Batman Returns Reviews
In "Batman Returns," the characterizations are upped and the casting is gleefully off the charts.
The action doesn't hold up particularly well (especially the big "March of the Penguins" thing towards the end) and I find myself tuning out during the set-pieces -- not a good thing. Plus the fact that it was all shot in a studio bugs me a bit -- though this obviously matters less in the nighttime scenes, which are the most important ones.
But while it's by no means flawless, it does, like its marginally superior predecessor, walk the line between darkness and camp very well, keeping a sense of humour about it without going all Schumacher. It's telling that the two subsequent movies haven't dated as well as the Burton ones (Prince songs aside).