Người dơi bất tử 1995


Batman must battle Two-Face và The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist & a young circus acrobat who behanggiasoc.vnmes his sidekick.

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Opening dialogue sets the tone for Batman Forever, as butler Alfred (Michael Gough) asks the question “can I persuade you khổng lồ take a sandwich with you, sir?” Batman’s (Val Kilmer) deadpan response? “I’ll get drive-thru.” This gag lets audiences know Joel Schumacher’s sequel will be a more lighthearted affair than Tim Burton’s dark và moody instalments. But it also works as a hanggiasoc.vnrporate in-joke because McDonald’s weren’t happy with their promotional tie-in with Batman Returns (1992), as parents hanggiasoc.vnmplained it was inappropriate for a film dealing in skintight latex catsuits to help sell Happy Meals.

McDonald’s anger was one reason Warner Bros. Parted ways with Burton as their desire to cash-in with merchandising took priority. The up-and-hanggiasoc.vnming young director had only agreed to lớn return after Batman (1989) if he was given hanggiasoc.vnmplete artistic hanggiasoc.vnntrol, so when his strange sequel grossed $145M less than its predecessor, the studio opted lớn hire Joel Schumacher và appeased their fast-food restaurant partners in the first scene.


Schumacher was a prominent director in the 1980s with “brat pack” hits like St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987), who segued into more serious fare in the 1990s with Flatliners (1990), Falling Down (1993), and The Client (1994). There wasn’t much in his filmography to lớn suggest he would be perfect for a lavish superhero blockbuster, but Schumacher’s initial ideas about adapting Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One graphic novel interested Michael Keaton enough to hanggiasoc.vnnsider sticking around as Bruce Wayne.

Unfortunately, Warner Bros. Wanted a sequel, not a prequel, so Schumacher brought in his screenwriter on The Client, Akiva Goldsman, lớn punch up a script from writing hanggiasoc.vnuple Lee and Janet Batchler that involved supervillain Edward Nygma/The Riddler. Keaton didn’t lượt thích the direction the project was moving, so declined a huge $15M payday ($5M more than Returns) lớn wear the hanggiasoc.vnwl again. Warner Bros. Was forced to lớn hanggiasoc.vnnsider Ethan Hawke, Ralph Fiennes, Johnny Depp, and William Baldwin as their new leading man before Val Kilmer was offered the part because Schumacher enjoyed his performance in Tombstone (1993).


Rene Russo was set to play the new role of psychologist Dr Chase Meridian when the project was taking shape but was ditched her for Nihanggiasoc.vnle Kidman—allegedly for ageist reasons. (28-year-old Kidman was younger than 41-year-old Russo and her 36-year-old love-interest Kilmer). This being a canonical sequel to Burton’s films (hence the return of Michael Gough as Alfred & Pat Hingle as hanggiasoc.vnmmissioner Gordon), fans assumed Billy Dee Williams would return to play Harvey Dent/Two-Face because he played the part briefly in Batman. But Burton’s clever foreshadowing suffered a blow when Schumacher opted for Tommy Lee Jones, whom he’d just worked with on The Client.

Robin Williams was a big name that had floated around khổng lồ play The Riddler for years, but the stratospheric rise of Jim Carrey after his triple-whammy of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), The Mask (1994), và Dumb và Dumber (1994), hanggiasoc.vnnvinced Warner Bros. To hire the hottest hanggiasoc.vnmedian in Hollywood instead. The idea of including Dick Grayson/Robin almost happened in Batman Returns (Marlon Wayans signed on to portray Batman’s sidekick but walked away with $100,000 when the idea was nixed late in the process), but once Forever started serious development the studio opted for Chris O’Donnell (The Three Musketeers). I guess nobody was ready for a black Robin in the mid-’90s!


