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Sam Karns
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Posted: 28 April 2019 at 2:21pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Mr. Byrne, what was your opinion of the casting of Val Kilmer as the Cape Crusader?  Appearance, and production photos and what you saw of him in the movie Batman Forever?  Was he an improvement to Michael Keaton and do you feel he should've played the character again in a sequel?  
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Simply put, I didnít really care for any big screen interpretation of Batman/Bruce Wayne until Christian Bale, and sadly, that went south quickly.
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I felt that in an actually not-shitty movie, George Clooney could have been a great Batman.
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I felt that in an actually not-shitty movie, George Clooney could have been a great Batman.

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IMO, Clooney would make a better Wonder Man than Batman.
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Posted: 29 April 2019 at 10:13am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Val Kilmer was not that movie's biggest problem, but he didn't help. 
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Vinny Valenti
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Kilmer acted like all of his scenes were shot at 3am with only 90 minutes of sleep.
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Steve De Young
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Kilmer acted like all of his scenes were shot at 3am with only 90 minutes of sleep.
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With the exception of Tombstone, this could be equally posted in a thread about every movie he's ever been in.
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I felt that in an actually not-shitty movie, George Clooney could have been a great Batman. 
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I disagree.  Clooney today has expanded on his actual acting chops since then, but he's still a better producer than actor.  At the time he was in Batman and Robin, he was playing the smirky, lovable action hero in pretty much everything.  Schumacher pretty clearly saw his movie as a bigger budget version of the Adam West TV show.  And to play Adam West's Batman, Clooney of that era was a fairly inspired pick.  His Batman fit into that movie perfectly.
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Matt Hawes
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"From Dusk Til Dawn" proved to me that George Clooney has the chops to play Batman. He wasn't all smirky or lovable, and that was in the same era as "Batman and Robin." I also think he was great in "O' Brother, Where Art Thou." 

The studio, script, and Schumacher are why "Batman and Robin" failed. The actors pretty much did as they were directed. 
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 29 April 2019 at 2:08pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Val Kilmer never was right for the role of Batman,  but even though Keaton did a better a thing job, he wasn't right, either.

About Kilmer, here is a fun scene from "Life's Too Short" with Warrick Davis, and him playing Batman:



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Bill Collins
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"Kilmer acted like all of his scenes were shot at 3am
with only 90 minutes of sleep"

Wasn`t that Clooney`s excuse, as he was filming ER
during the day and Batman at night?
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Greg McPhee
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The one thing I will say in Batman Forever's favour is that it did try to delve in to Bruce Wayne / Batman more rather than focus on the villains, as Burton did.

The Batman Forever novel uses the Batchler's original script as it's basis before being re-written by Akiva Goldsman, and there is much more involving Bruce / Batman in that novel.
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