Val Kilmer Reflects On BATMAN FOREVER

Val Kilmer suited up as Batman in the 1995 theatrical release of Batman Forever, during the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo he talked a little bit about his experience on the film.

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By Jake "WaylonJones" Lester - 4/18/2012

When most people talk about the movie Batman Forever it is met with more jeers than it is cheers. Val Kilmer was at the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo where he talked about the film. "The cast was pretty amazing, and we spent a lot of time hanging out,” Kilmer said. Jim Carey is who he hung out with the most because he had just lost his father, and Kilmer said he could relate having lost his father just before he filmed Tombstone.

One of the more interesting bits from Kilmer was his take on the Batsuit he had to wear. He said that it took him an hour to get into and that he could not do it by himself. "You can’t hear because there are really no earholes in it. Also you can’t turn your head and you can’t go to the bathroom by yourself. Plus, you fall over quite easily. It was like wearing a wetsuit that was several times tighter than one anyone else would wear, and then when you add the cape it’s almost psychedelic," he recalled. Kilmer joked by saying wearing the suit must be what being old is like saying, "No one really listens to you any more. You can’t really talk or hear. You’re always falling over and someone has to help you go to the bathroom and get dressed."

Not surprisingly he was also asked his take on Christopher Nolan's Batman saga. Kilmer had nothing but praise for the films saying what Nolan has done is what he hoped they would have did. He also said he suggested that they talk to Batman fans, "Directors like Spielberg and George Lucas don’t wonder what kids think. They go ask them. That was my suggestion: ‘Why don’t we talk to the people who really love Batman?’" He also offered up his reasons as to why his tenure as Batman wasn't as successful as it could have been by saying they kind of got carried away with the idea of the bad guy being immune to rules. "Things became cute. It’s entertaining, but I think what they’re doing with the Batman films now is more in the original spirit of the character," he said.

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RunDTC - 4/18/2012, 10:00 AM
when I think of Kilmer, I don't think of Batman Forever. I think of Doc Holliday!
KaneVonDoom - 4/18/2012, 10:01 AM
I think Val was actually a pretty good Bruce Wayne... The movie just had too much cheese.
nailbiter111 - 4/18/2012, 10:03 AM
yeah he was a great doc holliday.
SpiderFan35 - 4/18/2012, 10:03 AM

Couldn't resist lol.
MarkJulian - 4/18/2012, 10:04 AM
He was actually one of the better Batmen.
Mrcool210 - 4/18/2012, 10:08 AM
not a bad batman, miles better then clooney
KungFuKoala - 4/18/2012, 10:22 AM
He comes across as such a genuine and nice guy. Nothing like how he is portrayed by those in the industry who claim to have worked with him.
valeriesghost - 4/18/2012, 10:22 AM
I enjoyed the movie as a kid, and i've always like Val.
KNIGHT3000 - 4/18/2012, 10:22 AM
When I think of Kilmer, I think of the KNIGHT 3000.


KNIGHT3000 - 4/18/2012, 10:27 AM
Val Kilmer is easily one of the better character-actors of our time.
Ancar - 4/18/2012, 10:28 AM
He's fracking right about Nolan's vision and was one the best of his era - look to Tombstone's Doc Holiday and The Doors Jim Morrison!

I think he would do a great Penguin by now!!!
SpiderFan35 - 4/18/2012, 10:29 AM
@tea: He has the bathroom thing taken care of



ThaMessenger07 - 4/18/2012, 10:38 AM
People in the industry don't like Kilmer because he is vocal in his discomfort with scenes. They tell him to do something and if he doesn't like it he says so and tries to work it out. He's like Ed Norton without getting involved in other actors character portrayal. Norton actually tries to direct actors and shit. lol

Mind you, Directors Love working with Keanu Reeves...so....yeah...
SotNatt - 4/18/2012, 10:41 AM
@teabag I think of The Tend Commandments (unfortunately) and a big golden calf as big as my car.

I hate to admit how awesome I thought Batman Forever was, back in the day. How far CBMs have gone...





Gay Perry ftw. Why doesn't Val Kilmer do more stuff that I wanna see?!
RunDTC - 4/18/2012, 10:42 AM
MovieTheaterLad - 4/18/2012, 10:42 AM
In my personal opinion, the Schumaker movies had the best fight choreography. You really got the feeling that this guy trained his ads.off to be able to fight. Keaton barely fought, and Bale felt more like a brawler. Kilmer and Clooney fought like Batman does in the Arkham games.
breakUbatman - 4/18/2012, 10:48 AM
Thats exactly why the "You want to be able to turn your head." line from TDK always makes me smile as does "Like a *submarine*, Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine."

