Tim Burton’s Batman Returns will be returning to UK cinemas, as it celebrates its 30th birthday: more details here.

We’re about to arrive at the 30th birthday of Batman Returns, director Tim Burton’s follow-up to the blockbuster-changing 1989 hit Batman. The story of the sequel is a famous one: Burton got to make the sequel on his terms, so keen was Warner Bros for him to return. He thus delivered a dark, brooding follow-up, that led to a backlash from parents and the likes of McDonald’s, none of whom were expecting Danny DeVito’s Penguin to bite someone’s nose in the midst of the movie.

The film’s box office would be notably be down on its predecessor, and would start the machinery that led to Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. But over time, the reputation and boldness of Batman Returns has won it more and more fans. And three decades on, it’s set to be welcomed back to cinemas.

The film is getting a UK cinema re-release then, although not directly for its birthday. Instead, Park Circus has earmarked the film for a fresh big screen outing this coming December. Given that Batman Returns is set at Christmas, that seems to make sense.

The date to mark in your diary, should you mark such things, is Friday 9th December. And as someone who watched the film four times at the cinema when it originally landed, I’m fully intending to make it number five in December.

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