In this, the second Batman movie, megalomaniac businessman Max Shreck sets a plot against Gotham City in motion. He is joined by Penguin, a deformed and rather deranged man abandoned at birth by respectable parents. Penguin, backed by hoodlums and real penguins, runs for mayor. The plot is further complicated by Serena, a wronged secretary who transforms into Catwoman, a villain with mixed motives.
The Penguin's cohorts exhibit torch juggling and unicycling. At the
beginning of the film, during the scene in which the circus storms the
city, two guys pass torches on tall stilts.