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Batman Forever (1995)

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NOTE: This commentary is only on the October 2005 2-disc special edition. Prior DVD releases did not have any commentaries.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Joel Schumacher Rating:7.1/10 (9 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by stuartbannerman on March 20th, 2007:Find all reviews by stuartbannerman
Similar in content to other Joel Schumacher commentaries. This one takes us through the decisions made by Warner for the re-invention of the franchinse, why they opted to go kid friendly and the things that were put in this film (and Batman & Robin) in order to make the film more family orientated and less dark.
Joel is always interesting to listen to and i am slowly finding him to be one of my favourite DVD commentators. Mainly because he seems to be a very relaxed person and a very nice person also.
He doesnt overwhelm us with info but does give us enough to learn more about the film and the people behind it.
Reviewed by The Cubist on March 21st, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
He talks about how it was his job to reinvent the franchise. He still canít believe all the uproar caused by the nipples on the Batsuit. Amazingly, he claims that some Warner Brothers executives did not want him to cast Nicole Kidman because she wasnít sexy enough! Schumacher goes on to praise Val Kilmer as the best Batman of the series in this baffling track, but, hey, you have to give him credit for having the guts to defend this train wreck of a movie.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on February 22nd, 2013:Find all reviews by Hungry Baz
Unlike Tim Burton, he doesn't stutter, interrupt himself, and can't figure out what he's going to say.

It's like he has a list of things he wants to say in this track. Also, it doesn't suffer from "Director has seen the movie in a while so he's going to watch it" syndrome.

I enjoyed this track.

He doesn't point things that'll never happen in real life "but it's a Batman movie."
Reviewed by robmanley311 on June 15th, 2014:Find all reviews by robmanley311
Joel seems nice and decent so i forgive his commentary for not being a ten but it's better than Tim burton's tone. For laughs and brains go to Kevin Smith's podcast Fatman on Batman. On #58&59 Marc Bernardin is back in the fatcave with sir Kevin Smith and they deliver again on fun with a 3rd Batman sync-commentary that you can find on itunes or smodcast.com!
Reviewed by TylerMirage on October 2nd, 2016:Find all reviews by TylerMirage
I pretty much have to parrot what the four reviewers above me have said. This is a pretty good commentary. Not the best, but better than Burton's. Joel comes off as a naturally relaxed, calm and good-hearted person, so his commentaries feel more like a "feet on the coffee table discussion" (to paraphrase someone else on the site) rather than like he's being forced to relive a bad experience or simply checking items off of a list. You get the feeling that he enjoys filmmaking, this movie in particular and even just rewatching the movie in general.

A lot of light is shed on the (derided) decisions that went into changing the overall tone of his movies from Burton's.

As Hungry Baz said, one of Joel's favourite phrases in the commentary is "But hey, it's a Batman movie" when trying to hand-wave away some of the less-than-sound logic (Batmobile should be destroyed after this chase, etc.).

If you love this movie, I recommend the commentary. If you hate this movie, I still recommend it, because you might just shift some blame from Joel to other parties.