserved it.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) The crew had a hard time getting the shot where the monkey delivers the letter from Batman to The Penguin. Evidently, Danny DeVito's make-up terrified the animal.
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During an A&E Biography, Michelle Pfeiffer said that her Catwoman costume was vacuum sealed once she was fitted into it for scenes, so she actually had only a short amount of time to perform before she would have to have it opened or she could become lightheaded and pass out. She also admitted that when she first was learning to use the whip, she accidentally cut her trainer's face with it, at which he acted as a complete gentleman and continued with their training.
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Neither Tim Burton nor Michael Keaton had been signed up in advance for a sequel. Burton came on-board only after the script met all of his demands (he hadn't been entirely happy with Batman (1989)'s screenplay), while Keaton only agreed to do the second film after a serious hike in salary, and Burton's assurance that it would be mostly a stand-alone movie rather than a direct sequel.
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The catsuit was so tight on Michelle Pfeiffer that she often had trouble hearing her own voice. Tim Burton had to tell her to lower her voice register, because she would often shout her dialogue instead of just saying it.
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Warner Brothers had to constantly submit new Catwoman posters for various cities, as many of the bus stop ads were being stolen. It got so bad that police officers had to patrol bus stops in order to catch perpetrators before they could break the Plexiglas containers. Today, the large scale Catwoman bus ads are worth a great deal of money.
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The massive Gotham City sets were all constructed to be mobile, and were often shifted between days of filming. Michelle Pfeiffer routinely got lost on her way to filming each day.
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Annette Bening was cast as Catwoman, but was replaced by Michelle Pfeiffer when she became pregnant. Pfeiffer's $3 million salary was $2 million more than was offered to Bening.
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It made $47.7 million in its first three days, a record at the time.
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(at around 1h 6 mins) During one scene, Michelle Pfeiffer had to put a live bird in her mouth. They had bird puppets on-set, but Pfeiffer thought they all looked too fake.
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Danny DeVito spent two hours a day in make-up. He was forbidden to describe The Penguin's make-up to anyone, including his family.
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Michelle Pfeiffer went through sixty catsuits during the six month shoot, at a cost of $1,000 apiece.
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The final Christmas ball scene is quite symbolic: since it is a masquerade party all the guests are in disguise. The only two guests there who actually aren't wearing masks are Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. This implies that their real personalities are Batman and Catwoman respectively, and that their public appearance without a costume is just a disguise for society.
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Batman doesn't wear boots in the movie, they're Air Jordan 6's connected to an upper which give the boot-like feeling.
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This is the only sequel to one of his own films that Tim Burton directed himself.
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Security was so tight on the production that even Kevin Costner was refused permission to visit the set. Warner Brothers employed a private investigator firm when some shots of Danny DeVito in costume made it into the tabloids.
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A Penguin action figure based on his comic book counterpart was released as part of Kenner's line of figures based on the film, as Danny DeVito's image of the character was deemed too scary for kids. The figure in fact was a repaint of the Penguin action figure released in 1980s Super Powers Collection toy-line by Kenner (the original one had a blue suit, whereas the one released to promote the film has a black suit).
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First Batman adaptation in which the real names of The Penguin and Catwoman, as established in the comics (Oswald Cobblepot and Selina Kyle), are used.
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This was the first of the live-action Batman films to use computer generated visual effects: the shield on the Batmobile, as opposed to the previous film, and the remote controlled Batarang.
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Billy Dee Williams was to play Harvey Dent again, and an early draft of this movie's script included the role. That character was later renamed Max Shreck, and all of Dent's lines were given to him, and all Two-Face elements were removed.
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The first script draft of this movie was intended to be a direct sequel to the previous Batman (1989). As a result, subplots and continuity from the first film that would have been addressed, included gift shops selling fragments of the destroyed Bat-Wing, further revelations into the past of the now deceased Jack Napier (The Joker), and even Bruce Wayne proposing to Vicki Vale by the end of the film. However, Tim Burton was uncomfortable in making a direct sequel, and as a result, the script was re-written, and a new Gotham City was designed. However, several plot elements from the original script did make it into the final draft. This included The Penguin and Catwoman's alliance, their framing of Batman, and The Dark Knight's escape via Bat-Glider. Further elements even made their way into the third film, Batman Forever (1995), most notably an invasion of Wayne Manor and the Batcave.
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(at around 1h 40 mins) The note given to The Penguin by the monkey from Batman is in Bob Kane's handwriting. Batman has used notes signed with his logo throughout his entire history.
