* AuthorsSavingThrow: Though held to higher esteem, the Burton movies were criticized over how loose Batman was about [[ThouShaltNotKill not killing his enemies]]. One of the things this movie was praised for was showing Batman being more thoughtful about that, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters as he found himself becoming what he hated]].
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Two particularly memorable singles from the movie, "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" by Music/{{U2}} and "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal (which won him four Grammys, including Song of the Year). Elliot Goldenthal's score [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pexxk6tMKLQ was not too shabby either]], but your mileage may vary as to whether or not it was up to snuff with DannyElfman's music.
** The ''soundtrack'' is top-notch, including covers of "The Passenger" and "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game", "Smash It Up", "8", and one that's totally appropriate for The Riddler: "Bad Days".
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Dick Grayson's kung-fu laundry.
** Alfred had the same reaction the audience did.
* ContestedSequel: It's considered either fun despite being inferior and LighterAndSofter, or just outright disgraceful. On the other hand some people prefer it over its [[Film/BatmanReturns predecessor]] for giving Batman more screentime, and treating him more heroic rather than the borderline sociopath.
** Val Kilmer as Batman is considered either a [[WhatTheHellCastingAgency travesty of casting]], or the first and so far only time an actor has really gotten and portrayed the modern version of the character (he's Batman all the time, whether in or out of the suit, and Bruce Wayne is the costume he wears). To Kilmer's credit, however, Bob Kane stated that he was his favorite actor to play Batman.
* EarWorm: "Nygma Variations (Ode to Science)", especially the last part of it which utilizes OneWomanWail.
* FashionVictimVillain: The Riddler in spades. Two-Face's penchant for pink also qualifies.
* FranchiseOriginalSin: The movie adds a lot more humor, big-scale action sequences, memorable architecture along with a more form-fitting Batsuit that looked (and was, for the actor) more mobile. These elements worked in its favor for being somewhat truer to the comics, but retrospectively ''Film/{{Batman and Robin}}'' was criticized for all those things (campy humor, gratuitously grandiose action, outright {{Bizarrchitecture}} and the nipples on the batsuit) such that it was distracting rather than immersive.
* FridgeLogic/FridgeHorror: Sure Batman wins in the end, but there's still a handful of thugs out there who may or may not know that he's really Bruce Wayne behind the mask.
* HamAndCheese: Downside; the first movie in the franchise to have [[WTHCostumingDepartment Bat-Nipples™]]. Upside; Creator/JimCarrey babbling about "brainwave manipulation", stating that his neon wardrobe keeps him "safe while jogging at night." Ham and cheese on rye.
** Creator/TommyLeeJones, who seemed to have a rip-roaring good time playing Two-Face.
* HarsherInHindsight: The movie, while not up to the Burton/Keaton standard, was really not that bad on its own merits, and Creator/JimCarrey's Riddler was actually quite well received. Unfortunately ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' was so bad it actually made this movie look worse by association.
* HilariousInHindsight: The rejected "Captain Kill" wardrobe design from Nygma's blueprints is a dead-ringer for Colonel Stars and Stripes, Carrey's character in ''KickAss2''. (This works on multiple levels, as Carrey disowned both.)
** Creator/SamRaimi lobbied to direct a movie where a SadisticChoice basically boiled down to TheHero having to decide between his civilian LoveInterest or his superhero life and getting out of it by TakingAThirdOption. [[Film/SpiderMan Sounds familiar...]]
** [[ThreeDMovie 3D TVs]] in your own home? ItWillNeverCatchOn. (But no, it still won't)
** Dick Grayson claiming he's Batman. Or mayber a reverse version since he was handed the mantle briefly in 1994 for the Progidal storyline.
** Both Two-Face and ''Film/TheDarkKnight'''s Joker commandeer a semi in the same fashion.
-->'''Two-Face''': *shoves driver out of the way* We'll drive, thank you!
-->'''Joker''': *pushes lifeless mook out of the way* Excuse me! I wanna drive!
** Even better, Two-Face's MotiveRant in the beginning, about why the flip of a coin is the only kind of justice, is similar to what the Joker would feed Harvey in ''The Dark Knight''.
* HoYay: Two Face and the Riddler are getting pretty affectionate towards the end of the film. They were ''cuddling''.
** The Riddler's last outfit change is inspired in Two Face's half suit half Elton John outfit. And he acts like a fanboy when he sees Two Face on Tv for the first time. Two Face is what inspires him to become a villain, and the first person he goes to see after his dramatic change. Fanboy much?
** FoeYay: The screenwriters and Jim Carrey describe Nygma's obsession with Bruce as "love" and "like a stalker".
* InNameOnly: Debatable. Some fans think Two-Face in this movie is more or less the Joker in personality, with Tommy Lee Jones even giving a performance similar to Jack Nicholson's. There is an internet joke that Two-Face is Nicholson Joker #2 and Riddler is Nicholson Joker #3.
