Batman Forever

Year: 1995
Directed By: Joel Schumacher
Written By: Lee Batchler


This is where it all went horribly wrong.  The studio wanted a more family friendly Batman and they made a movie that Adam West must have admired.  I remember when this movie came out and remembered it fondly.  Watching it now I see that it was only cool then because I was only eleven years old.  This movie is ridiculous from beginning to end and I can not vouch for it.

Tim Burton was still on board as a producer but I can’t see much of his influence in the film.  When Warner Bros gave the keys to the Batman franchise to Joel Schumacher they deserved all the embarrassment and failure that he bestowed upon them. Schumacher took the dark Batman that Burton had created and he made it flamboyant, Batman should not be flamboyant. Why didn’t anybody take a step back and ask themselves if it was really a good idea to put nipples on the batsuit?  I have always wanted to know what the hell the studio was thinking, this was one of the worst ideas of all time.  The cast was ridiculous, alot of big names inappropriately cast or out of place.  I guess Jim Carrey was ok as the Riddler but I wouldn’t call him great.  Why did Tommy Lee Jones look so pink and colorful? I don’t really get the casting of Kilmer as Batman, I am a Val Kilmer fan, but as Batman? Who was responsible for that decision.  Chris O’Donnell wasn’t that bad but the circumstances of his character are a little too stupid.  First of all, why would a criminal organization hold up the circus to rob the pockets of the audience? Also, why would the unarmed acrobats think they were qualified to deal with the situation?

I have always said that the 4th Batman film, Batman & Robin was one of the worst movies of all time.  While it is still easily the worst of all the Batman films it does merely follow the footsteps of this movie.  This movie is much worse than I remembered it being and I do not think you should waste you time watching it.


Ugh, I don’t even want to write about this one. It is extremely hard to even sit though this one. Why do we even own it? Ryan said it is so different because they went towards a more family friendly Batman. But come on, crime fighting just isn’t family friendly. Jim Carrey was in his prime of his comedy career at the time of this film, but I thought he was misplaced and was annoying throughout.

Since I am the woman voice on this blog, I also must add that Val Kilmer makes an AWFUL Batman. He is not sexy as Batman, and what is the point if Batman is not a sexy hero? I mean, he only has to be sexy from the nose down really. His lips are all pouty like a woman’s.

This film is just a no-go for me. Anytime you add in Robin I automatically think back to the cheesy Adam West stuff, and I can’t take it seriously. Watch the others, skip this one and Batman and Robin, and then pick it back up Batman Begins.

NEXT MOVIE:  Batman Begins (2005)

Batman (1966)

Year: 1966
Directed By: Leslie H. Martinson
Written By: Lorenzo Semple Jr


Watching this movie you can see that being a successful crime fighter is all in the preparation.  Some might laugh at the guy who packs Shark Repellent Bat Spray when he goes into the field, but it comes in handy when you are hanging from the Bat Ladder with a shark attached to your leg. You have to be ready, you never know when your enemies  will fill a shark with dynamite and send it after you. As Batman said himself, “Some people hold nothing sacred.” What I love most about Adam West as Batman is that he is just a guy in a suit.  He isn’t muscular or even vaguely athletic, just a middle-aged guy dressed up in a costume with a utility belt that carries everything. At one point Burt Ward, as Robin, yells “Holy Long John Silver Batman!”, not to mention we own the Holy Special Edition Batman edition of the film.  This movie uses great adjectives during the fight scenes including “Ka-Pow” and “Ker-Sploosh.”  To think that people didn’t take comic book films seriously for so long is just puzzling right?

Nevertheless this movie is awesome.  It is absolutely out of control on all kinds of different levels but that’s what makes it great.  If you haven’t seen this movie then you probably don’t really get many of the jokes on Family Guy.  Amber and I used to watch this movie in college and laugh the whole time, I’m sure you would enjoy it just as much. Amber is out-of-town and can’t review this movie.  It’s not really a serious film and I just wanted to get it out-of-the-way.  After all, it is the first of six Batman films.  That being all live action Batman movies with the exception of the mega failure Batman & Robin (1997). 

NEXT MOVIE: Batman (1989)