Tim Burton Addresses DARK SHADOWS Comedy Concerns & Would He Return To BATMAN?

The quirky director, Tim Burton, is asked about Dark Shadows' comedic tone, the Beetlejuice sequel, and if he has any interest in returning to the Batman franchise.

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MTV News caught up with Tim Burton and asked him about the negative backlash that he has received from Dark Shadows fans that are concerned with the trailers and commercials that are selling the film as a comedy.

"It's not like I'm being campy with it or anything. The guy's been locked in a box for 200 years, and [when] he comes out ... something weird is going to happen."

To be fair much of the humor has been of the fish-out-of-water variety, and you can only imagine that it will be present for the first act. At some point Barnabas will become accustomed to the present day.

"There is something about a character who doesn't quite fit into the world, which is similar, just in this case, he's been around a long time."

In other news, MTV asked Burton about Beetlejuice 2, which is being written by Dark Shadows' scribe Seth Grahame-Smith.
"He's working away on it so I'm just waiting to see what he does."

Tim Burton directed 1989's Batman which starred Michael Keaton in the titular role, and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. This was a very important film as it proved to Hollywood that comic book movies could be created with a darker tone and still succeed at the box office. He then followed up with Batman Returns, which also starred Dark Shadows' Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. But would he be interested in returning to the franchise?
"I think I have enough on my plate."





Dark Shadows also stars Helena Bonham-Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz and Jackie Earle Haley. The film will be in theaters May 11th, 2012.

Source: mtv
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NightWingNut - 4/26/2012, 1:43 PM
I would LOVE for him to return to Batman. Batman Returns is still one of my faves :D
RunDTC - 4/26/2012, 1:45 PM
keep him away from all CBMS!
DoodPool - 4/26/2012, 2:02 PM
He hasn't made a good movie since mars attacks, hope the beetlejuice movie doesn't pan out lol
SkaarJones - 4/26/2012, 2:17 PM
Good!! Keep him far away from any comicbook movie!!!
Fogs - 4/26/2012, 2:17 PM
Sorry Tim, you used to be good. Today you're just an art director making movies.
ecksmanfan - 4/26/2012, 2:23 PM
Burton hasn't made a good movie in some time and the trend only seems to be getting worse.
JDUKE25 - 4/26/2012, 2:27 PM
Sorry, but no....do not want him to return to Batman. STFA
Dev7 - 4/26/2012, 2:28 PM
I agree with the top posters, keep Burton far far away from any comic book movies.
BooYah - 4/26/2012, 2:35 PM
Hell no to Burton directing another Bat flick. I hated those Burton movies. I know Nolan gets a lot of crap for making Batman too "realistic" or whatever but id take that over Burtons campy films any day.
jj72 - 4/26/2012, 2:36 PM
One of the most over rated directors IMO. Some of his movies are fun but for the most part, I'll watch his flick on TV if I decide to.
GrayFox1025 - 4/26/2012, 2:58 PM
Such a weird guy

Yeah I would have to agree with the general consensus that Burton needs to stay the [frick] away from CBMs
bsgbumpersticker - 4/26/2012, 3:01 PM
I think Burton could do a great job with Plastic Man.
AlanWarlock - 4/26/2012, 3:15 PM
If Burton cannot see that he has rendered Barnabas Collins extremely campy, then he lacks the ability to step back from his work and see it as an audience might see it. As for whether he could return to "Batman," certainly his two films in the series were an important step towards making the superhero movie a serious proposition again. The "Superman" movies floundered with "Superman III," and Burton's treatment of the characaters was good for its time, if not necessarily as realistic as Nolan has done more recently. However, I fear that Burton would try to do what he has been doing recently with every adaptation - throw the original source material under the bus in favor of his own ideas on the subject. Plus, he'd cast Depp as Batman and Helena Bonham-Carter as the Joker.
nowtheresaBATman - 4/26/2012, 3:24 PM
yeah he can just stay the hell away from Batman.

Dark Shadows looks good though.

