Roll up! Roll up! The Bat-circus has come to town. See a whole range of new Bat-gadgets! See Michelle Pfeiffer in a skin-tight leather costume! See Danny DeVito in a lot of makeup! See some very
expensive sets! Don't look, though, for anything resembling imagination, suspense, or humor.
From the script level, all the way through the direction, acting, and editing, BATMAN RETURNS is as much of a mess as the beleaguered Gotham City in which it is set. The paint-by-numbers story attempts a clumsy balance between fantasy and reality which ends up lost between both worlds. The
production design succeeds in creating a comic-book ambience, but director Tim Burto...