Nice little touches.

I loved the Incetion rotating fight scene so hopefully Nolan has stepped it up for TDKR.
Maia87 - 4/18/2012, 10:56 AM
l0rdleg0las - 4/18/2012, 10:58 AM
I honestly like Batman Forever. It was a little campy, but it was vastly superior to Returns and Batman and Robin.

the only good thing about Returns was Pfeifer's skintight suit. aside from that it was a piece of garbage. and Batman and Robin, I can't even think of a good thing about it.
Greengo - 4/18/2012, 11:06 AM
comicbookjerk - 4/18/2012, 11:07 AM
Crap I was going to Post this Story as soon as I uploaded the Video FRICK
Greengo - 4/18/2012, 11:09 AM
Yeah CBM's have come a long way since the 90's.

I watched The Phantom and The Shadow this weekend and I remember enjoying those films as a kid and now that I'm all sophisticated and shit

I watch those films now and I'm all... WTF O_o
Chewtoy - 4/18/2012, 11:12 AM
Top Secret!
Real Genius
Top Gun
The Doors
Tombstone
Heat
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Kilmer's awesome in my book.
SpiderFan35 - 4/18/2012, 11:18 AM
@Grenngo: The Phantom, yeah that was awful lol. Slam evil!

Fogs - 4/18/2012, 11:29 AM
I don't give a shit about his Batman but he was Nick Rivers, so CHEERS, KILMER!

Fogs - 4/18/2012, 11:30 AM
@Stigmartyr - yeah! His Jim Morrison was boss, well thought.
elcaballerooscuro92 - 4/18/2012, 11:33 AM
spielberg and lucas ask children what they like? so children like star wars with more council meetings than shoots?
Fogs - 4/18/2012, 11:34 AM
@elcaballerooscuro92 - this would explain Phantom [frick]in Menace.
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/18/2012, 11:51 AM
Forever was decent enough and not least because of Kilmer, Jones and Nicole Kidman who by the way was [frick]ING HOT in that movie!:)


Kilmer must have fun memories of her!
Jollem - 4/18/2012, 11:53 AM
that was funny.

@Chewtoy - the Salton Sea is a good one
wepx5150 - 4/18/2012, 11:57 AM
Kilmer was a great Batman! The movie, not so much! The guy is a great actor, hands down....Tombstone still holds up as one of the best westerns ever made!
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/18/2012, 12:01 PM
Kilmer is awesome in my book too!

Anyone remember him in The Island of Dr. Moreau?
That was one badass film!
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/18/2012, 12:05 PM
Shaman - 4/18/2012, 12:07 PM
Kilmer was the best Iceman we've ever had.

monkeyballs3- "Keaton's Batman was a borderline psycho and and was by far the best Batman. He NAILED the Batman-angry-kid-saw parents-shot-to-death guy who's walking a thin line between becoming what he's vowed to fight."

That is the BEST and SIMPLEST description i've ever heard in my life! I agree with you 1000%!!!
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/18/2012, 12:10 PM
Temuera Morrison, Mark Dacascos and Ron Perlman was great in it too! And that dude who played the rebelling beastman Hyena-Swine.
HeadPool420 - 4/18/2012, 12:14 PM
Am I the only one on here that enjoyed Thunderheart?
13echo - 4/18/2012, 12:17 PM
Val was good as Batman but Jim and Tommy with their renditions of the Joker OOPS I mean the Riddler and Two face were awful!!!
MediaMan - 4/18/2012, 12:40 PM
Smart comments. I thought Kilmer was a good Bruce Wayne/Batman myself...
GreyChaos13Zero - 4/18/2012, 12:41 PM
@TheBostonBatman

I agree with you, movie was great?)

mstaley3000 - 4/18/2012, 12:49 PM
I was going to say don't rewrite history, a lot of people liked Batman Forever when it came out particularly Jim Carrey's Riddler. Then I read the comments and saw people admitting they liked it. I can honestly say that I didn't like it much when it came out because I hate Jim Carrey's over the top performances that make him out as a cheap Jerry Lewis imitator and I thought they failed to use Two-Face properly. Also, Nicole Kidman just stank up the movie, she is a horrible actress and the scene with Ed Beagly Jr. was a throw back to the camp that the Keaton Batman had put a steak through the heart of.
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