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.

Recap Supplement: Batman Forever (1995)

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?

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

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