Well, this is a new twist! In a recent interview, Tim Burton touched upon his quick run of Batman films, and discussed why he wouldn't be making another. This somewhat follows up with his previous statements on superhero films, calling for a more light-hearted approach - and almost directly insulting DC's slew of dark, broody superheroes that have hit the big screen as of recent. While Burton has basically built a career on dark films, they've also always included a slapstick element or a light-hearted candy filling within the darkness.
It seems like there's even more reason why Burton didn't return to the Batcave:
I think I upset McDonalds. [They asked] ‘What’s that black stuff coming out of the Penguin’s mouth. We can’t sell Happy Meals with that!
The back-and-forth on Batman between Burton and WB has been fairly long-standing, and this really only adds to the list of reasons why. Burton wrapped up the subject pretty quick:
I think the studio just thought it was too weird — they wanted to go with something more child- or family- friendly,” Burton further revealed. “In other words, they didn’t want me to do another one.
... We all know what happened after that, of course.
But, as stated before, this doesn't mean Burton isn't coming back for more Superhero films. While he seemingly targeted Marvel, the notion did seem to allude to all superhero movies when Burton stated that the world needs 'happier' superheroes.
Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working,” he said, “but how many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero.
Well, Mr. Burton, maybe you need to put your keyboard where your mouth is (which is a hilarious mental image) and make it happen. Seriously. The best Christmas movie ever is your superhero film, so I'm just sayin'.