Batman Forever

When Tim Burton and Michael Keaton announced that they'd had enough of the Batman franchise, director Joel Schumacher stepped in (with Burton as coproducer) to make this action-packed extravaganza starring Val Kilmer as the caped crusader. Batman is up against two of Gotham City's most colorful 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 a few 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

Director(s): Joel Schumacher
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 22 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.4
Metacritic:
51
Rotten Tomatoes:
39%
PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Year:
1995
121
2,858 Views

Edward Nygma:
Okay Now I've got it! Ha! "Too many questions. There's too many questions. "Too many..." I'll show you it works!

Fred Stickley:
What the hell is going on here? I told you this project is terminated! I'm calling Security!

Edward Nygma:
Caffeine will kill you! Rise and shine, little guinea pig.

Fred Stickley:
What are you doing, Nygma? Untie me!

Edward Nygma:
This won't hurt. At least, I don't think it will.

Fred Stickley:
What are you doing? Nygma, you touch that switch and...

Edward Nygma:
Which one? this? Losing resolution. More power! [demonstrating his brain wave invention] "EDWARD NYGMA, COME ON DOWN! YOU'RE THE NEXT CONTESTANT ON BRAIN DRAIN!" Um, gee, ooh, uh, I'll take what's inside Thick Skull Number One! "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 mines comes with the power of yours! [in a sing-song voice] I'm sucking up your IQ, vacuuming your cortex, feeding off your brain! [dances to a techno music tune] FRED! [Lip noises; shuts off his machine and Stickley goes back to normal; gasping and laughing] What a rush!

Fred Stickley:
What the hell just happened?

Edward Nygma:
A very surprising side effect! While you were mesmerized by my 3D TV... I utilized your neural energy to grow smarter.

[He kisses his invention's helmet as he puts it back on the mannequin head]

Fred Stickley:
Bruce Wayne was right! You demented, bizarre, unethical toad! It is brain manipulation! I'm reporting you to the FCC, the Human Experimentation Board, the AMI, and the police! [Edward grabs the chair that Stickley is strapped to and drags it far to face the window.] You are going up on charges, to court, to jail, and then to a mental institution for the rest of your twisted little life! But first and foremost, Nygma, you are fired! Do you hear me?! FIRED!

Edward Nygma:
[ominously] Oh... I don't think so.

[Nygma pushes Stickley's chair forward, sending it crashing through the window. Stickley dangles over the edge, with only the helmet's power chord, attached to the power grid, keeping from falling]

Edward Nygma:
HANG ON! [rushes forward and grabs him] Fred... BABE!... You are fired, or should I say... terminated? [He takes off the helmet and lets Stickley fall to his death] SURF'S UP, BIG KAHUNA! [a splash is heard] Oooooh, nice form, but a little rough on the landing. He may have to settle for the bronze! [laughs evilly]

Two-Face:
Ladies, you spoil us! We're of two minds about what to eat first. [Riddler enters behind him and loudly drives his cane into the floor] What?!

The Riddler:
I hope you made extra.

Two-Face:
Who the hell are you?

The Riddler:
Just a friend. But you can call me... the Riddler.

Two-Face:
[grabs Riddler by the collar] We'll call you dead, is more like it! How did you find us here?! Talk!

The Riddler:
But then if I talked, what would keep you from slaying me, O Segregated One? [looks at Two-Face's disfigurement] By the way, that's never gonna heal if you don't stop picking.

Two-Face:
[puts pistol to Riddler's head] Let's see if you bleed green!

The Riddler:
Harvey! [Spice laughs mischievously] I don't think it's me you really want to kill. That'd be too easy for someone as powerful as you... and you. But Batman... [gasps] Now, there's a challenge! Kill the Bat! Sounds like a good idea! [Two-Face feigns modesty] Just think of it, a few bullets hit home, a quick splash of blood, and then what? Wet hands and post-homicidal depression. [feigns whimpering] Why not humiliate him first, expose his frailties, and then when he's at his weakest... CRUSH HIM! [Two-Face chuckles] I can see that... sparkle in your left eye. I can help you get Batman. That is, if you'll... spare my life for just a few moments.

