I’ve got to shut off CNN and re-watch Batman Returns.

25 years ago, the follow-up to Tim Burton’s Batman premiered, and the Hollywood Reporter released a wildly interesting interview with the stars and creative time. Take a read.

Batman Returns (1992) Directed by Tim Burton Shown: Poster Art

Batman Returns (1992)
Directed by Tim Burton
Shown: Poster Art

Note that the movie was before CGI so yes, Michelle Pfeiffer had a real live bird in her mouth. She says in the interview:

“I look back and say, ‘What was I thinking? I could’ve gotten a disease or something from having a live bird in my mouth,'” says Pfeiffer. “It seemed fine at the time. I don’t think the bird was drugged or anything. We did that scene in one take. I think Tim likes to torture me a bit, it’s like a little brother [or] brat kind of thing.”

I remember seeing the movie right before I left LA for a playwriting fellowship in Minnesota. I had been talking about the movie ever since I first heard it. And I wasn’t disappointed. Michelle Pfieiffer as Catwoman? I was not going to miss that. The movie came out when merchandising really came alive with McDonalds toys and multiple tie-ins. I remember going into a McDonalds on Hollywood Boulevard specifically for the toys and collector cups. I wish I picked more up.


Most favorite classic line: “Life’s a Bitch. Now so am I.” But there are so many.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a Comic-Con panel on this? That would be a MUST GO.

–Ken Choy

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