New information about Batman Forever was released. Apparently, there is an extended edition of the famous cult movie. Will we see it someday?
Although what Joel Schumacher did with Batman is bittersweetly remembered by fans of the character, the Dark Knight movies that had his direction are seen as cult classics. If you are a fan of this stylized and otherwise caricatured version, we have good news for you! It was confirmed that there is an extended version of Batman Forever.
This information was provided by writer Marc Bernadin, who was invited to Kevin Smith's Fatman Beyond podcast (via ScreenGeek). There, he mentioned the following: “I know from a very good source that there is a 170-minute Batman Forever cut in the Warner Bros. vault. I think he was delving deeper into his child psychology and mental blocks, it's a darker, more serious version of the movie that was one of the first cuts Joel put together with the studio and eventually cut it because they said, 'It's too dark for kids. '”.
What was the change due to?
Batman Forever was the first film from the early Bat Man era on the screen that did not feature Tim Burton's direction., who previously had already been in charge of two feature films focused on Bruce Wayne. At that time, the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas cited creative differences with WB as the main reason for his departure from the project, but there are multiple reports that suggest that in reality what motivated the production house to choose another direction were complaints from parents, who mentioned that the darkness of the previous productions was not appropriate for their young children.
This is what Bernadin had to say about it: "(They said)‘We have to sell those Happy Boxes, so maybe we shouldn't spend as much time on the childhood trauma of murder. We have Jim Carrey, let's let him do his thing. ’” Regarding the extended edition of Batman Forever, it is unknown if it will ever be released. But while we wait to see what happens, we tell you why Michael Keaton left Batman Forever.
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