Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'
What is your favorite Batman movie? For Neal Gabler – hands down! – it’s THE DARK NIGHT.
It’s amazing, truly, last night, Mr. Gabler talked about “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin, and didn’t ONCE mention the name of Chris O’Donnell.
Also, does Mr. Gabler really think that “Batman Forever” has earned the status of a classic.
“Batman” maybe, but never, never “Batman Forever”.
It’s amazing, truly, last night, Mr. Gabler talked about “Batman Forever” and “Batman and Robin”, and didn’t ONCE mention the name of Chris O’Donnell.
Also, does Mr. Gabler really think that “Batman Forever” has earned the status of a classic? “Batman” maybe, but never, never “Batman Forever”.
Agreed, rayban. “Batman Forever” (along with “Batman and Robin”) is a great example of how not to make a film based on a comic book character.
Joel Schumacher, who directed both films, though he wanted to resurrect the camp from the 1960s TV series, but didn’t realize the Tim Burton films got the Dark Knight down pat. The generation gap is pretty big.
Roy, would you give classic status to Tim Burton’s “Batman”? I agree, Schumacher’s films are very influenced by the 1960’s TV series.
Y’know The Dark Knight was a welcome respite with its strong focus on character over CGI and the late Heath Ledger’s outstanding performance. But can Hollywood otherwise get off the comic book super hero obsession already? I would welcome the return of ORIGINAL characters, scripts and stories. Movies like “Batman” with Jack Nicholson and especially “Batman Forever” might belong on the TBS or WGN Saturday afternoon movie, but I find it odd that they appear on Reel 13 “Classics.”
Without a doubt, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. It keeps Batman as a handdrawn character, so you needn’t see live action actors running around in tights or rubber suits, expecting audiences to take them the least bit seriously. The film is not an origin story, but it tells us far more about Batman’s motivations that any of the live action films combined. It is dark, brooding and violent but it’s also a fun film to watch.
The best Batman movie in recent years is Batman: Under The Red Hood. It’s an animated movie and you can see it on Netflix. It’s dark, well acted, and gritty. It’s exactly what a Batman movie should be.
Check it out you’ll thank me.
without a doubt batman & robin