Behind-the-Scenes Facts About ‘Batman Returns’ in Honor of Its 30th Anniversary
Michelle Pfeiffer put a real live bird in her mouth.
Return of Batman turns 30 this month.
To celebrate, here are 36 things you might not know about the movie:
Director Tim Burton was reluctant to do another Batman film.
Burton wasn’t particularly interested in the original script of Return of Batman.
In this first scenario, Catwoman and Penguin were going to find hidden treasure.
Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face) also featured in early drafts of the script.
Robin was also to appear.
He might have been played by Marlon Wayans.
Heathers writer Daniel Waters was brought on board to revamp the script.
Michael Keaton was paid $10 million to reprise his role.
He told Marc Maron that he only followed up on the paycheck so he could pay for a real estate transaction.
The film was apparently a nightmare to shoot.
Meanwhile, Keaton said that after three months of filming, he had only completed one scene.
Bruce Wayne was originally meant to be a lot more talkative.
Annette Bening was originally cast as Catwoman.
Michelle Pfeiffer was “devastated” when she found out someone else had been cast as Catwoman.
Once she was chosen, she was determined to become smart.
She still has her whip.
Catwoman’s last shot looking at the Bat Signal wasn’t Pfeiffer.
Pfeiffer was actually supposed to replay Catwoman.
The scene where Catwoman is about to swallow the penguin’s pet bird is not CGI.
Pfeiffer’s performance inspired a musical scream.
Over 60 Catsuits were created for the $1,000 a pop shoot.
The prototype was created using a body cast of Pfeiffer so that it would fit him perfectly.
Danny DeVito also struggled with his suit.
He was one of the first choices to play Penguin.
DeVito didn’t break character once he was in the Penguin costume.
David Bowie was approached to play Max Schreck.
Originally, Tim Burton didn’t want to cast Walken as Max Schreck, because the actor had “scared” him.
About 10 minutes later you see a photo of Max Schreck with Arnold Schwarzenegger (who later played Mr. Freeze in batman and robin).
Original Penguin actor Burgess Meredith was supposed to play Tucker Cobblepot.
Animal rights groups protested the film.
The set was chilled to 35 degrees for the Penguins, despite the hot Los Angeles weather.
30 African penguins and 12 king penguins were used in total.
Warner Bros. was so secretive about the film that when an entertainment magazine leaked photos of DeVito in costume, they hired a private investigator to find out who gave them the photos.
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