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Batman Begins : The Movie

 

 

I saw Batman Begins at 12:01, and now it's 7:38, why can I not sleep past sun-time? Oh, well, I'm running on three and half-hours of sleep, it's ok though. The movie was pretty good actually, I still like the 1989 "Batman" more, but it'll always remain the best to me I think; I love that movie.

In this movie however, I couldn't help but see the evil guy (Liam Nieson) being George W. Bush, and his little ninja lemmings as being the Republican Party. They spout the words of someone working for good, when their policies of how they attain their ends are overtly bad and evil, and unjust. They talk of justice, yet do not believe in trials because of corruption in the courts (sound like a friend of ours?)

Batman is the working class, or the working class party. He saw that back-in-the-day there were a few good capitalists who tried to give back to society, but they've come and gone. It's time to take action and liberate the poor from their disparaging positions, and he did just that. Just when the evil corporationalist elite were about to be successful in their total corruption of the city (one way was "going public"), Batman stepped in and bought enough shares to turn the company around.

Now, with my little editorial, it seems as if I think buying stocks is nice and dandy...well, I don't. I think the whole system needed over-haul, which he realized. The capitalist ruling class is only in power as long as we, the working class, and some of our allies in the "higher-ups" (they DO exist) allow them to. The only way to rid ourselves of capitalist greed and corruption is to revolt. Does it require weapons and death?? Maybe so, we may never know unless we rise up and demand our rights be recognized! It might not need death and destruction, as John Lennon said: "But when you talk about destruction, Don't you know you can count me out...”. Sorry, but me, being a non-drugged youth of our corporate, greed-driven nation cannot sit by and believe that a revolution involving violence should be counted out. We need a solution now before we lose our rights entirely, before we lose our planet, before we lose our labor unions, etc. We must revolt, and maybe our only current hindrance is that we don't have a symbol.

What sort of symbol are we waiting for? In order for the masses to take action, they generally need the reassurance that they won’t be the only one in their endeavor. Who will be the first to take action? In the early part of the last century we had Eugene V. Debs a personal hero of mine, and a wonderful man of the day. Today we have Bernie Sanders (I – Vermont) who helps to lead the progressive agenda in the House of Representatives…that’s right folks; we have a socialist congressman. Also, he is planning to run for senate in 2006 and is projected to win. Maybe he can be our symbol? I think we need a bit more actually. With men like him we have our faith restored in the system, and then we believe that the “democratic” system will help pull us from the mire. However, with the corporate/capitalist driven system we have, even great men can’t break the mold, they can just change the color of the substance inside. So, we need a mold shattering idea, we need something that will be “heard around the world”, we need a modern-day guillotine to scare the oppressive ruling elite into submission.

It may sound horrible to hear, but in order to have successful reform of this innately corrupt system, we NEED revolution. We cannot let little steps be taken towards reform, no, this will only further the problem. False hope is worse than no hope. I hate to say it, as I plan to be a politician, but the only way to create revolution is to let the capitalist ruling elite make themselves so oppressive that the global working class revolts in such a violent manner that world hasn’t seen in an industrialized nation since 1917.

Well, thanks for reading my review, hopefully you like it, if not, sorry, you’ll soon be overthrown. :]


By Tony Kaminski
Entertainment columnist
 

 

Synopsis from the official Website:
Nathan Crowley
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Ken Watanabe, Katie Holmes, Cillian Murphy, Tom Wilkinson, Rutger Hauer
Genre: Action, Crime

Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. In the wake of his parents' murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.

He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

 

Nathan Crowley  Interview:

"I'd worked with Chris before, and he phoned me up and said he was in the early stages of co-writing a script with David Goyer for Batman, and he asked me to come in and design the Batmobile. So we set up an art department in Chris' garage. We set up a little machine shop and started making models of cars out of anything we could get our hands on. It was just myself and Chris, and he'd write his scripts and then come into the garage and I'd be there with my car concepts, covered in glue. We made about five or six versions of the Batmobile, over a period of about eight weeks."

