Why Batman Returns is a Christmas Movie - Cinemassacre

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Die Hard always gets talked about being a Christmas movie, but what about Batman Returns? It stands up to all the same arguments.
-It’s full of Christmas decorations.
-It has Christmas music.
-It takes place on multiple Christmases, from the Penguin’s birth, to Gotham’s big tree celebration.
-The phrase “Merry Christmas” is used multiple times.
-It uses mistletoe as a recurring plot device between Batman and Catwoman.
-It has TONS OF SNOW, which Die Hard does not.
-The Christmas setting is important to the villain’s plans. Just like Die Hard, they strike during the Christmas celebration when things are most crowded. First, to kidnap Max. And second, the ice princess.
-It has the greedy Scrooge character embodied in Max Shrek (Christopher Walken), who is also like the Grinch. Instead of stealing presents, he’s stealing Gotham’s energy supply.
-The Penguin could be seen as the evil Santa, stealing Gotham’s first born sons. Both have icy lairs, but The Penguin identifies with the animal of the south pole, while Santa lives in the North pole. It is just a funny theory of mine, but you could say they’re polar opposites.
-The need for family is a Christmas theme. The Penguin has the sad story of trying to locate his parents who abandoned him. Bruce Wayne also grapples with the loss of his parents, and finds an unusual connection with the Catwoman, becoming lovers and enemies.
-The ending feels like a Christmas ending, even if not conventional. There’s some kind of sentimental feeling, combined with all the snowfall.
In regards to It’s a Wonderful Life, it’s a major classic and a great movie, but I’ve never thought of it as a Christmas movie. The majority of it has nothing to do with Christmas, and it was originally intended for release in January of 1947, but instead came out December 1946. I may have not worded this properly in the review, but the point I was trying to make was that It’s a Wonderful Life is a weak target for the Die Hard argument.
Wanna see a real Christmas movie? Watch Scrooge 1951 (aka A Christmas Carol). Alastair Sim is the definitive embodiment of the wicked old miser. His face looks incapable of smiling. You couldn’t imagine it. So when he makes that flip at the end, it’s pure magic.
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  • Spot. On. I used to watch this movie every December as a kid!

    It Came From A BoxIt Came From A Box4 ամիս առաջ
    • Same

      Josh MillerJosh Miller3 ամիս առաջ
    • same

      Caliber 1579Caliber 15794 ամիս առաջ
    • I’m watching it this year, too!

      treetoptia -treetoptia -4 ամիս առաջ
    • @ It Came from a box.... me too

      Benjamin SmithBenjamin Smith4 ամիս առաջ
    • For some reason, in 1993 this film left me with such an impression, that even today I feel a bit weird when I rewatch it. I really can't explain why. Perhaps because Burton's aesthetic choices, the circus theme, a demagogue that lives in the sewers (just like Marat)... Everything is very surreal. Also, I think that Shreck is a reference to the actor that played Nosferatu.

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  • I absolutely love batman returns and die hard both. I would say they are both christmas movies.

    Keith SpringstonKeith Springston2 օր առաջ
  • Iron Man 3 a Christmas movie

    Super Sonic VenomSuper Sonic Venom17 օր առաջ
  • Die Hard 1 and 2 are christmas movies ! And I was disapointed that the third one was happening during the summmer period. And the wife wasnt there. Third one is not a Die Hard movie for me anyway. And YES Batman Returns is a Christmas movie. I LOVE christmas movies.

    Paul UnetourtellePaul Unetourtelle22 օր առաջ
  • I love die hard

    GêmeosGêmeos22 օր առաջ
  • if it was a december theatre release then its a christmas movie

  • 1:00 I grew up in Southwest Texas. Want to guess how many Christmases I had with snow? I'll give you a hint. It's less than 1. Not every place has snow on Christmas. Ergo, a movie shouldn't have to have snow to be about Christmas.

    Thomas PickensThomas Pickens27 օր առաջ
  • Saw this when it came out in the movie theatres. A batman chistmas special.

    Roger MontoyaRoger MontoyaԱմիս առաջ
  • No snow in bad santa

    PolymorphablePolymorphableԱմիս առաջ
  • It takes place during Christmas.

    Dead Body ManDead Body ManԱմիս առաջ
  • “Christmas movies need to have snow” Southern Hemisphere : Am I a joke to you

    Josep KimJosep KimԱմիս առաջ
  • 9:33 Actually, I think that's Selina's cat Ms. Kitty. Great review BTW!! I LOVE Batman Returns!! I wish we got a Michael Keaton Batman 3!!

