Batman Returns

Revealing mistake: In one scene, the Penguin is making a "bat" shadow puppet on the ceiling. But there's no light behind his hands. If there's no light, there's no shadow. (01:03:45)

Revealing mistake: When the Penguin drives the Batmobile remotely, the cars it smashes are damaged just before it hits them. (01:20:50)

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Revealing mistake: When The Penguin shoots the clown who says "Killing sleeping children...", as the clown falls back to the floor, you can clearly see he falls on a wrinkled, soft mat which has unsuccessfully tried to be disguised. (01:29:30)


Revealing mistake: The snow that they use floats on water in almost every scene. (00:02:00)

Revealing mistake: When The Penguin sends his penguin army out into Gotham City, the ripples/waves in the water don't match the position of some of the penguins as they swim towards the exit. (01:43:55)


Revealing mistake: After Catwoman's line "Life's a bitch. Now so am I.", she is thrown onto a diagonal roof by Batman. The roof wobbles uncontrollably as she lands on it. (01:00:30)


Revealing mistake: Catwoman breaks into the department store to blow it up. She punches her fingers through a metal access panel to get to the gas lines. Look closely at the panel - the holes are already in place at the exact locations where she punches through, they're just covered with white paint or putty. (00:55:15)

Revealing mistake: When Batman makes his first dramatic entrance to fight the clowns in his Batmobile, that clearly isn't snow being churned up by the wheels of his car.

Revealing mistake: When the Penguin is controlling Batman's batmobile, when the batmobile hits a police car a wire attached to the police car, pulling it back is visible. (01:20:20)


Revealing mistake: When Penguin is controlling Batman's car, cars he is hitting throughout the scene are seen prematurely moving out of the way before he hits them.

Revealing mistake: When the clown steals the mayors baby, he does a cartwheel down into the sewers via a manhole. As he falls down the manhole, the "brick" wall of the manhole clearly shakes as the clown jumps down. (00:33:15)


Revealing mistake: When Batman dives off the building with his bat-glider, there are two wires visible coming off his shoulders, most easily visible before he reaches the horizontal. (01:16:45)

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Revealing mistake: During the climax, when a rocket hits the "Arctic World" sign and explodes, subsequently causing the polar-bear statue to fall, look closely. The scale of the fire and smoke (particularly the smoke, which looks similar to cigarette-smoke size and not the enormous plumes that such an explosion would create), in addition to the unnatural movements of the alleged large "statue" reveal that this effect was achieved with a rather obvious miniature set.

Revealing mistake: On the rooftop, Catwoman digs her claw into Batman's chest, but she clearly just puts her hand flat on his chest and you can clearly see in the first shot no claw is left embedded in his suit. (01:16:25)


Revealing mistake: In the scene where Selina Kyle starts spray painting the wall and closet, you can see there was a previous line sprayed and then poorly covered with another thin coat of paint. (00:30:25)

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Suggested correction: There's no shot of the baby's face or body that reveals he's a doll. When he's abducted it's a real baby we see. The clown then does some flips and quick movements where the baby's face or body aren't seen at all. (We "know" he is a doll, of course, but there's no visual proof of it).


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[Catwoman is hit by Batman.]
Catwoman: How could you?! I'm a woman!
Batman: I'm sorry, I...
[Batman is hit by Catwoman.]
Catwoman: As I was saying, I'm a woman and can't be taken for granted. Life's a bitch, now so am I!

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Trivia: Harvey Dent, who would later become Two Face, was originally going to be in this film instead of Max Schreck. The plan was to have Catwoman turn him into Two Face the same way she ended up killing Schreck, except of course Dent obviously would've survived and become Two Face.

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Question: After she falls, what exactly makes Selyna Kyle go nuts? And what is she trying to do to her apartment?

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Answer: The film keeps it ambiguous. There are two ways to look at it. Scenario A- She literally died and is brought back to life by the alley-cats somehow, adapting some of their traits. Or... Scenario B- The trauma of falling and sustaining a head-injury, along with her paranoia after Schreck tried to kill her, has driven her mad, and she uses her connection with cats to build a new persona. (Which is supported by the fact that all the things she claims "kills" her with each of her "nine lives" wouldn't actually have killed her. Ex. Her one fall is broken by the kitty-litter truck. Max doesn't hit her in any vital organs when he shoots her. Etc.) Her destroying her apartment is her lashing out at all the things she used to hold dear- her vision of a normal life, etc. It's symbolic of her purging the past and embracing the future. (Plus, oftentimes when people throw fits, they'll smash stuff up).

Chosen answer: She just died, and came back to life. The shock drove her mad. She really isn't doing anything but destroying it.


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