Now Joel Schumacher takes over on Batman Forever to begin and much more campy franchise . I remember some news just before it was released that Michael Keaton wasn't returning. I was pretty disappointed and the reason was he was too small which I thought was ridicules considering he played a brilliant Batman. Filling the batman boots was Val Kilmer who I thought was quite good. This film finally introduces Robin played by Chris O'Donnell who I thought did a pretty decent job but he was part of the camp Batman era which was a shame. They changed the batmobile slightly giving a more jazzy look.
The villains were two-face played by Tommy Lee Jones who was a larger than life character and Jim Carrey which was hilarious as usual. Nicole Kidman played the sexy female of the film and Bruce Wayne's love interest Dr. chase Meridian. She was ok in the film.
I thought Forever was really entertaining but that's it. Everyone knows Schumacher made it far too campy but I still enjoyed it just for what it was.
Now to the worst Batman film in the franchise. I wont spend much time on this film because it would be a waste of time. George Clooney replaces Val Kilmer and he had to be the worst choice ever and probably the worst role he's ever played. They managed to get back Chris O'Donnell to play Robin again. They even introduced batgirl thats how bad the film was.
The villains were Mr Freeze played by good old Schwarzenegger which was a career killer for him "your not sending me to the cooler". Infact it was a career killer for anyone who starred in the film. Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy and the other cool villain was Bane but they ruined his character by making him some dumb moron that couldn't speak.
I wont go into the plot or anything else because there no point. Basically just don't waste your time with this one.
Now Nolan takes over and brings back the much darker Batman film again. Don't get me wrong I think he did a good job with Begins but it didn't do it for me. I found to many annoying things with it. For a start I realize they wanted to tell Batman's origin story but I wouldn't have gone for the whole ninja thing. I didn't see why he couldn't train in his caves making obstacles and what not to make himself stronger and practice fighting in the shadows of the cave or even on the rooftops of Gotham City.
The actors were all great obviously with Christian Bale doing amazing now even playing John Connor in the up coming Terminator film. The main annoying thing I found with Bale was the voice when Batman, it sounded so corny when he puts on the hard man talk. And the line at the end of the film when he speaks to Katie Holmes "Its not what I do but the way I do them" or something like that which just topped off all the corniness I found in the film. I felt it was all too dramatized to make it more intense and I got bored with it to tell you the truth.
I thought it was great to see the Scarecrow because he's a villain I wished Burton put in one of his films but you hardly see him in the film which is a shame because the actor who played him was quite good. Another villain is a ninja played by Liam Neeson who does a good job but I much prefer a villain that we all know. Elfred was now played by Michael Cane who for me was ok its was just the whole cockney accent that seemed a bit off since we were used to a more well spoken one.
Instead of the batmobile they replaced it with a tumbler which I wasn't to keen on. It did rip through the city which was really cool but I still preferred the batmobile from Burtons films. Another thing I didn't quite get with Gotham City in Begins was a complete shit-hole in the middle of a nice city. Shouldn't the whole city be rough instead of just a small part in the middle. I also thought that Batman overused his grapple gun especially at the end. I just feel the film is quite overrated.
I have no problem with modernizing the Batman films its just how they did it, Begins felt more like Batman Beyond than the old Batman we know. People dislike 89 for their own reasons and these are mine on Begins. I didn't hate the film over all but you know the reasons why I dislike it.
Over all I think Begins is better than Schumacher's films by a mile but still not as good as Burtons in my opinion.
Now to talk about the The Dark Knight. I can defiantly say I enjoyed more than Begins. Mostly because there were main villains we all know the Joker and Two-Face even though he had a small part. Its quite weird even with he scarecrow popping up which seemed quite random and then that's it you don't see him again. There was plenty of good action and the story was decent enough. I was surprised how good the cast was even Michael Jai White appearing who played Spawn. A shame he couldn't play him again but maybe there do a reboot themselves with that film.
Ok my take on the whole Joker and who was better. I personally think ledger did a great job, there both very different Jokers and you can't really say who is better, its more about who you prefer. Ledger played a much more sadistic and messy Joker and Nicholson played a more menacing and theatrical Joker. Since I'm more of a Burton Batman fan anyway I would still prefer Nicholson over Ledger but I do think he did a great job at playing the Joker. You could see Ledger had allot of fun with it.
Christian Bale still spoke very corny as Batman which I always seem to cringe at. I really don't know why he talks like that, he tries to talk too much of a hard man. Keaton did the same but it was less aggressive and more suitable.
The main thing I didn't like about the film is that it dragged on way too long. I know Nolan wants to flesh out the characters but I felt it takes too long and by the time it gets to the action I'm half asleep where as Burtons it doesn't take too long for the next exciting thing to happen. Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over as the new girl in the film and was average if you ask me there nothing to shout about.The look of the film was very sleek and stylish but then this is a more modern and realistic Batman film. They didn't put the craphole part of the city that was in Begins because I never understood what it was doing right in the middle in the first place like I mentioned on the Begins film. I actually liked the Tumbler a bit more in this film, it was used more to good use and when it turned into that bike I have to admit it was pretty wicked.The whole mobile thing at the end just got too far fetched for me and I wasn't really interested in it.
Aaron Eckhart who played Harvey Dent did a great job in the film. When he turns into Two-face I have to say he looked really good and much more grittier than the Tommy Lee Jones version but that wasn't hard since those films were so camp and colourful.
The ending was ok but to be honest Im not bothered whether they make any more. Over all I think Nolan has done a good job on the new Batman films. They had to be changed some how and different and the only way to do that was to modernise them. He done that really well but I still prefer Burtons films simply because I find them more entertaining and fun.