"My initial contract was just to sort out the car, and then I didn't really stop. We decided that as Chris was writing, I would start designing key elements of the film that he knew would belong in the script, to help him as he wrote. It was a joy that I was allowed to work on designing while Chris wrote the script. Having that input and feedback was magical. I've never been on a project where I've gotten to do conceptual stuff so early on."

"As a production designer, you're working with armies of people, so you don't often get to do much yourself, which can be frustrating. You spend all your time organizing other people. So it was a joy to be left alone to model-make and to illustrate, and draft all the things that you usually only get to do a miniscule amount of because there's never enough time. Especially on these large films, you're usually on the fly because just to keep the machine rolling takes an enormous amount of effort. So it was very important to be able to take that time to create. We ended up with three months of that, which was fantastic. I certainly haven't known it before."

 

Lindy Hemming Interview:

"Chris was really keen that he didn't have time jumps, except of course for when Bruce is in his home at the beginning. Then there had to be a feeling of a classic past, a past that someone would aspire to or understand, but not that someone came out wearing an on-the-dot 1970 costume. It was to do with the life of those people more than the clothes."

"And so you start pulling your own reference of people and places and things and building up a complimentary picture to what's already gone on. And also because this film takes place in so many different locations - Tibet, Africa - and so there was lots of reference that we could start off with to deal with the worlds that he was going to. And so that's how we started off, forgetting the Bat Suit issue for a minute."

"In designing for Bruce Wayne, I tried to choose everything to look subtly expensive, and to make sure that it all fitted him beautifully. I tried to keep his look like a very modern man in a his suits, someone that people would aspire to look like, rather than let him become stuffy in any way."

"One of the most difficult costumes was the costume when Bruce comes home from Princeton. We had to try and keep Christian looking like a very young man, but by then he was physically as big as he was going to be the next day when he puts on the bat suit. And that was hard to do, to keep all the lines rather soft and droopy and keep him from looking bulky."

"Bruce Wayne's suits don't weigh anything at all, it's not like your image of putting on a horrible, boxy, tight thing. And the only awful story about that is Christian kept on losing weight, and so the poor tailor kept on nearly having a nervous breakdown because every fitting the suits would be that much bigger. And then he'd have to take the waist in more. Christian's shoulders remained big, but he was cutting down, and his waist got smaller and smaller."

 

David Goyer Interview:

"I'd always dreamed about doing a Batman film. I'd told my mother when I was a little kid, 'I'm gonna grow up one day and make movies and make a Batman movie.' And I was kind of disappointed when the previous Batman films came out because I thought, 'oh well, there goes my shot.' So this was the opportunity I had always waited for. It was an enormous honor, not only to be asked to do a Batman film, but to have Chris Nolan be the one asking me, because I think Chris is one of our greatest filmmakers. It's funny how that works out sometimes - you're dying for something, then the opportunity comes."

"I had a very schizophrenic experience when I was working on this project. On one hand I was a professional, meeting with Chris Nolan and Warner Bros. and DC Comics, but on the other hand I was just this fan, this geek, this kid that read comic books when I was growing up. I kept on oscillating back and forth between the two because this really is my dream project. It's absolutely the Batman film that I wish I would've seen when I was a kid - it's everything I always wanted to see in a Batman movie. And it's very gratifying that both Warner Bros. and DC are very, very happy with what we've done."

"The thing that separates this film from other superhero films is that Batman is entirely plausible. There aren't any superpowers involved in the film. There aren't any mutants, no characters from other planets. It's set firmly in the real world. And I think in that way it makes it more accessible to the audience. You could never be Superman, you could never be The Incredible Hulk, but anybody could become Batman - you'd have to inherit a couple billion dollars and have all these gadgets, but nevertheless it's possible. Like maybe if we tried hard enough, if we worked hard enough, if we trained hard enough, maybe, just maybe, we could become Batman."

