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Batman Forever
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Tim Burton
Peter Macgregor-Scott
Executive Producers:
Benjamin Melniker
Michael Uslan
Written by Screenplay:
Lee Batchler
Janet Scott-Batchler
Akiva Goldsman
Story:
Lee Batchler
Janet Scott-Batchler
Comic Book:
Bill Finger
(uncredited)
Bob Kane
Starring Val Kilmer
Tommy Lee Jones
Jim Carrey
Nicole Kidman
Chris O'Donnell
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Cinematography Stephen Goldblatt
Editing by Dennis Virkler
Mark Stevens
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) June 16, 1995
Running time 122 min
Country United States
Language English
Budget $100 million
Gross revenue $336.53 million
Preceded by Batman Returns
Followed by Batman & Robin

Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton. It is the third installment of the Batman film series and stars Val Kilmer as Batman. The plot focuses on Batman trying to stop Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and the Riddler (Jim Carrey) in their villainous scheme to drain information from all the brains in Gotham City. He gains alliance from psychiatrist Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman) and orphaned sidekick Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell).

The film had a change in tone compared to the previous installments, more family-friendly, since Warner Bros. considered that the previous film, Batman Returns, underperformed at the box office due to its violence. Production was troubled, with many actors considered for the main roles, and Kilmer entering in conflicts with the rest of the crew. Batman Forever received mixed reviews upon release, but outgrossed Returns with over $336 million worldwide.

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Plot

The movie opens with Batman stopping a hostage situation in a bank caused by Two-Face, who had once been Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent until a mobster threw acid in his face, scarring him and creating a split personality, who decides his every move by flipping a coin. Two-Face escapes after defacing Gotham's Statue of Liberty. Later on, Edward Nigma, a researcher at Wayne Enterprises, develops a device to beam television directly to a person's brain; Bruce Wayne rejects the invention, noting that it "raises too many questions". In response, Edward kills his supervisor, makes it look like a suicide, and resigns from his post.

After meeting psychiatrist Dr. Chase Meridian, Bruce invites her to a charity circus event. While there, Two-Face and his henchmen storm the event in an attempt to discover Batman's secret identity, in the process killing a family of acrobats, The Flying Graysons. The youngest member, Dick, survives and throws Two-Face's bomb into the river. Bruce assumes responsibility for Dick and allows him to stay at Wayne Manor. Dick declares his intention to kill Two-Face and avenge his family's murder, and when he discovers Bruce's secret identity as Batman, he insists on becoming his sidekick, "Robin".

Meanwhile, Edward has become obsessed with Bruce, and he begins to leave riddles for him. He decides to become a criminal known as "The Riddler" and become allies with Two-Face. Using his invention that Bruce had rejected earlier, Edward could read and control people's minds, and steal their intelligence quotient. At a business party, Edward discovers Bruce's secret identity. Two-Face then attacks the party and nearly kills Batman, but Robin comes just in time to save his life. However, Two-Face and The Riddler later converge into Wayne Manor. The Riddler enters The Batcave and destroys most of the equipment, and he and Two-Face then kidnap Chase. They also leave Bruce another riddle. Alfred and Bruce together solve the separate clues-they are a number/alphabet riddle which spell "Mr. E" a pun on "Mystery" which is translated into "Enigma" {i.e. Edward Nigma}

After solving the last riddle, Batman and Robin survive the Riddler's sea mines; evil frogmen and anti-aircraft beam and locate the Riddler's Lair, where both are separated upon reaching the island. Robin then encounters Two-Face and manages to beat him to the ground; Two-Face clings on for life, and realizing that he cannot kill him, Robin helps the villain back up. Two-Face gets the upper hand, and captures Robin. Meanwhile, Batman makes his way into the Riddler's lair and meets The Riddler himself; he reveals Robin and Chase as hostages, and gives Batman a choice of saving one hostage, but not the other, showing that he cannot be both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Batman finds a way to save both hostages and destroy the brainwave-collecting device, driving the Riddler mad in the process. Before this he drops Chase and Robin into a pit of water and sharp metal. Once he rescues them and they climb onto a metal ledge, Two-Face appears out of nowhere and flips his coin. Batman throws several other coins in the air, and Two-Face struggles to keep track of his coin, therefore losing his balance and falling into the pit. As he sinks into the pit he catches a coin in his hand and it reads heads-Good Side Up. The Riddler is finally sent to Arkham Asylum, and Chase is asked to consult on his case. The Riddler offers to reveal Batman's true identity to her – raving nonsensically that he is Batman. Chase then meets Bruce Wayne outside and tells him his secret is safe.