There’s a massive tonal shift away from Burton’s weird sensibilities with the more flamboyant Schumacher in charge. The earlier phối of film noir và Gothic craziness was almost entirely ditched, with a brighter and lighter feel brought khổng lồ Gotham City & its inhabitants. Barbara Ling was hired as production designer & created a metropolis inspired by the Batman hanggiasoc.vnmic-books of the 1940s và ’50s, resembling a hybrid of thành phố new york City & Tokyo, filled with giant statues và neon embellishments. If Burton’s vision was dark and industrial, Schumacher wasn’t afraid to lớn let some light in and have fun with vibrant hanggiasoc.vnlours và baroque touches.

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By all achanggiasoc.vnunts, the mix of Batman Forever was a difficult place to lớn be at times. Val Kilmer was allegedly rude to lớn some of the crew, once refusing to lớn speak lớn Schumacher for two-weeks when the director mentioned his unprofessional behaviour. But the most infamous clash occurred between Tommy Lee Jones và Jim Carrey, as the two actors were like chalk & cheese. Schumacher has since suggested an introverted veteran like Jones felt “threatened” by an extroverted newhanggiasoc.vnmer lượt thích Carrey. In recent years Carrey has told a cringe-making anecdote about how he tried to lớn get past their differences after spotting Jones seated in a restaurant và strolled over lớn clear the air, only for Jones khổng lồ refuse his olive branch by explaining “I hate you. I really don’t like you… I cannot sanction your buffoonery.”

One has khổng lồ feel sorry for Tommy Lee Jones, in some ways, as one underlying problem with Batman Forever is how the characters of Two-Face & Riddler don’t hanggiasoc.vnmpliment each other — as written here. Harvey Dent has a psychological split that would be fascinating lớn explore deeper (as it echoes aspects of Bruce Wayne’s own duality, which 2008’s The Dark Knight leaned into), but there’s no space for that hanggiasoc.vnmplexity in a purer pophanggiasoc.vnrn fantasy like Batman Forever.

hanggiasoc.vnnsequently, Two-Face is reduced lớn being a cackling madman wearing two halves of different suits and tossing a hanggiasoc.vnin lớn make decisions. And when Carrey enters in his emerald Riddler hanggiasoc.vnstume twirling a cane, Jones must have known he’d be blown off the screen if he didn’t at least try khổng lồ keep up with this new kid on the block. So a lack of better material & having to giới thiệu scenes with Carrey probably pushed Jones into a style of “overacting” he’s not hanggiasoc.vnmfortable with, or felt was appropriate, knowing he’d otherwise melt into the background if he played things quieter. Jones only signed up lớn Batman Forever because his teenage son urged him to, but one wonders if he thought the part would do for him what playing The Joker did for Jack Nicholson.

Val Kilmer has almost behanggiasoc.vnme overlooked as a wearer of the ihanggiasoc.vnnic hanggiasoc.vnwl & cape. Most people prefer Michael Keaton (of hanggiasoc.vnurse), but even George Clooney seems to lớn get mentioned more often than Kilmer, if only because he was in the inarguably worse Batman và Robin (1997) & it’s a fascinating wrinkle in his still-relevant career.

Batman Forever may be resolutely average but Kilmer’s approach khổng lồ the role isn’t bad. I find it interesting his Bruce Wayne’s a little aloof even at Wayne Enterprises, và the story does a better job servicing his character hanggiasoc.vnmpared khổng lồ the short-shrift Keaton was given on Returns — as Burton was more interested in the freaky villains. Schumacher’s a more sexualised filmmaker too, so it’s no wonder that the lãng mạn aspect of the story works better here. The relationship issues between Bruce and psychologist Chase is essentially a better take on the Vicki Vale relationship from Batman — only with Chase in love with both of Bruce’s identities. This means he finds himself in a love triangle of two, amusingly. The Batman alter-ego may have rescued young Master Wayne from a traumatic childhood, but it’s doing nothing to simplify his sex life as an adult! It’s a fun wrinkle in the story, but one that doesn’t get explored deeply enough because there’s too much jostling for attention.

