2.39 – BATMAN FOREVER (1995) and Addiction

The next in the franchise — and the first Joel Schumacher film — is the 1995 commercial hit BATMAN FOREVER. Rob and Sam have…differing views of the film, but then we dive into comic-book adaptations, colour symbolism, and casting decisions.

This Week’s Media
FANBOYS (2009): Kyle Newman, Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2011): David Fincher, Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
TOMBSTONE (1993): George P. Cosmatos, Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer
FALLING DOWN (1993): Joel Schumacher, Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007): the Coen brothers, Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem
WEST SIDE STORY (1961): Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins, Natalie Wood
Not much further reading this week, but here’s that article about the various choices made in the process of getting the film produced: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/batman-forever-story-behind-surprise-802804. This looks like a version that one of us would have much preferred: http://www.denofgeek.com/uk/movies/batman-forever/46489/batman-forever-the-version-we-never-got-to-see. Rob mentions Watchmen; to remove any doubt, he meant the comic, the first in the series of which is one of the greatest books ever written (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmen), rather than the distinctly lacklustre film version (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchmen_(film)). And finally, this is a good article (and video) on the symbolic uses of colo[u]r in film: http://nofilmschool.com/2016/06/watch-psychology-color-film.