The Alcott Analysis: Batman Returns

Like Batman, Batman Returns presents three protagonists, almost the same protagonists as 1989‘s Batman — a deformed freak of a gangster (this time the Penguin instead of The Joker), a blonde who’s crazy about bats (Catwoman subbing for Vicki Vale), and Batman himself. In addition to its three protagonists, it offers an antagonist from outside the traditional Batman world — a ringer, if you will, in the form of businessman Max Shreck.

It would be great to report that Batman Returns takes all of these worthwhile, interesting characters and weaves them into a single, unified story, but it does not. Instead, it presents two separate stories, each compelling in its own right, and kind of sutures them together like the irregular chunks of vinyl of Catwoman’s bodysuit. As this is an unusually complicated narrative with three separate, competing plot strands which actually take place in utterly different genres, let’s separate out each character’s storyline and examine them one at a time.

Dan Piraro wins the Reuben

Via email from Hogan’s Alley, the winners of the Reuben Awards from the National Cartoonists Society: Seth MacFarlane won the Television Animation division award. Ronnie del Carmen won the Feature Animation division award. Tom Richmond was the Newspaper Illustration division award. Glenn McCoy won the Gag Cartoon division award. Debbie Tommasi won the Greeting Card […]