Episode 199: Batman Returns

Special Guests: Daniel Waters, Sam Hamm, Mark Reinhart
Guest Co-Host: Mark Gledhill

In this special year-end episode, we're looking at Batman, focusing especially on Tim Burton's Batman Returns. We're joined by Mark Gledhill of Comic Book Consideration to discuss The Bat (Michael Keaton), The Cat (Michelle Pfeiffer), and The Penguin (Danny DeVito).

Our special guests include screenwriters Sam Hamm (Batman, The Watchmen, Never Cry Wolf, Monkeybone) and Daniel Waters (Batman Returns, Heathers, Vampire Academy) along with writer Mark Reinhart (The Batman Filmography).

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Links:
Buy Batman Return on Blu-Ray
Buy Batman: Blind Justice by Sam Hamm
Buy The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
Buy Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
Buy The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
Buy The Batman Filmography by Mark S. Reinhart
Visit Comic Book Consideration
Read about Cultural Allusions in Batman Returns
Is Batman Returns an Anti-Semitic Allegory?
Read about The 7 best unproduced Batman screenplays (and what happened)
Listen to Mike talk about Tim Burton on Geek Juice Media
Listen to Daniel Waters on our Adventures of Ford Fairlane episode

Music:
"Batman (Main Title)" - Danny Elfman
"Birth of a Penguin" - Danny Elfman
"Face to Face" - Siouxsie & The Banshees
"I'm Bane" - Auralnauts
"Bat Dance" - Prince

Watch:




The Evolution of Batman in Cinema from Jacob T. Swinney on Vimeo.

12/30/2014

1 comment:

  1. Just now catching up on this - as a big Batman fan I was really happy it was such a mega-episode (4 hours!) and it was terrific as always. A couple things I'd like to add; I was surprised there wasn't more overt praise from you all for Michelle Pfeiffer - she's simply transcendent and easily matches (and bests to my mind) Danny Devito's masterful work (not to mention Walken and Keaton's fine work).

    Secondly, to the point of Batman killing people - again, as a big Batman fan I just find it intellectually and philosophically dishonest. It seems to me when a character whose entire psychological makeup and direction of his life is blamed on the casually cruel and unnecessary killing of his parents is presented as being quite cavalier about killing people himself without at least some guilt/hesitation/regret you've got a disconnect that feels cheap. I'm not against Batman being disturbed enough to be that person but I don't feel like that's the Batman we're given in Burton's films; we're supposed to know that he's basically a troubled but good guy. I just think that guy would have to wonder if the henchmen he killed had children of their own who might be just as damaged as he was. I realize that I'm very possibly over-thinking this but I do feel like they want to have their psychologically damaged cake and eat it, too.

    Regardless, I loved the episode and find much to enjoy about all the Batman films (yes, even Schumacher's - if you have any affection for the 60's TV series, how can you not?)...keep up the great work!

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