Maximillian Shreck (Christopher Walken) has the charisma and intellect to make him one of the most successful and powerful businessmen in Gotham. So it comes as no surprise that he would crave even more money and power, and in the process get the attention of that "trust fund goody-goody," Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton). However, when he defies Wayne and the Mayor and joins forces with the criminal kingpin, The Penguin (Danny DeVito), then he gets Batman's attention.
Shreck's desire for power is his undoing. He begins to get out of control, pushing his secretary Selena Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer) out of a window to cover up his own little conspiracy. In the process, he helps unleash the Catwoman... but then again, who could've seen that coming? The problem is that Maximillian Shreck is a businessman at heart and doesn't want to get pulled too deep into the nefarious schemes of the Penguin. That, in turn, puts him on Penguin's bad side and ultimately leads to his demise, because let's face it: if you've got two supervillains and a superhero after you all at once, you're in deep shit.