Tim Burton had given us two dark films Batman and Batman Returns. Then Warner Bros. felt like they wanted to try something different. Enter Joel Schumacher and Batman Forever, which ended up being a campy, neon-technicolor film in 1995. Even the Batman at the time Michael Keaton was not down with it and left the franchise. Opening the door for Val Kilmer to take on the role of Bruce Wayne. This third film in the franchise as well as the fourth, Batman and Robin, are often highly criticized by fans.
But what if I told you that there was a director’s cut of the film that we’ve never seen? A version of Batman Forever that is almost three hours. That right ladies and gentlemen, I am talking about a Schumacher Cut! This comes from a report by Marc Bernardin on Fatman Beyond. He claims that he has it on good authority that the 170-minute film exists, but that Warner Bros. has never acted don it because they weren’t sure if there was still a market for it.
“I have it on pretty good authority that there exists in the Warner Bros. vault a 170-minute cut of Batman Forever,” Bernardin said. “I think that it went much deeper into his childhood psychosis and his mental blocks and that it was a more serious, darker version of that movie that was one of the first assemblies that Joel filed with the studio and they eventually cut it down because they were like ‘it’s too dark for kids. We gotta sell these Happy Meals, so maybe let’s not invest ourselves in the trauma of childhood murder. We’ve got Jim Carrey, let him do some s–t.”
As a Batman fan, I would love to see an extended version of Batman Forever. I personally liked Kilmer and Jim Carrey in the film, Tommy Lee Jones not so much. I thought he was way over the top for someone playing Two-Face. With a character like Dr. Chase Meridian, played by Nicole Kidman, that was looking into Bruce’s trauma it would be interesting to see what more Schumacher wanted do include as far as character development for Bruce.
With a platform like HBO Max Warner Bros. has the perfect platform to release something like this. Zack Snyder’s Justice League Snyder Cut has opened a door for other superhero Warner Bros. films to get a sort of “do-over” without costing the studios too much. Besides that film, we know that David Ayer has started campaigning for his version of Suicide Squad to be released.
Sadly Schumacher recently has passed, so it would be up to Batman fans to make this happen! Would you be interested in seeing a different version of Batman Forever? Let us know in the comment section below!
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