BATMAN RETURNS Concept Art Of Oswald Cobblepot & His Missile-Clad Penguins

Check out even more Batman Returns designs for Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot (Danny DeVito) aka The Penguin and his cute but dangerous henchmen, the rocket-carrying penguins.

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By nailbiter111 - 3/15/2014

Most of the artwork seen below was created by Stan Winston Studio's famed conceptual illustrator, Mark “Crash” McCreery. The artwork was part of several collections that were auctioned off at icollector.com. The first batch of Batman Returns concept art includes facial, body and hands variations of Danny Devito’s character “The Penguin.” The next batch is a series of renderings for Penguin's flock of penguins that were strapped with a mind-control helmet and a harness for their deadly missiles.










Sequel to Tim Burton's hugely successful 'Batman' (1989). Oswald Cobblepot was abandoned by his parents as a baby. Thirty three years later, bent on revenge, he returns to Gotham City as the Penguin (Danny DeVito). First he begins a warped campaign to become Mayor, helped by millionaire businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken); next, he undertakes a mission to murder every first born son in Gotham - a plan which will avenge his own beginnings. Meanwhile, he has two adversaries to contend with: Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), the embittered ex-secretary of Max Shreck, and, of course, the old caped crusader himself - Batman (Michael Keaton).
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CaptainSporty - 3/15/2014, 4:11 PM
2nd?
CaptainSporty - 3/15/2014, 4:11 PM
also, this movie was okay Merc. Not the best Batman film tho
darkknight2149 - 3/15/2014, 4:15 PM
This movie was terrible, in my opinion. The 1989 original was awesome but all three sequels gradually got worse and worse until the point where we got Batman And Robin (1997). This is just what I think, though.
nailbiter111 - 3/15/2014, 4:15 PM
I liked it. I liked it a lot more when it first came out, but over time my enthusiasm has died down quite a bit. It still has some fantastic moments.
batcheeks8 - 3/15/2014, 4:18 PM
The artist draws a nice penguin.
SuperCat - 3/15/2014, 4:22 PM
I enjoyed this movie. I thought the Penguin looked amazing. Great make-up.
Tony93 - 3/15/2014, 4:22 PM
he scared the crap outta me when I was young
Mike89 - 3/15/2014, 4:30 PM
I always thought Danny Devito was a great casting choice for the penguin, but the sexual innuendos, were just.....wierd and creepy.
marvel72 - 3/15/2014, 4:31 PM
best penguin & catwoman ever!
dckizzle - 3/15/2014, 4:35 PM
Dc did it first
dckizzle - 3/15/2014, 4:36 PM
Great movie
DrunkenNukem - 3/15/2014, 4:38 PM
Awsome movie.....i wish Burton directed a third film...
Buu - 3/15/2014, 4:46 PM
I love Batman Returns! It's my third favourite Batman movie, behind The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises.

I like Danny DeVito's Penguin. Sure, it's different, but I liked his performance nonetheless.
WakeOfMagellen - 3/15/2014, 4:47 PM
I remember being around 20-21 when the movie came out and it seemed like all the department stores and malls pushed EVERY conceivable thing they could for merchandise for this movie.
It was sooooooo oversaturated even versus modern day society doing it for Disney/Marvel stuff.
The movie was "ok".
I didn't love it. Didn't hate it.
Nigrutin - 3/15/2014, 4:57 PM
It's amazing how much concept art has changed through the years..
nach1wan - 3/15/2014, 5:05 PM
i havent seen batman returns in over 10 years. all i remember of the penguin, was how hard he hit the ground when he died, it was awesome
DrDoom - 3/15/2014, 5:06 PM
Batman Returns blows.

But the penguin (animal, not character) designs here are amusing.
MCott - 3/15/2014, 5:17 PM
Of the Burton-Schumacher films (It pains me that they're all in the same universe), Batman '89 is my favorite. But, in my opinions, Returns best captures the Gothic universe the Batman comics are set in. I like it a lot. It's not my favorite (again, that's 89) but it's still really high up there.