"The great thing about this story is that it's never been told before, even in the comic books. The closest that the comic books have come is a story called Batman Year One, which is set after Bruce Wayne's returned to Gotham City. But there's a gap of at least seven years after he disappears from Gotham, and they just never told that story. So this was a way of doing something new and different that had never been done before. And that excited me and Chris, and it obviously excited DC and Warner Bros. as well."

From the official website.


BATMAN BEGINS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE, from Warner Bros. Pictures, has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology. BATMAN BEGINS explores the origins of the Batman legend and the Dark Knight's emergence as a force for good in Gotham. The film will be released to select IMAX theatres worldwide beginning June 15, 2005.

BATMAN BEGINS: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE will be distributed exclusively by Warner Bros. Pictures.
 

 

The First Batman Movie
 
Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson

Director: Tim Burton

Thanks to the ambitious vision of director Tim Burton, the blockbuster hit of 1989 delivers the goods despite an occasionally spotty script, giving the caped crusader a thorough overhaul in keeping with the crime fighter's evolution in DC Comics. Michael Keaton strikes just the right mood as the brooding "Dark Knight" of Gotham City; Kim Basinger plays Gotham's intrepid reporter Vicki Vale; and Jack Nicholson goes wild as the maniacal and scene-stealing Joker, who plots a takeover of the city with his lethal Smilex gas. Triumphant Oscar-winning production design by the late Anton Furst turns Batman into a visual feast, and Burton brilliantly establishes a darkly mythic approach to Batman's legacy. Danny Elfman's now-classic score propels the action with bold, muscular verve. --Jeff Shannon

Rated: PG-13 \  PG-13

Studio: Warner Studios

DVD Release Date: August 22, 1997

Run Time: 126


 

 

Batman Returns:  The Movie

Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito
Director: Tim Burton

The first Batman sequel takes a wicked turn with the villainous exploits of the freakish and mean-spirited Penguin (Danny DeVito), whose criminal collaboration with evil tycoon Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) threatens to drain Gotham City of its energy supply. As if that weren't enough, Batman (Michael Keaton) has his hands full with the vengeful Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), who turns out to be a lot more dangerous than a kitten with a whip. As with the first Batman feature, director Tim Burton brings his distinct visual style to the frantic action, but this time there's a darker malevolence lurking beneath all that extraordinary production design. --Jeff Shannon

Rated: PG-13 \   PG-13

Studio: Warner Studios

DVD Release Date: August 22, 1997

Run Time: 126
 

 

Batman Forever:  The Movie

Starring: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Joel Schumacher

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

Rated: PG-13 \  PG-13

Studio: Warner Studios

DVD Release Date: August 22, 1997

Run Time: 122

Quotes from Batman Forever:

The Riddler: Joygasm!

Dr. Chase Meridian: Hot entrance!

Two-Face decides a victim's fate with a coin toss
Two-Face: Ah. Fortune smiles. Another day of wine and roses. Or, in your case, beer and pizza!

Two-Face: 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!

The Riddler: Riddle me this, what sort of a man has bats on the brain?

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

Batman: Commissioner Gordon?
Dr. Chase Meridian: He's at home. I sent the signal.
Batman: What's wrong?
Dr. Chase Meridian: Last night, at the bank, I noticed something about Two-Face. His coin. It's his Achilles' heel. It can be exploited.
Batman: I know. You called me here for this? The Batsignal is not a beeper.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Well I wish I could say that my interest in you was... purely professional.
Batman: You trying to get under my cape, doctor?
Dr. Chase Meridian: A girl can't live by psychoses alone.
Batman: It's the car, right? Chicks love the car.
Dr. Chase Meridian: What is it about the wrong kind of man? In grade school it was guys with earrings. College, motorcycles, leather jackets. Now, *oh*, black rubber.
Batman: Try firemen, less to take off.
Dr. Chase Meridian: I don't mind the work. Pity I can't see behind the mask.
Batman: We all wear masks.
Dr. Chase Meridian: My life's an open book. You read?
Batman: I don't blend in at a family picnic.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Oh, we could give it a try. I'll bring the wine, you bring your scarred psyche.
Batman: Direct aren't you?
Dr. Chase Meridian: You like strong women. I've done my homework. Or do I need skin-tight vinyl and a whip?
Batman: I haven't had that much luck with women.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Maybe you just haven't met the right woman.

