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Batman Forever (1995)

Followed by: Batman & Robin (1997)

Directed by:
Joel Schumacher


Batman Forever

117 minutes

Produced by:
Tim Burton
Peter MacGregor-Scott
Written by:
Lee Batchler
Janet Scott Batchler
Akiva Goldsman

Cast includes:

Batman / Bruce Wayne Val Klimer
Two-Face / Harvey Dent Tommy Lee Jones
Riddler / Edward Nygma Jim Carrey
Dr. Chase Meridian Nicole Kidman
Robin / Dick Grayson Chris O’Donnell
Alfred Pennyworth Michael Gough -
James Gordon Pat Hingle -
Sugar Drew Barrymore -



Joel Schumacher picks up the baton from Tim Burton and creates a more cheerful and cartoonish Batman, with antagonists so overdone that Jim Carrey almost don't seem out of place. The result is essentially a children's movie in which Gotham is made giddier than in the comics. In Schumacher's vision, both the heroes and the villains of this world are not only larger than life, but also a little raunchy. His aesthetics are rather accomplished, however, and the picture delivers equal doses special effects and morals in typical superhero fashion without revolutionizing neither the genre or the Batman franchise. Some narrative highlights: A charming romance between Batman and Dr. Meridian, and the story of Batman and Robin joined forces. The latter is played by Chris O'Donnell (Scent of A Woman) and is well-cast but underutilized. There's also an interesting existential discussion on Batman's nature, which almost lets Val Kilmer come alive in the title role. But ultimately you get the feeling that whatever Schumacher does, he's always content with scratching the surface, and never really delves into the material.

Copyright 06.06.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: 27.06.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)