Also, Danny DeVito completely blew me away. I'd always known him as a comedic actor. But then he gave this tragic, dramatic (almost Shakespearean) performance and blew me and my expectations away.

Also, of all the batman adaptations, this characterization of the Penguin is a personal favorite of mine. In most adaptations, the Penguin is a spoiled rich boy who turns to crime because he's bored <- there's nothing interesting about that. But a deformed child abandoned by his parents and seeking revenge...that is compelling and interesting (if a little bit cliche). Don't get me wrong, there were times when DeVito went over the top and "Soap Opera-ish," but it was still a really good characterization
McGee - 3/15/2014, 5:20 PM
MexicanChinman - 3/15/2014, 5:34 PM
Batman Returns is the best old school Batman film. I really like Batman Forever. Batman 89 is so freaking boring, that I have to force myself to stay awake. Batman & Robin is dog shit.
ManDeth - 3/15/2014, 5:59 PM
@darkknight2149 Batman Returns was very bad. I didn't enjoy a single moment of it. But CBMs were so rare then if you liked comics or superheroes you bascically had to watch it.
JediPhilosopher - 3/15/2014, 6:24 PM
Yep, I liked 1989 Batman, but hated Batman Returns.
NetmanTripleSec - 3/15/2014, 6:29 PM
Disappointing follow up to the greatest Batman movie ever made.

Felt claustrophobic. Set like, as opposed to the larger than life feel of the first film. Elfman's soundtrack was great though. Great casting too. Burton just Burton'd it up too much with doing HIS Penguin instead of the comic book one.
Brady1138 - 3/15/2014, 6:33 PM
Looking at concept art like this, I can't believe there were people who thought this was their "dark" Batman movie they always wanted...
NetmanTripleSec - 3/15/2014, 6:37 PM
Batman & Robin is worlds better than Batman Forever. Forever was somehow pretentious and stupid, and Kilmer was the worst Batman ever (great actor though, Tombstone is his best role, then Jim Morrison).

Also, I think it'd be awesome if Burton came back and did another Batman someday, completed his trilogy, I'd be all for Michael Keaton playing Batman again too.

The Schumacher series sucked, which is odd because he's not a bad director. George Clooney could have been a great Batman but Schumacher was told not to give a shit so he gave even less of a shit than he already did so he had Clooney not give a shit so we got a movie that was slightly better than Batman Forever (and more enjoyable)....but still shit.
GuardianAngel - 3/15/2014, 6:58 PM
2nd to worst Batman movie just behind Batman & Robin.
fedup - 3/15/2014, 7:37 PM
In my opinion we've yet to get the all-encompassing Batman movie. It just seems like each live action version of the character comes with a caveat. The 89 flick has the atmosphere but Batman doesn't spend a lot of time actually doing anything (and I say that with the 89 flick being one of my favorites) and with a lousy origin story for the Joker (loved Nicholson in the role, though). Batman Returns featured no character fidelity to the comics at all. Batman Forever actually got closest of any of the movies to nailing the comic book aesthetic but the neon, nipples, and terrible handling of Two-Face, Riddler, and Robin are unforgivable. Batman and Robin speaks for itself. Batman Begins gets so very close to being an all-encompassing Batflick...but The Dark Knight and Dark Knight Rises, as much as I love those movies, are skew towards realism too much. It bothered me that at no point is Selina Kyle referred to as Catwoman. They arrive at the Two-Face name through a thrown in line about Harvey being considered two-faced. It's like the world of Begins and the world of The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are completely different, that the characters were plucked from Begins and dropped off in Chicago. The Arkham Games are the closest to an all-encompassing Batman experience and I'd love to see that approach taken in live action.
mrHJK - 3/15/2014, 7:39 PM
Phiefer was great as Catwoman, and I think Keaton was mostly better in Returns, but otherwise, the movie is just kinda meh.

