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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The CGI effects for the camera panning onto the city is fake looking and also looks like it came from a PS1 game.
- Val Kilmer gives a bland, dull, and lifeless performance as Batman.
- 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.
- Plot hole: Why would Batman even randomly appear in court in one part of the film?
- 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.
- 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.
- The suits of Batman and Robin have nipples, which is very unnecessary.
- Robin finally makes an appearance in the Batman film series, and Chris O'Donnell gives a good performance as the character.
- Some good action.
- Jim Carrey was a great casting choice for the Riddler.
- Elliot Goldenthal's score is neat.
- Arkham Asylum finally makes an appearance in the Batman film series.
- As mentioned, despite being campy, it does have some dark moments, and is considered to be better than Batman and Robin.
- While he does give a dull performance as Batman, Val Kilmer's does an alright job as Bruce Wayne.
- Several emotional and heartbreaking moments, like the death of Dick Grayson's family and Bruce Wayne telling the story of how he became Batman.
- 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.