Director: Joel Schumacher
Cast: Val Kilmer (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Chris O’Donnell (Dick Grayson/Robin), Tommy Lee Jones (Harvey Dent/Two Face) Jim Carrey (The Riddler)
Batman Returns didn’t make enough cash for the studio’s liking, so the third movie moved into the mainstream instead. Director Schumacher ditched the dark in favour of an over-the-top plot, exaggerated characters, terrible puns that harkens back to ’60s Batman and Day-Glo colour schemes (thankfully the Bat-nipples were kept in check, before blossoming big time in Batman And Robin). The big-name cast – Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman and Chris O’Donnell – say their lines and collect their paychecks. The film isn’t without its charms (Carrey is a fantastic Riddler and Jones’ Two Face is a decent interpretation) although Kilmer’s Batman is stiff to the point of rigor mortis. And why’s it called Batman Forever? It’d make sense if it were the fourth film, in a weak, punning kind of way.