Michael Keaton returned in 1992 for Tim Burton's film Batman Returns and although all the characters in the film were based on the comic book characters, there was one that was created by Tim Burton. Max Shrek, played by Christopher Walken, was a character never to be seen in the comic books and has never been seen again since Batman Returns.
When Batman returned in 1995 with Batman Forever, he had a new face and a new director. Val Kilmer filled Michael Keaton's shoes and Joel Schumacher took over from Tim Burton. I've got to be honest, I think if it wasn't for Jim Carrey playing the Riddler, I wouldn't of enjoyed the film as much as I did. After being released, the film was badly reviewed.
After the Batman films were put on the rocks by critics, the films well and truly crumbled when the franchise returned with Batman & Robin, with George Clooney as Batman. The film was pretty terrible and has to be my least favourite Batman film, along with George Clooney as my least favourite actor to play Batman.
Michael Keaton was not a fan of wearing the suit and found it nearly impossible to turn his head because it was so skin-tight. Wearing the suit sent him into a panic at first, but as Keaton describes, it actually ended up helping him realize that it functioned as a bizarre security blanket for Bruce Wayne.
Jack Nicholson nearly turned down the role, so Warner Brothers offered it to Robin Williams as bait for Nicholson. Once he heard that Williams had been offered (and had accepted) the role, he decided to take it. Williams was so furious they used him as bait, he turned down the role of The Riddler in Batman Forever and wouldn’t star in any Warner Brothers productions until they apologised.
There was going to be a fifth instalment to the franchise when it was set to return with Batman Triumphant. The films was going to be the fifth movie in the franchise until Batman & Robin was a horrible flop. In the script, Scarecrow was to be the main villain and in one of Batman’s hallucinations, Jack Nicholson was going to return as The Joker that would appear to frighten him.
That's it for this week's The Evolution of Batman! Next Week: Batman: The Video Games.