Batman ForeverDirector: Joel Schumacher, Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey
Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton; and in Forever he began steering the series in the campier direction of the Sixties television show. First-time Batman/Bruce Wayne (Val Kilmer), in his only outing as the Caped Crusader, is effectively brooding as he ponders strange dreams about his parents' death and escapes his own near-demise at the hands of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), a former district attorney driven insane and turned into a master criminal when a gangster throws acid in his face. Meanwhile, as sexy psychologist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) tries to analyze and seduce both Bruce Wayne and Batman, Wayne Enterprises employee Edward Nygma (Jim Carrey) reacts badly to getting fired, using his self-invented mind-energy device to transform into the super-intelligent Riddler. The Riddler teams up with Two-Face to bring down Batman and drain the minds of Gotham City residents with his device, while Batman gets some much-needed help in the form of circus performer Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell), out for vengeance after being orphaned by Two-Face.
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Cast & Crew
|Val Kilmer||Batman / Bruce Wayne|
|Tommy Lee Jones||Harvey Two-Face/Harvey Dent|
|Jim Carrey||Riddler/Edward Nygma|
|Nicole Kidman||Dr. Chase Meridian|
|Chris O'Donnell||Robin / Dick Grayson|
|Michael Gough||Alfred Pennyworth|
|Pat Hingle||Commissioner Gordon|
|Elizabeth Sanders||Gossip Gerty|
|René Auberjonois||Dr. Burton|
|Joe Grifasi||Bank Guard|
|Dennis Paladino||Crime Boss Moroni|
|Michael Paul Chan||Executive|
|Eileen Seeley||Martha Wayne|
|Bruce Roberts||Handsome Reporter|
|Cindy Herron||Girl on Corner|
|Jed Curtis||Chubby Businessman|
|Corey Jacoby||Harvey's Thug|
|Maurice Lamont||Harvey's Thug|
|Jim Palmer||Harvey's Thug|
|Mike Smith||Harvey's Thug|
|Ed Begley||Wayne Enterprise employee|
|Don "The Dragon" Wilson||Gang Leader|
|Peter Radon||Harvey's Thug|
|Lee Batchler||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Janet Scott Batchler||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Christopher Burian-Mohr||Art Director|
|Tim Burton||Executive Producer|
|Mitchell Dauterive||Associate Producer|
|Alan Edmisten||Asst. Director|
|William M. Elvin||Asst. Director|
|Ingrid Ferrin||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Thomas Fisher||Special Effects|
|Elliot Goldenthal||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Akiva Goldsman||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Peter Hliddal||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Barbara Ling||Production Designer|
|Joseph P. Lucky||Art Director|
|Benjamin Melniker||Executive Producer|
|Donald O. Mitchell||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Frank A. Montaño||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Eric Pascarelli||Camera Operator|
|Bob Ringwood||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Cricket Rowland||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael E. Uslan||Executive Producer|
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''Batman Forever'' is what I call the ''Best Film'' of all time. Yes, I do agree it could have been better. But, what can yah do? So, it gives me great pleasure to announce my likes and dislikes about this this film! My favorite characters: Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Harvey Dent/Two Face, Alfred, Dick Graison/Robin and Dr. Burton (small cameo of Rene Auberjonois). My least favorite characters: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Dr. Maridian Chase, Suger, Spice and Gossiping Gerty. What I liked about this movie was: The villans are perfectly played to the smallest detail! Of course, Jim Carry did a smashing performance as our favorite mad genius and his alter ego, Edward Nygma and The Riddler! Jim's Portrayel was amusing, hilarious, amazing, off the wall, zany, delightful and humorously over the top ! He puts so much life, grace and insain animated humor into his character. (Just like he did in the Mask! But, with a different twist.) Also, Tommey Lee's performance amazed me beyond imagination. I had always thought of him as a serious actor that would rather die than to play a comic ''Character'' role. (Yeah, me and the rest of the movie going crowd.)I have never seen him act so evil and insaine in my life. I really liked his performance! I really liked the humorous whit that was placed in the lines of The Riddler, Two Face and Alfred. I really liked the costumes for Batman, Robin, The Riddler, Two Face, The Flying Graison's, The Circus Perfomers, and Dr. Maridian Chase. Also, the sets were really well done! It made me feel like I were looking inside a comic book that had come to life! And what I terribly hated was: I really disliked the character Dr. Chase. Her character was terribly, sickeningly flirty and too desperate. Her actions and lines were very stupid. Sometimes I just wanted to slap the character for acting so stupid. For what it is worth, I think Nicole Kidman did a good job. Even though I feel that this part is absolutely irritatingly, sickening. Val Kilmer did a horrible job as Batman. But, he did okay as Bruce Wayne. I also disliked the way they cut some of the really great lines and scenes from the original script. I have read the final draft of the script and saw they took out some good stuff that would probably made some of the scenes better. (Even though some scenes seemed a little longer than the final cut of the movie.) For example: The original opening scene was when Dr. Burton discovers that Harvey Dent/Two Face has exscaped Arkahm Asylum. It was great opening piece that would have gotten the audience ready for a time of there lives! It would have given Rene Auberjonois more exsposure at the begining of the film, than at the last scene of the movie. Over all, it was a great movie if you don't analyze it too death and let go of the mistakes and sillyness of some of the lines and situations. I give it three thumbs up and a long standing ovation!
