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Batman (1989) - Colour Correction Help Needed

Hi there, longtime lurker here who’s finally jumping into the discussion.

Tim Burton’s Batman has been my favourite film for a while now, but having seen it so many times, I’m very aware of the many technical goofs and dated effects in the film. Recently I’ve been thinking of producing a “restoration” of sorts which fixes these effects, but my experiments in fixing the poor bluescreen shots during the climax haven’t worked out well so far.

It’s best demonstrable when looking at the shots of Batman and Vicki hanging from the cathedral whilst the Joker stands over them. There’s a lack of yellow in the image, which can be seen via Batman’s chest symbol being white and skin tones in the shots being overly pink, yet there’s also a lack of blue, as Joker’s burgundy jacket (rather than purple) indicates, which makes colour correcting the scene by conventional means very difficult, if not impossible. Obviously the fact that, when the white Batman symbol is made yellow, the rest of the whites in the image become yellow, adds to the problem.

So I guess I was just wondering if anyone here has any suggestions regarding this kind of colour correction - different tools/approaches? I’d like to avoid having to work frame-by-frame if possible, but in this kind of scenario where the colours are so screwed up it might just have to be done.

Two examples of the kinds of shots I’m dealing with:

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