The third release in the hyper-successful Batman franchise saw several changes of personnel. Director Tim Burton made way for Joel Schumacher, while Michael Keaton was replaced by Val Kilmer as the man in the cowl and cape. Former District Attorney, Harvey 'Two-Face' Dent (Tommy Lee Jones), is terrorising Gotham City when a new villain appears on the scene - the Riddler (Jim Carrey). Together they plot to discover Batman's identity, using a device which can probe the human mind. Meanwhile, the caped crusader has been joined by Robin (Chris O'Donnell), whose trapeze-artist family have recently been slain by Two-Face.
When Tim Burton and Michael Keaton announced that they'd had enough of the Batman
franchise, director JoelSchumacher stepped in (with Burton as coproducer) to make this action-packed extravaganza starring Val Kilmer as the capedcrusader. Batman is up against two of Gotham City's most colourful criminals, the Riddler (a role tailor-made for funnyman Jim Carrey) and the diabolical Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones), who join forces to conquer Gotham's population with a brain-draining device. Nicole Kidman plays the seductive psychologist who wants to know what makes Batman tick. Boasting a redesigned Batmobile and plenty of new Bat hardware, Batman Forever
also introduces Robin the Boy Wonder (Chris O'Donnell) whose close alliance with Batman led more than afew critics to ponder the series' homoerotic subtext. No matter how you interpret it, Schumacher's take on the Batman
legacy is simultaneously amusing, lavishly epic and prone to chronic sensory overload. --Jeff Shannon
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