Tim Burton On Michelle Pfeiffer's CATWOMAN; Compares His Version Of BATMAN To Christopher Nolan's

In an interview with Cinemax magazine, the Dark Shadows director briefly addresses the differences between his version of Batman and the current Nolan incarnation, and reveals why he loved Michelle Pfeiffer's take on Catwoman so much..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 5/2/2012
Tim Burton's Dark Shadows is almost with us, and the director is doing the rounds along with the cast to promote the movie. But in an interview with Cinemax, it's one of his earlier movies that is brought up. Tim Burton's Batman is widely regarded as one of the best CBMs of all time, and undoubtedly ushered in a new era for the genre after Hollywood had pretty much written off comic book based movies after the disastrous Superman 4. Of course it wasn't long before Burton's good work was undone by Mr Shumacker, but be that as it may, his original take on The Caped Crusader still holds up today. Indeed, for a lot of fans his Batman is a more accurate interpretation of the character than Christopher Nolan's. What does Burton think? Unfortunately he doesn't go into much detail, but does admit Nolan has at least outdone him when it comes to the darkness..



"I always get told that my material is dark, but nowadays my version of Batman looks like a lighthearted romp in comparision to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight."


The director also discusses Michelle Pfieffer's take on Catwoman from his follow up, Batman Returns. He says that her performnace is one of his favorites, and reveals that the actress called him for a role in Dark Shadows because she was such a fan of the old tv show..

"For me, her version of Catwoman was one of my favourite performances on any movie I had worked on. I remember how she impressed me by letting a live bird fly out of her mouth, learning how to use a whip and dancing around on rooftops with high-heeled shoes on. She did all that stuff for real. I hadn't really talked to her for about 20 years, and she called before I had started working on Dark Shadows, and she told me how much she loved the old TV series and she wanted to be involved."


I wasn't a big fan of Batman Returns but I agree that Pfieffer knocked it out of the park as Catwoman. Anne Hathaway has quite a bit to live up to.

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nailbiter111 - 5/2/2012, 4:27 PM
pfeiffer info has been posted before http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JakeLester/news/?a=56394
RunDTC - 5/2/2012, 4:42 PM
Batman Returns is the most overrated CBM ever.
antonio - 5/2/2012, 4:45 PM
@RunDTC can't agree more.
BackwardGalaxy - 5/2/2012, 4:57 PM
How is Batman Returns overrated? Most people I know don't like it.
orpheus - 5/2/2012, 5:00 PM
The lead up to the article was longer than the content, no need for such an introduction to what is already familiar.
brewtownpsych - 5/2/2012, 5:00 PM
i have to disagree re: batman returns, it was the best of the lot IMO. but that's really not saying that much. Basically none of those movies (including Burton's) get close to touching nolan's. The original did have one thing in common with TDK however: a fantastic score. all time best CBM scores:

1. Superman
2. TDK
3. Batman (1989)
4. Thor
5. Hulk
SugarYumYum - 5/2/2012, 5:01 PM
Pffth, I love Returns. Doesn't get enough love imho. :-P
santoanderson - 5/2/2012, 5:02 PM
Tim Burton lost me when he made the Penguin into a black-blooded, three fingered, mutant penguin-man who was raised by penguins.
Jollem - 5/2/2012, 5:05 PM
Batman Returns gave you a beautiful look at a lot of a dirty, stylized gotham. catwoman's design was gool and sexy, the penguin was cool and gross.
Jollem - 5/2/2012, 5:06 PM
gool ghoul
santoanderson - 5/2/2012, 5:11 PM
Thankfully Nolan's Catwoman and Burton's Catwoman are VERY different characters. Burton turned Catwoman into a psychotic, sexually charged, killer. Nolan appears to be sticking closer to the classic jewel thief with a conscience origin. While many are hating on Catwoman's look in this film, I can see why he didn't go with the cowled look. It's been done - he wants to go for a fresh look.
nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2012, 5:16 PM
^I bet
MovieMann - 5/2/2012, 5:17 PM
"Indeed, for a lot of fans his Batman is a more accurate interpretation of the character than Christopher Nolan's."

Didn't Batman whip out some guns and start shooting at people in Batman Returns?
And didn't Burton's Catwoman have like magical nine lives powers or something?
nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2012, 5:19 PM
@IM53 What a coincidence my Bat list is the same

@santoanderson well said

I thought Burton's Vinylwoman was ridiculous, but it was a fun watch. When I a kid.
BlindLemonShemp - 5/2/2012, 5:20 PM
Returns also was extra great due to the fact they had christopher walken playing max shrek... one i always found to be much creepier than the penguin, although danny devito as the penguin is badass in itself
RorMachine - 5/2/2012, 5:21 PM
Moviemann, I said SOME fans..I know because I debate back and forth about the very subject with them again and again. I think Nolan's Batman is WAY more comic accurate in pretty much every way, but there are those who will argue it down to the hilt even with hard evidence like the things you point out.
nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2012, 5:22 PM
are those scurvy ribs you eating there @CaptainJack or what?
AUSSYACE - 5/2/2012, 5:23 PM
I think Hathaway will play the role more humane and grounded as Pfeiffere's was acted pretty much over the top really...
nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2012, 5:25 PM
@RorMachine "I think Nolan's Batman is WAY more comic accurate in pretty much every way" That's the TRUTH!
AUSSYACE - 5/2/2012, 5:27 PM
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nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2012, 5:45 PM
Max looks like Mozart
marvel72 - 5/2/2012, 5:46 PM
i like batman & batman returns those are classics of that era,we got the best looking batmobile,gotham city & that awesome danny elfman theme,if it wasn't for burton's batman we wouldn't of got the classic batman the animated series.

