Tim Burton on Batman’s Infamous Nipples: “Fuck You”

Batman director Tim Burton has strong words for Warner Bros when it comes to the infamous bat nipples in batman forever and Batman and Robin.

In 1989, Tim Burton Batman was released and became a huge hit with audiences and critics. Until the release of The black Knight, it was the highest-grossing film featuring the Caped Crusader. Burton himself, however, resented the creative control taken away from him during production and was unhappy with the final product. For the sequel, Warner Bros granted Tim Burton greater control over the film, resulting in the 1992 film, Return of Batman.

At the time of its release, Return of Batman was a controversial film. The film’s darker aspects and sexual undertones caused outrage among parent groups who felt it had nothing to do with children. While ultimately the film was still a big hit, the studio felt it lost merchandising money to the outrage. This ultimately led to Joel Schumacher directing the third and fourth films which became controversial in a completely different way.

One of the most infamous aspects of Joel Schumacher Batman movies was costume design. Specifically, the costume design included nipples on the Caped Crusader outfit. By talking to EmpireTim Burton spoke about the design and pointed out the hypocrisy of including this design aspect while feeling sorry for his own:

“[Back then] they went the other way. That’s the funny thing. But then I was like, ‘Wait a minute. OK. Wait a second here. You complain about me, I’m too weird, I’m too dark, and then you put nipples on the suit? Kiss my ass. Seriously. So yeah, I think that’s why I didn’t finish [doing a third film.]

I’m not just too dark. It represents me in the sense that… that’s how I see things. It’s not meant to be pure darkness. There is a mix. I feel really affectionate [‘Batman Returns’] because of the strange experience it sounded like.

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Source: Empire

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