‘Batman Forever‘ was a decent enough hit at the box office, with Val Kilmer in the title role and introducing Chris O’Donnell as Robin. Joel Schumacher helmed the third film in the franchise, taking over for eccentric director Tim Burton, who directed the first two Bat-movies. Unfortunately, Schumacher followed this hit movie up with ‘Batman And Robin’ a campy, over-the-top installment starring a clearly bored George Clooney in the lead role, with O’Donnell returning and ‘Clueless’ star Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl. The heroes were joined by a stilted Arnold Schwartzenegger as Mister Freeze and Uma Thurman as a Mae West-like Poison Ivy.
Plans were in place for another Batman movie, but after ‘Batman and Robin’ failed, the planned film ‘Batman: Triumphant’ which would have pit the heroes against the Scarecrow (reportedly played by Jeff Goldblum), was scrapped. Now Schumacher is set to revisit the Bat-universe in a comic book miniseries. The 12-issue series would revise the two films that Schumacher actually made, but would hew closer to what he actually intended, versus what the studio forced him to enact. And the comics will actually visit what the director had in store for the fifth movie that never happened, which would have also featured Harley Quinn, rumored to be played by Madonna at one point.
While I’m all for redemption, I think certain things just need to be left alone. I actually like ‘Batman Forever.’ ‘Batman and Robin’, not so much. I’m not sure we need to revisit this universe just yet. What do you think? Are you intrigued to see what Schumacher had plannned?