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..
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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