Tim Burton showed just how big a comic book-based movie could be with his 1989 blockbuster Batman. Richard Donner’s Superman and Richard Lester’s Superman II aside, movies about superheroes had a pretty sketchy history up to that point. Many in Hollywood felt that the Man of Steel was the only one “big” enough to pull in mass audiences. Those people were wrong.
Batman became the biggest hit of the year, earning $251 million in North America. That translates to $577 million in today’s dollars. The 1992 sequel, Batman Returns, wasn’t as big a hit, making $162 million, and some people complained that the tone was too dark. Nevertheless, it was a solid hit that gave us Michelle Pfeiffer’s iconic turn …
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