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This was one of the last major Hollywood films to be done "the old-fashioned way", with indoor soundstages, trompe l'oeil sets, miniatures, and various other vestiges of old-school Hollywood filmmaking.
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(at around 10 mins) One of the photographs in Max Schreck's office depicts him with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who later played Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997).
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Sam Hamm's original screenplay draft had the Penguin and Catwoman going after hidden treasure. Dissatisfied with that, Tim Burton brought in Daniel Waters, writer of Heathers (1989), who came up with the concept of an evil business mogul backing a bid for the Mayor's office by the Penguin.
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When Michelle Pfeiffer moved houses in 2004, she found the whip she had used during filming. Feeling nostalgic, she went out to her yard and attempted some whip play, but according to her, she was "a bit rusty".
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There are numerous references to Germany's "Weimar Republic" culture, which existed from 1919 to 1933. The outfit and look of The Penguin are based on the title character from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), and much of the scenery and set designs of this movie are inspired by the same movie. A villain is named after Max Schreck, another film star of "Weimar Republic" culture. Schreck suggests to The Penguin to make a "Reichstag fire", the terrorist act which the Nazi Party used as a pretext to seize power (saying they were guarding against terrorists) and disband the Weimar Republic. It is popularly assumed that the Nazis set the fire.
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(at around 28 mins) In order to get the cats to surround Selina when she's knocked out, the filmmakers put tuna on a dummy version of Selina, and tuna on Selina's suit.
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The Batman costume weighed fifty-five pounds (twenty-five kilograms).
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Tim Burton actually prefers this Batman film to the first, even Michael Keaton prefers the sequel as it "spoke to me more" and greatly enjoyed filming.
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Singer David Bowie, who had been previously considered to play the Joker in Batman (1989), was the first choice for the part of Max Shreck before Christopher Walken was cast. Bowie turned down the role in favor of one in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992). In addition, the role of Max Zorin in A View to a Kill (1985), also played by Walken, was initially offered to Bowie.
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Michael Keaton (Bruce Wayne / Batman), Michael Gough (Alfred Pennyworth) and Pat Hingle (Commissioner James Gordon) are the only actors to reprise their roles from Batman (1989).
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The set for The Penguin's decrepit underground lair, at the abandoned Gotham City Zoo, was filled with 500,000 gallons of water and a simulated ice floe island.
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Danny DeVito said he read in the paper he was being considered for the role of The Penguin over a year before he was even offered the part.
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Set a new record for a film in its opening weekend, until the following year, when Jurassic Park (1993) managed to break that record.
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Meryl Streep was briefly considered for the role of Catwoman, but Tim Burton rejected her because she was considered too old for the role.
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The Penguin's flipper-like hands are suggestive of syndactyly, a condition where two or more digits are fused together.
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(at around 1h 8 mins) In the second scene between Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne, when they are talking about the lighting of the tree event, Selina sarcastically says, "It's gonna be a hot time in the cold town tonight." This is a subtle (or maybe not-so-subtle) reference to a line that The Joker said in Batman (1989), when he electrocuted Anton Rotelli.
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According to the book "Movie Magic" by Robin Cross, The Penguin's army consisted of real penguins, actors in glass fiber suits, animatronic puppets controlled by puppeteers, and computer animation. A technique called flocking was used, where several penguins would imitate a master penguin, allowing control over large numbers.
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While on The Graham Norton Show (2007) Danny DeVito talked about the first take with the monkey handing him the note from Batman. Apparently, the monkey was frightened by the make-up and the colored drool of The Penguin, and attacked Danny's family jewels region. Lucky the suit he had to wear was very padded and he was fine. They got the shot after Danny put on a new suit.
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(at around 26 mins) When Selina is seated at her desk in Shreck's office, the lamp casts a shadow through her eyeglass frames, creating an outline of the pointed "cat's eye" mask that was worn by Catwoman in the original DC Comics series, and had also been featured as part of the costumes donned by Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt in Batman (1966) and Batman (1966), respectively.
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Christopher Walken, remembering a film he'd seen previously, requested from Tim Burton cufflinks made from human molars for his character, Max Shreck. The movie in question is The Great Gatsby (1974), in which an unsavory friend of the title character, who had been involved in the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal, sports a pair of molar cufflinks.
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It was intended that the character of Robin be introduced in this film. Reportedly, Tim Burton collaborated with DC Comics artist Norm Breyfogle to redesign the Robin costume for the introduction of a new Robin, Tim Drake, so that it would convincingly fit into The Dark Knight's gritty, dangerous world in the film. The winning costume was one designed by Neal Adams, but the new Robin's "R" symbol and bow staff was influenced Breyfogle's presentation. Kenner Toys even produced a corresponding action figure, but when Robin was eventually written out of the script, Kenner released the toy anyway, as the character newly rendered in the comic books.