michael keaton is my favorite batman as well,bale is a better bruce wayne.
sonofsamadams - 5/2/2012, 5:47 PM
Batman (1989) was...okay. The whole Vicke Vale love triangle was pointnless and stupid. Nicholson did alright I guess, and the tension between Batman and Joker just really wasn't there.

Returns was an improvement, even though it felt misjointed at times. I guess in the end Burton did a nice job. Better than that one fag that decided Batnipples were acceptable...
Ghostfire - 5/2/2012, 6:03 PM
Two different movies in different times. They are uncomparable in my opinion. Both did service to Batman, unlike Schumacher's take on the character.

Pfeiffer's Catwoman was favorite thing from Returns. She was just perfect. Anne has some big heels to fill, but she's a great actress so I reserve my judgement until I see her on the big screen.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/2/2012, 6:06 PM
Michelle Pfieffer played Catwoman? I know she played a character named Selina Kyle, who was a nerdy secretary, was constantly getting trampled on by other people, then was pushed out a window, licked back to life by cats, had a nervous break down, created a black dominatrix outfit, and became a whip expert in a matter of hours, in some Tim Burton movie in the early 90's. I didn't know she played Catwoman though.
valeriesghost - 5/2/2012, 6:14 PM
To me there is a difference between a movie being Dark and a movie taking it subject matter seriously. IMHO Burtons films were darker, Nolan's more serious.
NeoBaggins - 5/2/2012, 6:14 PM

"I remember how she impressed me by letting a live bird fly out of her mouth"

valeriesghost - 5/2/2012, 6:15 PM
When people say they are making Man of Steel "darker" what i really think (and hope) they mean is that they are taking the subject matter seriously, they want to make a good movie.
BobHasMyPants - 5/2/2012, 6:25 PM
Batman Returns is the best Christmas movie since Die Hard. Watch it every December.
GUNSMITH - 5/2/2012, 6:26 PM
I'M JUST NOT A FAN OF HATHAWAYS MASK, SO MANY INCARNATIONS IN THE COMICS AND YOU CHOOSE THAT 70'S TV SHOW LOOKING MASK..
STARKILLER21 - 5/2/2012, 6:43 PM
I like Burton's take on Batman, the 89 film is great, Returns had it's up and downs, but I liked it better the 89 film.
Remember it's WB's fault for making Tim Burton tone down the darkness of Batman returns since parents complained about how dark it was for their children, which also WB wanted the film to be for kids.

So it wasn't Burton's fault for how Returns turned out for some batman fans. I like most of Tim Burton's movie, sure he made bad movies, but no one is perfect in this world so take it easy guys.
Looking forward to Dark Shadows, taking my grandfather to this movie as my late grandmother loved the original series.

I liked Michael Keaton's performance as batman and Michelle'a as Catwoman. Anne Hathaway has a lot to fill in and I know she will try her best to potray Catwoman.
Lego - 5/2/2012, 7:02 PM
Burton's Batman was the shit. 'nough said


^ your right it was shit
DocBeez - 5/2/2012, 7:09 PM
Batman movies were campy, laughable, and terrible pre-nolan. Batman begins was the first good DC movie since Superman II...68 years ago.
superbatspiderman - 5/2/2012, 7:13 PM
Phfifer was good as Catwoman but the entire backstory was really lame. Also the entire movie was kind of lame and over the top. I think Anne Hathaway will be good but I am most excited for Bane who I think will steal the movie like The Joker did.
NeoBaggins - 5/2/2012, 7:16 PM
Batman Returns= The Nightmare Before Gotham

Ichaos - 5/2/2012, 7:35 PM
"The complete shit" thats a compliment right? a year or two comparing something to excrement was a negative thing
thewonderer - 5/2/2012, 7:39 PM
Burtons a HACK

making Batman kill? what a prick
Ceejay - 5/2/2012, 7:51 PM
Anne Hathaway beating Michelle Pfieifer's Catwoman performance is a dead cert simply because Pfiefers's Catwoman was NOT Catwoman. She didn't do any burgling, stealing or anything, she was on a revenge trip, she was slowly losing her sanity and talking crap and her suit had more in common with a BDSM sex video than an actual Catwoman costume.

Sure fanboys have a nostalgic link to it but it was a crap movie with way too many silly elements and visual gags like Batman scratching a CD (WTF?). Hathaways Catwoman actually looks purposeful as everything does in Nolan's films, no stupid over the top costume or pointless whip. From the trailer alone I already prefer her.
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