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unprecedented success of the Batmanfilm in 1989,
a sequel was inevitable. Warner Bros.
originally wanted production on it to begin in 1990, but director Tim Burton was hesitant unless the sequel
offered him something new and exciting. Warner decided to give Burton a large
amount of creative control to entice his return. While Sam Hamm returned to write
drafts of the screenplay with Batman co-creator Bob Kane back on board as a
creative consultant, Burton wasn’t happy with it and commissioned Daniel Waters to rewrite it.
Batman Returns was largely inspired by the episodes “Hizzoner the
Penguin” and “Dizzoner the Penguin” from the Adam
WestBatmanTV series, wherein the villainous Penguin (Burgess Meredith in the show, Danny DeVito in the film) ran
for mayor of Gotham City.
This time, however, he would have the backing of crooked business man Max
Shreck (Christopher Walken)
and the help of secretary-turned-sociopath Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). The film
opned on June 19, 1992 and once again took the highest opening weekend record
and became the third highest-grossing film of 1992.
Glow-in-the-dark stickers and free toys? Score!
Once again Ralston was licensed to
produce a cereal tie-in for the film, as they had with the previous one.
However, instead of simply rebranding their original cereal, they decided to
change things up. This time around, the cereal featured chocolate-flavored
square pieces similar to those found in Chex with marshmallow shapes. The
shapes were of Batman’s mask, his logo, the Batmobile and Penguin’s