Friday, November 27, 2020

Batman Forever Merchandise Review – Audiobook by Time Warner

Although I posted the Batman Forever audiobook a couple of years ago (click here if you missed it) I've not yet posted my thought on it so here's a quick review.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Friday, November 13, 2020

Batman Forever Merchandise Review – Deluxe Talking Riddler figure by Kenner

Kenner made a lot of great figures for Batman Forever and this is definitely near the top. A movie accurate Riddler figure - the white suit that he wears in the final confrontation on Claw Island. It comes with an oversized cane and a huge backpack that repeats 3 phrases through it's tiny speaker that are just about decipherable.

Anyway, this is a must if you can find it and it still works.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Magazine Article: Batman Forever Official Poster Magazine 1

So I've scanned all 6 of the official movie poster magazines. There's were essential big A2 posters that folded down to A4 size and had articles on the back.

Because it's difficult to scan and stitch together I've not scanned the poster side, just the text. It's a little disjointed but hopefully the articles are readable.

First up we've got a little background to the movie - setting it up as an all new Batman adventure - and then a quick profile on Tommy Lee Jones who is quoted as he's "had a lot of fun" making the movie.









Friday, October 30, 2020

Batman Forever Merchandise Review – FM Radio Medallion by MGA

Saw this on eBay and had to get it. This is a practice known as "Logo Slapping" when a movie is coming out you start slapping the logo on any product you can get your hands on.

So here we have a little FM radio with the Batman Forever logo pitched at kids. I love how they've tried to hedge their bets and suggest using it as a belt buckle if you're a boy or medallion if you're a girl.

Anyway, needless to say, this is an unessential purchase but watch the video anyway.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Magazine Article: Film Review Magazine August 1995

This week we're looking at the super generically titled Film Review magazine. We've got an interesting interview with Val Kilmer who talks through his career in self deprecating style. He seems genuinely happy with the role (which is at odds with more recent comments he's made). He also stops the interview to halt when the interviewer tries to cheekily hint at the gay connotations of Batman and Robin.

Capping off the feature is a review of the film - 4 stars!











Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Miscellaneous Content: Photo of Stephen Goldblatt on set

Here's a rare photo of Stephen Goldblatt - the director photography - on the set of Batman Forever with Nicole Kidman setting up a shot (I think) where the camera pulls out of the hole in the bank wall.


Friday, October 16, 2020

Batman Forever Merchandise Review – The Official Movie Book by Michael Singer

I had a request to cover this on my YouTube channel. This is the Official Movie Book by Michael Singer - a look at the behind the scenes of the movie. Interviews with the cast, concept artwork, behind the scenes photos, thoughts from the crew. Really great stuff. 

The practice of making Official Movie Books like this has somewhat faded since it's heyday in the 1990s. Back then, before the internet this WAS the only way to see behind the scenes stuff. Sure it's all sanitised and studio-approved soundbites but 

I had this as a kid and absolutely loved pouring over it. Pretty much all of the concept art and interesting pictures I've already scanned for the website. So don't feel like you're missing anything.

As a bonus, I also take a quick look at the books for Batman (1989), Batman Returns and Batman & Robin and I also flick through the Official Magazine of Batman Forever. Again, that has been scanned for this website and can be viewed here.

Anyway, I cannot recommend the Official Movie Book enough. It's a treasure trove of material and copies fly around on eBay, Amazon, Abebooks for pennies. You've got no excuse to have a copy on your shelf.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Magazine Article: Sunday Mirror June 25 1995

Here's another Sunday newspaper magazine. This time Chris O'Donnell is on hand to give the gossip on Batman Forever. As always he comes across as fun and energetic in his interviews. One thing I never realised is that he actually had his hair dyed black to play Dick Grayson.





Friday, October 9, 2020

Magazine Article: News of the World Sunday Magazine June 21 1995

News of the World is a UK tabloid newspaper. This is from their Sunday pull out magazine imaginatively titled... Sunday. It's more of a profile piece on Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell's careers rather than looking at Batman Forever. Got to admit it's kind of amusing how trashy it is - getting quoted from "close friends" rather than the actors themselves.

Hope you enjoy the stunning goofy pictures of young Val and Chris. Apologies if this is tough to read, whoever designed this picked a terrible backdrop.






Friday, October 2, 2020

Batman Forever Merchandise Review - Guardians of Gotham figures by Kenner

This week we're looking at the Guardians of Gotham 2 pack from Kenner featuring probably the most movie accurate representations of Batman and Robin how they appeared in the movie... well the last 20 minutes anyway. 

It's great to have figures that look like how they do in the film but the lunging poses make them a little hard to stand up (Robin in particular is terrible at standing). And the accessories of a tiny grapple and batarang are a little stingy.

Anyway, this is still a must have purchase from the line. If you only want a couple of figures for your shelf to represent the movie, these are the ones you're looking for. Just grab some blu tack.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Magazine Article: US Weekly July 1995 Issue

Neat little article here revealing the "secrets" of Batman Forever. Nice little bitesize facts about the production. Lots of tiny concept art that on this website already in larger scale. Just click on the Concept Art button on the right.

Most interesting is the costume design painting for Chase's Nygmatech party dress. I haven't seen this anywhere else.










Friday, September 25, 2020

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Merchandise Review: Deluxe Martial Arts Robin figure from Kenner

Back to the Kenner reviews. This time we're looking at one of the Deluxe figures - the only Deluxe Robin figure - Martial Arts Robin. I guess this is to tie into the deleted scene where Robin practices martial arts on a wooden dummy with Two-Face's face taped to it.

It's an odd experiment from Kenner to see if there was a market for super posable figures. For me it's a miss - it's a really wobbly figure and nothing much about it feels Deluxe.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Magazine Article: Empire July 1995 Issue 74

Recently picked up this copy of Empire - a magazine I remember collecting for a few years as a teenager in the late 90s. It's one of the best UK film magazines ever. Even handed reviews, insightful interviews and great columnists like Kim Newman.

One of the really funny things I noticed flicking through it was how many adverts there are for cigarettes in it!

Anyway, lots of good stuff in here. Joel Schumacher once again is interviewed and we get a concrete quote that he chased Robin Williams for "about a year" to play the Riddler and he was interested but kept putting off signing on.

Oh the film is given a three star review.