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The make-up artists who created The Penguin's look decided to move away from previous depictions of the character. Instead of just giving Danny DeVito a pointy nose, they created prosthetics to make his face look more "avian". Additionally, they studied deformities, such as curvature of the spine and syndactyly. Some comic book artists (such as Tim Sale) subsequently drew the Penguin as "deformed" in different Batman comics.
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(at around 51 mins) When The Penguin is being persuaded to run for Mayor, Josh (Steve Witting), one of Shreck's hired image consultants, places a cigarette holder in his mouth, which he promptly spits out. This not only serves as a reference to previous incarnations of The Penguin from both the Batman (1966) television show and comic book series, but also, with the corresponding line, "Reclaim your birthright.", hints at what is more explicitly revealed in the backstory: that Tucker Cobblepot, The Penguin's birth father, once occupied a high-level political office in Gotham City. Tucker is also seen smoking a cigarette in a holder at the beginning of the film.
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The first Batman film in the original franchise in which the actor playing Batman (Michael Keaton) gets top-billing followed by the actor playing the main villain (Danny DeVito as The Penguin). In Batman (1989), Keaton was behind Jack Nicholson, who played the Joker (although during the end credits of that film, Keaton was top-billed over Nicholson).
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During his appearance on the WTF Podcast with Marc Maron, Michael Keaton stated that he has never watched the completed movie. He went on to explain that he only took the role because he needed money for a real-estate deal.
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The character Vicki Vale from Batman (1989) (played by Kim Basinger) was going to return in this film. She was featured in Sam Hamm's early draft of the film when it was intended to be a direct sequel of the previous one, but due to the fact that Tim Burton doesn't like making sequels, it was decided to exclude her. She's only mentioned during the conversation between Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, where Bruce mentions that Vicki ended their relationship because ultimately she could not accept his dual life, as well as when Bruce reminds Alfred of him letting her into the Batcave in the first film. According to Entertainment Weekly, Basinger was also a rumored candidate for the role of Catwoman, a role that was also planned for Sean Young, who had been cast as Vicki Vale in Batman (1989) but ultimately replaced by Basinger after Young broke her collarbone during filming. Michelle Pfeiffer was also one of the actresses considered to play Vicki Vale in the previous film.
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In Daniel Waters' original treatment, the initial attack on Gotham Plaza is a lot more elaborate, with the thugs invading before the tree-lighting ceremony begins, and infiltrating Max Shreck's penthouse office, taking Max, Chip, the Mayor, and Selina hostage. Batman has to fight his way up to the penthouse level to save them, in the process, leaving the Batmobile behind in an alley, but forgetting to put the shields up on the car. Even more of The Penguin's thugs then approach the exposed automobile and take photographs of it (thus providing an explanation as to how The Penguin got the blueprints to the Batmobile). The novelization indicates The Penguin got the plans from a disgruntled engineer who helped design it.
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Brooke Shields was considered for the role of Catwoman, but Tim Burton turned her down, because he believed she was no longer a bankable star.
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(at around 24 mins) When Selena comes home to her apartment and turns on the answering machine that's Tim Burton's voice on the second call.
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Production designer Anton Furst, who worked on Batman (1989) and won an Oscar, wished to return for this film, but due to contractual obligations with Columbia Pictures was unable to do so. He was replaced with Bo Welch.
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Susan Sarandon showed great interest in the role of Catwoman, but eventually opted to take a leading role in Lorenzo's Oil (1992), a role that was vacated by Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Paul Reubens reprised his role as Oswald's (Penguin's) biological father on Gotham (2014). In this movie, the credits list Reubens only as "Penguin's Father". However, on Gotham (2014), we learn that Penguin's father is a very wealthy man named Elijah Van Dahl. Van Dahl and Penguin's mother, Gertrude Kapelput (Cobblepot) were very much in love, but due to Elijah's disapproving family they ended the relationship. Gertrude never told Elijah she had become pregnant with Oswald, and it remained secret until after her death. Oswald and Elijah became aware of one another when the two happened to visit Gertrude's grave at the same time.
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Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Keaton as Adrian Toomes (The Vulture) in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne (The Wasp) in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018).
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The film's sole full theatrical trailer debuted in front of prints of Wayne's World (1992) in February 1992, and was attached to subsequent releases that year. An alternate teaser trailer, unavailable on any DVD and Blu-ray releases, appeared on selected Warner Home Video releases prior to its June 19 release date.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) Penguin's cry of "I am not a human being! I am an animal!" near the end of the film is a nod to David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), whose protagonist Joseph Merrick cries out "I am not an animal! I am a human being!" when overwhelmed by curious citygoers.
