Ever wanted to know a little bit more about Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever? Of course you do, it was one of the biggest movies of 1995 and featured an awesome cast which included Val Kilmer, Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones and Nicole Kidman – so, why wouldn’t you?!
Well, stick around, because in this post I am providing you with ten factoids about Batman Forever. So, if you want some nuggets of information about the hit Bat-film, you’ve come to the right place.
Did you know… Tommy Lee Jones and Jim Carrey did not get along during the making of Batman Forever?
Speaking on the Howard Stern Show in October 2014, Carrey discussed the difficult working relationship. In reference to his co-star, Tommy Lee Jones, Carrey said: “He did not want to work with me.”
Did you know… Ewan McGregor, Jude Law, Toby Stephens and Alan Cumming all tried out for the role of Robin in Batman Forever?
All four actors were considered for the role of Robin, but none were quite right for the part. The role eventually went to actor Chris O’Donnell, who played Robin in both Batman Forever and its sequel Batman & Robin (1997).
Did you know… the villains in Batman Forever were written specifically to create conflict to both Batman AND Bruce Wayne?
Two-Face had a grudge against Batman, but not Bruce Wayne; while the Riddler had a grudge against Bruce Wayne and not Batman. Putting the two together created a nightmare scenario, whereby both Batman and Bruce Wayne were at odds with the villains.
Did you know… the co-writers of Batman Forever, Lee Batchler & Janet Scott Batchler, had Robin Williams in mind when writing the dialogue for the Riddler and wanted him for the part?
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2015, Lee Batchler, said: “With the Riddler, we wrote it with Robin’s voice. He read our script and loved it – but (Warner Bros. & Williams) just didn’t make the deal.”
Did you know… Arkham Asylum made its live-action debut in Batman Forever?
Arkham Asylum – the home for the criminally insane – appeared during the final moments of Batman Forever. Up until this point in time, Arkham had not featured in a Batman film.
Did you know… Jon Favreau, Rene Auberjonois, Ed Begley Jr and Elizabeth Sanders all made cameo appearances in Batman Forever?
Elizabeth Sanders – actress and wife to Batman co-creator, Bob Kane – took on the role of showbiz columnist, Gossip Gerty. Sanders would later reprise the role for Batman & Robin (1997).
Did you know… Batman Forever was influenced by the 1940s/1950s era of the Batman comics, which is why it is a little lighter in tone to previous Batman movies?
Batman Forever has a lighter touch than both Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992) and includes more elements of fantasy – something more akin to the ’40s & ’50s era of the comics.
Commenting on the change in tone, in the documentary Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight, Elizabeth Sanders said: “Bob (Kane) thought that because the second one was perhaps in moments, a little too dark, then the third one should be a little more upbeat. Not like the television show, but a little bit lighter, brighter, than the second one.”
Did you know… Due to the less-than-favourable reviews of Batman Returns, no one expected Batman Forever to be a hit?
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2015, director Joel Schumacher, said: “Nobody really wanted another Batman movie (after Batman Returns). I had to go all over the world and try to sell it to distributors. That was new. I’d never had to do anything like that.”
Did you know… the special edition DVD/Blu-Ray release of Batman Forever included a number of deleted scenes that were cut from the theatrical release?
Notable deleted scenes on the DVD/Blu-ray include a TV news discussion about Batman’s role in Gotham City, and a scene in which Bruce Wayne encounters a giant bat in the Batcave. All of these scenes were snipped from the film before it received its theatrical release.
And finally, did you know… author and comic book writer, Peter David wrote a novelisation for Batman Forever, which included more material than the film?
The book was based on the movie’s screenplay so included scenes that were ultimately cut from the finished film. The novelisation provided a little more story to characters such as Two-Face and Robin, made reference to the Penguin and Lexcorp, and namechecked Poison Ivy – a villain who didn’t show up until Batman & Robin.
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