Two-Face:
[cocks his head in amusement and puts his gun away] Eh... [puts Riddler down]

The Riddler:
Thank you. I simply love what you've done with the place. Heavy Metal meets House and Garden. [laughs] Splendid! [Takes one of his boxes and puts it on the dark side of the room] It's so dark and gothic and disgustingly decadent [Gestures Spice over with a snarl, then takes a box to the light side]... yet so bright and chipper and conservative! [Urges Sugar over with a whistle] [Back to the dark side; speaking sinisterly] It's so you... [to the light side, speaking operatic] And yet so you! Very few people are both a summer and a winter, but... you pull it off quite nicely.

Two-Face:
[shoots pistol at the ceiling] What's your point, big boy?

The Riddler:
Has anybody ever told you you have a SERIOUS IMPULSE CONTROL PROBLEM?!?! [Two-Face puts his gun back to Riddler's head] This is the point. [shows brainwave gadget; activates it; camera shows Sugar and Spice being entranced to brainwave machine] This is how I found you. Let me demonstrate. [sticks gadget on Two-Face's forehead; Two-Face feels full power of the machine] This is your brain on the Box! This is my brain on the Box! [sticks gadget on his forehead] DOES ANYBODY ELSE FEEL LIKE A FRIED EGG?!?!

Two-Face:
I'll have a bit more, thank you. [he reaches for the gadget, but Riddler pulls it away]

The Riddler:
Oh, there's more, but only the first one's free. Here's the bargain: you will help me steal production capital, so I can put a Box on every TV in town and become Gotham's cleverest carbon-based lifeform! And in return... [goes to Two-Face] ...is everybody paying attention? I will help you solve the greatest riddle of all. The mother of all riddles! Who is... Batman?

Two-Face:
Hmm...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. [holds up his coin] Therefore, heads, we accept, and tails, we blow your damn head off!

The Riddler:
Riddle me this, riddle me that, who's afraid of the big, black bat?

Batman:
No more tricks, Edward.

The Riddler:
Very well, then. Let's get real.

Batman:
Release Chase. This is between you and me.

Two-Face:
And me... ... and me!

Batman:
You've sucked Gotham's brain waves and now you've devised a way to read minds.

The Riddler:
You betcha! Soon my little "Box" will be on countless TVs around the world. Feeding me, credit card numbers, bank codes, sexual fantasies, and little white lies. Into my head they'll go. Victory is inevitable. For if knowledge is power... ...then a god... ...am... 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 coexist? We'll find out today! But first, let's meet our contestants. Behind curtain... number one! The absolutely fabulous Dr. Chase Meridian! She enjoys hiking, manicures and foolishly hopes to be the love of Bruce's life... HA!

Two-Face:
Heh!

The Riddler:
And behind curtain number two! Fatman's one and only partner! This acrobat turned orphan like Saturday morning cartoons and dreams one day being... ... bare naked with a girl! and below these contestants... my personal favorite: A watery grave! Just one little touch... and five seconds later, these two date players are GULL FEED on the rocks below... Not enough time to save them both... Which one will it be, Batman? Bruce's love... or the Dark Knight's junior partner? [imitating clock timer]

Batman:
There is no way for me to save them or myself... This is all one giant death trap.

The Riddler:
Judges? [imitating buzzer sound] I'm sorry. Your answer must be in the form of a question. But, thank you for playing.

Batman:
Wait! I have a riddle for you.

The Riddler:
For me?... Really? Tell me.

Batman:
I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I?

The Riddler:
[scoffs] Please! You're as blind as a bat!

Batman:
Exactly!

[Batman throws a batarang into the Riddler's throne, destroying his machine]

The Riddler:
Bummer!

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