Cast

Production

Development

Even though Batman Returns was a financial success, Warner Bros. felt the film should have made more money and decided to make the film series more mainstream. Tim Burton, who had directed the two previous installments, decided to restrict himself to the role of producer and approved of Joel Schumacher as director.[1] Schumacher originally had in mind an adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. The studio rejected the idea as they wanted a sequel, not a prequel, though Schumacher was able to include very brief events in Batman's past. Burton and Schumacher together hired Lee and Janet Scott-Batchler to write the script which introduced a psychotic Riddler with a pet rat accompanying him. The story elements and much of the dialogue still remained in the finished film, though Schumacher felt it could be "lighted down." He hired Akiva Goldsman, whom he previously had worked for on The Client to write the second draft.[2]

Production went on fast track with Rene Russo cast as Dr. Chase Meridian. Michael Keaton decided not to reprise Batman because he did not like the new direction the film series was heading in.[3] Keaton also wanted to pursue "more interesting roles",[4] turning down $15 million to appear in Batman Forever.[1] Val Kilmer was cast days later, and the filmmakers decided that Russo was too old for Kilmer, replacing her with a different actress.[3] Schumacher got interested in Kilmer for Batman after seeing him in Tombstone, and the actor accepted the role without even reading the script or knowing who the new director was.[5] Before Val Kilmer was cast, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ralph Fiennes, William Baldwin and Johnny Depp were under consideration to replace Michael Keaton.[6][7]

Robin Wright Penn, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Linda Hamilton were in competition for Dr. Chase Meridian, with Penn appearing as the favorable choice. Nicole Kidman was eventually cast.[8] Even though Billy Dee Williams took the role of Harvey Dent in Batman because he was looking forward to portray Two-Face in a sequel, the producers cast Tommy Lee Jones in the role.[9] Jones was always Schumacher's first choice for the role after working with him on The Client. Jones claims he was sent the script and was very cautious to accept,[2] but accepted the part because Two-Face was his son's favorite character.[10] Robin Williams turned down the Riddler,[11] Jim Carrey was eventually cast.[12] Robin appeared in the shooting script of Batman Returns but was deleted due to too many characters. Marlon Wayans was cast in the role, and signed for Batman Forever. It was decided to replace Wayans with a different actor,[13] Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris O'Donnell became the top two choices, with O'Donnell winning the part. Mitchell Gaylord served as O'Donnell's stunt double.[8]

Filming

Filming started in September 1994.[1] Schumacher hired Barbara Ling for production design, claiming that the film needed a "force" and felt Ling could "advance on it." Schumacher wanted a design that was not to be any way connected to the previous films, and instead was to be inspired by the images from the Batman comic books seen in the 1940s/early 1950s and taken from that of New York City architecture in the 1930s, with a combination of modern Tokyo. He also wanted a "city with personality," with more statues, as well as various amounts of neon. The Batmobile was also given a makeover, with two cars being constructed, one for stunt purposes and one for close ups with both showcasing a V8 engine.[14]

Schumacher had problems filming with Kilmer, whom he described as "childish and impossible", reporting that he fought with various crewmen, and refused to speak to Schumacher during two weeks after the director told him to stop behaving in a rude way.[3] Schumacher also mentioned Tommy Lee Jones as source of trouble: "Jim Carrey was a gentleman, and Tommy Lee was threatened by him. I'm tired of defending overpaid, overprivileged actors. I pray I don't work with them again."[15]

Design and effects

Rick Baker designed the prosthetic makeup. John Dykstra, Andrew Adamson and Jim Rygiel served as visual effects supervisors, with Pacific Data Images also contributing with visual effects work. PDI provided a computer-generated Batman for complicated stunts.[16] For the costume design, producer Peter MacGregor-Scott claimed that 146 workers were at one point working together. Batman's costume was redesigned along the lines of a more "MTV organic, and edgier feel" to the suit, as were the Batcave and Batmobile(which had been destroyed in Batman Returns). Various suits were designed for specific purposes, such as one where as Val Kilmer sits in the Batmobile and various others for stunts and close ups.[17]

Music

Elliot Goldenthal was hired to compose the film score even before the first draft of the script was written. He stated he was told by Schumacher as not to listen to Danny Elfman's previous score, and instead compose a different orchestral piece.[18] Also, Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" was famously included in the film's soundtrack.

