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Batman Forever (1995) (official on-screen title is simply Forever) is regarded by some as less serious than Batman and the 1992 sequel Batman Returns. This third film in the modern series of live-action Batman movies stars Val Kilmer as Batman and Chris O'Donnell as Robin. The villains in this movie are The Riddler, played by Jim Carrey, and Two-Face/Harvey Dent, a role played in the original 1989 movie by Billy Dee Williams, but assumed here by Tommy Lee Jones. Also in the movie is Dr. Chase Meridian , played by Nicole Kidman; the movie proved to be Kidman's breakout role and put her on the road to superstardom. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, who took over the film franchise from Tim Burton, this film's producer. Schumacher ditched many of the established designs of the previous two films and changed the costumes including the introduction of nipples on the Batman costume.
This sequel follows Two-Face's alliance with The Riddler to destroy Batman. It also tells the origin story of Robin (a familiar character not seen in any previous Batman film in the Tim Burton era). Robin's circus parents are killed by Two-Face, and the Riddler is a vengeful, obsessive former engineer of Bruce Wayne, Batman's alter-ego.
Originally it was intended that the third Batman film would be directed by Burton with Michael Keaton, Rene Russo as the love interest, Robin Williams as the Riddler and possibly a reprise of the Catwoman character. When Burton was attached by the studio to the Superman film Keaton left the film as he was unhappy to do the part with another Director. As the younger Val Kilmer was cast production was delayed and Renee Russo was let go as she was deemed too old for the part of the love interest.
- This is the second time Val Kilmer and Michael Gough were in a movie together. The first movie was the 1984 comedy movie Top Secret! where Val made his debut.
Alfred: "No sir. The other car!"
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