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Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

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Batman Returns
DIRECTED BY TIM BURTON
RELEASED: 1992

Why's it so good? Generally, multiple villains make a franchise weak, leaving too little time for a coherent plot. In this case, however, the villains play together so well that it's hard to complain too much - and Danny DeVito's Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman are sublime creations. Particularly Pfeiffer, who should be canonised for services to catsuits.

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How does it stack up to the original? Tim Burton's Batman has come in for a lot of abuse since Christopher Nolan took the Bat-reins, but both his Bat-films are perfectly legitimate takes on the Dark Knight, and if Burton lavishes more attention on his villains than his hero, well, we already know who Batman is. This one's probably on a par with the original Batman - and that's saying quite a bit.

Glaring error: Letting Joel Schumacher take over the reins for the next three films. Dear Zeus, what was Warner Bros thinking? Neon Gotham? Mr Freeze? Save us, Christopher Nolan, you're our only hope.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 36 MONTHS


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