Release

Batman Forever went through a few major edits before its release. Originally darker than the final product, the movie's original length was closer to 2 hours and 40 minutes according to director Joel Schumacher. There was talk of an extended cut being released to DVD for the film's 10th anniversary in 2005. While all four previous Batman films were given Special Edition DVD releases on the same day as Batman Begins's DVD release, the version of Batman Forever released was the original, although some of the following scenes were in a deleted scenes section in the special features.[19]

Many scenes were filmed but deleted from the film. These included:

  • The escape of Two-Face from Arkham Asylum. Rene Auberjonois had more scenes filmed here, playing Doctor Burton but his role was reduced to a cameo in the final film. He encounters the escape with the psychologist killed and hanged in Two-Face's cell with his blood smeared on the wall, written as "The Bat Must Die." This was supposed to begin the picture but producers decided this was far too dark for a family audience. As this was cut, it made the editing of the final film somewhat muddled to the fans of the original script as later scenes were re-arranged. This scene appears in a rough edit on the Special Edition DVD. Segments of the scene also appears on the U2 music video "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me."
  • The construction of NigmaTech was more in-depth. There were scenes shot, that appear in publicity stills of Edward Nygma with a hard hat helping with the construction of his headquarters on Claw Island. This scene does not appear on the new Special Edition release but is shown in the sticker album published by Merlin Collections.
  • Sugar and Spice, played by Drew Barrymore and Debi Mazar, try out the Riddler's device during the montage when it goes on sale. They are seated with The Riddler and Two-Face on the couch where Chase is handcuffed later in the film. This scene appears in the comic adaptation but not in the final film.
  • The most known deleted scene involved further backstory to the film which many people, including screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, believed would have improved the quality of the film considerably. It involved Bruce waking up after being shot in the head by Two-Face, temporarily wiping a part of his memory; he has forgotten his origin and life as the Dark Knight. Alfred takes him to the Batcave, which has been destroyed by The Riddler. They stand on the platform where the Batmobile was and Alfred says "Funny they did not know about the cave beneath the cave." The platform then rotates downward to another level where the sonar-modification equipment is kept, from the special batsuit to the hi-tech weaponry. Bruce then discovers the cavern where he first saw the image that would make him become Batman — a giant bat. The bat appears and Bruce raises his arms and the shot shows that they are one. Bruce now remembers who he is and goes with Alfred to solve the riddles left throughout the film. Akiva admitted the scene was very theatrical on the Special Edition DVD and felt the scene would have made a difference to the final cut. The bat was designed and created by Rick Baker, who was in charge of the make-up of Two-Face, played by Tommy Lee Jones. This scene appears in a rough form on the Special Edition DVD and is briefly mentioned in the comic adaptation.
  • The original ending was an homage to the first film. When Alfred drives Doctor Chase Meridian back to Gotham she asks him "Does it ever end?" Alfred replies, "No, Doctor Meridian, not in this lifetime..." The Bat-signal shines on the night sky and Batman is standing on a pillar looking ahead. Robin then comes into shot and joins his new partner. They both leap off the pillar, towards the camera. A rough edit of the first half of the scene appears on the Special Edition DVD, but not in its entirety. The sequence with Batman and Robin at the end of this scene appears on a teaser trailer for the video game, which is on the VHS release of this film, released in the UK on December 3, 1995.

Batman Forever opened in 2,842 theaters in the United States on June 16, 1995, making $52.78 million in its opening weekend.[20] This was the highest opening weekend of 1995.[21] The film went on to gross $184.03 million in North America, and $152.5 million in foreign countries, totaling $336.53 million. Batman Forever was declared a financial success.[20] The film earned more money than its predecessor Batman Returns,[22] and was the second-highest (behind Toy Story) grossing film in North America in 1995,[21] as well as the sixth highest grossing film worldwide that year.[23]

Critical reception

Based on 49 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 45% of reviewers enjoyed the film, with the consensus of "Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief."[24] The film was more balanced with 13 critics in Rotten Tomatoes's "Top Critics" poll, receiving a 69% approval rating.[25] By comparison Metacritic collected an average score of 51, based on 23 reviews.[26]