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!

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

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

pauses

The Riddler: You should have let me in on this. We could have planned it, prepared it, pre-sold the movie rights!

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

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.
Dick Grayson: Good, cause you gotta help me find him. And when we do, I'm the one who kills him.
Bruce Wayne: So, you're willing to take a life.
Dick Grayson: Long as it's Two-Face.
Bruce 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.
Dick Grayson: You can't understand. Your family wasn't killed by a maniac.
Bruce Wayne: Yes, they were. We're the same.

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

Dr. Chase Meridian: He'll slaughter them without thinking twice.
Batman: Agreed. A trauma powerful enough to create an alternate personality leaves the victim...
Dr. Chase Meridian: - in a world where normal rules of right and wrong no longer apply.
Batman: Exactly.
Dr. Chase Meridian: Like you. - 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.

Dr. Chase Meridian: By the way, do you have a first name, or do I just call you Bat?

Bruce Wayne: Perhaps letters of the alphabet.
Alfred Pennyworth: Of course, 13 is M.
Bruce Wayne: 1 would be A, 8 would be H, and 5 would be E.
Alfred Pennyworth: M-A-H-E?
Bruce Wayne: Perhaps 1 and 8 are 18.
Alfred Pennyworth: 18... is... R. M-R-E.
Bruce Wayne: How about "Mr. E"?
Alfred Pennyworth: Mystery.
Bruce Wayne: And another name for mystery?
Alfred Pennyworth: Enigma!
Bruce Wayne: Mr. E. Nygma. Edward Nygma. Stickley's suicide was obviously a computer-generated forgery.
Alfred Pennyworth: You really are quite bright, despite what people say.

The Riddler: Tell the fat lady she's on in five.

Two-Face: 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!

The Riddler: Now the real game begins!

to Two Face after Batman shows up

The Riddler: This is your brain on the box. This is my brain on the box. Does anybody else feel like a fried egg?

after being defeated
Batman: 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.
holds out his hand. The Riddler backs away as he sees a bat
The Riddler: AAAAHHH! AHHHHGH! AAAAGH!

Stops Two Face killing Batman
The Riddler: Don't kill him! If you kill him, he won't learn nothin'!

after shooting down the Batplane
The Riddler: I hope they can find the little black box.

The Riddler: Like the jacket? It keeps me safe when I'm... jogging at night!

Chase has told the Riddler that Batman will come for her
shouting

Two-Face: You're counting on the winged avenger to deliver you from evil, aren't you my friend?
Bank Guard: Are you going to kill me?
Two-Face: Maybe, maybe not. You could say we're of two minds on the subject.

Two-Face's Lair
The Riddler: Love what you've done with the place. Heavy Metal meets House and Garden.

to Two-face

talking to the shadow
Edward Nygma: Won't tell ya' if you don't say please!
Dr. Chase Meridian: Edward, please. Who is batman?
jumping out

are trying to sink Robin's boat
Two Face: B12!
The Riddler: Hit! And my favorite vitamin might I add.

hit boss on head with coffee canister
Edward Nygma: Caffeine will KILL YA!

to Two-Face, who has just blown a hole in the ceiling of his lair

Bruce Wayne: I was scared at first, but only at first.

Two-Face destroys Robin's boat
The Riddler: YOU SUNK MY BATTLE SHIP!

Edward Nygma: You were supposed to understand. I'll *make* you understand.


