Behind-the-scenes footage from Batman Returns shows Michelle Pfeiffer demonstrating tremendous whip skills as she completed her iconic "mannequin head strike" attack from the 1992 blockbuster in just a single take.
Footage of Pfeiffer pulling off the stunt in a single take and then receiving roaring applause from the crew when the scene finished has been making the rounds. She was trained in whip combat by Anthony DeLongis, famed whipper and stunt coordinator who also trained Harrison Ford for Indiana Jones.
Her interpretation of the character has become the golden standard for it and is even referenced more than 20 years later, along with the iconic skin tight latex suit. Pfeiffer did her own whip stunts. Explaining her training, "I trained for months with the whip master. On our first day together, I caught his face with the whip and it drew blood. It completely shattered me. I was very nervous on my first day of shooting. I'd gotten pretty good with the whip, but when you show up, you don't anticipate all the lights everywhere.”
Reminder: Michelle Pfeiffer whipped the heads off those four mannequins IN ONE TAKE to thunderous applause from the Batman Returns crew! pic.twitter.com/wVqyH4qw6A— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) February 19, 2021
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