While she was a last-minute replacement for Batman Returns the Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman become the defining performance of the character – here’s why she’s the best big screen Catwoman. Tim Burton’s Batman was a game-changing blockbuster for Hollywood and would shatter the campy image of the character from the 1960s TV show. A sequel was inevitable, but Burton wasn’t sure he wanted to make it. The stress and demands of the original had left a mark on the filmmaker and he didn’t want to direct another movie under similar conditions.
Warner Bros eventually convinced Burton to come back by allowing him free rein creatively. This might explain why Batman Returns is one of the most unique – and weirdest – blockbusters in movie history. While it was another blockbuster it earned less than its predecessor and parents complained about Batman Returns’ darkness and twisted sexuality, so the studio opted to replace Burton with Joel Schumacher for the third movie Batman Forever.
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