Michelle Pfeiffer put a real live bird in her mouth.
Batman Returns is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month.
To celebrate, here are 36 things you might not know about the movie:
Director Tim Burton was reluctant to do another Batman film.
Burton wasn’t particularly into the original script for Batman Returns.
Robin was supposed to appear as well.
Heathers writer Daniel Waters was brought onboard to revamp the script.
Michael Keaton was paid $10 million to reprise his role.
He told Marc Maron he only did the sequel for the paycheck so he could pay for a real estate deal.
The movie was apparently a nightmare to shoot.
Bruce Wayne was originally going to be a lot more talkative.
Annette Bening was originally cast as Catwoman.
Michelle Pfeiffer was “devastated” when she found out someone else had been cast as Catwoman.
Once she was cast, she was determined to become whip-smart.
She still has her whip.
Pfeiffer was in fact supposed to play Catwoman again.
The scene where Catwoman is about to swallow the Penguin’s pet bird isn’t CGI’d.
Pfeiffer’s performance inspired a musical shoutout.
Over 60 Catsuits were created for the shoot at $1,000 a pop.
The prototype was created using a body cast of Pfeiffer so it would fit her perfectly.
Danny DeVito also had a rough time with his costume.
He was one of the first choices to play Penguin.
DeVito didn’t break character once he was in the Penguin costume.
Tim Burton originally didn’t want to cast Walken as Max Schreck, because the actor “scared” him.
About 10 minutes in, you see a photo of Max Schreck with Arnold Schwarzenegger (who later went on to play Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin).
Animal rights groups protested the movie.
The entire set was cooled down to 35 degrees for the penguins, despite the hot Los Angeles weather.
30 African penguins and 12 king penguins were used in total.
Warner Bros. was so secretive about the film that when an entertainment magazine leaked pictures of DeVito in costume, they hired a private investigator to find out who gave them the photos.
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