 

Trivia about Batman Forever:
  • Brad Dourif was considered for the role of the Riddler.
  • Mark Hamill (I) was briefly considered for the Riddler. Hamill plays the Joker in the animated "Batman" (1992) series.
  • While learning to twirl a cane, Jim Carrey reportedly broke around a dozen prop canes and some of his trailer furniture.
  • The Robin costume weighed 41 lbs.
  • Dick Grayson suggests "Nightwing" for a hero name; an in-joke for the comic books, where Dick Grayson now appears as Nightwing, an identity he took after he abandoned the Robin costume in 1980s.
  • In the film there is a doctor named Burton. Tim Burton (I) directed the first two Batman films and produced this sequel.
  • At one moment, to Batman's surprise, Robin exclaims: "Holey rusted metal, Batman!", then explaining: "The ground, it's all metal. It's full of holes. You know, holey" - a jokey reference to the old US TV show "Batman" (1966/II) with Adam West (I), where Robin would yell his trademark exclamations of surprise every once in a while: "Holy something-or-other, Batman!".
  • Will Shortz, "puzzlemaster" on National Public Radio and editor of the NY Times crossword puzzle, created the Riddler's riddles.
  • The scratches on the tails side of Two-Face's coin form the letters HD, the initials of Harvey Dent, Two-Face's former identity.
  • Sanders, Elizabeth, who plays Gossip Gerty, is the widow of Kane, Bob, the man who created the Batman character.
  • The design of the Flying Graysons' costumes was a reference to the red, yellow and green spandex that Robin wears currently in the comic books.
  • Early concepts of the final showdown on Claw Island had a huge, muscled, Riddler sitting on his throne when Batman finds him. The Riddler twists the two skulls on his armrests and the Riddler's muscled body is revealed to be a shell which splits in two, from which the real Riddler (wearing his white and green jumpsuit) steps out. This description made it into the junior novelization of the movie by Alan Grant, and was also featured in the video game based on the movie.
  • In Canada, the French version of the Riddler's name is Le Sphinx.
  • 'Chris ODonnell (I)'s sister can be seen directly behind him in the party scene where Robin is first introduced to the public
  • In the movie, there is a scene where Two Face keeps flipping his coin until he gets a result he wants. In the comics, a key element of his split personality is that he unquestioningly accepts the result of a single coin toss concerning any decision he makes.
  • When Dick Grayson ('Chris ODonnell (I)) drives the Batmobile around Gotham, a McDonald's restaurant can be seen in one of the shots. Director Joel Schumacher put it in the background, despite pressure from McDonald's to have it more visible.
  • Rene Russo was originally cast to play Dr. Chase Meridian when Michael Keaton was still attached to the project as Batman. However, when Keaton dropped out of the project and was replaced by Val Kilmer, Russo was deemed to old to play his love interest and was replaced by Nicole Kidman.
  • Alec Baldwin was almost cast as Batman.
  • Tom Hanks was the first choice to replace Michael Keaton as Batman.
  • Before deciding not to don the cape and cowl for a third time, Michael Keaton met with Joel Schumacher and declined to join the project after deciding that he did not like the direction in which Schumacher was looking to take the franchise. In the brief time that Tim Burton (I) was still considering doing a third Batman film, Riddler was the only villain that he planned on using. The idea of using Two-Face did not come up until Joel Schumacher joined the project.
  • In the original Batman (1989), District Attorney Harvey Dent was played by Billy Dee Williams. Williams accepted the role with the knowledge and expectation that Dent would eventually become Two-Face: he reportedly had a clause put into his contract reserving the role for him in any sequels, which Warner Bros. had to buy out so they could cast Tommy Lee Jones.
  • Chase remarks about "Or do I need skin tight vinyl and a whip", an obvious reference to the film's prequel's (Batman Returns (1992)) character "Catwoman".
  • When left at Wayne Manor, Grayson informs Wayne that he is leaving. To this, Bruce replies that the circus would be halfway to Metropolis, which is the city of Superman.
