Thursday, May 16, 2013
May Monster Madness: Day 6
The Penguin in Batman Returns
As we draw nearer to the May Monster Madness finish line, I just wanted to say how impressed I am by all the enthusiasm and hard work that so many of you have put into making this blog festival a success. I'm sure you're probably getting a little exhausted by now, but I hope you have enjoyed yourselves too! For tomorrow, the final day, I have planned a little surprise, but in the meantime...
For Day 6 of May Monster Madness, I have chosen Oswald Cobblepot (Danny DeVito), also known as the Penguin, for my "monster". Prior to the movie, Batman Returns (1992), the character of the Penguin, in comics and on TV, was portrayed as a short, rotund mobster and thief who fancied himself a "gentleman of crime". He was characterized as a man with a love of birds and a penchant for using umbrellas that invariably doubled as weapons of some kind. Tim Burton, however, re-imagined the character as a deformed outcast who, rejected by his aristocratic parents, ended up a freak-show performer. This much darker incarnation of the Penguin is grotesque and has a homicidal desire for revenge against the more affluent citizens of Gotham City.