The Batman universe continues to fuel the passion of comic book readers and moviegoers. Since 1966 and the movie with Adam West, the Dark Knight has not left the big screen. With the release with great fanfare of “The Batman”, it is high time to make a classification of feature films devoted to the DC superhero.
Batman & Robin
It is unquestionably the worst movie ever Batman. Directed by Joel Schumacher in 1997, it is the laughingstock of the Batman universe. After a batman forever which has divided fans and critics, Warner once again entrusts the production of batman & robin to Joel Schumacher. On paper, the project had something to be exciting about, in particular thanks to a mind-blowing cast, made up of international stars of the time.
Arnold Schwarzenegger played Mister Freeze, Chris O’Donnell played Robin, Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy, and above all George Clooney became the new Batman. And then, for the first time, the story brought Batgirl to the forefront, which until now hadn’t had a place in the film adaptations.
But the result, we all know it. Batman & Robin is a turnip, a terribly kitsch and horribly ridiculous film. The script is sloppy, the action scenes are laughable, the sets are made of cardboard, the fluorescent colors destroy the eyes, the dialogues are weak and the costumes are burlesque. The actors are permanently overplayed and the characters are terribly caricatural. It’s simple, Joel Schumacher is like back in 1966 at the time of Adam West.
This batman & robin is a total failure, which amazes fans of the Dark Knight. On the box office side, the feature film only brought in $238 million in revenue (for a budget of 125 million), which buried the sequel project: batman unchained. Ridicule does not kill, but it hurts a lot all the same!
Back in 1966, where Leslie H. Martinson decides to adapt the cult series with Adam West in a long format. The comedian, star of the show, is back in the skin of Batman. Burt Ward takes over the role of Robin while the great Cesar Romero offers a remarkable performance as the Joker. So, of course, today, this Batman has taken quite a bit of time and is undeniably obsolete.
But at the time, the feature film was a joyful adaptation of the series, more oriented for a young audience. And yes, in the 1960s, comics were aimed at young people and they were not as dark and serious as they are today. This Batman is therefore a film in the image of its time. A work today is deeply kitsch and totally obsolete, which can still be appreciated in the second degree.
Before ransacking the Batman universe with batman & robin, Joel Schumacher directed batman forever. Released in 1995, the film is not particularly popular with fans, but it had people talking about it. At the time, Val Kilmer is chosen to take on the role of Batman. The opportunity for him to face two emblematic enemies: Double-sided played by Tommy Lee Jones and the mystery man camped by the inimitable Jim Carrey.
batman forever especially marked the spirits by the eccentric interpretation of Jim Carrey. The latter, freewheeling, offered a performance that was closer to the Joker than to the Riddler. But again, the comedian was an attraction on his own. However, batman forever just like its successor, is a terribly kitsch work, and light-years away from the dark and gothic vision of Tim Burton.
Lego Batman, The Movie
After the success of The Great Lego AdventureWarner decided to derive the concept with a film lego batman. Released in 2015, and directed by Chris McKay, the proposal is a generous but grueling coaster. The filmmaker is totally shooting making fun of the Batman universe and is more for fans hardcore than to the general public. A noisy, colorful, and eccentric film, it is not recommended for epileptics.
Very nice in its first part, punctuated by many references to the Dark Knight films, to the DC universe, and more broadly to the Warner Bros. universe, the feature film then locks itself into a blockbuster more classic, and quiet asphyxiating.
Batman, the Challenge
After the success of his first Batman, Tim Burton returned behind the camera in 1992 to direct Batman, the Challenge. Michael Keaton puts on the Batman costume for the second time and finds himself confronted with the Penguin, embodied by the unforgettable Danny DeVito. The rest of the cast consists of Michelle Pfeiffer as CatwomanChristopher Walken in Max Shreck or even