Jonathan Rosenbaum called Batman Forever "suitable for boys of five and under. Nicole Kidman is here to validate the rampant repressed homoeroticism."[27] Peter Travers criticized the movie's blatant commercialism, but commented that "Batman Forever still gets in its licks. There's no fun machine this summer that packs more surprises. The script misses the pain Tim Burton caught in a man tormented by the long-ago murder of his parents."[28] Brian Lowry of Variety believed "One does have to question the logic behind adding nipples to the hard-rubber batsuit. Whose idea was that supposed to be anyway, Alfred's? Some of the computer-generated Gotham cityscapes appear too obviously fake. Elliot Goldenthal's score, while serviceable, also isn't as stirring as Danny Elfman's work in the first two films."[29]

James Berardinelli enjoyed the film. "It's lighter, brighter, funnier, faster-paced, and a whole lot more colorful than before."[30] Scott Beatty felt "Tommy Lee Jones played Harvey Dent as a Joker knock-off rather than a multi-layered rogue."[31] Lee Bermejo called Batman Forever "unbearable".[32] Roger Ebert gave a mixed review, "Is the movie better entertainment? Well, it's great bubblegum for the eyes. Younger children will be able to process it more easily, some kids were led bawling from Batman Returns where the PG-13 rating was a joke."[33] Mick LaSalle had a mixed reaction, concluding "a shot of Kilmer's rubber buns at one point is guaranteed to bring squeals from the audience."[34]

Awards

At the 68th Academy Awards, Batman Forever was nominated with Cinematography, Sound and Sound Editing.[35] "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" by U2 was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song,[36] but was also nominated for the Worst Song Golden Raspberry Award.[37] At the Saturn Awards, the film was nominated for Best Fantasy Film, Make-up, Special Effects and Costume Design.[38] Composer Elliot Goldenthal was given a Grammy Award nomination.[39] Batman Forever received six nominations at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards.[40]

Merchandising

Peter David and Alan Grant wrote separate novelizations of the film.[41][42] Dennis O'Neil authored a comic book adaptation, with art by Michal Dutkiewicz.[43]

See also

References

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Batman Forever (Warner Bros., 1995) is the third feature film in the Burton/Schumacher series of films based on the DC Comics character Batman.

Directed by Joel Schumacher, and written by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler, and Akiva Goldman. Based on DC Comics characters created by Bob Kane.
Courage now, truth always...Taglines

Contents

Batman/Bruce Wayne

  • Tampering with people's brain waves, brain manipulation. It simply raises too many questions.
  • [reason why so many women love him] The car. Chicks love the car.
  • You called me here for this? The Batsignal is not a beeper.
  • I guess we're all two people.
  • A man's gotta go his own way.
  • Poor Edward. I had to save them both. You see, I'm both Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be. Now... because I choose to be.
  • You trying to get under my cape, doctor?
  • We all wear masks.
  • I don't blend in at a family picnic.
  • I haven't had that much luck with women.
  • "We're 5 little items of an everyday sort. You'll find us all in a tennis court". In... A-E-I-O-U. Vowels.
  • There is no way for me to save them or myself. This is all one giant death trap.
  • Wait! I have a riddle for you! I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I?