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sKeemAn - 3/15/2014, 7:39 PM
Other than Keaton as Batman this movie was awesome. No one can touch Devito's performance as Penguin. The best Catwoman as well.
darkknight2149 - 3/15/2014, 8:32 PM
@ManDeth
lol, that's true.
BlackIceJoe - 3/15/2014, 8:40 PM
I still would have loved to see what Tim had planned for his third Batman film. If I remember correctly the reason he didn't make a third movie was because of lots of parents that were mad that the Penguin frightened their kids. I so would have loved to see what kind of performance Billy dee Williams would have done with Two-Face for the third film.

Tim Burton I personally believe has given us the most comic accurate version of Batman so far. Gotham totally feels like it was a gothic city.

I think Detroit will work for Gotham but I really wish they could have shot some of Gotham in different parts of Europe to truly get that gothic feeling. But luckily if they shoot the film in downtown Detroit there is still gothic architecture. Most of the buildings have their windows blown out. But that could really make Gotham interesting. Because driving down town in Detroit you can find some really nice buildings then drive down another alley and you remember why Detroit sucks.

I some day have to rewatch the old Batman films. To see if they still are as great as I remember them or not. I know Batman & Robin sucks but that movie gave a closer comic version of Bane then the Dark Knight Rises did. So I can find one gold nugget out of a pile of crap.

I just hope Zack can finally give us comic book fans the Batman from the comics plus his universe too.
yonny616 - 3/15/2014, 8:51 PM
I hated this film. It's just a bad Batman film.
MementoMori - 3/15/2014, 8:57 PM
@mcott - Agreed 100%. Devito's Penguin is perfect for Burton's vision of Batman.
Minghagz - 3/15/2014, 9:17 PM
Great performances by everyone but a shitty Batman film. '89 is the superior movie and still one of my favorite Batman films. I cant stand Burton anymore. I think the thing that pisses me off about Returns is how Burton wrote the characters for both Catwoman and Penguin.
MCott - 3/15/2014, 9:26 PM
Wow. Usually cb and cbm fans reach a common consensus...with a few outliers. Very few times there is there a split decision on a movie (Man of Steel is one of those rare times). I did not expect Batman Returns to be another of those movies.
MCott - 3/15/2014, 9:32 PM
@Minghagz I kinda disagree with you. I think Burton's characterization of the Penguin is far superior to the comics or any other version. As I said earlier, the penguin was a spoiled rich boy. He only turned to crime because he found the high class society boring. That's a weak and flimsy motivation...Burton gave the character depth, he gave him a backstory, he gave him a much stronger motivation.

Catwoman...I'm kind of hit and miss on. Of all the portrayals out there, Pfeiffer is my favorite performance...but the characterization is kind of "eh." Take away the attempt on her life, and she's just a woman pushed to the edge. Although... I do have to say, as a kid and adult, the "transformation scene" (when the cats all start licking her, trying to wake her up, and then she destroys her apartment-- her old life-- before making her suit), that is one the best transformation scenes I've ever seen.
darkknight2149 - 3/15/2014, 9:34 PM
@BlackIceJoe
I would have preferred Tim Burton's Batman 3 over Batman Forever, a LOT. I like Tim Burton and am a huge fan of the original, but Returns just wasn't one of his good ones. There are a lot of reasons I didn't like BR. But, let's look on the bright side: had Burton have done this film we would have never have gotten Batman Begins.
mgeoff88 - 3/15/2014, 10:44 PM
Batman Returns had an incredible cast, but the story wasn't as good as the first movie.

Michelle Pfeiffer is the most badass Catwoman to date. It's a shame that spin-off Catwoman movie starring her didn't happen.
Wiccan - 3/15/2014, 11:10 PM
Batman Returns isn't a Batman movie. It's a piece of shit. So are the three in that universe and Nolan's films sucked. They do not portray Batman accurately, and until there is a Batman portrayed accurately in cinema I will stick with the cartoons, comics and fan-made films that actually contain "Batman."
loki668 - 3/16/2014, 1:07 AM
Ah....back in the days when people still believed that Tim Burton was a "genius" and not just relying on skewed architecture, color, and his love of all things "Gothic". Though, this was also back during the time when he could make a film without sucking on Johnny Depp's penis like a pacifier.
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