  • The movie was going to be shot in Cincinnati, using the old subway tunnel. The exterior of the Gotham City Hippodrome (the arena where Dick Grayson's family is killed) is based on the exterior of Union Terminal, a famous 1930's Art Deco train station in Cincinnati.
  • The role of the security guard Two-Face captures was written for Wayne Knight (I), who was expected to accept it.
  • The exterior set for Two Face's hide out is the same set used in the first disappearance of Max Schreck (Christopher Walken) in Batman Returns (1992).
  • Exterior scenes of Wayne Manor were filmed at the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture on Long Island, NY. The production team had to change the school's "W" on the entrance gate because it had an anchor behind it.
  • Joel Schumacher's decision to put nipples on the Bat-costumes and an earring on Robin caused controversy - it even bothered Batman creator Bob Kane. Schumacher said he wanted the costumes to have an anatomic look, while the earring was supposed to make Robin more hip.
  • Actors Kimberly Scott (I) (Bruce's assistant) and Michael Paul Chan (a worker at Wayne Enterprises) came back for Batman & Robin (1997), but in different roles, playing scientists at the Gotham Observatory. Joel Schumacher frequently uses them in his movies.
  • Michael Worth (II) tested for the role of Robin.
  • Olympic gymnast Mitchell Gaylord was a stunt double for 'Chris ODonnell (I).
  • Val Kilmer learned he was the new Batman while he was literally in a bat cave in Africa, doing research for another project. He accepted the role without reading the script. Val Kilmer and Joel Schumacher clashed frequently on the set. At one point, Schumacher had what he describes as a "shoving match" with Kilmer. 25 minutes of the film were digitally color corrected at 2K resolution - a very early example of digital grading for motion pictures.
  • The Scarecrow was originally going to make a cameo appearance but was scrapped because there where too many villains.
  • Scott Speedman tried out for the role of Robin
  • The scene where Dick Grayson sorts and dries his laundry using kung-fu moves was taken shot-by-shot from a similar scene in the Hong Kong film Yong zhe wu ju (1981) (aka "Dreadnaught").
  • After seeing him in this film, record producer George Martin (I) approached Jim Carrey about performing the song "I am the Walrus" for his Beatles tribute album "In My Life". Carrey accepted.
  • Joel Schumacher had asked Bono of U2 to reprise his role of Macphisto that he played during the band's ZOOTV tour, but Bono denied, saying that when ZOOTV ended so did Macphisto, so instead U2 contributed the song "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" to the soundtrack.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio screen tested for the role of Robin.
  • After Tim Burton (I) stepped down as director, Sam Raimi (then a popular "cult" director) offered his services to the studio. He never got the job because the studio felt he wasn't a big enough name. Raimi went on to become a big name by directing Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004).
  • The character Dr. Chase Meridian was given her first name as a pun, since she spends most of the film chasing after Batman.
  • Robin Williams (I) was approached for the role of the Riddler, but he refused to consider the role unless Warner Bros. apologized for its previous behavior in casting the Joker. See the trivia for Batman (1989).
  • After the Batmobile rides up the wall to escape from Two-Face, there was going to be a car chase on the rooftops of Gotham. Due to time and money constraints, this idea was scrapped and used in the next film, Batman & Robin (1997)
  • The Batmobile was usually driven by stunt drivers, but 'Chris ODonnell (I) insisted on driving it himself in the joyride scene - but he crashed it into a curb and dented a fender.
  • Reportedly, the role of Robin was narrowed down to two finalists: 'Chris ODonnell (I) and Leonardo DiCaprio. In order to decide who should get the role, the producers went to a comic book convention and asked groups of 11 year old boys (the target audience of the film) who would win a fight between the two actors. O'Donnell was overwhelmingly chosen by the boys as the winner of the fight and ultimately he won the role.

 

 

 

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