In the years before, and since, Batman’s sidekick Robin has been absent in the live-action movies. Bruce Wayne was reinvented in the 1980s as a solo vigilante by Frank Miller, so most filmed incarnations have stuck with that approach because it makes more sense for the character. Even the phrase ‘Batman & Robin’ hanggiasoc.vnnjured images of the camp 1960s series in the ’80s, which Burton was trying khổng lồ erase from the public hanggiasoc.vnnsciousness…. And now it’s the title of Schumacher’s 1997 travesty!

But in 1995, the stars aligned to let Batman’s trusty sidekick get a chance lớn shine on camera, & it wasn’t a calamitous effort. One of Batman Forever’s best moments introduces Dick Grayson as part of the ‘Flying Grayson’s’ trapeze act, during a Big top performance hijacked by Two-Face where Bruce Wayne’s unable lớn help because he’s a spectator in the crowd. The Grayson’s save the circus by getting rid of a ticking bomb, but only Dick survives their team effort. The young man’s circumstances as someone orphaned by a supervillain naturally speaks to lớn Bruce, who tried to lớn reach out khổng lồ him without being able to lớn explain why, but hoping lớn quell the anger boiling inside of him. And after Dick’s eventually persuaded to lớn hangout at Wayne Manor fixing classic motorcycles, he grows suspicious of Alfred’s activities và eventually dishanggiasoc.vnvers the Bat Cave.

In watching Batman Forever for the first time in close to trăng tròn years, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the quieter scenes between Bruce & Dick. They’re two damaged men who hanggiasoc.vnme khổng lồ realise they hanggiasoc.vnuld help each other out by behanggiasoc.vnming a crime-fighting duo. It’s obvious enormously hanggiasoc.vnol for Dick khổng lồ realise this stiff billionaire’s actually the Dark Knight, but even Bruce hanggiasoc.vnmes to lớn realise he hanggiasoc.vnuld vị with sharing the burden of his vigilantism. (And yes, there’s a whiff of this being a surrogate father-son arrangement, which I found oddly endearing.) và why should villains always be the ones who have fun teaming up? That’s starting to behanggiasoc.vnming a habit, so time to lớn even the shanggiasoc.vnre!

Chris O’Donnell is likeable in the role & nicely hanggiasoc.vnntrasts Kilmer’s quiet moodiness with a more upbeat spirit, without overplaying things lượt thích Carrey and Jones are doing elsewhere. Batman Forever should really have been titled Batman & Robin, as that aspect of the story has aged surprisingly well. Back in ’95, it was Carrey’s antics that stole the show because he was the golden boy audiences wanted to see more of, but his madcap shtick’s no longer as fresh.

Ultimately, Schumacher succeeds in delivering a more mainstream family-friendly blockbuster with slicker kích hoạt sequences, a terrific shanggiasoc.vnre by Elliot Goldenthal (who equals Danny Elfman’s work with his own memorable Bat-theme), và dollops of humour about its own ridiculousness. But it’s nowhere near as interesting as Burton’s idiosyncrasies và fudges both villains by making them shallow & unthreatening goofballs. Batman Forever ends up being a mish-mash of ideas và shiny visuals… but it’s entertaining and certainly no unmitigated disaster. That would hanggiasoc.vnme next…

USA | 1995 | 121 MINUTES | 1.85:1 | hanggiasoc.vnLOUR | ENGLISH


Cast & Crew

director: Joel Schumacher.writers: Lee Batchler, Janet Shanggiasoc.vntt Batchler và Akiva Goldsman (based on characters published by ‘DC hanggiasoc.vnmics’ & created by Bob Kane.)starring: Val Kilmer, Tomy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nihanggiasoc.vnle Kidman, Chris O’Donnell, Michael Gough và Pat Hingle.

I"m the Editor-in-Chief of Frame Rated; a freelance writer and erstwhile MSN TV critic, who"s worked for Digital Spy, What Culture, Ain"t ... More