Friday, July 30, 2021

Batman Forever Merchandise Review - Crimefighter Watch from Amitron

Quick one this week, looking at another of the watches that were made to tie in with Batman Forever. 

This is the one I wear on a daily basis. It's reasonably grown up looking from a distance. 

So far only my wife has ever spotted it has Batman on it. Everyone else either hasn't noticed or are too polite to question why a 37 year old man is wearing a Batman watch.

Friday, July 23, 2021

External link: I Read Movies Podcast covers Batman Forever by Peter David

One of the best podcasts that I've been listening to recently is I Read Movies in which host Paxton Holley breaks down all the changes from a movie compared to its novelisation. 

Novelisations are fascinating at times because 1) often authors are given licence to include their own material and 2) because they have to start writing so far in advance they will usually adapt the original script which can often differ from what gets shot.

Most recently Pax covered the Batman Forever novelisation by Peter David. If you've never read the book (which can be found as an ebook here) this is a nice way of finding out what's different.

Here's the link to the podcast. Be sure to check out his other episodes too, he's also covered Batman and Batman Returns by Craig Shaw Gardner.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Batman Forever Merchandise Review - Custom Fibreglass Batman Head

Another eBay find that's going to become a long term project. Managed to pick up this fibreglass head of Val Kilmer in the Sonar Suit cowl recently. It's a little rough and needs patching up but I think it has the potential to become the jewel in the crown of my collection... if I can get it painted right. Will update you on my progress. As always any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, July 9, 2021

External link: Batman Forever ebook at Retro Reading Time

I'm a big fan of the Peter David novelisation of Batman Forever. If you haven't read it you'll be pleased to know that some enterprising person has painstakingly converted it into an ebook that you can read on any tablet or computer.

Here's the link to the page

There’s also conversions of Batman (1989) and Batman Returns as well as a host of other movie, tv and video game novelisations. I've recently become a bit obsessed about reading novelisations and this website is worth it's weight in gold.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Batman Forever Merchandise Review - Batarang 1:1 Scale Model from Phoenix Models

Managed to snag a very interesting (and likely very unofficial) prop on eBay a few months back. Made by a company called Phoenix Models it's a resin Batarang based on the one used at the end of the film - the one that Batman uses to destroy Nygma's Brain Sucking machine. Can't wait to get this painted and put together - I'll give another update when it's finished. The question is can I put a hinge in it so it slides together like it does in the film? Any advice in the comments below would be welcome.