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Although superstars like Madonna, Cher and Demi Moore wanted the role of Catwoman, director Tim Burton cast the well-respected but substantially less famous Annette Bening instead. Soon after getting the part Bening found out that she was pregnant by Warren Beatty. The actress decided the best thing to do was to drop out of the film.
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WILHELM SCREAM: (at around 57 mins) Before Batman straps the dynamite to the strongman, he hurls a goon over a bridge. As the goon flies through the air, he screams the famous Wilhelm scream.
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Because of the criticism from parents regarding the dark, violent, and sexual overtones of the film, there had been speculation that this movie was about to receive an R-rating from the MPAA, making this the first Batman film to receive a higher rating than PG-13, which was the rating Batman (1989) received, but finally decided to give this movie the same rating as the previous film.
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The only live-action Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher "Batman" movie in the series to not feature flashbacks of a Young Bruce Wayne.
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There was talk of having Jack Nicholson return as The Joker, even though he appeared to die at the end of Batman (1989). All of this was thrown out once Tim Burton agreed to return as director, because he didn't want to make a direct sequel for whatever reason, though the film did still reference the previous film's events by mentioning Vicki Vale.
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On the second season opener of Prisoners of Gravity (1990), Bob Kane named Cher and Michael J. Fox as potential candidates for the roles of Catwoman and Robin, respectively.
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Dustin Hoffman was originally the first choice to play The Penguin, but he declined. Dudley Moore, Marlon Brando, John Candy, Bob Hoskins, Ralph Waite, Dean Martin, Alan Rickman, Phil Collins, Charles Grodin, Ben Kingsley, John Goodman, Christopher Lee, Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Rocco and Christopher Lloyd were all considered for the role before Danny DeVito got it.
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The original script had many, many more members of the Red Triangle Gang. Notable members of the circus in the original script included a duo with razor sharp metal blades encrusted into their heads like mohawks, a teenage clown with a neon medallion that read "CIRKUS" who was the original stun gun clown, and a group of clowns dressed like firefighters who operate a fire-engine that happed to shoot napalm (in a possible dark twist on the clown scene from Dumbo (1941)).
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Tim Burton used a heavy animal motif throughout the film. There are several scenes involving bats, cats, and penguins which symbolize Batman, Catwoman, and The Penguin, respectively (as evidenced by the film's tagline "The Bat, the Cat, the Penguin"). Also, some of the Penguin's goons have their own pets (Organ Grinder has a monkey, and the Poodle Lady a dog).
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In Tom Mankiewicz's script for the first movie which featured The Penguin, he was described as "a tall, proper-looking, thin man".
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The near casting of Marlon Wayans as Robin, became a point of controversy for some. Many questioned the appropriateness of Robin being African-American, while others were wary of Wayans in the part, as he was known exclusively as a comedic actor, indicating the film would veer to a campy nature.
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Michelle Pfeiffer shared a video of herself performing several whip tricks on social media, after she posted that she had uncovered the prop.
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Jodie Foster was in consideration for the role of Catwoman, but dropped out to do Little Man Tate (1991).
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Production designer Bo Welch cites Fascist architecture (large, symmetric, pointed designs), general Russian architecture (various designs from different eras), World's Fair architecture (varying designs from different countries), and German expressionism (dark, bizarre, stylized designs) as an influence on Gotham City's look in the film.
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(at around 57 mins) When confronting the Penguin's henchmen for the second time, Batman snatches a time bomb off a clown and puts it in the Tattooed Strongman's pants, then throws him down a pipe as an explosion occurs, which killed him. An act which is rarely ever done by Batman.
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Sigourney Weaver was considered for the role of Catwoman.
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This film was considered the breakout role for renowned character actor Doug Jones, who played the role of "Thin Clown".
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Most of the vehicles in street scenes are imported models from Brazilian Volkswagen, called the VW Fox in the U.S.
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Strangely, this isn't the first time the Penguin has tried to become the mayor of Gotham City, as the Batman (1966) series also had an special two-part episode where the plot involved Penguin campaigning to be mayor, and Batman countering by also running for the position.
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Bruce Wayne remarks sarcastically to Alfred at one point, "Security? Who led Vicky Vale into the Batcave?" This is a reference to an event in the previous film (1989 Batman) that many fans criticised as out of character for Alfred.
