The Knight of the Night probably in pseudonym that does not come from gratuitousness. The character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger has certainly been synonymous with darkness, nocturnal things and an antihero who rarely walks the paths of the law. However, when Tim Burton was commissioned to make a film adaptation of Batman at the time, much criticism was raised for his mania for taking the character into very dark terrain.
Just over thirty years later, the director now recalls (via) with a bit of laughter those comments. He especially reflects on how at some point both studio and audience questioned his creative decisions. And later, after his departure, the world was introduced to a Batman with nipple covers.
«[En aquel entonces] they went the other way. That’s the fun of it. But then I said, ‘Wait a minute. Okay. Wait a second here. You complain about me, I’m too weird, too dark, and then put nipples on the costume? Fuck off’. Really. So yeah I guess that’s why I didn’t finish [haciendo una tercera película]».
Tim Burton set up his first movie of Batman to be released in 1989. His muse under the suit was the venerable Michael Keaton, with whom he repeated the feat three years later. By 1992 the formula paid off in batman returns,where new characters from the comic lore were added and which was also a success among the public and critics.
However, the above was not enough for the filmmaker not to receive criticism from the studio. After disagreements between the two for creative reasons, the filmmaker left the franchise. And later Keaton followed suit by taking off his suit. One that would be inherited by Val Kilmer and that would receive infamous modifications that are remembered to date.
Despite the criticism, Tim Burton fondly remembers everything he achieved with his Batman. He now reflects on the reasons why he decided to risk those doses of darkness. They were certainly quite a contrast to the culture established by Adam West’s bat, so to some extent the sullen reaction from the audience was understandable.
“I’m not just too dark. That represents me in the sense that… that’s how I see things,” she explained. It is not understood as pure darkness. There is a mix. But I am proud of it, because of the result of that strange experiment and what it turned out at the time.
Clearly Gotham’s protector was later understood as darkness personified. Christopher Nolan finished cementing that idea with his trilogy on the vigilante, supported of course by the primary source of the character. Now few can imagine Batman in a happy and colorful environment. It even seems that there is a competition to see who can make it darker.
Anyway, the fans are happy with all the results. And more excited to see Michael Keaton return to the cave to don the suit once again, for DC’s multiverse showcase with Flash. Burton will undoubtedly be pleased to witness how the public applauds the return of what he built back in 1989.
Tim Burton’s post laughs and recalls the criticism his Batman received, which was first published in Cine PREMIERE.