The Riddler / Edward Nygma

  • [off Stickley] And some people are trying to keep us apart.
  • You were supposed to understand. I'll make you understand!
  • [mocking Bruce] There's too many questions. There's too many... [makes weird sounds] I'll show you it works!
  • [hitting Stickley over the head with a coffee-pot] Caffeine will KILL YA!
  • Rise and shine, my little guinea-pig...
  • [to Stickley] This won't hurt a bit. At least, I don't think it will.
  • [imitating game show host] Edward Nygma, come on down! You're the next contestant on "Brain Drain"! [imitating shy game show contestant] Um, gee, ooh, uh... I'll take what's inside Thick Skull #1! [imitating game show host] What have we got for him, Johnny? (laughs) Stickley! I'm having a breakthrough! And a breakdown? MAYBE! Nevertheless, I'm smarter. I'm a genius. No, several geniuses! A gaggle! A swarm! A flock of freakin' Freuds! Riddle me this, Fred! What is everything to someone and nothing to everyone else? Your mind, baby! And now mine pumps with the power of yours! [singing] I'm sucking up your I.Q., vacuuming your cortex, feeding off your brain!
  • Fred... BABE!... You are fired! Or should I say... terminated?
  • (after throwing his old supervisor out of a window and into the water below) SURF'S UP, BIG KAHUNAAAAAAAAAAAAA! (winces) Ooooh! Nice form, but a little rough on the landing. He may have to settle for the bronze! (evil laughter)
  • Questions, Mr. Wayne? My work raises too many questions?! Why doesn't anybody... put you in your place?
  • [after Two-Face shoots at the roof in joy] Has anyone ever told you that you've got a serious impulse control problem?!
  • This is your brain on the box. This is my brain on the box! Does anybody else feel like a fried egg?!
  • [to Two-Face] Here's the bargain: you will help me steal Gotham capital, so I can put a Box on every TV in town, then I will be Gotham's cleverest carbon-based life-form! And in return, is everyone paying attention? I will help you solve the greatest riddle of all. The mother of all riddles! Who is Batman?
  • You should have let me in on this. We could have planned it, organized it, pre-sold the movie rights!
  • [to Two-Face after Batman shows up] Your entrance was good. His was better. The difference: showmanship!
  • [to Two-Face when he discovers Batman's true identity] Riddle me this: What kind of a man has bats on the brain?
  • [entering the Batcave; alarms go off] "Intruder alert! Intruder alert!" SHUT UP! [deactivates them]
  • [after placing bombs to destroy the Batcave] Somebody tell the fat lady she's on in five.
  • [after blowing up the Batcave] Joy-gasm!
  • [when Two-Face blows up the Batboat] You sunk my battleship!
  • [As Two-Face sobs on his shoulder] That's just what I said.
  • [after shooting down the Batwing] I hope they can find the little black box.
  • Riddle me this, riddle me that, who's afraid of the big, black bat?
  • For if knowledge is power... then a god... am... (Demonic voice) I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I. [pauses] Was that over the top? I can never tell!
  • By the way, I've seen your mind, freak! Yours is the greatest riddle of all. Can Bruce Wayne and Batman ever truly co-exist? We'll find out today. But first, let's meet our contestants! Behind curtain number one: the absolutly fabulous Dr Chase Meridian. She enjoys hiking, getting her nails done and foolishly hopes to become the love of Bruce's life. And behind curtain number 2: Batman's one and only partner. This acrobat-turned-orphan likes Saturday morning cartoons, and dreams one day being [whisperes] bare naked with a girl.

Harvey Dent/Two-Face

  • You're counting on the winged avenger to deliver you from evil, aren't you, my friend?
  • One man is born a hero, his brother a coward. Babies starve, politicians grow fat, holy men are martyred, and junkies grow legion. Why? Why, why, why, why, why? LUCK! Blind, stupid, simple, doo-dah, clueless luck!
  • [A coin toss has decided a victim's fate] Ah. Fortune smiles. Another day of wine and roses. Or, in your case, beer and pizza!
  • Let's start this party with a bang!
  • Surely one of you knows who Batman is. Hell, odds are one of you pasty-faced twits IS Batman!
  • The Bat's stubborn refusal to expire... IS DRIVING US INSANE!
  • You have broken into our hideout. You have violated the sanctity of our lair. For this we should crush your bones into POWDER. However, you do pose a very interesting proposition: therefore, heads, we accept, and tails, we blow your damned head off!
  • It's an old-fashioned low-tech stick-up. We're interested in the basics: cash, jewelry, cellular telephones. Hand them over nice and quietly and no one will be hurt.
  • WHY CAN'T YOU JUST DIE?!
  • [after destroying the Batboat] Who, me?
  • Finally, justice is served! Let us die!
  • I'll see you in Hell.
  • And me! AND ME!!
  • [last words] Why yes, of course, you're right, Bruce. Emotion is always the enemy of true justice. Thank you. You've always been a good friend. [tosses the coin]

Alfred Pennyworth

  • [dick asking for his suit] I suppose master Wayne will fire me after this, perhaps I could go back to working at the Buckingham Palace.

Dr. Chase Meridian

  • You like strong women. I've done my homework. Or do I need skin-tight vinyl and a whip?
  • By the way, do you have a first name, or do I just call you Bats?

Dialogues

Alfred: May I persuade you to take a sandwich with you, sir?
Batman: I'll get drive-through.

Batman: I read your work. Insightful. Naive, but insightful.
Dr. Chase Meridian: I'm flattered. Not every girl makes a superhero's night table.

