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Batman Forever [1995] (2 discs)

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Director:Joel Schumacher
Writer:Akiva Goldsman
Janet Scott Batchler
Lee Batchler
Composer:Elliot Goldenthal
Length:121 minutes
(2 hours 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
IMDB Rating:5.4/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:44%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Romance
  • Kids
  • Dark Comedy
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Synopsis: Harvy "Two Face" Dent and Edward "The Riddler" Nygma join forces to take control of Gotham "In Trouble Again" City. Bruce "Batman" Wayne also takes on an impetuous ward named Dick "I Wanna Avenge My Parents Because That's What All The Cool Main Characters Are Doing" Grayson.


Reaction: Less of a dark telling than either of the previous two movies, but this movie hits on just the right level of camp to revitalize this franchise that producers said no one wanted to see any more.


Personal Rating: 8/10


Highlights
"Holey rusted metal, Batman!"
"Huh?"
"The ground, it's all metal. It's full of holes. You know, holey."
"Oh."

Select Cast and Crew
Joel Schumacher => Director
Akiva Goldsman => Writer
Janet Scott Batchler => Writer
Lee Batchler => Writer
Elliot Goldenthal => Composer
Bob Kane => Characters
Tim Burton => Producer
Chris O'Donnell => Dick Grayson / Robin
Daniel Reichert => Ringmaster
Debi Mazar => Spice
Drew Barrymore => Sugar
Ed Begley Jr. => Fred Stickley
Eileen Seeley => Martha Wayne
Elizabeth Sanders => Gossip Gerty
George Wallace => The Mayor
Jack Betts => Fisherman
Jim Carrey => Dr. Edward Nygma / Riddler
Jon Favreau => Assistant
Kevin Grevioux => Harvey's Thug
Michael Gough => Alfred Pennyworth
Nicole Kidman => Dr. Chase Meridian
Pat Hingle => Commissioner James Gordon
Rene Auberjonois => Dr. Burton
Tommy Lee Jones => Two-Face / Harvey Dent
Val Kilmer => Batman / Bruce Wayne

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Mark Hamill (who voiced the Joker in the [Batman] animated series) was briefly considered for Riddler.
  • The scratches on the tails side of Two-Face's coin form the letters HD, the initials of Harvey Dent, Two-Face's former identity.
  • Reportedly, the role of Robin was narrowed down to two finalists: Chris O'Donnell and Leonardo DiCaprio. In order to decide who should get the role, the producers went to a comic book convention and asked groups of 11 year old boys (the target audience of the film) who would win a fight between the two actors. O'Donnell was overwhelmingly chosen by the boys as the winner of the fight and ultimately he won the role.
  • Brad Dourif was considered for the role of the Riddler.
  • At one moment, to Batman's surprise, Robin exclaims: "Holey rusted metal, Batman!", then explaining: "The ground, it's all metal. It's full of holes. You know, holey" - a jokey reference to the old US TV show [Batman] with Adam West, where Robin would yell his trademark exclamations of surprise every once in a while: "Holy something-or-other, Batman!" This line was ad-libbed by Chris O'Donnell on the set, surprising Val Kilmer. Hence the somewhat dumb look on Batman's face.
  • Tom Hanks was the first choice to replace Michael Keaton as Batman.
  • In the original Batman, District Attorney Harvey Dent was played by Billy Dee Williams. Williams accepted the role with the knowledge and expectation that Dent would eventually become Two-Face: he reportedly had a clause put into his contract reserving the role for him in any sequels, which Warner Bros. had to buy out so they could cast Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Christian Bale, Corey Feldman, [?] Corey Haim, and Matt Damon all auditioned for the role of Dick Grayson/Robin.
  • The Robin costume weighed 41 lbs.
  • Dick Grayson suggests "Nightwing" for a hero name; an in-joke for the comic books, where Dick Grayson now appears as Nightwing, an identity he took after he abandoned the Robin costume in 1980s.