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(at around 1h 45 mins) As the penguin army closes in on Gotham City at the climax of the movie, the Poodle Lady's accent and monotonous countdown announcements strongly resemble a similar countdown at the end of Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
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Michelle Pfeiffer said about her character, "As a young girl, I was completely obsessed with Catwoman." Pfeiffer revealed in a 2017 interview. "When I heard that Tim was making the film and Catwoman had already been cast, I was devastated. At the time, it was Annette Bening. Then she became pregnant. The rest is history. I remember
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Ellen Barkin was considered for the role of Catwoman.
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(at around 37 mins) When The Penguin is in the Hall of Records searching through birth certificates, the second one seen is that of property master William A. Petrotta.
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The Batman film franchise has attracted the longest list of actors and actresses who have Oscar and Golden Globe wins or nominations. Twenty Oscars, thirty-four Golden Globes. The franchise has won three Oscars. Jack Nicholson - Joker Three Oscars, nine nominations Seven Golden Globes, ten nominations George Clooney - Batman Two Oscar, four nominations Four Golden Globes, seven nominations Michael Caine - Alfred Two Oscars, four nominations Three Golden Globes, eight nominations Tommy Lee Jones - Two-Face One Oscar, three nominations One Golden Globe, three nominations Christian Bale - Batman One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, one nomination Halle Berry - Catwoman One Oscar One Golden Globe, three nominations Heath Ledger - Joker (only actor to win Oscar or Golden Globe for Batman character performance) One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, one nomination Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale One Oscar One Golden Globe, one nomination Nicole Kidman - Dr. Chase Meridian One Oscar, two nomination Three Golden Globes, six nominations Ben Affleck - Batman Two Oscars, two nominations Two Golden Globes, one nomination Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox One Oscar, three nominations Two Golden Globes, four nominations Anne Hathaway - Catwoman One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, two nominations Marion Cotillard - Miranda One Oscar, one nomination One Golden Globe, two nominations Michelle Pfeiffer - Catwoman Three Oscar Nominations One Golden Globe, five nominations Tom Wilkinson - Carmine Falcone Two Oscar nominations One Golden Globe, three nominations Uma Thurman - Poison Ivy One Oscar nomination One Golden Globe, three nominations Liam Neeson - Henri Ducard One Oscar nomination Three Golden Globe nominations Gary Oldman - James Gordon One Oscar nomination Michael Keaton - Batman One Oscar, one Golden Globe Danny DeVito - Penguin One Oscar nomination One Golden Globe, five nominations Maggie Gyllenhaal - Rachel Dawes One Oscar nomination One Golden Globe, two nominations Matthew Modine - Foley Two Golden Globe nominations Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Blake Two Golden Globe nominations
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For the role of Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer trained at the Steeleboxer kick boxing gym two hours a day for six months. She also practiced yoga, weight lifting and karate. Additionally she spent three months training with a 12-foot bullwhip. Pfeiffer called that one of her most "challenging roles" and critics called it one of her most "iconic roles" that is famous forever.
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Originally classified "12" for the UK cinema, the film was upgraded to the "15" certificate for video cassette release because the "12" certificate was not used for video cassettes until 1994.
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(at around 50 mins) Shreck introduces the Penguin to his campaign staff for a mayoral run. The Penguin asks him: "Elections happen in November; is this not late December?" Shreck waves his hand and says: "Don't worry about it." After all, it wouldn't be the first time a sitting public official was removed from office. Shreck does mention to the mayor early in the film (at around 9 mins) that he has enough signatures to force a recall election, but doesn't have an issue or a candidate to justify one with. The Penguin provides both of these, by using his gang to make the mayor appear soft on crime, and endearing himself to the people of Gotham.
The Penguin crashes Max Schreck's party to personally kill Max's own son. Max protects Chip by pointing out to the Penguin that he was the one who played the Penguin for a sap, and that he's the one the Penguin should logically kill. The Penguin grudgingly admits Max has a point, and takes him instead of Chip. It's covered deeper in the novel, where Max repeatedly reflects on how much he loves his son and is proud of him - in the novel of the movie, Chip Shreck actually saw his father push Selina out of the window and helpfully suggested that she'd jumped.
The giant rubber-duck boat Penguin uses was actually first seen in the The New Adventures of Batman (1977) episode The New Adventures of Batman: Reading, Writing & Wronging (1977) two decades earlier.
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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.
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Rowan Atkinson was considered for the role of The Penguin.
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Lorraine Bracco was considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle but turned the role down to do Medicine Man (1992).
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Something resembling Felix the Cat is the logo for Max Schreck's department stores.