Commissioner Gordon: [about Two-Face] Can we reason with him? He's holding innocent people hostage up there.
Dr. Chase Meridian: He'll slaughter them without thinking twice.
Batman: Agreed. A trauma powerful enough to create an alternate personality leaves the victim-
Meridian: [interrupting] -in a world where normal rules of right and wrong no longer apply.
Batman: Exactly.
Dr. Meridian: Like you. [off his look] Well, let's just say that I could write a hell of a paper on a grown man who dresses like a flying rodent.
Batman: Bats aren't rodents, Dr. Meridian.

(Riddler speaks with Two-Face in his lair for the first time)
Riddler: I simply love what you've done to this place; heavy metal meets house-and-garden. Splendid! It's so dark, and Gothic, and disgustingly decadent... yet so bright, and chipper, and... conservative. It's so you! And yet, so YOU! Yes, very few people are both a summer and a winter, but... you pull it off nicely.
(Two-Face smiles, then fires a gun into the air close to Riddler's ear, making him recoil)
Two-Face: Just get to the point, big boy.
Riddler: Has anyone told you that you have a SERIOUS IMPULSE CONTROL PROBLEM?!

Riddler: Hey, Two-Face! Show me how to punch a guy!
Two-Face: It's darn simple, my boy; ball up a fist, reach way back, and assert yourself! [punches out cop]
Riddler: Ooo! Looks like fun...lemme try, lemme try!
Two-Face: Ball up a fist...
Riddler: [clenches fist] Ball up a fist!
Two-Face: Reach way back...
Riddler: [winds up] Reach way back!
Two-Face: And assert yourself!
Riddler: Assert—[punches another cop, but is ineffective] OW!

Alfred: [in Bruce's monitor watch] I'm sorry to bother you, sir. But I have some rather distressing news about Master Dick.
Bruce: What? Is he alright?
Alfred: I'm afraid Master Dick has, uhm, gone traveling.
Wayne: He ran away?
Alfred: Actually, he took... the car.
Wayne: He boosted the Jag?
Alfred: No, sir. Not the Jaguar. The other car.
Wayne: The Bentley?
Alfred: No, sir... the other car.

Dick Grayson: [while beating up Batman] Bastard! I should've been you! If you had told Two-Face who you were at the circus... They'd still be alive!
Batman: If Bruce Wayne could've given his life for your family, he would have.

Dick Grayson: All I can think about every second of the day is getting Two-Face. He took my whole life. And when I was out there tonight, I imagined it was him that I was fighting, even when I was fighting you. And all the pain went away. Do you understand?
Bruce Wayne: Yes, I do.
Grayson: Good, 'cause you gotta help me find him. And when we do, I'm the one who kills him.
Wayne: So, you're willing to take a life.
Grayson: Long as it's Two-Face.
Wayne: Then it will happen this way: you make the kill, but your pain doesn't die with Harvey, it grows. So you run out into the night to find another face, and another, and another, until one terrible morning you wake up and realize that revenge has become your whole life. And you won't know why.
Grayson: You can't understand. Your family wasn't killed by a maniac.
Wayne: Yes, they were. We're the same.

Dick Grayson: I need a name! Batboy, Nightwing, I dunno. What's a good sidekick name?
Bruce Wayne: How about Dick Grayson, college student?
Dick Grayson: Screw you!

Riddler: (switching on a garish green overcoat with flashing light-up question marks) Like the jacket? It keeps me safe when I'm jogging at night!
Dr. Chase Meridian: Batman will come for me.
The Riddler: [fake British accent] Batman? Batman, you say? Coming for you? [laughs, then makes weird noises] I'm... counting on it!

[Bruce and Alfred are trying to figure out the connection between numbers in five riddles.]
Bruce Wayne: Each riddle contains a number, and they go in this order: 13, 1, 8 and 5. Perhaps... letters of the alphabet?
Alfred Pennyworth: Of course! 13 is M.
Wayne: 1 would be A, 8 would be H, and 5 would be E.
Alfred: M-A-H-E...
Wayne: Perhaps 1 and 8 are 18.
Alfred: 18 is... R. M-R-E.
Wayne: How about "Mr. E"?
Alfred: "Mystery".
Wayne: And another name for mystery?
Alfred: Enigma.
Wayne: Mr. E. Nygma... Edward Nygma. Stickley's suicide was obviously a computer-generated forgery.
Alfred: You really are quite bright, despite what people say.

