Recap Supplement: Batman Forever (1995)
Before proceeding, I recommend you read the excellent recap of Batman Forever right here on this site.
In 1995, Joel Schumacher took over the reins of the Batman franchise, and created a gaudy monstrosity of a movie called Batman Forever. In spite of the rather middling quality of the film, it raked in a ton of cash, and capitalized on the stardom of both Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones.
Ten years later (and eight years after the Batman & Robin debacle), the franchise was rebooted, and to commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. released the first four Batman movies in deluxe, two-disc special editions. Sold both separately and in a box set, they remain the definitive examinations of the series.
I’m looking at Batman Forever here, mainly because out of the two Schumacher entries, it’s the one I can actually stand to watch. But also because… Well, okay, that’s the only reason. I’d rather have amoebic dysentery than go through the frigging Batman & Robin set. I may be an overachiever as a writer, but I also have a very strong survival instinct.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should say I did see this film in the theater, twice. And I can’t really justify the second viewing as part of a double feature, because the other flick I checked out that night was Species. I guess in 1995 I had very low standards (and in 15 years, they’ve only improved marginally). But then again, that year was a crappy one for movies in general, so let’s just blame that.
But the one thing I really can’t justify is the soundtrack purchase. I’ll take that one square in the face like a man. Let’s move on, shall we?