Acclaimed filmmaker and Batman director Tim Burton has finally shared his thoughts about one of the most notorious designs that the franchise has ever seen.

While appearing in an interview with Empire Online, Tim Burton gave his remark on the sharp turn his Batman series took with Batman Forever (1995).

Tim Burton Talks About Batman’s Nipples In Batman Forever

Batman's Nipples In Batman Forever
Batman’s Nipples In Batman Forever

Burton specifically called out the goofy tone of the film, thanks to director Joel Schumacher, saying, “[Back then] they went the other way. That’s the funny thing about it.” He continued, “But then I was like, ‘Wait a minute. Okay. Hold on a second here. You complain about me, I’m too weird, I’m too dark, and then you put nipples on the costume? Go fuck yourself.’ Seriously. So yeah, I think that’s why I didn’t end up [doing a third film].”

Burton’s signature style was established in 1988’s Beetlejuice, and Burton went on to helm Batman (1989) which saw Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson as Batman and Joker, respectively. Later, he also directed its 1992 sequel, Batman Returns.

Why Was Tim Burton Fired From The Franchise?

Tim Burton
Tim Burton

The latter of the two movies and how its sexual undertones were received by the corporate sponsors of Batman have been considered the reason Tim Burton was released from the third movie of the franchise. Later, the studio got Joel Schumacher to direct Batman Forever, which also introduced Val Kilmer as the Dark Knight, with Tommy Lee Jones appearing as Two-Face while Jim Carrey played The Riddler.

Burton also talked about Batman Returns after revisiting the movie for its 30th anniversary.

Comparing how his sequel was received by the critics to that of some recent adaptations like The Batman, Burton revealed, “It is funny to see this now, because all these memories come back of, ‘It’s too dark.’ So, it makes me laugh a little bit.” Looking back on the sequel, the director regards it as lighter fare when held up to the trend of ever-more dour entries into the franchise. Burton stated that “I’m not just overly dark. That represents me in the sense that… that’s how I see things. It’s not meant as pure darkness. There’s a mixture. I feel really fondly about it because of the weird experiment that it felt like.”

Are You Ready For Wednesday?

Burton is returning with his latest project, Wednesday, which will premiere on Netflix late this year. The series will be a supernatural coming-of-age story around the Addams Family member Wednesday, as she navigates through the pitfalls of a supernatural mystery and high school. Jenna Ortega, the Disney Channel star, is set to lead the series in the titular role.


Source: Empire Online

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