Batman Forever

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Batman Forever
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"It just raises too many questions..."
Genre: Superhero
Directed By: Joel Schumacher
Produced By: Tim Burton

Peter MacGregor-Scott

Written By: Lee Batchler

Janet Scott Batchler
Akiva Goldsman

Based On: Batman

by Bill Finger and Bob Kane

Starring: Val Kilmer

Tommy Lee Jones
Jim Carrey
Nicole Kidman
Chris O'Donnell
Michael Gough
Pat Hingle

Cinematography: Stephen Goldblatt
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: June 9, 1995
Runtime: 120 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $100 million
Box Office: $336.6 million
Franchise: Batman
Prequel: Batman Returns
Sequel: Batman & Robin

Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher. A stand-alone sequel to the 1992 film Batman Returns and the third installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series, it stars Val Kilmer, replacing Michael Keaton, as Bruce Wayne / Batman, alongside Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman, Chris O'Donnell, Michael Gough, and Pat Hingle. It was followed by Batman & Robin.


Batman must stop Two-Face and the Riddler from extracting confidential information from the citizens of Gotham City with their creation. Meanwhile, he gains a sidekick, Robin, after his family was killed by Two-Face, and he also meets and develops feelings for Dr. Chase Meridian which makes him question if he should remain as Batman or have a normal life with her.

Bad Qualities

  1. Due to executive meddling, after Batman Returns making less money than expected and being deemed too dark and inappropriate for children, director Tim Burton was replaced by Joel Schumacher and there were many changes made to the script.
    • The real reason why it changed so that Warner Bros could make it lighthearted and less dark.
  2. As a result of the meddling mentioned above, Gotham City went from a dark, depressing and serious city to an overly bright, colorful, and goofy city.
  3. Inconsistent tone, with the film trying to be dark like the Burton films, but more happy and colorful to appeal to children, not to mention, while Batman and Batman Returns were dark and depressing, they at least had a slight amount of camp which is used to fit the character personalities very well.
  4. The CGI effects for the camera panning onto the city is fake looking and also looks like it came from a PS1 game.
  5. Val Kilmer gives a bland, dull, and lifeless performance as Batman.
  6. The movie's depiction of Two-Face is just horrible. Not only does his pathetic reason for getting revenge on Batman make no sense at all, but he's also a hammy, over the top, babbling idiot who takes a backseat to the Riddler when he comes into the film.
    • His reason is because Batman didn't stop a criminal in time from pouring acid on his face in court, yes really.
  7. Plot hole: Why would Batman even randomly appear in court in one part of the film?
  8. Dr. Chase Meridian is a creepy and cringey love interest, as unlike Vicki Vale, she is extremely affective towards Bruce, not to mention, her inappropriate feel makes this film hypocritical.
  9. There's a scene where Batman says that he's never fallen in love before, which makes this film seem like it's trying to retcon the previous 2 films for no good reason.
  10. The suits of Batman and Robin have nipples, which is very unnecessary.

Good Qualities

  1. Robin finally makes an appearance in the Batman film series, and Chris O'Donnell gives a good performance as the character.
  2. Some good action.
  3. Jim Carrey was a great casting choice for the Riddler.
  4. Elliot Goldenthal's score is neat.
  5. Arkham Asylum finally makes an appearance in the Batman film series.
  6. As mentioned, despite being campy, it does have some dark moments, and is considered to be better than Batman and Robin.
  7. While he does give a dull performance as Batman, Val Kilmer's does an alright job as Bruce Wayne.
  8. Several emotional and heartbreaking moments, like the death of Dick Grayson's family and Bruce Wayne telling the story of how he became Batman.
  9. There are some parts that are funny in the film.


Batman Forever received mixed to negative reviews from critics and fans alike. It has an approval rating of 39% based on 64 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads "Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 51 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.


  • A cut dubbed "The Schumacher Cut" has yet to exist.
  • It spawned the "It just raises too many questions" memes.
  • This and Batman and Robin are discredited in favor of the Batman ‘89 comics set after Batman and Batman Returns, confirming that Batman Forever and Batman & Robin are in their own continuity.


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3 months ago
Score 2
I will admit that this movie isn't exactly good, but it could have been a lot worse. It does have some entertaining moments, like Jim Carrey as the Riddler, 'cause... why not? Plus, the Riddler and Two-Face do make a pretty cool evil duo, and I kinda wish that they teamed up more frequently in the Batman media, in my opinion, this movie is pretty decent and is a guilty pleasure to me.


3 months ago
Score 1
Honestly I do not like this film. I like Joel Schumacher's other works though.


one month ago
Score 2
I like it


one month ago
Score 0
This is Darklordjadow1's most favorite non-Nolan Batman film.

Shish kabab

one month ago
Score 0
Baby, I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the gray....

Declan Kearns

one month ago
Score 1
As much as I enjoy this movie I wish that they release the Joel Schumacher Cut. But the Red Book Edition is the closest to said cut.

AbareKillerFan 2002

27 days ago
Score 1
I actually liked this movie (but not the next one)


25 days ago
Score 0
It's still better than Batman & Robin

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