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If you look real close at Shreck's office you'll notice he has photos with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, And Sammy Davis Jr. (The Rat Pack)
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Christopher Walken's character is named Max Shreck, the same name as the original actor who played Count Orlock in Nosferatu.
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Many fans regard Michelle Pfeiffer's version of the character among their favorites.
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Kevin Pollak was considered for the role of Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin.
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The masked ball at Shreck's department store features a replica of the "Red Death" costume from The Phantom of the Opera (1925). The wearer is even standing on a staircase, where the Phantom famously descends when he's revealed in the costume.
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In early script, the taser would have originally been used to electrocute and scar Harvey Dent.
Bruce and Selina discovered their dual personalities, and exhibiting focus on one of Burton's main themes, duality in the film.
Director Tim Burton, inspired by Lon Chaney in London After Midnight, had re-imagined the character not as an eloquent gentleman of crime, but as a physically deformed lunatic with a childhood trauma. While that Penguin retained a number of trademarks, particularly the variety of trick umbrellas and the use of a monocle, he was given a huge visual makeover: His hands were flippers, with a thumb and index finger, and the remaining three fingers were fused together. Where the comic version varied between a full head of hair and varying degrees of thinning, that Penguin was bald, with his remaining length of hair long and stringy. Instead of a tuxedo, he wore a more Gothic, Victorian-style outfit, with a jabot as opposed to a bow tie. Other instances showed Penguin in black boots, a bib-like cloth around his neck, and something akin to a child's blanket sleeper, or the old long john-style underwear of the 1800's. Combined with his long dark coat, the full white front of the bodysuit gave Penguin an even more penguin-like appearance. One visual aspect that remained fairly intact in that re-imagining was the familiar top hat. Another new touch was his large yellow Duck Car, which had the triple functionality of being a boat, a car, and an elevator-like lift.
Wesley Strick was primarily brought in to come up with a solution with "Penguin's lack of a master plan" and "normalize" the dialogue. Strick claimed that he was presented with "the usual boring ideas to do with warming the city, or freezing the city" (the latter ended up in Batman & Robin). Strick pitched an alternative approach, that was inspired by the Moses parallels of Waters' prologue, in which the infant Oswald Cobblepot was bundled in a basket and thrown in the river where he floated helplessly until he's saved (and subsequently raised) by Gotham's sewer denizens. He then came up with Penguin's "master plan" to kill the firstborn sons of Gotham. Both the studio and Burton were impressed with the idea, though Strick claimed that the toy manufacturers were worried.
Universal's Stage 12 housed the Penguin's underground lair, an enormous tank that was filled with half-a-million gallons of water and a simulated ice floe island. In order to create Penguin's bird army, a combination of techniques were utilized including men in suits, computer-generated imagery, robotic creatures and real life penguins. Everyone involved was required to sign a document guaranteeing that they would not specifically hold interviews with news sources. About midway through filming, however, a few test shots of DeVito in costume found their way into an American entertainment magazine. Warner Brothers then hired a group of private investigators to track down the source, though the ploy ultimately failed.
Shreck may also be a reference to Max Zorin, Bond villain played by Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill. Like Shreck, Zorin sought to make colossal wealth through a monopoly, in that case the destruction of Silicon Valley, which gave his electronics firm a monopoly on the world market for a long time. Also, like Shreck, Zorin resorted to defenestration after someone refused to go along with his plans; an investor was thrown out of a blimp after he refused to endorse Zorin's plans to destroy Silicon Valley. (Unlike Selina, who considered it unethical, the investor said the investment amount was too expensive.)
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In this film, Christopher Walken is the aggressor whereas Michelle Pfeiffer is the submissive. The two also appear together in Hairspray (2007), the 2007 movie-musical, where Pfeiffer is now the aggressor and Walken is the submissive.
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At the end of the credits, Oswald's crib lands at a ramp in the pool of the zoo's penguin exhibit. When Oswald dies, the penguins perform his "funeral march" by dropping him into the water via the same ramp, and the story's epilogue begins immediately afterward.
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Before Michelle Pfeiffer was cast as Catwoman, other candidates in the running for the role were Lorraine Bracco, Cher, Geena Davis, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Madonna, Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Brooke Shields, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver Raquel Welch, & Jennifer Beals.
Chip stands up to the Red Triangle gang in the film's first action scene, which buys Max time to get away. Max later returns the favor by convincing Oswald to take him instead of Chip during the "First Sons" purge.
(at around 1h 2 mins) The Penguin may have made a very quick passing reference to The Joker in his speech to his campaign staff. Though by "crazed clowns", he may have also been referring to his Red Triangle Circus gang.