"Are you stoned?"
"They tried stoning me my dear. It did not work."lol
Boekelaar - 4/26/2012, 3:27 PM
If he ever directed another Batman I wouldn't go see it, Burton shits me.
mob7medina - 4/26/2012, 3:35 PM
Everything Tim Burton makes is exactly the same formula now!Burton and Depp just need to get a room already!lol eww..
Cartoon - 4/26/2012, 3:38 PM
@AlanWarlock
Superman movies have always been floundering messes. It seems to me that a lot of the people I know that like them do so because of the fact that they saw the films when they were kids and they were taken in by the spectacle. The only reason that people still like those films (unlike the Burton and Shumacker Batmans) is because they don't have a good film (like Begins or The Dark Knight) to compare it to in context. Even Superman Returns was mired in that misplaced nostalgia and couldn't let go of the past to move onto something new. And for the record, I doubt Snyder's will be the masterpiece we've been waiting for either.
AstroZombie - 4/26/2012, 3:56 PM
Burton doesn't give a crap about Batman. He never did. He was a young Director cutting his teeth in the industry and It was a job to him.
AstroZombie - 4/26/2012, 4:03 PM
@AlanWarlock - "However, I fear that Burton would try to do what he has been doing recently with every adaptation - throw the original source material under the bus in favor of his own ideas on the subject."

That's all Burton's ever done, not just recently. Look at the reveal of The Joker as the killer of the Wayne's, or pretty much all of Batman Returns.
RolandD - 4/26/2012, 4:33 PM
Enjoyed his first Batman and still watch it over again occasionally. Never cared for Returns so much. It wasn't too dark for me, which was Warner's complaint and why they went with Shumaker (sp?). It was too weird for me.

No more CBM's for Burton unless they are supposed to be weird. Plastic Man is a great idea as bsgbumpersticker said, but I can't see a Plastic Man feature film being made.

When I think of what a bullet we dodged when Burton's Superman never got off the ground. . . .
localman - 4/26/2012, 4:43 PM
Burton was important to Comic Book Movies because he bridged the gap from the days when Hollywood thought that comic book movies had to be "comic," to the modern version of treating CBMs as a legitimate dramatic action story. Before Burton, we had the TV version of Batman and the corney, cheesy characters in Superman the Movie. Burton showed that a CBM could be dark.

However, Burton has moved on. CBM's have become even more serious and "straight." There is no need to have Batman go backwards by giving it back to Burton.
thewonderer - 4/26/2012, 6:11 PM
I want this hack away from Batman.

His first 2 movies destroyed the character
drewXdeficit - 4/26/2012, 7:11 PM
Tim Burton has publicly stated that he dislikes comics and has no interest in keeping true to any source material.

It's a good thing he doesn't wish to return to Batman.
Vital - 4/26/2012, 7:21 PM
The first Batman film is one of the best cbms to date. Batman Returns however, is [frick]ing weird, like campy/creepy awkward weird. It's the 2nd worst Batman film to date. Batman Forever is better than it lol.
AUSSYACE - 4/26/2012, 8:45 PM
Keep this Debacle Director away from any DC Property or BATMAN until the en dof eternity...

TheBatman938865 - 4/26/2012, 10:25 PM
oh good god...keep him away...we're talking about a guy that wanted Nick Cage for Superman....he kind of got lucky with Keaton..but god no..keep him away from my comic book movies!
Cassidy75 - 4/27/2012, 2:18 AM
I think Burton deserves a little credit for Batman 89 and Batman Returns. The first one he must have been reigned in by the rest of the creative team. It was a great take on the story of the Bat, and whether you like it or not, Nolan still uses the suit idea, and the car was way cooler. Returns was vintage Burton, if you don't like his style then you won't like the movie. Personally I think you have to look at it like an elsewod approach. Then it works.
Cassidy75 - 4/27/2012, 2:19 AM
Elseworld...AAAArrrghhh... EDIT BUTTON!!!!!!
marknjoanna - 4/27/2012, 3:33 AM
dude is a hack
YourMomNaked - 4/27/2012, 4:05 AM
Batman doesn't want you back!

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