12 Days of Christmas Movies: Batman Returns (1992)

batman returnsThere is something about Batman and Christmas that fits together so well. Maybe it is that gothic imagery is so beautiful when covered in snow and lights. Maybe it is that Christmas is a holiday best experienced at night, when Batman is on the prowl. I don’t know what it is, but it works, and while there are many great Batman at Christmas stories, the best is by far Tim Burton’s Batman sequel, 1992’s Batman Returns, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopher Walken.

In Returns, Michael Keaton’s Batman faces off against not just one, but two classic enemies in Catwoman and The Penguin, both causing as much chaos to Gothamites as possible, and all during Christmas. One of the first scenes in Batman Begins is a giant present being moved toward the Gotham City Square where the annual tree lighting ceremony is taking place, only to explode open with homicidal clowns, fire-breathers, and acrobats, all let loose on the unsuspecting city. It is a circus ripped straight from hell, or Tim Burton’s every day mind (the two are rather similar I would imagine).  It is pure Christmas anarchy and it is wonderful.

While I heavily suggest you watch Batman Returns, I also have to recommend two other Bat-mas pieces of media: the first, the videogame Batman: Arkham Origins, which has Batman facing off against several assassin’s on Christmas Eve; the second, which may be somewhat hard to find, is an episode from the classic Bruce Timm/Paul Dini Batman: The Animated Series entitled “Christmas with the Joker”. Really any episode from that cartoon is amazing, but it is Christmas, and Joker running amok on Christmas Eve is just too much fun to pass up.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love made me see: The Ice Harvest

On the second day of Christmas, my true love made me see: Scrooged

On the third day of Christmas, my true love made me see: Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love made me see: Batman Returns

6 responses to “12 Days of Christmas Movies: Batman Returns (1992)

  1. I’ve long been smitten by Michelle Pfeiffer and it probably didn’t help that I was converted at the height of Pfeiffer Mania- the release of Batman Returns.
    As a teenager, in the late1980s I was thrilled by Married to the Mob and The Fabulous Baker Boys, but it was only with Selina Kyle’s whip cracking, spiked heels and barbed comments that I was fully captivated by the Pfeiffer mystique. I still can’t explain why it happened. It just did. Although I have a secondary list of actresses who’ve captured my attention- Meg Ryan, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, even Kristen Stewart- they don’t even come close to my pfeelings for Pfeiffer.
    Sorry for rambling, but reading your article gave me a rare spark of enthusiasm.
    Thank you.

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