Episode 65, March 9, 2018: Batman Returns

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We continue to enrage Chad as we pick apart another of his childhood favorites, Batman Returns. It's a good thing he never listens to his own podcast.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 65: Batman Returns



Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer

Directed by Tim Burton

Written by Wesley Strick, Daniel Waters, Sam Hamm

Bet Questions:

Michael Keaton, 1951

Danny DeVito, 1944

Michelle Pfeiffer, 1958

Eartha Kitt, 1927

Anne Hathaway, 1982

Halle Berry, 1966

Adam West, 1928

Ben Affleck, 1972

Christian Bale, 1974

Val Kilmer, 1959

George Clooney, 1961

Sean Young showed up to the production office in a homemade Catwoman outfit and asked for an audition. Annett Bening was cast before Pfeiffer, but she was pregnant.

David Bowie was considered to play Max Schreck. Instead he played a part in Town Peaks.

Other people considered for Penguin were the following: John Candy, Bob Hoskins, Dean Martin, Christopher Lloyd, Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando.

Michael says has never seen the movie. He only took the movie to pay for a real-estate deal. He was paid 10million for his role.

Originally the writers had Penguin and Catwoman looking for treasure. But they scrapped that for the current script, which was also in the original series.

Burton only agreed to do Batman Returns if he could take creative control. He had the original script rewritten.

Animal rights people were upset that penguins had rockets strapped to their backs. But according to the producers, they penguins had their own refrigerated trailer, half a ton of ice every day and their own swimming pool with an endless supply of fresh fish.

DeVito spent 2 hours each day getting his makeup on.

Pfeiffer did not like her costume. The facemask choked her and her claws were always catching things. In order to get her in there, they had to use powder and vacuum seal it. She had to add an extra “touch” to the suit…the ability for her to use the bathroom.

Burton didn’t want to cast Christopher Walken at first because, “that man scares the hell out of me.”

The last shot used a Pfeiffer body double because they decided they wanted Catwoman to live. The final scene cost 250k to make.

Rotten Tomatoes:

Batman Returns


Superman, 1978

Marlon Brando, Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman


Superman II, 1981

Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder


Man of Steel, 2013

Henry Carvill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon


Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2016

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams


The Punisher, 2004

Thomas Jan, John Travolta, James Carpinello


Michael Keaton:

Beetlejuice, 1988


Pacific Heights, 1990


Mr. Mom


Danny Devito:

Jack the Bear, 1993


War of the Roses, 1989


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975


Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: B
Brian's Grade: C-
Karina's Grade: C-