While the world waits for the “Justice League” reviews (and the Rotten Tomatoes score….later), let’s not forget that getting Batman right isn’t always easy. In fact, during the ’90s, Warner Bros. missed the mark a couple times, with “Batman Forever” starting the character on a downward spiral.
Screen Junkies takes a look at “Batman Forever,” the movie that fumbled at picking up where Tim Burton left off following “Batman” and “Batman Returns.” There were a lot of things that didn’t work, starting with leaning hard into ’90s aesthetics (glowsticks!) but having two co-stars who couldn’t get along — Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones — probably didn’t help. As Carrey explained on “Norm Macdonald Live,” running into Jones before filming at a restaurant did not go smoothly….
“The maitre said, ‘Oh, I hear you’re working with Tommy Lee Jones. He’s over in the corner having dinner.’ I went over and I said, ‘Hey Tommy, how are you doing?’ and the blood just drained from his face,” Carrey said (via THR). “And he got up shaking — he must have been in mid kill me fantasy or something like that. And he went to hug me and he said, ‘I hate you. I really don’t like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s the problem?’ and pulled up a chair, which probably wasn’t smart. And he said, ‘I cannot sanction your buffoonery.’”
Well, Bat-fans didn’t like the buffonery too much either….