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Subj: Indeed, the beginning of Batman Returns movie is misleading ...
Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 at 08:46:36 am EST (Viewed 261 times)
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Quote:Batman and Batman Returns: Burton looked like he was going for Dark but with perhaps a little camp thrown in such as Penguin being raised by penguins.
Indeed, it is true that the beginning of the movie is misleading.
It leads the watcher to think that the baby was raised by penguins.
Actually, the zookeepers probably sold the baby to the Red Triangle Circus. Later, we learned that Cobblepot was known as "Aquatic Bird Boy" when he was one of the performers of the freak show.
We also learned, thanks to Batman's investigation, that Penguin lied about his past. When he was Aquatic Bird Boy, decades ago, he had come back to Gotham, learned who his parents were and killed numerous children before disappearing (probably in the sewers).
Still, it was an uncanny coincidence that an "aquatic bird baby" would end precisely in the penguins' lair just after his parents dropped him in the river. Since we don't know what his appearance was when Cobblepot was a baby (it is left to our imagination), it is also possible that Cobblepot suffered from some kind of animalistic atavism and that his biology adapted itself to the penguins'lair when he was a baby. I agree that the movie didn't focus enough on these aspects of the Penguin's origin and that it could be considered a plot hole. The movie should have been a bit longer to explain all this better.
By the way, voluntarily or not, the origin of the Penguin in the movie is nearly the same than ... 1980s Killer Croc (if a penguin replaces the crocodile).
I think that the beginning of the movie is misleading because Tim Burton wanted it to be an ironic & satirical Christmas tale. Cobblepot's birth is a cruel version of the birth of Moses & Jesus. Tim Burton will follow a similar approach again when he will write the script of Nightmare before Christmas.
To be frank, this introduction is one of the many reasons that I love this movie.
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