Batman: Who's your talior?
Alfred: I took the liberty sir.
Batman: R? What does that stand for?
Robin: Robin. Riddler and Two-Face could make a pretty lethal combination figured you could use a hand.
Batman: Two against two ARE better odds.
Robin: I can't promise I won't kill Harvey.
Batman: A man has to go his own way. A friend taught me that.
Robin: Not just a friend. [offers hand]
Batman: A partner. [they shake hands]

[Two-Face and The Riddler are trying to sink the Batboat.]
Two-Face: B12!
The Riddler: Hit! And my favorite vitamin, I might add.

Robin: Holey rusted metal, Batman!
Batman: Huh?
Robin: The ground, it's all metal. It's full of holes. You know, holey.
Batman: Oh.

Batman: I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I?
The Riddler: Please! You're as blind as a bat!
Batman: Exactly

(The Riddler and Two-Face are robbing a jewelry store)
The Riddler: (about a diamond he's picked up) Here's a good one!
Two-Face: (holding a huge diamond) No, no! There is a good one.

(upon seeing a newspaper reporting Batman's survival)
Two-Face: [cries dramatically]
The Riddler: That's just what I said. And then I taught my doggy a new trick! How to map the human mind.

[Dr. Meridian is visiting an insane Nygma in Arkham Asylum.]
Dr. Chase Meridian: Edward, please. Who is Batman?
Edward Nygma: I'm Batman! [laughs manically as he flaps his arms like wings]
[outside]
Dr. Meridian: Your secret's safe. He's a complete wacko.
Bruce Wayne: Wacko. That a... technical term?

Edward: You're runing my big party are you INSANE?
Two-Face: We're sick of waiting for you to deliver the Batman dear boy.
Edward: Patience O' Segregated one.
Two-Face: PATIENCE HELL WE WANT HIM DEAD and nothing brings out the Batman like a little murder and mayhem baby.
Edward: Well at least you could have let me in on the caper we could have organosed this, planned it, pre sold the movie rights.

[Batman crashes through the celing]

Edward: Your entrance was good his was better. The difference? Showmanship.

Taglines

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Cast

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Batman Forever

Developer(s) Probe Entertainment
Publisher(s) Acclaim Entertainment
Release date Sega Genesis:[1]
1995 (NA) (EU)
October 17, 1995 (JP)
Super Nintendo:[2]
October 26, 1995 (NA) September 28, 1995 (EU) October 27, 1995 (JP)
Gameboy:[3]
October 27, 1995 (JP)
1995 (NA)
Game Gear:[4]
1995 (NA) (EU)
October 27, 1995 (JP)
PC:
1996 (NA)
Genre Beat 'em up
Mode(s) Single player
2 player Cooperative
Versus
Age rating(s) N/A
Sega Mega Drive
ESRB: E[5]
Super Nintendo
PC
ESRB: K-A
Game Boy
Sega Genesis
Game Gear
Super Nintendo
OFLC: PG G 8+[6]
Unspecified platform (cartridge)
Platform(s) Game Boy
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Genesis
Game Gear
Super Nintendo
PC[7]
Media Cartridge
Input Sega Genesis Controller
Super Nintendo Controller
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Batman Forever is a game released for the Sega Genesis, the Sega Game Gear, the Super Nintendo, the PC and the Gameboy. It is based on the movie of the same name.[8]

Contents

Gameplay

The Riddler and Two-Face are on the loose in Gotham City. It is up to Batman and his newly-adopted partner in crimefighting Robin to bring those two in to justice.

This game is an unusual hybrid of side-scrolling platformer and one-on-one fighter. You make your way through levels that include some platform jumping elements, but you typically take on opponents one at a time like in a fighting game. Your arsenal includes a lot of nifty bat-gadgets, and a collection of fighting moves that are unleashed with special button combinations.

The graphics were rendered completely with digitized actors and objects, but none of the actors from the movie make an appearance in the game.

Reception

The game has received mixed reviews.[9]

Platform differences

Handheld versions do not include any multiplayer mode and only Batman is playable unlike other versions. [10] [11] [12] [13]

Gallery

References

  1. GameFAQs Mega Drive
  2. GameFAQs SNES
  3. GameFAQs Gameboy
  4. GameFAQs Game Gear
  5. ESRB
  6. OFLC AU
  7. IGN
  8. allgame synopsis
  9. MobyGames
  10. GameFAQs Gameboy user review
  11. Allgame review
  12. Abandonia PC review
  13. SNES review



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