** Strangely, there were times Jones seemed to channel [[{{Series/Batman}} Cesar Romero]] instead...
* MagnumOpusDissonance: Most people don't have very strong views on Val Kilmer as Batman with the kindest opinion being that he was good but had bad material to work with. Despite this, Bob Kane (Batman's creator) thought he played the role best.
* MemeticMutation: Riddle me this, riddle me that...
** It just raises too many questions.
** It's the car, right? Chicks love the car.
** The Bat-Signal is not a beeper.
* MisBlamed: Joel Schumacher is a big, big Batman fan and wanted to adapt ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''. It was the studio that forced him to go the LighterAndSofter route.
* MoralEventHorizon: The film has an InUniverse example. Fred Stickley decides Edward Nygma went over by using him as a guinea pig for his [[BuffySpeak brain manipulation device thing]]. Despite being an overall awesome and funny villain, Nygma really went over later in the same scene by pushing Stickley out the window for firing him and trying to report him to the proper authorities. He cements it when he tampers with the security log to make it look like a suicide, without caring one whistle about the repercussions it would have for Stickley's loved ones.
* NarmCharm: This is a very silly film, but it's acted and directed well enough that you can't watch it without at least one cheesy grin.
* OnlyTheCreatorDoesItRight: The first non-Burton directed Batman movie, and also the one where the quality clearly started to decline.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames: The 16-bit games, published by Acclaim, is a platformer/fighter using ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''-style controls. It was met with mediocre reviews. [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading It also had huge loading times]] in the {{SNES}}/Super Famicom version. Easily one of the most frustrating of the games, in part because it combines the clunkiness of a BeatEmUp with the blind jumps of a platformer(!), causing most players to become stumped on the very first screen. For this reason, WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd gives this particular game a ''well-deserved'' ripping apart during his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFvtk5toGJg two]]-[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dvs6JDSBqoE part]] Batman special. It might be worth taking the game for a spin, as it does experiment with some novel ideas.
** There were also 8-bit versions (GameBoy, GameGear) as well as a PC version that was similar to the SNES game with added CGI cutscenes. A 32X version was cancelled. A different game inspired by the same movie was released on the arcades, also by Acclaim. It was more similar to traditional sidescrolling brawlers like FinalFight. There were ports for PlayStation, SegaSaturn and PC. All these versions were panned by players and critics alike and Batman Forever as a video game became synonymous with TheProblemWithLicensedGames.
%%* SoBadItsGood
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The ingredients for a great story were all there: Batman questioning his identity and revisiting his origins. Batman discovering a child who has lost his parents much like him and trying to turn him away from the path of vengeance that consumed him. A villain smart enough to discover Batman's identity and destroy his lair. The inclusion of Two-Face, a very tragic and complex character. All of these plots combined should have made an excellent film. Sadly, too much focus was placed on camp and action and not enough on plot.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Despite its uneven and sometimes downright goofy tone, both Val Kilmer and Chris O'Donnell give pretty sincere performances as Batman and Robin, respectively.
** And Michael Gough as Alfred.
* VindicatedByHistory: A very mild example. People still don't care much for the film and cite it as the moment the series went downhill but are at least willing to admit that it was nowhere near the catastrophe that ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' was.
** Actually an inversion. It was received more favorably when it first came out. After ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' Forever got lumped with its successor and became known as the "downhill of the franchise"
* WTHCastingAgency: The script clearly indicates that Dick Grayson is supposed to be pretty young (early to mid-teens, probably). They cast Chris O'Donnell, who was 25 at the time and looks it. This makes a lot of the scenes focusing on his character creepy, nonsensical, or both.
** Especially since he's referred to as a "boy" on multiple occasions, and explicitly so in the novelization.
** Oddly, there's a {{Lampshade}} hung on O'Donnell's age, when Bruce refers to "Dick Grayson, college student" as Dick's future "secret identity".
*** This all is essentially bad enough to create a gigantic FridgeLogic PlotHole: Dick is obviously an adult, and no one ''really'' acts like he's not an adult (including allowing him to drive a car and/or motorcycle). So why does he get brought to Bruce Wayne's mansion and act like he has to wait for the authorities to leave before he tries to head off and catch the circus? He never should have had to leave it if he didn't want to, if he's a legal adult. Essentially, it's clear that someone involved was worried about the old child endangerment complaint regarding Batman having young sidekicks, cast an adult to alleviate them, but no one bothered to address the oddities this created in the plotline.
*** He was supposed to be playing a teenager. It's an obvious case of DawsonCasting.
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