    JMD NelsonJMD NelsonԱմիս առաջ
  • Thank you! friends take me as a silly relic wearing rose-tinted glasses when i make this comparison..

    Øyvind LarsenØyvind LarsenԱմիս առաջ
  • This means iron man 3 and Shazam are X mas movies

    Movie_Nerd 489Movie_Nerd 489Ամիս առաջ
  • Iron Man 3 is also a Christmas movie.

    Captain Jack SparrowCaptain Jack SparrowԱմիս առաջ
  • I always wonder why nobody mentions Lethal Weapon as a Christmas movie.

    Ian LundquistIan LundquistԱմիս առաջ
  • Michelle Pfeifer is, hands down, the best Catwoman ever. Beyond her badassness, her features are very feline and the body language and the vocal inflections she uses are perfect.

    Phillip CollettePhillip ColletteԱմիս առաջ
  • Ok.... The Thing is a Xmas Movie...

    JoseJoseԱմիս առաջ
  • I remember watching this as a kid at a family get together...at Christmas.

    Beetle JuiceBeetle JuiceԱմիս առաջ
  • I AGREE!

    Climinator 1978Climinator 19782 ամիս առաջ
  • Never thought of Danny Devitos' penguin as Jesus before 😄

    Ilmārs NemiroIlmārs Nemiro2 ամիս առաջ
  • It’s not

    Kevin SKevin S2 ամիս առաջ
  • I always called it batman retards!! LoL 😆

    Sometimes IgobackSometimes Igoback2 ամիս առաջ
  • James didn't aged a bit...

    Anthony AlvarezAnthony Alvarez2 ամիս առաջ
  • How often does it snow in Los Angeles? Asking as a Die Hard is a Christmas movie guy.

    H BH B2 ամիս առաջ
  • if snow is a requirement for a xmas movie, why exists xmas movies in areas of the world where DON'T snow on the the entire year? 😛

    Augusto RodriguesAugusto Rodrigues2 ամիս առաջ
  • Gremlins checks every box, glad its confirmed. Gremlins is a Christmas movie

    Jon MessengerJon Messenger2 ամիս առաջ
  • This movie was awesome

    Matt WayMatt Way2 ամիս առաջ
  • Actually i've been saying this is a christmass movie for years

    Juan IgnacioJuan Ignacio2 ամիս առաջ
  • I've been watching Batman returns during Christmas the last couple years , but my wife disagrees with me that it's a Christmas movie lol

    Russell James MoberlyRussell James Moberly2 ամիս առաջ
  • alfred is a mac app

    ilikemacsalotilikemacsalot2 ամիս առաջ
  • If it’s made by Tim burton then it has a high chance to have a small element of Christmas

    moleashjobemoleashjobe2 ամիս առաջ
  • I agree 100%! It's always been part of my Christmas movie list every year!

    Copat87Copat872 ամիս առաջ
  • Another Christmas movie: Monty Python's Life of Brian

    W BW B2 ամիս առաջ
  • My favorite Christmas movie? Edward Scissorhands.

    Ty NaoTy Nao2 ամիս առաջ
  • I just learned that christopher walken was in batman returns. Thought he was the mayor apparently not. Need to watch it again.

    Grated YammonsterGrated Yammonster2 ամիս առաջ
  • While I vastly prefer Die Hard, I think Batman Returns really successfully taps into those feelings of heartbreak and loneliness that the holidays bring as you grow up.

    Reidak12Reidak123 ամիս առաջ
  • I just re-watched Batman Returns last week and yes, this is a Christmas movie, or at least a movie involving Christmas

    Phuk UwePhuk Uwe3 ամիս առաջ
  • Enemy of the State can be a Christmas movie too.

    Randal GravesRandal Graves3 ամիս առաջ
  • Excellent analysis.

    basedjpowellbasedjpowell3 ամիս առաջ
  • I agree James, love this film!

    John BhoyJohn Bhoy3 ամիս առաջ
  • Oh it’s a Christmas movie.

    Jason NewshamJason Newsham3 ամիս առաջ
  • Lethal Weapon is my Christmas movie of choice.

    EpimeTheAusEpimeTheAus3 ամիս առաջ
  • Is less than zero a Christmas movie? Doesn’t really read like a Christmas book

    ben desleben desle3 ամիս առաջ
  • Ok but what’s the difference between a Christmas movie or a movie that takes place on Christmas

    Mar MarMar Mar3 ամիս առաջ
  • Overrated

    Dave CorsairDave Corsair3 ամիս առաջ
  • ❌ everything is a cake ✅ everything is a christmas movie

    TernaryCodeTernaryCode3 ամիս առաջ
  • Next Xmas do Bad Santa discussion. It's my favourite Xmas movie.

