23 years ago today saw the wide release of the Joel Schumacher travesty 'Batman Forever'. After original franchise ('Batman', 'Batman Returns') director Tim Burton declined to return (as did his star @michaelkeatondouglas), Schumacher was brought in to helm, and @valkilmerofficial donned the cape and cowl. It did not work out.
@wbpictures felt that Burton's films were too dark and weird, and thought that would alienate children (and, by proxy, toy sales), so they tasked Schumacher with making a more kid-friendly, pun-filled neon wasteland, to which he obliged.
The movie brought in Dick Grayson, AKA Robin (a role for which later-Batman actor and noted Robin-detractor Christian Bale auditioned), as well as The Riddler (Jim Carrey), Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), and the ridiculously named Dr. Chase Meridian (@nicolekidman). Returning characters included Alfred Pennyworth (Michael Gough), and Commissioner Gordon (Pat Hingle). For me, having been a HUGE fan of the previous two films, this one just didn't work. Jones and Carrey both seem to be trying to play the Joker, and while there's absolutely nothing wrong with Batman movies being kid-friendly, it's such a stark contrast to the first two flicks in the franchise (much like the neon visual tone), it's really jarring.
The movie isn't all bad. @valkilmerofficial does a decent job of the dialogue he's given, and the soundtrack featuring @u2’s 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me', and @seal's 'Kiss From a Rose' is pretty solid. But the standout best thing 'Forever' has going for it is that it is still better than 'Batman and Robin'. That's not really high praise, but it's all I've got. #ahealthyappreciation #batmanforever #batman #valkilmer #brucewayne #twoface #tommyleejones #harveydent #theriddler #jimcarrey #edwardnygma #nicolekidman #drchasemeridian #robin #chrisodonnell #joelschumacher #batmobile #gothamcity #riddlemethis #riddler #batmanandrobin #u2 #holdmethrillmekissmekillme #seal #kissfromarose #batmanforeversoundtrack #riddlemethisriddlemethatwhosafraidofthebigblackbat #thebatforce #batmanfans #dccomics