Batman Returns is a relic of an age when disgusting monsters only ran for office in the movies

It seemed ridiculous in 1992: the idea of a misshapen, braying lunatic running for higher office while barely bothering to disguise his own painfully obvious-bordering-on-theatrical creepiness. These days, would anyone blink? In fact, the biggest difference between Batman Returns and our own impossible present-day…

Tim Burton played fast and loose with the caped crusader in his visionary blockbuster Batman

For a little while there, people were shaving the Batman insignia into their hair. That’s the level of cultural dominance that Tim Burton’s Batman had going for it in the summer of 1989. Batman made a ton of money—over $400 million globally, in 1989 dollars—but that’s really only the half of it.

Disney confirms Colin Farrell and Michael Keaton for Tim Burton’s Dumbo remake

Earlier this year, we reported that both Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell were circling big roles in Tim Burton’s live-action remake of Dumbo, and Disney finally took some time off from Star Wars and Marvel announcements over the weekend to confirm the Dumbo movie’s cast. According to Collider, Keaton and Farrell will…

John Lithgow deliberately sabotaged his audition for The Joker

A Batman movie in which John Lithgow plays the Joker is one of movies’ great “what ifs.” Some time ago, Joe Dante revealed that if he had made a Batman movie the 3rd Rock From The Sun actor—now probably more closely associated with The Crown—would have been his choice for the villain. Now, Lithgow himself explains in…

Check out these vintage behind-the-scenes photos from Beetlejuice

It’s easy to forget that Beetlejuice was only Tim Burton’s second movie after the success of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. That he carried those collaborations into immediate, iconic successes like Batman and Edward Scissorhands over just a few years is sort of incredible, at least for people who grew up watching all of…

Tim Burton enters mashup mode with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

The central setting of the new Tim Burton movie, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, is an abandoned orphanage, overgrown with vegetation and situated on the lonelier side of a small Welsh island. Except the building isn’t abandoned, not really. Behind its dilapidated walls, a makeshift family of superpowered…

Tim Burton’s quirky X-Men assemble in the Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children trailer

Tim Burton may finally have his own superhero franchise—albeit without the spandex—with Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Based on the book by Ransom Riggs, the film follows a newcomer (Asa Butterfield) joining a home for extraordinary youths with gifts that make them different from the outside world.…

Our critics go Through The Looking Glass and wish they hadn’t

It’s not just warring mutants coming to the multiplex this Memorial Day weekend. Disney fends off the X-Men with their own effects-driven sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, which has even less in common with its Lewis Carroll source material than Tim Burton’s 2010 adaptation did. On this episode of Film Club,…

Batman’s faithful butler Alfred has finally had it with his employer

He’s been on the job since 1943, faithfully sharpening Batarangs and mending capes for billionaire vigilante Bruce Wayne, but Alfred Pennyworth has finally run out of patience. In “The Problem With Being Batman’s Butler,” a new animated short from Dorkly, the normally reserved Alfred totally loses it after Batman…