Holy Anniversary, Batman – Joel Schumacher‘s threequel celebrates 25 years
Riddle me this, riddle me that. how old is the third adventure of the big black bat?
This may be hard to believe, but Batman Forever was released in theaters twenty-five years ago this week! Yes, Joel Schumacher’s divisive Batman threequel has been around for that long! Man, I feel old!
After Warner Bros. decided that a change in tone was needed following the box office successes of Tim Burton’s stellar Batman and Batman Returns, the studio turned to director Joel Schumacher to elevate the series even further – and in doing so hammered the first nail in the coffin. Despite boasting a wonderful all-star cast, the tonal change was too much for some fans, and the return of the goofy tomfoolery of the classic sixties series was too much to bear.
Val Kilmer slipped into the cape and cowl, Tommy Lee Jones stepped into the limelight with a noteworthy performance as Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Chris O’ Donnell debuted as Dick Grayson/Robin, Nicole Kidman provided the love interest with her portrayal of Dr. Chase Meridian and Jim Carrey turned in one of the worst performances of his career as a cringeworthy incarnation of The Riddler. If that wasn’t enough to put off the average Bat-fan, Danny Elfman vacated his scoring responsibilities leaving franchise newcomer Elliott Goldenthal to fill the void. Despite offering many wonderful cues, the score paled in comparison to its predecessors and like the tone of the movie, was far too extravagant for the source material.
However divisive, Batman Forever went on to secure an impressive box office haul of $336 million worldwide and became the sixth-highest-grossing film worldwide of 1995. Sadly, the series fell apart following the release of the awful sequel Batman & Robin which has become derided amongst Bat-fans and cinephiles the world over.
To this day, Batman Forever endures as an amusing entry to the bat-franchise. Clocking in at 121 minutes, it never outstays its welcome and boasts many moments of brilliance which are sure to have you cheering with delight and howling with disgust in equal quantities. The movie may have divided the fanbase, but with so many great moments banishing it to memory would be criminal!
Happy birthday, Batman Forever.
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