The Penguin's appearance has clearly been influenced by Dr. Caligari. The Penguin's "Batarang-ploy" is referenced in the video game Batman: Vengeance (2001)--Harley Quinn hurls a Batarang at Commissioner Gordon, and Batman is immediately suspected of throwing it.
In one scene, Selina says "It's gonna be a hot time on the cold town tonight.", which is almost exactly what Joker said while electrocuting the mobster in the previous film.
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Madeleine Stowe lobbied hard for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle.
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(at around 45 mins) Shreck's line about going "fifteen rounds with Muhammad Shreck" is a reference to world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali.
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Robert Davi was considered for the role of Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin.
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The Penguin wears his signature monocle in three brief scenes, and in one scene, somebody sticks a cigarette holder in his mouth (although he immediately spits it out a second later). The film's promotional material and in-universe political campaign posters do, however, show him with his top hat, monocle, and cigarette holder in the classic Penguin style.
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The Penguin's age of death is the same age of Jesus's death.
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An early idea was to have the very large penguin birds who carry The Penguin to his watery grave at the end of the movie be 'The Elders', H.P. Lovecraftian beings whom The Penguin and the circus group worshiped like gods.
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At the time of filming, Danny DeVito was 46 playing the 32 year old Penguin.
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The beginning of the film depicts young Oswald snatching his family's cat into his "crib" and killing it. By the end of the film, Catwoman leaves her pet cat, Miss Kitty, in Bruce's care to make him aware that she's survived.
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The Terrifying Clown was the first boss in the Super Nintendo video game adaptation of Batman Returns, under the name "Stun Gun Clown".
In the unmade sequel of Batman & Robin, named Batman Unchained, the Penguin would have reappeared as a hallucination by Scarecrow's Fear Gas.
Despite being a scheming and selfish man, Shreck showed a few signs of nobleness in the film. Near the climax after the Penguin tried to take and kill Chip, Shreck convinced Penguin to take him instead; also, when he was locked in a cage in the Penguin's lair and learned of Penguin's plot to kidnap and kill all of the first-born sons of Gotham, Shreck showed signs of disgust and discomfort (thus showing that he had standards, and that there were crimes he didn't like and lines he didn't want to cross).
Jennifer Beals at one point was considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle.
Oliver Theess loved working on Batman Returns at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank California.
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Shreck, too, was one in the shooting script and official comic adaptation. At one point, he jokes that there might be carnivorous reindeer roaming the city streets after dark. There's still a trace left in the film: His response to Batman's unmasking, after all, is "Bruce Wayne... Why are you dressed up like Batman?"
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(at around 53 mins) After Penguin has initially turned down Shreck's suggestion that he run for mayor of Gotham City, he starts to retreat back upstairs to his office. Shreck tails him, catching up with him at the foot of the stairs and whispering three temptations into his ear. Penguin responds with: "You drive a hard bargain, Maxie. Alright, I'll be Mayor." The two then look out the window over the city: Penguin cries "Burn, baby, burn!" and Max gets a glittery, avaricious look in his eyes. The parallels with the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 4, are eerie. There's also the Moses in the Bulrushes stuff going on in the opening, along with "33 Years Later..." and the Penguin's ultimate plan to kidnap all of Gotham's first born sons and baptize/drown them in a pool of toxic waste.
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Max Shreck foreshadows two things: one that turns out to be especially ominous ("I wish I could hand out world peace, and unconditional love... wrapped up in a big bow") and one that foreshadows his own death ("I am the light of this city...").
During Selena's breakdown where she sprays black paint on her T-shirts, the hangers they're on sport the slogan "Dress Up With Professional Dry Cleaning" accompanied by a picture of two penguins in evening wear (the left one's in a tux, very similar to Cobblepot's motif) - it's plausible the company may be a front / fundraiser for the Red Triangle Gang.
When Batman knocks Catwoman off the roof into the van of kitty litter during their first encounter, the single-second shot of her falling downwards shows her drop past a pair of Gotham citizens sitting on the patio of their apartment, with one getting up to look at her as she falls past them.
Elizabeth Sanders: (at around 43 mins) The wife of Batman co-creator Bob Kane says "He's like a frog that became a prince" when the paper boy sells newspapers about The Penguin forgiving his parents.
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Paul Reubens, Diane Salinger: Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985) stars reunite briefly at the beginning of the film as The Penguin's parents Tucker and Esther.
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Danny DeVito, whose make-up as The Penguin took three hours to be applied every morning, removed one of the cabinets in the make-up trailer and put in a LaserDisc machine and a television. While they were putting on the make-up, he brought in his favorite movies and watched them in the mirror.