Ok, this movie had a great story and really cool villians, but...what happen to the beautiful gothic buildings, and the lovely eery graveyards? This movie was changed from dark gothic to semi-light neon gangs and big glassy buildings! I really don't know what Joel Shumacher was thinking, but Tim Burton's Batman movies where wonderful. If your planning on getting this movie, then don't get it! Unless your not a Tim Burton fan.
I gotta admit this is my favorite Batman movie. I liked the first Batman but it was a little boring at some times. Going back to this one, I enjoyed seeing people you didn't expect play some of the parts especially Jim Carrey playing The Riddler. If you want a new breed of Batman, see this.
Aside from the debacle "Batman & Robin", 1995's "Batman Forever" stands as one of the worst superhero movies ever. Without the talents of Tim Burton and Michael Keaton, the "Batman" series that started off so well with "Batman" and "Batman Returns" now becomes lost in a sea of special effects and ultra bright set pieces courtesy of Joel Schumacher. The cast is awful. Val Kilmer is about as appealing as a dead cockroach as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Tommy Lee Jones turns Two Face into a mockery, Nicole Kidman is hot in this but isn't a very good actress in terms of performance. Chris O'Donnell was terrible as Robin. Jim Carrey carries this film on his back. He saves the film from being one star and elevates it to two stars. Even so, this is a terrible movie.
Batman Forever is certainly not as good as the first 2. The film is not as dark as the first 2 and Val Kilmer(Batman/Bruce Wayne) is certainly no Michael Keaton. Although having more screening time than Michael Keaton did in the first 2, Val Kilmer doesn't provide as good as acting that Michael Keaton did when he played Batman. Tommy Lee Jones is the better of two villians that seem simliar to the Odd Couple. Tommy Lee Jones provides an insane personality to the demetted Two-Face. Jim Carrey provides a comedic but intelligent personaltiy to the Riddler. But the two can't compare to Jack Nicholson who played the Joker in the first Batman. Nicol Kidman's acting although good doesn't compare to Michelle Pheifer or Kim Bassinger. Chris O'Donnell is good as a rebelious youth that refuses to obey their elder. Despite all these pros, their are many cons. The film is disappointing though. It doesn't capture the magic that the first 2 did and features dull and disappointing Batman. Abandoning the darkness that the first 2 did, only a devoted fan of Batman would like this. Joel Schumacher already started to destroy Batman is this film that has a bad story line and an horrible attempt to recreate the television show rather than recreate the graphic novels that Tim Burton did in the first 2. Michael Keaton backed out and I don't blame him. The style of filming is not only strange to Batman fans who like the dark style but it also seems like a rip-off of the first 2. It's a pretty big waste of time and money to make this film that is almost as horrible as the sequel that follows. If you are so devoted to Batman that you will sit through this film and waste time then you may. The film is ok but is extremely disappointing. Only the actors and actresses(except Val Kilmer) do a good job in this disappointing film. If you don't enjoy this film, you won't enjoy Batman & Robin.
Batman forever is my second favorite Bat-film. It's got a good Batman, fun music, and Jim Carrey is soooooo funny as the Riddler. My one big gripe is that Two-Face is a little too goofy, but oh well, the Riddler makes up for it. The DVD features are very insightful and they give this item five stars. Movie: 4/5 DVD: 5/5
This is one of the better batman movies to see. They are all pretty good except for Batman and Robin (that one is just too commerialized and too much like other movies to be a good batman movie, and george cloony does not make a good batman). I think Jim Carry was perfect to play the insane Riddler in this movie, as was Tommy Lee Jones playing Harvey Two-Face. This batman movie also shows Gotham City in a great way, its just how i'd picture it, and makes you think of the cartoon series. Val Kilmer did a good job playing batman and is one of the better batmans. I recommand this movie, its a good movie for batman fans.
I dont care what anyone says batman forever is the greatest movie of all time. Batman begins s-t-i-n-k-s! nicole kidman is sizzlin'h-o-t in this movie. Jim carrey and tommy lee jones make a better team than mib(men in black). Like i said it great!