Tim Burton: “Fuck you! “: the director balances on Batman
Tim Burton does not have his tongue in his pocket. Here he swings squarely on Batman, a hero whose adventures he brought to the screen at the end of the 80s. We tell you everything!
Long before Christopher Nolan and Matt Reeves staged his torments, Tim Burton propelled Batman into a gothic universe for two iconic films. In the first, released in 1989, Michael Keaton (Bruce Wayne) faced the Joker (Jack Nicholson). A successful warm-up lap that convinced Warner Bros to offer Burton an even darker and more dreamlike second opus. In 1992, the Dark Knight (still played by Keaton) found himself battling two enemies: on the one hand the Penguin (Danny DeVito), on the other Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer). posterity, Batman: The Challenge did not cause the same wave of enthusiasm as its predecessor on the side of the studios.
In the mid-90s, the casting changed. Val Kilmer replaced Keaton, while Tim Burton gave way to Joel Schumacher, whose universe is inspired more by the kitsch Batman series of the 60s. Big success at the box office, Batman Forever(1995) preceded the start of a last opus still under the leadership of Schumacher, this time with George Clooney in the main role. His posterity, Batman & Robin especially owes it to the “beat nipples” on the Dark Knight costume. A very controversial detail that Tim Burton returns to today in Empire magazine. “Wait a minute. You complain about me being too weird, I'm too dark, and then you put nipples on the suit?“, he recalls. “Fuck you! Seriously. So yeah, I think that's why I didn’t end up [doing a third movie]. ”
To whom do we owe Batman's nipples?
In his interview with Empire, Tim Burton reveals the identity of the man behind the nipples of discord: Jose Fernandez. Batman's costume designer was reportedly inspired by ancient Roman centurion armor and comic book illustrations. An artistic choice that he fully assumes while Joel Schumacher, who died in 2020, assumed responsibility for this choice deemed disastrous. Fernandez now seems to want to absolve the director whose death two years ago revived a debate already over fifteen years old. Could we have imagined Christian Bale, Ben Affleck or even Robert Pattinson with nipple bats? Let your imagination run wild!