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The final shot of the film, in which Catwoman is seen looking at the Bat-signal, was added as an afterthought, literally a few weeks before the film opened. The shot had to be filmed on a weekend, less than a day after conception, with a double for Michelle Pfeiffer. That single shot cost $250,000.
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The character of Max Shreck was a re-write of District Attorney Harvey Dent. Accordingly, most of his plot points would have perhaps made more sense if Shreck were District Attorney instead of a corrupt businessman. The explosion at the end of the film was a means to injure Dent, and produce the scars that would lead to his transformation into Two-Face for the third movie in the franchise. Reportedly, Billy Dee Williams took the role of Harvey Dent in Batman (1989), because he knew that the character would eventually become Two-Face. Williams' contract to appear in the sequel is rumored to have been bought out by Warner Brothers at a heavy price. Tommy Lee Jones played Harvey Dent (Two-Face) in Batman Forever (1995). Williams wouldn't get the chance to play Two-Face until The Lego Batman Movie (2017).
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The film originally included a montage of the boys being kidnapped by The Penguin's gang, with one of them screaming. Tim Burton, knowing that many children would see the movie, decided not to take any unnecessary risks, and just showed the boys after their kidnappings, being locked in circus train cages and reacting sedately.
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In one version of the script, Max Shreck was discovered to be The Penguin's older brother.
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Daniel Waters' original script originally had the Bat-Signal blinking on and off at the end of the film, as a sign that Selena's electrocution of Max had disrupted the power supply of the city. Tim Burton instead opted to end the film with Catwoman looking out at the signal over a snowy sky, hinting at her survival and possible appearance in a future film.
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Originally, the script had many plot points to set up for the unmade third Tim Burton Batman film. One of these was an introduction to Dick Grayson/Robin. Marlon Wayans had even signed on to play the role, and had gone through a costume test. When the character was cut from the script, it was decided that Wayans would make his first appearance in the third film. However, when Joel Schumacher took over as director, he bought out Wayans' contract, and hired Chris O'Donnell to play the role. The original script also didn't include Max Schreck, and had Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Dent in his place. At the end of the film, when kissed by Catwoman, Dent would have become Two-Face rather than dying, setting him up to be the third film's villain. However, this was cut, and Tommy Lee Jones was cast as the role for the third film, and Williams never played Two-Face after Batman (1989).
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Daniel Waters is credited as the main screenwriter of the film and he is considered to be responsible for the excessively dark atmosphere and violent themes of the film. Although the main plot was written by Daniel Waters, Tim Burton commissioned Wesley Strick to make a hasty re-write before production began. Wesley Strick was uncredited, but he changed the bulk of the dialogue, and made slight alterations to the plot. He excised the Robin subplot, as well as the final revelation that Max Shreck was The Penguin's elder brother. He also narrowed down the references to the character of Vicki Vale. Although Daniel Waters is held accountable for some scary scenes such as the kidnapping of the first born sons, or the bite at the nose of Josh by The Penguin, and the final scene where a fatally wounded Penguin spews bile, they are actually additions by Wesley Strick. However, other violent sequences such as the death of the Ice Princess and the climactic showdown between the unmasked Catwoman and Max Shreck were elements of the screenplay that Daniel Waters wrote.
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Singer Vance Joy names this as the film best showcasing Michelle Pfeiffer's talents, inspiring a line in his song "Riptide": "I swear she's destined for the screen, Closest thing to Michelle Pfeiffer that you've ever seen." He has said he's especially impressed by the scene where Selina vandalizes her own apartment after surviving a murder attempt.
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1992 was a year with a unifying theme for Steve Witting, that of getting assaulted and removed from scenes by characters played by Danny DeVito. First, in Hoffa (1992), he appears in a single scene as a representative of the federal government investigating in Jimmy Hoffa's office, where he is promptly shoved and kicked out by Danny Devito's Bobby Ciaro. Then, in his only other movie that year, he has the unfortunate distinction of a slightly meatier role, in which his nose is nearly bitten off by DeVito's Penguin in a more memorable scene of this movie.
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In Batman (1989) and this film, characters are electrocuted beyond recognition: Anton Rotelli in Batman (1989) and Max Shreck in this movie.
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The revolver which Max Shreck uses to shoot Selina Kyle at the end is a Smith & Wesson Model 66.
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(at around 1h 55 mins) Before killing him, Selina calls Shreck "Anti Claus", in a nod to how the Mayor introduced him at the tree lighting.
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