I’ve long been an unapologetic cheerleader for the 1995 movie, Batman Forever. Sure, most of this had to do with it being the first movie I paid to see in a theater myself (since I was 11, I was accompanied by my aunt and uncle, so it’s fine) and that I was at my Batman-loving peak, but I watched it again recently (to review for Schlock & Awe) and didn’t think it was as bad as people claim. Despite its ridiculous dialogue, weird neon color scheme, and silly CGI effects, it’s still got a good, solid Batman story to it, which the above fan-made trailer hypes brilliantly.
YouTuber Sam Ibrahim (as shared by io9) has made a use of what interesting visuals Joel Schumacher had in place and coupled it with some choice cues from Daft Punk‘s soundtrack to TRON: Legacy to give us a rather chilling trailer for a movie that not even I could claim had any kind of gravitas. The VHS-style clip largely ignores anything to do with Robin and Two-Face (Which, let’s be fair, were extraneous to the overall story at hand) and focuses on the Riddler’s obsession with Bruce Wayne and his quest to destroy Batman. Throw in some choice action sequences and it looks like a damn good movie to me!
There were certainly a lot of things wrong with Batman Forever; I would never claim otherwise. But, the performances by Jim Carrey and Val Kilmer weren’t among them. Yes, I said it: Kilmer is a good Batman. Leave him alone, you guys. This trailer’s zeroing-in on what should have been the real movie’s main conflict. Now I really wish this version of the movie actually existed. I might like Batman Forever EVEN MORE.
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