    Frank BeansFrank Beans3 ամիս առաջ
  • I didn't see Batman Returns until it was on TV, and whenever that was it was christmas so I always had just assumed it was a christmas movie. About the Penguin being an anti-santa though, that's too far fetched.

    Brian GoldbergBrian Goldberg3 ամիս առաջ
  • never thought if it like that.

    ClassicAntiZeroClassicAntiZero3 ամիս առաջ
  • 295 people eat Farts!

    nerdygame turdynerdygame turdy3 ամիս առաջ
  • One My Favorite Film Of all Time

    Trajoan MayberryTrajoan Mayberry3 ամիս առաջ
  • I agree with this. I felt this was always a Christmas movie also, just never really dwelt upon the idea til now. It ranks up there with die hard of course, George C. Scott in a Christmas Carol, and of course all the other classic Christmas movies.. not disparaging any others for every movie is unique to the viewer. I would love to hear others non-conventional Christmas movies they watch on Christmas. I think it’s so cool to expand and be open.

    Grant HintzeGrant Hintze3 ամիս առաջ
  • Rocky 4 is a Christmas movie

    pepgum _pepgum _3 ամիս առաջ
  • Then i guess i should claim Batman Arkham Orgins is a Christmas Game

    Abstract TrinityAbstract Trinity3 ամիս առաջ
  • Batman Returns and Dark Knight are my favorites of the Batman films and really the only ones I care to watch. Batman with Jack Nicholson sometimes as well.

    Chris DaveyChris Davey3 ամիս առաջ
  • lol man

    lol manlol man3 ամիս առաջ
  • SO a Christmas movie can't take place in any warm climate?

    ILoveFilm247ILoveFilm2473 ամիս առաջ
  • I have actually thought Lethal Weapon is a christmas movie

    StoneysWorkshopStoneysWorkshop3 ամիս առաջ
  • Dude! You are actually spot on! Especially with the sort of weird melancholy emotions at the end. Gonna suggest it for my movie night next xmas.

    olesamsolesams3 ամիս առաջ
  • Still my favorite batman movie.

    future_deathfuture_death4 ամիս առաջ
  • Also was kinda a touching moment when Batman learns that penguin is searching for his parents and says “I hope he finds them”. Very powerful considering what happened to Batman’s parents. Almost a reversal of the experiences also. Batman lost his parents at a young age, whereas penguin’s parents abandoned him as a baby and he went to search for them as an adult

    gogetta80gogetta804 ամիս առաջ
  • Penguin and Jesus both die at 33!!! Never thought of the Jesus influence

    Erny RosalesErny Rosales4 ամիս առաջ
  • Well its official, this is a great christmas movie. I do love Batman Returns even more now.

    Alexander OglesbyAlexander Oglesby4 ամիս առաջ
  • Oh relly

    ertyu0078ertyu00784 ամիս առաջ
  • Any movie that has Christmas elements in the movie is a Christmas movie.

    Sean WessSean Wess4 ամիս առաջ
  • I thought Batman Returns was a Christmas movie, I didn’t realize there was debate about it

    Toni OrtegaToni Ortega4 ամիս առաջ
  • I thought Die Hard was a Christmas movie, I thought it took place and was released during Christmas

    Toni OrtegaToni Ortega4 ամիս առաջ
  • The Godfather is a Christmas movie change my mind

    Aaron AlbrechtAaron Albrecht4 ամիս առաջ
  • 2:54 just having one christmas tree in the scene doesn't mean it was completely decked out with a christmas setting genius..

    Miguel mejiaMiguel mejia4 ամիս առաջ
  • Die Hard 2 is a better Christmas movie than Die Hard, because it takes place at Dulles Airport in DC/VA, and it’s winter around that time. And when it’s winter, there’s snow.

    JimHawkwind03411JimHawkwind034114 ամիս առաջ
  • If You Could Only Pick One?: Batman Returns TMNT II Secret of the Ooze

  • Yes Sir!At last!!!

    dagger125dagger1254 ամիս առաջ
  • Die Hard is a Christmas film because it’s about a man trying to be with his family. that’s what christmas is all about.

    HazMattHazMatt4 ամիս առաջ
  • Batman Returns is a great Christmas movie.

