Batman Forever (1995)

USA, 1994
121m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
Dolby Digital, SDDS, English

An American science fiction film directed by Joel Schumacher.

Plot Summary

Batman does battle with The Riddler, a deranged neuro-scientist with vengeance in mind, and bitter and twisted former DA Harvey Dent, aka Two Face. He’s also pursued by rubber-fetishist psychologist Dr Chase Meridian while alter ego Bruce Wayne becomes the focus of the altogether less welcome attentions of The Riddler and Two Face, both of whom have scores to settle. Along the way, Wayne takes on his ‘youthful ward’ Dick Grayson who soon dons his own costume to become Batman’s sidekick, Robin, Together, the dynamic duo go head to head with Two Face and The Riddler who plans to corrupt Gotham with his television based brainwashing device.

Credits

Crew
Director: Joel Schumacher
Warner Brothers
Executive Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan
Producers: Tim Burton, Peter MacGregor-Scott
Associate Producer: Mitchell Dauterive
Script: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, Akiva Goldsman
Story: Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler
Characters: Bob Kane, Bill Fingers
2nd Unit Director: David Hogan
Director of Photography: Stephen Goldblatt
Editor: Dennis Virkler
Music: Elliot Goldenthal
Sound: Donald O. Mitchell, Frank A. Montano, Michael Herbrick, Petur Hliddal
Costume Designers: Ingrid Ferrin, Bob Ringwood
Key Make Up: Ve Neill
Key Hair: Yolanda Toussieng
Special Make Up Effects Designers: Rick Baker, Cinovation
Special Effects: Cinovation Studios; Composite Image Systems; Effects Associate Ltd; Illusion Arts Inc; Makeup and Effects Laboratories Inc; Metrolight Studios; Pacific Data Images; Pacific Titles Digital; Rhythm & Hues; The Post Group
Batwing Underwater Sequence: Blue Sky/VIFX
Production Designer: Barbara Ling
Locations: Corbett Hill Circle, Portland, Oregon, USA; Long Beach, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Tel-Aviv, Israel; Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA; Warner Brothers Studios, Burbank, California, USA

Cast
Val Kilmer (Batman/Bruce Wayne)
Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face/Harvey Dent)
Jim Carrey The Riddler/Edward Nygma)
Nicole Kidman (Dr Chase Meridian)
Chris O’Donnell (Robin/Dick Grayson)
Michael Gough (Alfred Pennyworth)
Pat Hingle (Commissioner Gordon)
Drew Barrymore (Sugar)
Debi Mazar (Spice)
Elizabeth Sanders (Gossip Gerty)
Rene Auberjonois (Dr Burton)
Joe Grifasi (bank guard)
Philip Moon (newscaster)
Jessica Tuck (female newscaster)

Alternative Titles

Batman 3 – working title
Batman à jamais – French Canadian title
Batman daima – Turkish title
Batman eternamente – Argentine, Mexican, Peruvian, Uruguayan, Venezuelan title
Batman Eternamente – Brazilian title
Batman gia panta – Greek title
Batman igaveseks – Estonian title
Batman navzdy – Czech title
Batman para Sempre – Portuguese title
Batman za vedno – Slovenian title
Batman zauvijek – Croatian title
Betmen zauvek – Serbian title
Betmen Zauvek – Srbian Yugoslavian title
Betmenas amžiams – Lithuanian title
Mindörökké Batman – Hungarian title
Μπάτμαν για πάντα – Greek title
Батман Завинаги – Bulgarian title
Бэтмен навсегда – Russian title

Sequel to
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)

Sequels
Batman & Robin (1997)

See also
Batman (1966)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
French and Saunders: 25 January 1996
Nowhere (1997)
Mystery Men (1999)

References

Periodicals
Bild & Bubbla no.148 (March 2000 pp.18-26) – article (Batman på film by David Haglund)
Empire August 1995 p.28 – review (by Ian Nathan)
Empire June 1999 p.154 – review (by Adam Smith)
FilmMagasinet December/January 1995/1996 p.78 – review (by Kathrine Kristiansen)
Film Review April 1996 p.9 – review
New Musical Express 23/30 December 1995 p.68 – illustrated review (One wedding and an awful lot of funerals by JC [Johnny Cigarettes])
Premiere (UK) July 1995 p.14 – review
Première (France) August 1995 p.20 – review (by Eric Libiot)
Screen International 27 May 1994 p.2 – note
Studio July/August 1995 p.14 – review (by Laurent Tirard)
Video Watchdog no.31 pp.8-10 – illustrated review
Vox August 1995 pp.105, 108-109 – review

Newspapers
Diário de Notícias 10 February 1999 p.54 – review
O Independente, Vida 4 August 1995 – review (by Paulo Nogueira); interviews with Val Kilmer, Nicole Kidman, Chris O’Donnell and Tommy Lee Jones (by Rui Henriques Coimbra)
Svenska Dagbladet 14 July 1995 – review (TV-serien bättre än Batman III by Jeanette Gentele)

Books
The BFI Companion to Crime by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.45 – review