    Maccha.iceMaccha.ice4 ամիս առաջ
  • Is not winter in the whole world at the same time, so christmas and snow don't go always together.

    kasquezkasquez4 ամիս առաջ
  • I must say, Snow isn’t necessary for a Christmas Movie realistically, because with that mindset Christmas Movies would never be able to be in California hardly, Florida, Texas, those states that don’t have much for snow necessarily outside of one day possibly or up in the Mountain Ranges. I feel the concept of Snow being essential for a Christmas Movie could perhaps flaw the overall representation of a Christmas Film 🤔

    MaDd VTECMaDd VTEC4 ամիս առաջ
  • If Batman Returns is a Christmas movie, than Ghostbusters 2 is a New Years movie.

    chimeratechmanchimeratechman4 ամիս առաջ
  • Selina Kyle referred to Shreck as "Anti-Clause" as well.

    Wallace WallabyWallace Wallaby4 ամիս առաջ
  • As a Pittsburgh native like the man himself, Michael Keaton, I have to say your argument is great. I want to petition the city to name Batman Returns as its official Christmas movie.

    Lucais WallaceLucais Wallace4 ամիս առաջ
  • Excellent and is the best video to show others why I call Batman Returns is my favorite Christmas movie

    Jarvis CosricJarvis Cosric4 ամիս առաջ
  • A terrible one at that

    captain beastwingercaptain beastwinger4 ամիս առաջ
  • Oh the idiocracy lives on. NO neither Batman returns or Die hard are Christmas movies no matter what they feels like to you. Please learn the difference between plot, setting and plot-device before you make these ridiculous claims

    Asbjørn setervollAsbjørn setervoll4 ամիս առաջ
  • The Penguin's plan also resembles a lot the Massacre of the Innocents

    KhanKhan4 ամիս առաջ
  • For me, a christmas movie doesn't just take place on christmas. Christmas has to be a focal point.

    Daniel Alonzo CitalDaniel Alonzo Cital4 ամիս առաջ
  • The best Batman movies... this one and the one before.

    Bruno SolBruno Sol4 ամիս առաջ
  • I think the Xmas season lends to moody quiet scenes without feeling bare or empty.

    Willie master of destructionWillie master of destruction4 ամիս առաջ
  • 🎄

    God, Comics, and GamingGod, Comics, and Gaming4 ամիս առաջ
  • Batman Returns is not only my favourite Christmas movie, it is also the best Batman in my opinion, and one of my favourite movies ever. The aesthetic, music, sets and costumes, the themes of "identity/split personality", the dialogue and acting, are all brilliant.

    Sax MannSax Mann4 ամիս առաջ
  • Have you ever watched Trapped in Paradise starring Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey...one of the better christmas movies from the 90's.

    Philip trudeau jrPhilip trudeau jr4 ամիս առաջ
  • I'd just say anything that is set at/around xmas is an xmas movie. I'd outright disqualify snow as a signifier, cause depending on where you live you may never/very rarely have had a white xmas, or even never seen snow in your life.

    Akinokaze HaruichibanAkinokaze Haruichiban4 ամիս առաջ
  • The participants of the "Die Hard is a Christmas movie" movement are too far gone.

    BLSoldierBLSoldier4 ամիս առաջ
  • My personal favorite Batman movie and possibly my favorite Holiday movie.

    thrashpuppy2010thrashpuppy20104 ամիս առաջ
  • Could be :)

    Jóan Magnus MagnussonJóan Magnus Magnusson4 ամիս առաջ
  • There is one big difference between Die Hard and Batman Returns: One is a classic the other is pretty sucky.

    maestro4202 2maestro4202 24 ամիս առաջ
    • Batman returns is fantastic

      shingeki no kaijuinshingeki no kaijuin4 ամիս առաջ
  • Well, you *almost* convinced me.

    Dustin WatkinsDustin Watkins4 ամիս առաջ
  • I was just thinking this and wondered if anyone made a video. I’ve always found my way to this movie this time of year almost every year.When it gets cold and dark outside I may subconsciously drift to Gotham.(specifically Tim Burton’s snowy Gotham)

    URi LAF8URi LAF84 ամիս առաջ
  • If Die Hard and Batman Returns aren't Christmas movies, then Dumb and Dumber is a horror movie 🥴

    Bruce LeeBruce Lee4 ամիս առաջ
  • I was just thinking if I should watch Batman Returns or Die Hard this Christmas eve.

    Anders ÖhmanAnders Öhman4 ամիս առաջ
  • After 33 years in Rockefeller center huh. There cannot be more obvious Freemasonic symbolism than that.

    Travel WithoutMovingTravel WithoutMoving4 ամիս առաջ